Burgbacher said Dunbar was a good tune-up for opener against Trotwood.
TROY— It was a game of turnovers for the Troy Trojans in a 28-20 loss in three quarters of varsity play on Friday in the final scrimmage of the 2017 season against the Dunbar Wolverines.
“We sure need to work on securing the ball on offense. But we can fix that,” Troy coach Matt Burgbacher said. “Our offense was more efficient tonight compared to our first scrimmage. It was good to get us ready for Trotwood next week. Healthwise we are solid.”
Dunbar got on the scoreboard first by throwing a 50-yard touchdown pass caught Jojo Scales, who ended up catching two more touchdowns. All three receptions were for over 50 yards each. Otherwise, Troy held the Dunbar passing game in check. An interception by junior LB Blake Burton and sophomore DB Tucker Raskey led the Trojan defense. Burton also had two fumble recoveries in the game.
Troy’s offense finally got started after a Burton interception as Troy QB Sam Coleman found WR Matt McGillvary for a 15-yard TD pass. Bradyn Siler made the extra point. Siler also connected on another PAT and kicked two field goals from 25 and 30 yards.
Tucker Raskey’s interception led Troy to a FG and a 10-6 lead. A Burton fumble recovery and another TD pass from Coleman to McGillvary from 15 yards out gave Troy a 17-6 lead. Dunbar promptly fumbled again and another FG by Siler gave Troy a 20-6 lead. Scales hauled in another long TD reception from 50 yards out to cut the Trojan lead 20-14 at the half.
Dunbar finally stopped turning the ball over and got on the score board again in the third quarter with Scales scoring again from 60 yards out. A two point conversion gave Dunbar a 22-20 lead. A Troy fumble set up Dunbar’s last TD with Oklahoma recruit Tavion Thomas running it in from 15 yards out. Dunbar led 28-20 which was the final score.
“We did a good job of stopping Thomas,” Burgbacher said. “He had three or four nice runs but our defense came through to stop him.
“Dunbar has great athletes all over the field and playing against a team like them only makes us better. Next week we have to stop (Trotwood running back) Ravion Hargrove and that will be a big key defensively.”
Shane Shoop led Troy with 9 rushes for 59 yards. Sam Jackson had 4 carries for 17 yards. And junior speedster Jayden Culp-Bishop ran 6 times for 36 yards.
Passing yardage went with Sam Coleman completing 5 passes out of 14 attempts for 58 yards and two TD’s. QB Bradyn Siler was 3 for 3 for 23 yards and also rushed 5 times for 23 yards.
Troy opens the 2017 season at Trotwood-Madison at 7 p.m. on Friday.