Trojans are coming off 10-2 campaign and prepping for start of practice on July 31.
CLAYTON — Troy wrapped up a week of preseason camp at the Northmont 7-on-7 passing camp Saturday at Good Samaritan Stadium. The Trojans, who are coming off of a 10-2 season, spent over 30 hours on the practice field.
Troy head coach Matt Burbacher was very impressed with the improvement of the whole team and said the players are way ahead of where they were last season.
Sam Coleman took the majority of snaps at quarterback for Troy and appears to be the leading candidate to replace Hayden Kotwica, who graduated last spring. Coleman, a senior, was a receiver last season and missed over half the season with an injury. Sophomore Brayden Siler spent most of the day at quarterback for Troy’s junior varsity group, which also was in action at Northmont.
Zach Boyer, Matt McGillvary, Spencer Klopfenstein, Mark Summers, Shane Shoop and JaydonCulp-Bishop saw action at receiver on Saturday among others. Sam Jackson, a junior running back/defensive back, was in attendance but did not play.
Troy’s defense got a workout against three excellent quarterbacks yesterday in Austin Davis of Piqua, Braden White from Franklin and Trotwood-Madison standout QB Markell Stephens-Peppers. All three of these flingers threw for over 1,000 yards each a year ago. Davis threw several TD passes against Troy — four of them to Hayden Schrubb, who burned Troy with the deep pass.
Troy won first game over Beavecreek three touchdowns to one and had lopsided losses to Piqua, Franklin and Trotwood-Madison. Franklin and Trotwood both made the playoffs a year ago, and Piqua nearly missed out on a postseason berth due to Dunbar’s late season forfeits.
Zach Boyer played sound for the Trojans’ defense, as did Shoop, who had a couple of interceptions. Boyer has offers from Ohio Dominican and Indiana Wesleyan on the plate right now. Other standout defensive players were linebackers John Wehrkamp and Blake Burton. They’ll be aided on defense in regular play be several returnees on the line: Rase Darrow, Logan Hubbard,, Kameron Block, Devin Sturgeon and Gage Forsythe.
The Trojans will open the season on Aug. 25 at Trotwood and return home for the next three weeks, including a Thursday night game on Aug. 31 against Xenia that will be broadcast on Fox 45.