By Bob Simmons
Troy Buchanan High Trojans climaxed a week and day filled with activities, put away all the distractions, and posted a 35-14 Homecoming win Sept. 30 over Francis Howell North. The teams were tied at 14-14 after three periods before the Trojans put three unanswered touchdowns on the board in the final period for the win. They now have a 3-4 record for the season.
In the final period, McKennan Starkey scored on a one-yard run with 11:20 remaining. Collin Nichols then scored on a 14-yard run and Starkey threw a seven-yard pass to Dallas King with 4:06 left to play. Dylan Sutton added the extra points after each score.
The Trojans led 14-7 at the half. Nichols scored on a 28-yard run in the first quarter and Trenton Cathcart found pay dirt on a two-yard run early in the second quarter. The PAT after each was good by Sutton.
For the Knights, Patrick Koester threw touchdown passes, one to Drew Scheer in the second quarter and a 15-yard pass to Maurice Massey in the third period.
As a team, Troy rushed for 305 yards with Nichols eclipsing the 100-yard mark with 109 yards. Troy had six different players carry the ball at one time or another. Starkey completed 8 of 13 passes for 126 yards. King caught four for 56 yards and Tanner Boaz had, had 44 yards on two receptions. Defensively, Thomas Larson and Ion Porter had interceptions. Alazae Walker recovered a fumble. Larson was in on nine tackles.
“This was one of the more complete games we have played all year,” said Troy Coach Ryan Nesbitt. “I thought all three phases made plays throughout the game. Offensively, we were very efficient running for 305 and throwing for around 125. Anytime you have a game where you don’t punt, you are playing well on that side. Defensively we knew they had some good athletes and we needed to do a good job tackling in space. I thought for the most part we did that. I think the interception by Ion (Porter) after we fumbled inside the 10 was a big play that turned the momentum for good. The offense went right back down and took care of the football and scored. Defense got a stop and then Porter made another big play with the punt block on the next series and the offense did a nice job of finishing again. I felt like we were in control of the game but it was great to see our kids finish a ball game by making plays in all phases.”