What a difference a year makes.
Last year the Trojans came into Week 10 with a 5-4 record needing a win over Sidney and some help in order to make it into the Division I playoffs in Ohio. They got the help they needed, but ended up losing to the Yellowjackets 15-14 in overtime. This year the Trojans came into week 10 with a 7-2 record needing a win over Sidney and some help in order to make it into the Division I playoffs in Ohio. They got the help they needed, and plowed over the hapless Yellowjackets like they weren't even there.
In most ways, this game was a lot like last week - the Trojans won so handily that there really isn't a whole lot to say about the game itself. After finishing 5-5 last year, Sidney has fallen on hard times. They finish up at 0-10 this year, and struggled all year with injuries. Their lone score of the game came in the fourth quarter, against Troy's second-string defense, which helped them out with a couple of penalties, after a turnover by Troy's second-string offense. Their quarterback only completed four passes, but threw five interceptions. In short, it was a long night for them; Troy had the game well in hand before halftime.
So now the Trojans wait for final word on their playoff fate, which should be announced sometime on Sunday. It looks to me like they'll travel to take on Pickerington Central, the top seed in the region, which will be a long ride and a stiff test. Still, it's a great feeling to be back in the playoffs; I can only imagine how the players and coaches feel.