Function of Beauty

Troy blanks Wyalusing.

By: Chance Cook | Towanda Daily Review | September 21, 2013 | Photo courtesy Chance Cook


2013 Troy vs. Wyalusing FootballTROY - The Troy Trojans took to the ground early and often on their way to drubbing the Wyalusing Rams 48-0 at home Friday night.

Troy got the scoring started with a 36 yard option keeper by quarterback Jed Wright. Kicker Josh McClaren's extra-point went through to give the Trojans a 7-0 lead with 7:52 to play in the first quarter. Wright finished the contest with two runs for 66 yards and a touchdown, and went five-for-nine through the air for 65 yards, one touchdown and one interception.

The Rams' ensuing drive ended with a Justin Haley fumble being recovered by Troy's Kyle Schucker at the Wyalusing seven-yard line. Brandon Mattocks punched it in on the next play to give Troy their second touchdown on the night. McClaren's kick was blocked, and with 7:06 to play in the first quarter Troy lead 13-0. Mattocks finished the game with eight carries for 88 yards and one touchdown.

Wyalusing's next drive showed the most promise of the quarter, as punter Derek Frederick dropped the ball on a fourth-and-thirteen punt attempt before picking it up and running for 25 yards on the broken play. The drive inevitably ended on downs and Troy took over at midfield.

Troy's drive would again end in a score, this time with Wright finding wide receiver Ethan Calkins alone in the endzone for the sixteen yard touchdown strike. McClaren's extra-point was good and Troy lead 20-0 with 0:52 to play in the first quarter.

After trading punts, Troy drove inside the Rams' ten-yard line before running back Diante Jones found room to move up the middle to score on a seven yard run. McClaren's kick was good, and Troy lead 27-0 with 4:12 to play in the first half. Jones ended the night with five carries for 47 yards and one touchdown.

Wyalusing's bad luck continued on their ensuing kick return, as a Ryan Force fumble was recovered by the Trojans. Troy's drive wouldn't last long, as Wright was intercepted by Ryan Kipp on the first play from scrimmage.

Troy would again force a Wyalusing punt on their next drive after the interception. Troy used all of two plays to score their fifth touchdown of the first half on a seventeen yard run up the middle by Mattocks for the score. McClaren's kick made it 34-0 with 2:18 to play in the half.

Troy opened the second half the same way they played the first, taking just five plays before Nick Stephani scored from two yards out. McClaren's kick made it 41-0 with 9:55 to play in the third quarter.

After blocking a Wyalusing punt, Troy started their final scoring drive of the evening from the Wyalusing 25-yard line. Reserve quarterback Issac Havens took a quarterback keeper twelve yards for the final points of the game. McClaren's kick ended the scoring assault of Troy at 48-0.

For the Rams, Haley finished the game with nine rushes for 55 yards, Luke Jennings finished with eight carries for 28 yards, and Dylan Otis lead the Rams with nineteen carries for 55 yards.

The Trojan offense was able to put up big numbers, and for head coach Jim Smith it starts with his deep core of playmakers. "We've got eight or nine guys that can touch the ball, and every one of them gives us something different," he said. "They're always competing to for their spot and to get on the field."

While the Trojans' offensive attack was good for seven touchdowns on the night, their defense is where Smith hopes his team leaves their mark. "It's our goal to be more defense-oriented than we have in the past few years," Smith said. "We were able to totally shut (Wyalusing) down. I'm very happy with that."

Next week the Trojans will head to Athens to take on the Wildcats and Wyalusing will head to Canton to play the Warriors.