Trojans dominate second half for win in regular season finale
Nick Travis catches this pass.
Troy Buchanan High Trojans snapped a long losing streak in a big way, dominating the Battle High Spartans in the second half enroute to a 50-26 win Friday in Troy. The win improved the Trojans’ season record to 3-6 for the year.
The first half was like two boxers going at it, exchanging significant blows and looking for the knockout punch. On the second play from scrimmage, Troy’s Justin Sutphin got through the middle of the line and raced 53 yards for a TD. Jeremy McKenna kicked the extra point and Troy led 7-0 with 11:12 left. Troy’s defense recovered a fumble on the Spartans first possession on Battle’s 14 yard line. Quarterback Devon Fuller turned this turnover into a 10-yard scoring run and with McKenna’s extra point, Troy was ahead 14-0 with 9:26 left in the first period. Battle refused to quit and battled back with two touchdowns of their own before the end of the period. Jerron Key scored on a 23-yard run (PAT successful) with 8:52 left. After recovering a Trojan fumble, Marshall Willingham scored on a six-yard run. The extra point tied the score.
The Spartans took their first lead of the game with 10:49 left in the second period, scoring again after recovering a fumble. Nash Sutherlin raced 56 yards, finding paydirt. The score remained 20-14 as the kick failed. The Trojans answered when they capped an 11-play drive with a 10-yard touchdown pass from Fuller to Nick Travis. McKenna gave the Trojans a 21-20 lead with the extra point. Battle regained the lead on their next drive when Willingham scored on a 7 yard run with 2:30 left in the half. Only 25 seconds later, thunder hit again as Sutphin raced 68 yards for a TD and with McKenna’s extra point, gave Troy a 28-26 lead at the half.
Troy Coach Par Pitts’ halftime talk must have hit the right chords as the Trojans completely dominated the second half, scoring 15 points in the third and seven in the final period while shutting down the Spartans defensively. Fuller scored twice in the third period on one-yard runs. McKenna added the extra point after the first score and then Branden Westhoff ran for the two-points, helping Troy to a 42-26 lead going into the final period. In the fourth, Sutphin scored his third TD of the night when he scored on a 33-yard run with 1:19 left in the game.
The Trojans held a 442-313 edge in rushing yards in total offense (474-371). Sutphin led Troy on the ground with 247 yards and Fuller had 144 yards on the ground and passed for 23 yards. Defensively, Brett Kellock had 7.5 tackles with Wyatt Hayes finishing with six. Sutherhin led Battle with 207 yards rushing and Jerrion Nelson defensively with nine tackles.
This Friday, the Trojans will face Francis Howell in a Class 6 district matchup at Howell beginning at 7 p.m.