Vikings averaged 303 rushing yards in first four games but managed 21 against Troy.
MIAMISBURG — Troy’s defense came to play Friday night against the Miamisburg Vikings as they held the Vikings to 173 yards in total offense and 30 rushing attempts for just 21 yards.
“Our defense played light out tonight, especially the first 3 quarters,” Troy coach Matt Burbacher said. “When people see this score tonight they are going to take notice. This win over Miamisburg was convincing for us. They are a talented team that just was not up to the task tonight.”
Troy took a 31-7 lead into the fourth quarter but Miamisburg finally made a game of it by scoring two times in the fourth quarter to cut the Troy lead to 31-21. The Vikings first scored on a 7-yard pass from quarterback Tate Vongsy to Jackson Myers and two minutes later when running back Jon Yerkins hit paydirt from 4 yards out. Troy prevented any further damage.
Miamisburg started out quick in the first quarter as defensive back Matt Jablonsky intercepted a Sam Coleman pass and returned it 35 yards for a touchdown.
A big interception by Troy’s Zach Boyer after a Shane Shoop fumble gave Troy some momentum. Boyer returned the pick 67 yards and Troy had a first down on the 11-yard line. Sam Jackson ran for a 4-yard TD to tie the score 7-7.
Miamisburg tried all night to run the ball with Tony Clark and Jon Yerkins but were virtually stuffed on all running plays. Clark finished the game with 14 carries for -19 yards. Vongsy was largely unable to hit receivers; he completed 10 passes on 35 attempts.
“Our coaching staff had a great game plan and we stuck to it,” Burgbacher said. “Passing for Miamisburg was something we did not work on in practice much this week. Our team responded well from the two turnovers early in the game.”
Troy running back Jaydon Culp-Bishop had another outstanding game rushing 32 times for 241 yards and had a TD with a 42-yard scamper to give Troy a 28-7 lead in the third quarter.
Coleman came back from that early interception and connected with Spencer Klopfenstein for a 21-yard touchdown. Klopfenstein also caught another pass for a big 30-yard gain.
Coleman finished the game 5-of-9 passing for 88 yards and 1 touchdown and one interception. Troy finished scoring in the third quarter as Brayden Siler connected on a 29-yard field goal. Siler was also 4 for 4 on extra points tonight.
Jackson finished the game with five carries for 21 yards and two touchdowns. Coleman rushed six times for 31 yards and Shane Shoop had three carries for nine yards.
Kobe Feltner caught 1 pass for 22 yards while Matt McGillvary had 2 receptions for 17 yards and Spencer Klopfenstein caught 2 for 50 yards and 1 TD.
Troy is now 3-2 on the season and faces GWOC North opponent Tippecanoe at the Red Devils home field next week.