Function of Beauty

Trojans open season by blanking Milton.

By: Nate Brown | Towanda Daily Review | August 30, 2014


MILTON - The Troy Trojans looked to begin their 2014 football campaign on a high note as they traveled to Milton to open up their season against the Black Panthers.

In what was the first game for both sides, both teams looked to spark their seasons with a week one victory.

Troy would cruise to the victory, winning the game 36-0. The Trojans had 495 total yards as the Black Panthers had 226.

Troy used a stellar running attack led by the fancy footwork of junior running back Diante Jones who would end the evening with a game-high 151 rushing yards on just 12 attempts.

Jones was not the only Trojan putting up big numbers in the rushing category. Between nine different players, Troy managed to accumulate 450 yards on the ground.

Senior quarterback Isaac Havens also used his feet to add to the Trojans success rushing the football as he contributed 119 yards on the ground. Havens also went 4-for-8 passing for 45 yards and a touchdown.

All five of Havens' completed passes found the hands of senior receiver, Brandon Mattocks. Mattocks hauled in five passes for 45 yards and a score. Each was a game high for receivers.

Despite the loss, senior running back Jovan Garrison of the Black Panthers put up 128 yards on the ground on 16 attempts.

Milton was bit by the turnover bug as they gave Troy the ball on four different occasions.

The Black Panthers won the coin toss and chose to receive the opening kickoff. Their first drive was one of their most promising drives of the evening. However, the drive would come to a complete halt when Benjamin Sherman of Troy got between Hunter Snyder, quarterback of the Black Panthers, and his intended target, intercepting the football and trying to keep himself inbounds as he tip-toed down the sideline. He was marked out at the 22 yard line and gave the Trojans great field position.

Troy would capitalize on the great play by Sherman as just five plays later, Havens rolled out to his right and found a wide-open Mattocks who walked into the endzone for the first points of the game. Nicholas Stephani would attempt the extra point, but a Milton defender got a hand on the ball.

Milton would look to respond on their very next drive, marching all the way down to their own 1 yard line. They were facing a second and goal situation from the one yard line. The Trojan defense had other plans as they stopped the Black Panthers' running backs on all three attempts forcing a turnover-on-downs.

With their backs against their own endzone, starting from the two, Havens and his Trojans would go back to work. After a few lengthy runs by Havens, Sherman, and Jones, they had marched all the way down the field. Unlike Milton, Troy would capitalize from within their own five yard line as Chance Lantz pounded his way up the middle for a four yard touchdown run. Failing to convert the extra point on the touchdown prior, they would go for two allowing Jones to reach the endzone to put the Trojans up 14-0.

Milton would try it again, putting together a decent drive before the Trojan defense forced another turnover-on-downs. Troy would work the clock to try to add to their lead before half-time. They got within 13 where they would try a field goal which was sent just wide right. However, the Trojans still had a two score lead, heading into halftime up 14-0.

The second half of the game was all Troy led by their tenacious defense. Milton's only glimmer of hope came when Logan Mensch recovered a fumbled snap by Havens.

Just as the night was going for the Black Panthers, three plays into their drive following the fumble recovery, Snyder would fumble the snap and Zachery Zimmerman of Troy would fall on the football.

It did not take the Trojans very long to extend their lead as the very first play of the drive following the Zimmerman fumble recovery, Jones took the ball from Havens' hands heading to his right, turned on the burners, and just when it appeared that Milton was going to take him down, he made a few defenders miss with some fancy footwork. Sixty-seven yards later, he trotted into the endzone to put Troy up 21-0 following the Stephani extra point.

Just a few drives later after each team swapped failed drives, Milton was looking to put some points on the board and possibly get back into the game. Again, the snap was mishandled by Snyder and a hoard of Trojans pounced on the ball.

Troy would fail to score on that drive, but after forcing another punt out of the Black Panthers, Troy would add to their lead yet again. This time, Havens kept the ball himself, rolled out to his left, and no one would catch him as he went 52-yards for the touchdown.

Again, the Trojans defense proved too tough for Milton as they forced another punt. This drive belonged to Cody Ercolino who did all the dirty work, including an explosive 57 yard run to eventually set up the Darryl Holdren five yard touchdown run. They would go for two as Ercolino plowed his way into the endzone to put Troy up 36-0.

Troy will look to start their season off with consecutive victories as they host Cowanesque Valley next Friday evening.

Milton will look to bounce back following this defeat as they seek their first victory of the season next Friday evening as they host Warrior Run.