Troy’s defense shut down Fairborn in 38-6 win.
TROY — Troy’s defense played its best game of the season to help lead the team to a 38-6 win over Fairborn on Friday at Troy Memorial Stadium.
Fairborn had seven offensive possessions in the first half and punted on all of them. Troy’s offense accounted for three touchdowns and one field goal in that time.
“Our defense played lights out in the first half. We shut down Fairborn who has a nice quarterback in Coleman,” Troy coach Matt Burgbacher said. “And the special teams were outstanding also with two blocked punts and a field goal.”
It did not take Troy very long to score as they got the ball first and Jayden Culp-Bishop ran at-will, gaining 49 yards on five attempts. Sam Coleman found an open Matt McGillvary to cap off the drive with a 16-yard touchdown two minutes into the game to give Troy a 7-0 lead.
After a Fairborn punt was blocked and the punter was tackled at the 1-yard line by Zack Schwausch, Troy scored on a run by Shane Shoop.
Coleman and McGillvary connected again for 34-yard TD with 2:31 left in second quarter to give Troy a commanding 21-0 lead. Troy got the ball again and drove to the 14-yard line and on fourth down, and sophomore kicker Brayden Siler booted a 21-yard field goal to send Troy into the locker room with a 24-0 lead.
Receiver Matt McGillvary had a big game for Troy scoring twice and catching six passes for 77 yards from the slot position. Quarterrback Sam Coleman was 8 for 16 in passing for 106 yards and three touchdowns.
Christian Nation blocked a Fairborn punt, and Coleman quickly found WR Spencer Klopfenstein for a 20-yard TD in the third quarter to make the score 30-0 with a running clock.
The Skyhawks finally scored when QB Wes Watts found receiver Dawson Blakley for a 6-yard touchdown pass, but Derek McDonough intercepted a pass in the fourth and returned it for a touchdown from 45 yards out to give Troy a 38-6 lead with 7:30 left in game.
Shane Shoop and Jayden Culp-Bishop ran for 200 yards in the first half, and Troy coach Matt Burgbacher gave credit to the offensive line.
“The O-line played superior especially in the first half,” Burgbacher said. “They were driving players off the ball.”
Culp-Bishop finished the game with 135 yards on 22 carries and Shane Shoop had 70 yards on seven carries.
The Trojans were just penalized 5 times for 47 yards after a dismal performance last week vs. Bellefontaine.
“Fairborn stuffed our running game in the second half and give the credit to their coaches,” Burgbacher said. “Hey, this was our first win on Friday and it feels great”
Troy’s other win was on a Thursday game with Xenia.
The Trojans go on the road and face the Miamisburg Vikings on Friday. Troy is 2-2 and Miamisburg comes in at 3-1.