Sometimes when I think of this Troy football team, I wonder a little bit how they've managed to be so successful. Anytime the Trojans have been strong, they've generally had a star at the halfback or fullback position (and sometimes both). From Ryan Brewer to Corey Brown to Matt Allen (and many more), the runningback is usually the key that starts Troy's engines. This year, they don't have that. Which isn't to take anything away from Marcus Foster, Isaiah Williams, Zach Jones, Miles Hibbler, or NIck James--the Trojans have a full stable of capable backs, but none of them are getting the lion's share of carries or putting up the eye-popping numbers Trojan fans are used to.
It dawned on me during this game--and really, I have no idea how it took so long--that the Trojans do have a star; he just plays a different position, one that oftentimes is an afterthought for a Troy program that has historically dominated on the ground. That star, ladies and gentlemen, is none other than quarterback Cody May. Tonight, on a long touchdown pass to receiver Ian Dunaway (something of a star in his own right), May went over the 1,000-yard passing mark, the first quarterback to do it in consecutive seasons since the legend Tommy Myers in 1961.
It's a shame more people weren't there to see it, though. On a night that was a little chilly (although really not too bad for late October in Ohio), against an opponent that wasn't supposed to (and didn't) put up much of a fight, and coming off last week's loss to Trotwood, the crowd was on the small side. And a little lethargic--there didn't seem to be much energy up there.
The Vikings of Miamisburg seemed a little lethargic as well, although maybe that was just because they were being utterly dominated in all phases of the game. They managed just 59 yards of offense on the night. Hopefully they'll fare better next week against Xenia; Troy needs all the Harbin points they can muster.
As for the Trojans, they'll finish out the regular season on the road next Friday against the hapless Sidney Yellowjackets (9-0). There's little doubt that Troy will be able to get their starters some rest in that one in anticipation of their first-round playoff matchup. Then it'll just be a waiting game to see who the Trojans will play in November, and if they'll have to travel to Columbus or if they'll get to play on their own turf.