By: Rich Rogers | Towanda Daily Review | October 29, 2011
TROY - The Trojans scored early and often, and never looked back on their way to a 53-7 trouncing of the visiting Cowanesque Indians last night.
The first three times Troy touched the ball resulted in scores, building leads of 21-0 by the end of the first quarter and 44-0 by half time. As efficient as the offense was, the Trojan defense was just as stout, holding Cowanesque to 19 total yards in the first half. The Indians started the game with a quick three and out. Punting from their own 21, Troy's Jed Wright would field it and race down the left side line behind a wall of blockers 45 yards for the score. A holding penalty brought the play back, but no matter, as Wright would take the option pitch on the next play and race 41 yards down the right side line for the score. Josh McClaren added the extra point, and at 9:30, Troy led 7-0.
Following another three and out, Wright again received the punt at the Cowanesque 40 and following the same wall down the same left side line, took it back 40 yards for his third score in as many touches. McClaren's PAT was again true and Troy was up 14-0 at 7:38.
Troy's third possession started at the 50. Following two short runs, quarterback Lucas Havens completed his first pass of the night, a 49 yard strike over the middle to Zach Root. McClaren's extra point made it 21-0 with 4:09 left in the first quarter. Troy would then recover a fumble at the Cowanesque 19. A quick completion from Havens to Cody Wolfe set them up with first and goal at the 5. Tanner Bulkley then carried to the 1, but two straight carries by Delbert Lewis came up short and the Indians took over on their 1. The teams switched ends of the field to start the second quarter, where the Trojans would force a fumble and sack in the end zone, giving them a safety and a 23-0 lead at 11:55 of the second quarter.
Tyler Hodge returned the free kick 25 yards as Troy would set up shop for its next possession at the Indian 27. The Trojans began to substitute as Justin Bradley and Delbert Lewis were just two of twelve runners on the night to share carries on this drive. On 3rd and goal from the 4, Havens would keep the option off the left side for the score. McClaren's PAT made it 30-0 with 10:22 left in the half. Troy's next score was an eleven play, 55 yard march that ended with a Havens to Wolfe completion from 9 yards out. McClaren made it 5 for 5, and the lead was now 37-0. The final score of the half came as Josh Ellsworth took a carry 32 yards off the left side. McClaren's final kick of the first half sent the Trojans into intermission with a 44-0 lead.
The second half started where it left off, with the Trojans driving from their 45 to the Indian 14 in six plays. From there, McClaren made a 30 yard field goal to push the lead to 47-0 at 7:40 of the third quarter. The next Trojan drive covered 60 yards in 9 plays, but mercifully ended with a fumble in the end zone giving Cowanesque a touch back. Unfortunately, the Indians would fumble it right back on their 18 and the Trojan's Greg Ellsworth got his turn running over the left side on 1st down for the score. The extra point was blocked, and Troy led 53-0.
With Troy's subbing freely, Cowanesque's only sustained drive of the night covered 79 yards in 7 plays highlighted by a 35 yard reverse run by Ryan Freeman. On 1st and goal from the 9, Anthony Saxbury ran over the left side for the score. Trevor Adriance added the extra point and the Indians were on the board, 53-7.
Aided by the mercy rule, Troy was able to run out the rest of the clock and seal the win. The Trojans saw twelve different players tote the pig skin on 33 carries for 263 yards on the night. Lucas Havens was also 5 for 11 for 88 yards and 2 touchdowns through the air. Cowanesque finished with 114 total yards, all of them on the ground.
Next week, the Trojans will host Canton in the annual "Old Shoe" game.