Troy can’t stop Greenville quarterback Clay Guillozet, who threw for four touchdowns.
TROY — Dual-threat Greenville quarterback Clay Guillozet was too much for Troy to handle in a GWOC North game on Friday at Troy Memorial Stadium. The senior threw for four touchdown passes and led the Green Wave to a 27-14 win.
Guillozet led Greenville’s comeback victory in the second half. Troy led 14-13 at halftime, but Guillozet tossed a 47-yard strike to Justin Brown late in the third and a 6 yard pass to Devin Hendrix in the fourth to finish the Trojans.
The Green Wave (3-3) had 507 yards on offense in the game, by far their most in a game this season. Guillozet threw for 205 yards and also rushed for 140. Codi Byrd rushed for 112 yards for Greenville.
Troy head coach Matt Burgbacher said Greenville had too much for Troy to stop.
“This was a total team loss,” Burgbacher stated. “You can pin this on me. But give Greenville credit. Their offensive was dominating. Especially in the second half. That Codi Byrd was outstanding at giving himself second chances to gain more yards… We came out flat on that first drive in the second half and their running game took over.”
Greenville got on the board first when Guillozet hit Bradley Mead for a 65-yard touchdown. Mead ran past three Troy defenders to get into the end zone. Troy tied the game late in the first quarter when defensive back Bailey Williams scooped up a blocked field goal attempt and returned 72 yards for a touchdown.
The Green Wave scored again on three-yard pass from Guillozet to Aaron Rich but missed the extra point.
Troy quarterback Hayden Kotwica led the team down the field on the next drive and ran from two yards out just before halftime. That touchdown was set up by an interception by Williams, who picked off a Guillozet pass. Williams returned the interception 70 yards for a touchdown, but the return was nullified after a block in the back penalty.
Kotwica threw for 134 yards in the game and led Troy with 63 rushing yards. Troy struggled to get its rushing game going outside of Kotwica, which Burgbacher wants to fix. Troy had one interception and two lost fumbles in the game.
“The two fumbles that we had were very costly” Burgbacher said after the game. “Both of them came after our defense came up with big plays to stop them. It took our momentum away from us. But we will get it fixed and get it done. We have four games left on schedule to work on it.”
The Trojans drop to 1-5 with the loss. They travel to Trotwood-Madison next Friday in conference action. The Rams (5-1) beat Sidney 59-21 on Friday.