Jaydon Culp-Bishop scores two late touchdowns to lift Troy to 36-20 win.
TROY — Butler scored 20 unanswered points to claw back in a game on Friday night but Troy scored the last two touchdowns to pull away to a 36-20 win.
The win is the fourth in a row for the Trojans (5-2) and sets up a Greater Western Ohio Conference American North Division showdown with Sidney next Friday. The Yellow Jackets and Trojans are tied for first place in the North with 2-0 divisional records, while the four other teams have at least one loss each.
“This is where we want to be, 2-0 in the league and Sidney is the other team 2-0,” Troy coach Matt Burgbacher said. “It will be fun this Friday. We laid an egg on our last trip to Sidney. Actually about four of them. They stuck it to us.”
Troy took advantage of mistakes by the Vandalia-Butler kickoff return and punt teams to take a 22-7 lead going into halftime.
The Aviators started out on the Troy 5-yard line and went no where, only to get their first punt blocked by junior Garrett Jones. Troy turned that drive into three points as sophomore Brayden Siler kicked a 20-yard field goal.
After another short Butler punt, Troy started with excellent field position on the Butler 40. Sam Coleman ran it in from 11 yards out and Troy led 9-0 after a blocked extra point. Coleman had a good game running the ball with 8 carries for 46 yards.
Troy stared out their next drive from the Butler 39, and Jaydon Culp-Bishop ran for a TD from 2 yards out to give Troy a 15-0 lead with 1:23 left in first quarter.
Another miscue by Butler happened when their punter fumbled and was recovered by Troy’s John Wehrkamp at the 2-yard line. Sam Jackson quickly ran it in from 2 yards out with 6:56 left in second quarter.
The Aviator offense got going with Logan Flatt running for 30 yards, and QB Mason Motter then found an open Bryant Johnson for a 13-yard TD to cut Troy’s lead to 22-7.
The second half started out well for Troy as Butler fumbled the ball and Joah Stricker recovered on the Butler 8-yard line. Then Jackson was intercepted and returned from the Butler 5-yard line to the Butler 20.
Logan Flatt ran for a 10 yard TD a few plays later to cut the Trojan lead to 22-14.
After a quick three-and-out by Troy’s offense, Butler was in business. Starting from the Troy 8-yard line, Motter hit Johnson for a 92-yard TD reception. Butler tried for a two-point conversion, but a run came out a yard short and it remained 22-20 into the fourth quarter.
Troy’s sputtering offense took control of the ball the rest of the game as Jaydon Culp-Bishop ran for touchdowns from 10 yards and 38 yards to put away the game. Culp-Bishop finished the game with 26 rushes for 136 yards.
The big advantage size-wise for Butler was its defensive line. The Aviators averaged over 290 pounds on the defensive line.
Troy offensive lineman Drew Smith summed it up by saying “they were just big.”
“They did not do anything we did not expect,” Smith said. “No stunts or anything like that. Our guys just lined up and took it to them. They seemed to tire a little in the fourth quarter”
“Butler wanted to take out our running game and force us to pass,” Burgbacher said. “We just jelled as a group.”
Jackson was 5 for 9 passing for 75 yards. Sam Jackson rushed 4 times for seven yards. Jacob Shoop rushed 1 time for 21 yards and Matt McGillvary carried three times for 15 yards. McGillvary caught two passes for 44 yards and the second one was a 30-yard reception when Troy was struggling to move the ball.
Tucker Raskey caught one pass for nine yards. Jacob Shoop caught one pass for eight yards and Spencer Klopfenstein gathered one pass for 14 yards.
Butler drops to 3-4 on the season.
Troy’s showdown with the Yellow Jackets next Friday is at Sidney Memorial Stadium.