TROUP — The Troup Tigers survived a scare but were able to rally and score the go-ahead touchdown with 1:28 left in the fourth quarter to knock off the Harmony Eagles, 20-16, at Tiger Stadium.
On the Tigers’ first possession, they got on board quickly. Seth Gibson, who accounted for all of the Tigers’ yards on the drive, scored on a 43-yard run. Gabriel Leon added the PAT to give Troup the early 7-0 lead with 7:17 left in the quarter.
Harmony answered and put together an impressive drive of its own. The Eagles used eight plays that netted 87 yards and resulted in quarterback Alan Peralta’s 23-yard plunge for a touchdown. Wide receiver Tim McCoy added the 2-point conversion catch to put Harmony ahead 8-7 with 4:20 left in the first quarter.
Harmony extended its cushion in the third quarter when it forced an interception that gave the Eagles excellent position at the Tigers’ 29. Six plays later, McCoy rumbled into the end zone from eight yards out and hauled in the 2-point conversion catch to extend Harmony’s lead to 16-7 with 1:11 left in the third.
Troup got back in the game in the fourth quarter, putting together a nice five-play, 64-yard drive. On second-and-12 at the Eagles’ 22, Gibson found paydirt once again as he scored from 22 yards out to draw the Tigers with two, trailing 16-14 with just under eight minutes left in the game.
Gibson racked up 150 yards on 18 carries and two TDs to pace Troup.
Harmony played mistake-free most of the game, but a crucial fumble by Peralta was recovered by Anthony Adkins, who ran eight yards on the recovery and was stopped at the Eagles’ 31 with 3:38 left in the game.
Troup was faced with third-and-4 at the Eagles’ 11 and fullback Michael Davis scored the go-ahead touchdown to give Troup the 20-16 lead with 1:28 left in the game.
The comeback attempt came up short for the Eagles as they weren’t able to convert on fourth-and-9 at the Tigers’ 45 as time expired.
With the loss, Harmony was eliminated from playoff contention. If Troup (8-1) holds off Sabine, the Tigers will be co-district champions.