WEST RUSK RAIDERS (0-1)
AT
TROUP TIGERS (1-0)

7:30 p.m. Friday
Tiger Stadium, Troup

Coaches
West Rusk: John Frazier
Troup: Dennis Alexander

Last week
West Rusk: lost to Harleton 21-6
Troup: def. Quinlan Ford 27-20

Next week
West Rusk: vs. Big Sandy
Troup: vs. Quitman

Playmakers
West Rusk

  • QB Cayle Bickham, Sr., 5-10, 155
  • WR/DB Marqualin Grant, Sr., 5-11, 145
  • RB George Anthony, Jr., 5-11, 205
  • DE Tristan Edwards, Sr., 6-4, 200

Troup

  • RB Seth Gibson, Sr., 5-9, 175
  • CB An'Fernee Ross, Jr., 5-8, 150
  • WR/CB Hitachi Lydia, Jr, 6-0, 155
  • QB Blake Lynch, Soph.

Just the facts

  • West Rusk opened its new stadium last week with a loss to Harleton. The Raiders were unable to play true home games for the previous two seasons.
  • George Anthony scored the game's first touchdown last week, a 12-yard run.
  • The Dennis Alexander era in Troup got off to a successful start last week with the Tigers' win over Quinlan Ford in Bullard.
  • Alexander ranks fourth-all time in state history with 324 wins. He's behind only G.A. Moore, Gordon Wood and Phil Danaher.

Key matchup: Troup's running game vs. West Rusk's defensive front. There's no secret what Alexander and the Troup offense wants to do. Seth Gibson's gives the Tigers backfield a productive workhorse, and will be up to the West Rusk defense to counteract the Troup game plan. If Troup is able to dictate the tempo, it could be a long night for the Raiders.

Don't be surprised if: Troup continues its good start to the season by winning its home opener. Alexander has breathed new life into a program that's fallen on hard times since going 52-12 from 2002-06.