The Trojans made a slight comeback in the second half, but it wasn’t enough to get ahead of the Vikings.
Troy lost 49-13 against Francis Howell in the first round of the MSHSAA Playoffs at Francis Howell High School on Oct. 21. From the start, the Vikings had control of the field, putting the score at 42-0 by the end of the second half. However, the Trojans were able to progress closer toward the end zone in the third quarter due to the efforts of De’onte Sanders and Thomas Larson. Larson made Troy’s first touch down of the night in the last few minuets of the quarter. At the beginning of the fourth quarter the Trojans scored another touch down, this time by Cole Justus, who went 74 yard upon reception, putting the score 42-13. However, another touch down made by Francis Howell wrapped up the game, ending the season for the Trojans.
“I was really proud of the way that we found a way to get better in the second half,” said Head Coach Ryan Nesbitt. “Wish we would have started better and not gotten ourselves into that situation, but you know that’s football.”
The football team said goodbye to eight seniors this season: Levonte Regans, Sean Ragan, Cole Justus, Anthony James, Nathan Keleher, Kyle Emerson, Nate Hight and Chase Parsons.
“I couldn’t be more proud of them for what they have done with this program,” continued Nesbitt. “Our program is getting better every single year and it is a testament to these guys.”