Troy wins its fifth in a row in an upset of state-ranked Sidney.
SIDNEY — The Troy Trojans came to play in all phases of the game against Sidney and prevented any second-half rally in a 48-21 win at Sidney Memorial Stadium.
Troy’s defense stopped Sidney running back and Northwestern commit Isaiah Bowser. Bowser had rushed for 1,900 yards entering the game but managed less than 70 against the Trojans.
Andre Gordon threw three touchdown passes but he was chased by Trojan defenders throughout the game and also threw two interceptions with one fumble. Bowser had two fumbles in the game, which were his first of the season.
“We told our guys on D to just do your job and not worry about other players,” Troy coach Matt Burgbacher said. “They played outstanding virtually the whole game tonight. The defense made big time plays in a big time game. We got turnovers tonight and that always helps”
Troy got started on offense after a missed field goal try with Sam Jackson picking off a Gordon pass and returning it 30 yards.
Sam Jackson connected on two pass plays covering 25 yards each to Matt McGillvary and Spencer Klopfenstein. Jackson ran it in from 1-yard out and Troy led 7-0.
After Sidney had to punt, Coleman connected with RB Jayden Culp-Bishop on a perfect executed screen pass for 49 yards. Troy had to settle for a field goal from 28 yards out by Brayden Siler after Sidney stopped a few running plays.
After a Troy blocked punt gave the Trojans great field position, Sam Jackson ran it in for a TD from 1-yard out to give Troy a 17-0 lead late in the second quarter.
Coleman was picked off for an interception, but Gordon fumbled fit right back to Troy. Siler hit a 24-yard field goal right before halftime to give Troy a 20-0 lead.
“Our defense put our offense in great position tonight with getting turnovers and blocked punts,” Burgbacher said.
Sidney scored a touchdown on a pass on its first drive in the second half, but Shane Shoop returned the ensuing kickoff from the 25-yard line for a touchdown.
“That was a huge special teams play,” Burgbacher said. “We just have to keep it going. Playing Greenville next week there is nothing more than a win over us to make their season. We have got to finish it. We played a near perfect game as possible but we can’t stop now.”
After the Shoop kickoff return, Derek McDonagh intercepted Gordon at Troy’s 1-yard line. Jayden Culp-Bishop promptly ran it 99 yards for a Troy TD. The run by Culp-Bishop tied a Troy all-time record for rushing from scrimmage. Mike Boyd ran for a 99 yards TD against Beavercreek back in 1978.
“That is awesome,” Culp-Bishop said. “I know Mike Boyd and I have a goal to break his 100 meter time in track. I did not know that and that sure was a long time ago. You know, my line blocked well tonight as usual. Those guys are something.”
Even with a 34-7 lead, Troy was not done yet as Shoop recovered another fumble by Gordon in the end zone to give Troy a 41-14 lead.
Gordon threw one of his three touchdown passes to cut the Trojan lead to 41-21. Jackson closed out the scoring for Troy with a 21-yard run up the middle for another TD, his third of the night.
Jackson finished the night with 10 carries for 51 yards. Matt McGillvary rushed one time for five yards and Sam Coleman had five yards rushing on one carry.
Sam Coleman was 4-of-7 in pass attempts for 104 yards, while Matt McGillvary caught two passes for 30 yards and Spencer Klopfenstein caught one ball for 25 yards.
But the big stat leader was Jayden Culp-Bishop, who caught 1 pass for 49 yards and rushed 34 times for 252 yards and had an amazing 99-yard run for a TD.
Troy is now 6-2 overall and 3-0 in the GWOC North with Greenville coming to town next Friday with a record of 2-6.
“The big thing we did tonight was putting pressure on Gordon and the rest of our guys just took over,” Burgbacher said. “The whole defense played lights out just like they have in our five-game win streak. You know we were 1-2 at one time and people thought that Troy was going to rebuild for next season. We stuck with our kids and they proved us right.”