By: Rich Rogers | Towanda Daily Review | November 5, 2011
TROY - As the old adage says, "If the shoe fits-wear it." For the Warriors, it's a perfect fit for the sixth straight year, as Canton defeated Troy in the 57th version of the "Old Shoe Classic" last night at Alparon Park.
The Canton running attack overwhelmed the Trojans to the tune of 348 yards on 71 carries. Running backs Jordan Campbell and Scott Rockwell shared much of the load with 24 and 27 carries respectively.
The Warriors domination started early, as they took the opening kick off and marched 65 yards on 14 plays, converting two 4th downs on the drive, the second a 13-yard touchdown pass on 4th and 10 from the Trojan 13. On the play, quarterback Ben Pepper rolled left and found a leaping Jordan Campbell in the end zone for the score. Brian Jannone added the extra point, and at 6:39, Canton led 7-0. Following a three-and-out, the Warriors began the next drive at the Troy 47. They would use up the remainder of the first quarter on an 11 play march, completing another 4th down from the Troy 21 to keep the drive alive. On 1st and 10 from the 13, Campbell took a sweep around the left end in for the score. Jannone again added the extra point, and with 1:37 left in the first quarter, the lead was 14-0.
Troy would fumble the ball back on the first play of its next series, setting up the Warriors at mid-field. Another 11 play drive found Canton facing a 4th and goal from the 8 where Jannone's 30 yard field goal attempt was short.
The Troy offense finally got untracked on their next series. Starting from their 20, Jed Wright took an option pitch 33 yards off the left side, and a 15 yard late hit penalty by Canton put the ball at the 32. A pair of 5 yard runs from Tanner Bulkley and three quarterback keeps set the Trojans up with 3rd and goal from the Canton 5. From a spread formation empty backfield, quarterback Lucas Havens took the shotgun snap and weaved his way through the defense for the score. Josh McClaren added the extra point, and at 6:05 of the second, Canton's lead was cut to 14-7.
That would be as close as the Trojans got all night, as the Warriors took the next drive 72 yards in just 6 plays keyed by a 22 yard option keep by Pepper and an 18 yard inside trap from Rockwell. At 1st and 10 from the Troy 15, Wes Moore took what appeared to be an old Wyalusing belly option over the right side for 15 yards and the score. Jannone's extra point attempt was short and Canton would take a 20-7 lead into the locker room at half time.
The second half picked up where the first left off, with Canton's running attack firing on all cylinders. Toss sweeps, option plays, inside traps, everything was working as Canton's front five continually won the battle at the point of attack. The Warriors would burn almost the entire third quarter clock as they drove 62 yards in 19 plays. Although the drive ended on downs at the Troy 16, their offensive dominance was established. Midway through the fourth quarter, Canton's final scoring drive would cover 56 yards on 11 plays. On 2nd and goal from the Trojan 4, Jordan Campbell took the option pitch around the left end. A fake PAT run was stopped short by Troy and the final score was set, 26-7.
Jordan Campbell led all rushers with 136 yards on 24 carries for two touchdowns, while Scott Rockwell added 118 yards on 27 carries. Ben Pepper completed 5 of 10 passes for 69 yards and a touchdown. Lucas Havens led the Trojans with 57 yards on 14 carries and one score while completing only one of 15 passes for two yards with two interceptions.
The Warriors end the season with a 7-3 record and move onto the District 4 "A" playoffs, while the Trojans end the season with a 6-4 record and wait to hear their playoff fate.