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Troup will celebrate their homecoming on Friday night, with pre-game activities beginning at 7 p.m. at Tiger Stadium. The homecoming court includes senior princesses on the front row, left to right, Natalie Davenport, Holly Weathers, Tayler Vance and Tatum Hunter. The senior princes are, from left to right, Quincy Kincade, Mohammad Hayat, Brayden Maris, and Jake Smelser
Friday night marked the last night of regular season game play for many east Texas teams, with district play beginning this week.
Tigers fall to Eagles
It was a tough night for the Troup Tigers as they fell to the Harmony Eagles on Friday night.
The Tigers offensive line struggled to get their momentum going as they failed to gain any points in the first quarter. The defensive line held Harmony to just one touchdown, which the Eagles scored early in the first quarter, missing the point after.
With eight minutes left in the first half of the game, Harmony once again found the end zone with a six yard rushing touchdown by Easton Blackstone, followed by a good two point conversion, bringing the score up to 14-0.
Troup answered back with a 52 yard rushing touchdown and successful PAT. Unfortunately, they were unable to make their way across the plane the rest of the first half as both Troup and Harmony changed possession of the ball several times on downs.
With seconds left in the first half, Harmony worked their way into field goal range and completed a 25 yard kick, gaining them an extra three points.
The score was 17-7 in favor of the Eagles as they went into halftime.
The third quarter opened up with a bang as Harmony completed a 80 yard kick return for a touchdown, bringing their score up to 23 points. The PAT was unsuccessful.
Despite great effort by the Tigers, they once again turned over possession several times on downs as they failed to successfully move the ball down field.
With three minutes left in the third quarter, the Eagles scored another rushing touchdown and increased their score by six points.
An attempt for a two point conversion failed.
Harmony kicked off to Troup and the Tigers gained control of the ball on their own 27 yard line; however, an intercepted pass on the next play allowed the Eagles to gain control of the playing field.
With the Eagles once again in control of the ball, they were able to make their way into the red zone and across the plane in just a few plays. A successful PAT brought the score up to 36-7.
Neither team would score again until the last five minutes of the forth quarter. Weslee Ross of Troup completed a rushing touchdown, followed by a successful PAT,and brought the Tigers up to 14 points.
The Tigers defensive line would hold the Eagles back the rest of the game, preventing them from scoring any additional points.
Desmond Deason was named as offensive player of the game; Trent Allen earned the title of defensive player of the game with 15 tackles; and Matt Adams on special teams for a 42 yard punt average and a 48 yard fake punt.
The Troup Tigers will take on the Quitman Bulldogs this Friday for homecoming. The 1-3 Bulldogs are ranked 82 in the Texas 3A-2 division and average just 18.5 points per game compared to the 37.2 points per game average for the Tigers.
Pre-game festivities will begin at 7 p.m. at Tiger Stadium.
Panthers hit hard by Buckeyes
The Bullard Panthers traveled to Gilmer on Friday night to take on the Buckeyes and suffered a 62-0 loss.
Gilmer is ranked 6th in the Texas Division 4A-2 and with the win Friday night, have a 3-3 season record
The Buckeyes jumped out early in the first quarter with a nine yard rushing touchdown and successful PAT making the score 7-0, a lead they would only increase the remainder of the game.
With four minutes left in the first quarter the Buckeyes completed a 32 yard field goal, adding an additional three points to their score.
The Buckeyes went on to score 35 points in the second quarter, 14 in the third and three in the fourth quarter.
The Panthers will play at home this Friday against the 4-2 Wills Point Tigers.
Brook Hill had bye week
The Guard had a bye week last Friday and will hit the field again this week as they take on the 5-0 Dallas Christian Chargers at home.
Lady Eagles 12-18
The varsity team for the Rusk Lady Eagles is currently 12-18 for the season; 1-3 in district play.
Rusk took on the 8-13 Madisonville Mustangs Tuesday night.
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