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Troy Buchanan and Francis Howell North met on a cold, wet field Oct. 5 at North. Both team’s seasons are going in opposite directions, The Knights were winless going into the game and still remained that way as Troy squeezed out a 15-12 win. The win improved Troy’s record to 5-2 for the year.
Devon Fuller put the Trojans ahead early in the game as he scored from 52 yards out with 11:41 left in the first period. He also added the extra point, giving Troy a quick 7-0 lead. The Trojans held that lead at halftime. The field was a factor as neither team could take advantage of several miscues and penalties. For the game, Troy had over 100 yards infractions. The Trojans saw two touchdowns called back due penalties.
In the second half, quarterback Ben Chaney found the key, scoring form 11 yards out with 2:56 left in the third quarter. Fuller ran for the two-point conversion extending Troy’s lead to 15-0.
Howell North would get two TDs in the final period on a 30-yard run by the quarterback with 10:15 to play, and also a 26-yard touchdown pass to John Vogt with 2:21 left in the game.
Troy held a 307-83 edge on the ground with Fuller rushing for 143 yards on 16 rushes to lead the way Justin Sutphin finished with 10-9 yards as he continues to be a factor since he was inserted into the backfield. The Trojans held a 353-209 edge in total yards and converted 6 of 11 third-down attempts. Sutphin and Shane Ponder caught passes from Chaney. Defensively, Nick Travis and Ben Chaney recovered fumbles. Dalton Gilbert had two quarterback sacks and Fuller had seven solo tackles.
The Winfield Warriors are still searching for their first win against a Gateway Athletic Conference following a 47-20 loss to Warrenton. T.J. Lafaver and Devin Roberts were an impressive combination via the air. A highlight for Winfield was Jerel Hall rushing for 102 yards on 23 attempts on the ground. He had two touchdowns. Kyle Lippmann had the other for Winfield. Aubuchon completed 4 of 13 passes for 64 yards, all to Lippmann. Defensively, JJ Javaux had 16 total tackles to lead Winfield.
Clopton/Elsberry saw their three-game winning streak come to an end as they lost 28-22 to Wright City with the Wildcats displaying a solid running game.
“Wright City did a tremendous job running the ball and taking the ball out of the hands of our offense,” said Coach Lynn Nutt. “Defensively we did not execute our game plan.”
One bright spot was the IndianHawks tenacity fought throughout the game. They fell behind 14-0 but outscored them 22-14 the rest of the game.
“We can’t continue to start slow,” said Nutt stressing his team’s offense lack of concentration at times which resulted in mental mistakes.
Jack Hicks scored two TDs, passed for 106 yards (7/18, 2 int.)