Football season kicks off for area teams

by Michelle Dillon

Brook Hill bests Southwest Christian, 27-7

In the American Warrior Bowl Classic to open the season, Brook Hill breezed in for the home win over Southwest Christian, 27-7, in non-conference play.

Jalyon Caldwell was first to score for the Guard, crossing the goal on a 20-yard run. The two-point conversion failed, resulting in a 6-0 lead over the Eagles. With 2:39 remaining in the first quarter, Jake Shaffer kicked a 22-yard field goal, increasing the Brook Hill lead to nine points. A 21-yard pass from newly acquired quarterback Garrett Esposito connected with Seth Moss for another six points at the 2:03 mark. Shaffer knocked the ball through the uprights, resulting in a 16-0 lead for the Guard.
In another quick turnaround, Nick LaRocca scored a touchdown on a three-yard run. A two-point conversion on a successful three-yard run by Fisher Bass upped the lead to 24 with just 1:31 in the first quarter.

The lone score in the second period was a 40-yard field goal by Shaffer with a little over three minutes left in the half. Returning from half-time, neither team was able to score in the third period.

With just two seconds remaining in the game, Southwest Christian was able to score on a five-yard touchdown run. The PAT was good, giving the Eagles a total seven points to the Brook Hill 27.

Brook Hill will travel to Dallas Friday, Sept. 13, to compete with John Paul II (1-0). Kickoff is set for 7:30 p.m. in the non-conference match.

Troup downed by Tenaha, 15-8

The game was delayed an hour due to lightning in the area and then the first half went scoreless in the Tiger versus Tiger matchup.

Troup and Tenaha both reached the end zone during the third quarter, but Tenaha’s two-point conversion put them up by one, 8-7. Tenaha scored again in the fourth frame, earning them the win.

Troup’s Jordan Elliott completed seven of 15 pass attempts for 110 yards and a touchdown. Brayden Vess caught three of those passes for 58 yards, while Jaden Lewis received twice for 32 yards and the lone touchdown. The offense also garnered 134 rushing yards for a total of 244 offensive yards.

Defensively, the Troup Tigers totaled 37 tackles, including seven for losses; two caused fumbles (Vess and Daveon Roberson), three quarterback sacks (Max Hale, Roberson and Parker Calltharp) and four pass break ups (Anthony Salgado, Desmon Deason, Jaden Lewis and Nate Picket Pin).

Troup will visit Carlisle Friday, Sept. 6, to take on the Indians (0-1). Kickoff is scheduled for 7:30 p.m. in the non-conference contest.