Friday, October 12, 2012

Trotwood-Madison 42 Troy 14

Playing Trotwood for the past several years, I have an idea of how Troy's opponents must have felt when playing the Trojans when Ryan Brewer was on the roster, along with his talented supporting cast. Of course, a team like Troy gets a class like that only once in a great while. Trotwood seems to have a new one coming along all the time; funny how that works.

Anyway, despite the talent and size disparity between the two teams, the Trojans came out on fire. Nick Zimmer returned the opening kickoff 97 yards (a new Troy record) for a touchdown. Then Troy recovered an onside kick and went nowhere, but recovered a muffed punt and scored on a touchdown pass. Less than halfway through the first quarter, Troy was up 14-0 on the defending state champions.

Unfortunately, that was where the scoring ended for the Trojans. Their offensive struggles continued against Trotwood's defense, and although the defense did a pretty nice job, all things considered, against a team that was just bigger and faster, they got worn down as the game went on. The score was tied at 14 at halftime, and the Rams ran away with the game in the second half.

This was Troy's last home game, as hard as that may be to believe. Their last two games will take place on the road. The level of competition eases up next week as they travel to take on the Greenville Green Wave (1-7). That will give the Trojans a chance to tune up before taking on their archrival Piqua Indians in the last week of the season.

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