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Canton wraps up district playoff spot with win over Troy.


By: Eric Bohanan | Towanda Daily Review | November 3, 2007


TROY - Up 14-0 with 5:30 to go in the first half, Canton got the ball at its own six-yard line and drove 94 yards in 13 plays to go up 20-0 with 42 seconds left in the half. The score gave it momentum going into halftime and put it on track for a 35-6 win over Troy last night at Alparon Park.

"That was a key drive for us," Canton head coach Miller Moyer said. "They are a good team, and whenever you get a chance to score, you have to punch it in."

On the first offensive play of the second half, Canton took advantage of its momentum at the end of the first half when Lucas Bailey took a toss off the left side and ran 74 yards for a touchdown.

"Any momentum that we had was gone," Troy head coach Kevin Schucker said of the 74 yard run. "Give Canton a lot of credit; they played mistake-free football and we couldn't stop them."

At the end of the first quarter, the game looked as if it would be anything but a 35-6 final score. However, on the first play of the second quarter Tyrell Wheeler ran 12 yards around the right side for a touchdown. The touchdown was set up by a 44 yard screen pass from Reese Holmes to Wheeler. The Warriors took advantage of a Troy fumble on the Trojans' next offensive play. Justin Brown recovered the fumble for Canton at the Troy 33-yard line.

Canton wasted no time scoring as Brown capped off a five-play, 33 yard scoring drive with a one yard run.

"I thought we were ok after the first quarter and still thought we were ok down 14-0, but we made too many mistakes," Schucker said. "They took the option away and we missed their blitzing linebackers. Coach Miller put together a good game plan."

Coach Miller was pleased with the way his offense played, "Last week we kind of disappeared. Take nothing away from Muncy, but the conditions didn't help," Miller said.

"We played well; our guys are like volcanoes. They don't get real excited before the game, but they came to play. I thought Reese ran the offense well tonight."

Canton invoked the mercy rule when freshman Corey Lee blocked a punt and recovered it in the end zone for a score. Troy got on the board when Vance Spencer connected with Tony Carter for a 15 yard touchdown pass. The win put Canton into the District IV, Class AA playoffs, while the loss ends the season for Troy.