Game of the Week: Shaw Raiders at Troup Tigers
SHAW AND TROUP SQUARE OFF FOR FIRST TIME SINCE 2013; RAIDERS LEAD ALL-TIME SERIES (13-5)
The Shaw Raiders and Troup County Tigers are set to face off for the first time since 2013. Both teams are led by a strong rushing attack and battling for a playoff spot.
“Some of our young guys are starting to figure it out a little bit. Our level of execution is good,” said Troup Head Coach Tanner Glisson. “For the most part we’re healthy.”
“Injuries have killed us. We’ve had four or five guys out every week,” said Shaw Head Coach Al Pellegrino. “Last week we started getting everybody back. You know the fact that they haven’t surrendered and they haven’t packed it in says a lot about their character.”
Injuries have troubled the Raiders, especially quarterback Wason Davis, but expect Shaw to have a nearly healthy roster this Friday. The Raiders are energized after securing their first win of the year.
“This win means everything to us. Even though we won’t technically be out of the playoffs I don’t like losing,” said Shaw senior linebacker and running back Marquis Sanabria. “None of the team like losing. Coming off a win we’ve got to keep winning and show people and all of the haters and doubters what Shaw is really talking about.”
“We be able to run the ball and we should be straight because it opens up our passing,” said Shaw senior running back and defensive back Derrick Kelley. “When we’re able to pass I don’t see nobody stopping us.”
Troup County is riding a three-game winning streak. The Tigers, under freshman quarterback Tao Todd, feel comfortable with the new offensive scheme.
“He’s amazing. I mean, there’s still a lot of learning to be done,” said Troup senior receiver and cornerback Marquavious Kelley. “I mean eventually. He’s just a freshman.”
“I feel like I got better at reading the defense a lot,” said Troup freshman quarterback Montaeo Todd. “Playing as a team.”
This game comes down to defensive pressure at the line of scrimmage and execution.
“I want them to try to do the best that they can,” said Shaw Head Coach Pellegrino. “I feel like if we don’t beat Shaw then we got a shot.”
“We’ve just got to take care of us. We’re going to be excited to be back at Callaway Stadium. We hadn’t been there in three weeks,” said Troup Head Coach Glisson. “I think we’ll be excited to go out and play.”
Kickoff at Callaway Stadium is set for Friday at 7:30 p.m. EST.
GHSA 2-AAAA Region Standings as of October 21
Carver (4-0, 4-0)
Hardaway (3-0, 4-1)
LaGrange (3-1, 4-2)
Troup County (3-1, 3-3)
Jordan (2-2, 2-3)
Shaw (1-2, 1-4)
Columbus (1-3, 1-5)
Kendrick (0-4, 0-5)
Spencer (0-6, 0-6)