HICO - Hico finished their last game at Tiger Stadium Friday night with a 28-7 loss to the playoff-bound Troy Trojans. Troy is one step closer to becoming the District 16-2A champions.

The tigers came out on fire and scored the first touchdown of the game early in the first quarter. The Trojans continued to battle it out with the tigers and evened the score at seven by the end of the period.

The second quarter seemed to be like an interesting game of hot potato. With sacks, fumbles, penalties and punts being performed left and right, the ball was in a constant change of possession. Near the end of the half, the Trojans intercepted a Tiger pass which was immediately followed by a fumble. The ball fell back in the hands of Hico yet again, this time 15 yards further back.

Troy’s ground-oriented offense finally broke free, scoring twice to make it 21-7 at the break.

With just over three minutes left in the third quarter, the Trojans scored again on a 19-yard run that capped a 60-yard drive.

Hico, still determined, purged forward, and after converting a fourth-and-two, started off the fourth from the Troy 45.

Just as things seemed to be swinging back in Hico’s favor, a Trojan defender snatched an interception with 9: 46 left in the game. The Tiger defense stopped Troy, forcing them to kick a field goal from the 27, which fell no good.

Hico had 42 carries for 255 yards and added 84 yards through the air to outgain the Trojans, 339-300. Troy rushed for 252 yards and passed for only 48.

Hico Stats:

Michael Pennington: 12-55 rushing, 2-9 receiving, and 1 fumble recovery

Cade Sklar: 5-14 rushing and 10 tackles

Dylan Turner: 13-37 rushing, 2-8 receiving, and 1 fumble recovery

Ben Clay: 2-22 rushing, 1-8 receiving, and one touchdown

Drew Polk: 1-5 rushing

Jamaal Sanders: 2-9 rushing

Quarterback Jeremy Barnette: 10-16-2 interceptions 84 yards, 0

touchdowns and 8-42 rushing

Corey Needham: 4-49 receiving

Garrett Flowers: 1-10 receiving

Brett Willis 10 tackles