Trojans scored last 28 points of game to earn 28-13 win.
TIPP CITY — Troy dug a a hole and fought to get out in the second half with an outstanding performance from several players to defeat the Tippecanoe Red Devils 28-13 on Friday night.
Troy started out on offfense and Jaydon Culp-Bishop promptly fumbled the ball on first down giving the Red Devils great field position, which they turned into a 30-yard field goal by Caiden Smith. After a Troy punt, Tipp quarterback Matt Detweiler found wingback Clay Barhorst on a 49-yard pass for a Tippecanoe touchdown and a 10-0 lead. Another 27-yard field by Smith gave Tipp a 13-0 lead going into the locker room at the half.
“We underestimated Tipp to start the game,” Troy coach Matt Burgbacher said. “And they took it to us. This was a physical tough game. I told the kids at half time that we need to take ownership of this game and they came through.”
The second half started out much better for Troy than the first half as the Trojans recovered a Tippecanoe fumble and got the ball on the Tipp 39-yard line. Sam Jackson carried the ball 6 consecutive times, including a big fourth down run for a first down, and scored from 8 yards out to cut Tippecanoe’s lead to 13-7.
Both teams then exchanged punts with Troy again getting great field position starting at the Tipp 36-yard line. Troy got down to the 5-yard line and Jackson scored his second TD of the night, and Troy led 14-13.
Things got rocky for Tippecanoe as defensive back Zach Boyer intercepted a Detweiler pass and ran it back to the Red Devil 29-yard line. Jackson ran it in again from 1 yard out to put the Trojans up 21-13.
“Our offensive line was taking over the game at this point,” Burgbacher said. “And the defense was still playing great. Their coaching staff came up with a good game plan in the first half. Tipp was playing physical. We did not start out well and did not handle ourselves like we should have.”
Troy finished the scoring for the night with running back with Shane Shoop running two times, first for 15 yards and then for a TD from 1 yard out.
Sam Jackson intercepted a pass from Detweiler and Troy ran out the clock to end the game.
Troy QB Sam Coleman rushed six times for 22 yards and threw for 49 yards going 8 of 16. Jackson had 10 carries for 74 yards and Culp-Bishop rushed 20 times for 50 yards. Receiving wise Matt McGillvary caught four balls for 19 yards. Zach Boyer caught one pass for 8 yards and Spencer Klopfenstein hauled in four receptions for 22 yards.
The Trojans are now 4-2 on the season and host Vandalia-Butler on Friday.