Troy stops Trotwood two-point conversion attempt late in the fourth to hang on for win.
TROTWOOD – The change in Troy’s program under first-year head coach Matt Burgbacher was evident on Friday at Good Samaritan Field. A week after losing to Greenville by two touchdowns, the Trojans did something no other GWOC North had done since 2007.
Troy jumped out early and held on to defeat the seven-time reigning North champion Trotwood Rams 21-20 on Friday.
The Rams got the ball with under two minutes left in the game and promptly scored on a 27-yard touchdown pass from Markell Stephens-Peppers to Caleb Johnson.
Trotwood tried to seal the game with a two-point conversion. They handed the ball off to Rondric Bogan, who ran to his left. Bailey Williams and a slew of Troy defenders stopped Bogan and forced him back several yards before the officials’ whistled. Troy ran out the clock to preserve the win.
It was redemption for Williams, who defended Johnson on the touchdown catch.
“Wow! I can’t even tell you right now who we play next week,” Troy coach Matt Burgbacher said after the game. “Our defense played lights out tonight. These kids take care of each other. First is was Bailey Williams giving up the TD pass right at the end and then it was Bailey coming up big on that last play.”
Hayden Kotwica threw a 10-yard touchdown pass to Hayden Jackson midway through the second quarter and later ran in for an 18-yard score to give the Trojans a 14-0 halftime lead.
Trotwood bounced back quick from a quiet first half. They recovered a Troy fumble and scored on a 14-yard run by Bogan. The extra point attempt was missed.
Trotwood’s woes continued when it couldn’t recover a booming punt by Kotwica. The Trotwood kick returner fumbled the punt and Troy recovered at Trotwood’s 2-yard line early in the fourth. Kotwica ran in for the score on the next play to give Troy a 21-6 advantage.
Trotwood responded with a 10-play drive that ended with Bogan scoring from a yard out to cut the deficit to 21-14 after a two-point conversion.
The Rams were without leading rusher Raveion Hargrove. They had a season-low 335 yards on offense and had five turnovers in the game. Trotwood made three-of-14 third-down conversion attempts in the game.
Troy had 316 yards on offense. Kotwica again came up big for the Trojans; he threw for 148 yards and led the team with 78 rushing yards.
The Trojans’ weren’t without mistakes, though. They turned the ball over twice and missed two field goals in the game.
Burgbacher said he was proud of how the defense played. The Trojans had allowed big numbers on defense against its last three opponents.
“We came back from missing two field goals and our defense saved us,” Burgbacher said.
A big call in the game came when the Trojans tried a fourth down run on their own 40 in the fourth and were stuffed. They turned the ball over on downs to Trotwood, which set up the Rams’ last touchdown.
“Our offensive line wanted to go for it on fourth down so I relented,” Burgbacher said with a smile. “Most smart coach’s would have punted the ball. Even our defensive line wanted to go for it during the timeout.”
Troy (2-5) travels to Sidney next week for a GWOC North game. Trotwood beat Sidney by 38 points last week.