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Trojans in thick of GAC South race, eclipse Spartans’ in Homecoming win

Posted on Monday, September 24, 2012 at 9:44 am

Capping an exciting day, the Troy Buchanan High Trojans defeated Francis Howell Central 43-30 Saturday in their Homecoming game. The win improved Troy’s record to 3-1.

Trojans struck first and last on the scoreboard in the win. Devon Fuller, who rushed for 181 yards on 22 carries scored on the Trojans’ opening drive with 9:16 left on a 39 yard run. Fuller added the PAT, giving Troy a 7-0 lead. Troy’s defense bent but didn’t break as they stopped the Spartans on a fourth down attempt near midfield. After failing to move, Ben Chaney pinned the Spartans inside their 5 yard line on a punt. The Spartans went to the air as quarterback Brody Allen found Desmond Young open. Young hauled in the pass and raced into the endzone completing an 86-yard play. For the game, Allen completed 18 of 23 passes for 366 yards and three TDs (only one interception).

Troy regained the lead early in the second period when Justin Sutphin scored on a 25-yard run and Fuller’s PAT for a 14-7 lead. The Spartans added a 19-yard field goal in the waning seconds of the half, leaving the score 14-10 at the half.

After the teams exchanged fumbles in the third period, the Spartans regained the lead (17-14) as Allen and Young hooked up on a 65-yard pass and PAT with 8:04 to play in the period. The Trojans answered on an impressive drive capped by quarterback Ben Chaney’s 81 yard run. Following the PAT, Troy led 21-17. Troy added two touchdowns before the end of the period, one on a 47-yd run by Fuller and a 13-yard run by Chaney.  Before the end of the quarter, Allen hooked up on his third TD pass on a 65-yd strike to Alex Lewis.

The Spartans refused to quit as  Duboise Hill scored on a 6 yd. run with 8:40 left to play. They went for the two-point conversion but failed.  Fuller proved some cushion and final score for Troy as he scored on an 11 yd. run and kick with 3:19 left to play.

Chaney rushed for 185 yards, and with Fuller’s 181 yards, helped Troy to a 471-86 edge on the ground. This was a key offsetting Allen’s 366 yards through the air. The Trojans held a 471-452 edge in total offense. Defensively, Troy recovered four fumbles (Anthony Ribaudo had two, Dalton Gilbert and Johnny Pulliam) and Robert Noll had one interception. Sutphin had one sack. Ribaudo had seven solo tackles.

With Dalton Gilbert (56) opening a hole in Howell Central’s defense, Devon Fuller (right) races for a touchdown in Troy’s win. Fuller finished the game with 181 yards rushing behind Ben Chaney’s 185 yards on the ground.