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Written by: Ed Weaver on Sunday, November 7th, 2021
Photo courtesy Joe Carreon.
In typical fashion the Troy Trojans racked up 313 yards of total offense, 288 on the ground, as they defeated the Sayre Redskins 20-6 at Alparon Park in the District IV Class 2A quarterfinals on Saturday, November 6.
The Trojans controlled the ball the majority of the first half, running 38 plays to Sayre’s 15. It took the Trojan offense until their third drive to rally kick into high gear. After holding the Redskins to an early three-and-out, both teams fumbled the ball away, but on the Trojans’ third drive after a Sayre fumble, they started at their own 19 and 11 plays later scored on a one-yard run by Evan Woodward with 2:55 remaining in the opening quarter.
Sayre’s offense went three-and-out on their ensuing drive and were forced to punt the ball back to Troy. The Trojans’ went right back to their clock-churning ground attack. This drive went 16 plays and culminated with another one-yard scoring run, this time by Jackson Taylor, making the score 14-0 in favor of the Trojans with 5:02 left in the half.
Sayre immediately answered back on their next drive as Brayden Horton connected with Luke Horton from 59 yards out. Luke Horton was left all alone in the secondary for the score, cutting Troy’s lead to 14-6.
The score remained 14-6 in favor of Troy for the rest of the first half and all through the third quarter. The Redskins took over and put together a couple longs drives as the second half ended but failed to find the end zone. On the Trojans’ third possession of the half the offense picked back up. A Damien Landon 26-yard run moved the ball into Sayre territory then he later capped the drive on a 22-yard run just under the midway point of the fourth quarter. The point after try was no good and the Trojans led 20-6.
Sayre went into their hurry up offense to try cut Troy’s lead, but their drive would end on a Woodward interception.
Woodward was 3-for-3 for 25 yards passing and rushed for 29 yards on 11 carries. Landon was the workhorse for the Trojans, racking up 200 yards on 35 attempts.
Brayden Horton was 9-for-22 for 126 yards and a touchdown and also led the ground attack with 23 yards on 11 carries. Luke Horton was the Redskins’ leading receiver with 2 catches for 47 yards.
Sayre’s season comes to an end with a 5-6 record, while the Trojans improve to 8-3 and advance to the District IV Class 2A semi-finals. They will travel to Mount Carmel to take on the #2 seed Red Tornadoes at a date and time to be determined.
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