Bulldogs edge Tigers in playoff match
The Bulldogs scored the first touchdown and held on for a 7-0 lead until Troup tied the game in the third quarter. The fourth-quarter TD lifted Marlin to a 14-7 victory.
“Our kids played hard Saturday. We played excellent defense,” said Troup head coach Chuck Griffin. “We just could never hit on all cylinders offensively.”
The usually reliable passing game did not work for Troup in the playoff contest. Senior quarterback Brock Grigsby was held to four completed passes in 17 attempts for only 32 yards. He was also picked off one time.
The ground game was working but it was not enough to overcome the strong passing defense by Marlin. Junior running back Seth Gibson pounded out 137 yards on 16 carries for an average of 8.5 yard per carry. He also scored the only touchdown for the Tigers, a 65-yard romp in the third stanza.
The Bulldogs first scored on a 4-yard run to cap an early drive. The successful PAT gave the Dogs a 7-0 lead that held until Gibson’s run in the third period. Marlin added the winning score on a 1-yard run in the fourth quarter.
“Marlin was a really good defensive team. I’m proud of the way our guys fought to the very end,” Griffin said. “I am so proud of our senior class and the way they lead us this year.”
Brandon Hearon had two catches for 13 yards, Hitachi Lydia snagged one catch for 23 yards and James Jiles had one reception for minus four yards.
The Troup defense also was strong, holding Marlin to a total of 189 yards in the game. The Bulldogs had 11 first downs to six for Troup.