Friday, September 05, 2008

Troy 47 Fairborn 7

Mmm,'s what for dinner.

If I were in charge of the universe, this is the type of weather we'd have for ten Fridays in a row through football season - cool (mid-60s), overcast, a little breeze, and occasional slight drizzle. That, to me, is perfect football weather.

It was, in fact, an appropriate complement to the nearly perfect performance the Trojans put on against Fairborn, a mirror image of last week's blowout of Xenia. They didn't start out with quite the same torrid pace, but the results were almost exactly the same. The offense and defense teamed up for a 41-0 halftime lead, and Troy was able to control the clock, rest the starters, and cruise to victory from there.

The tandem of Tyler Wright and Matt Allen did the damage on offense once again. Allen ran for 143 yards, putting him close to 500 for the season through three games. Wright completed 7 of 10 passes for 155 yards and a couple of scores, and again showed some nifty moves when scrambling or running the ball himself. I've said it before, I'm sure I'll say it again: this balanced offense is just fun to watch.

Equally impressive - as they have been all season, really - was the defensive performance. Fairborn didn't achieve even a first down until more than halfway through the third quarter, and even that was questionable - I had a great look from where I was sitting, and it looked like the receiver slid out of bounds before he caught the ball. But the game was in the bag at that point, so why quibble? The Skyhawks just couldn't get anything going at all. The defense even managed to put some points on the board, when safety Geoff Olszewski (ol-SHEFF-ski) picked off a pass and took it to the house in the first quarter.

Troy is now 3-0 on the season, with some real tough sledding coming up in the next two weeks with games against area powerhouses Centerville (away) and Wayne (home). I'll likely miss the opening kickoff this week, as I'll be working in Toledo on Friday and won't leave that area until 5:00 pm, but there's no way I'm missing a game of this magnitude - I'll make it down to Centerville for as much of the game as possible.

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