By: Rachel Rogers | Towanda Daily Review | September 22, 2012 | Photo courtesy Rachel Rogers
WYALUSING - The visiting Trojans were too much for the Rams to bear, as they outscored the home team 44-12 to walk off the field with a still undefeated 4-0 record. Wyalusing's efforts just weren't enough, as Troy took advantage of their weaknesses early in the game.
The opening kickoff received by the Rams resulted in a fumble, where the Trojans recovered to set up shop at the Wyalusing 19-yard line. On fourth and six, junior kicker Joshua McClaren put the first points on the board with a field goal, and the Trojans led 3-0 with 9:25 left to play in the first quarter. After forcing a three-and-out, Troy ran three straight blast lefts and on first and five, sophomore Isaac Havens raced in for the 23 yard score with 6:18 to go. McClaren's PAT was true, and the Trojans now led 10-0. Two penalties against the visiting team contributed to Wyalusing's eleven play drive, which ended in an unfortunate punt by kicker Tyler Fenton. The teams then traded punts for the remainder of the quarter, until the Rams offense began to show new life. A pass from QB Andrew Pickett into the arms of Jeremy Allyn and a run from Dylan Otis set Wyalusing up at the Trojans' 33.
Pickett's pass was caught by Tim Ace, as he ran the ball in for the Rams' first score of the night. With 3:39 left in the second quarter, Troy's lead was cut, 10-6.
The Trojans answered right back, when quarterback Jed Wright ran the ball 56 yards for the touchdown on an option left keep. The extra point was good yet again, and Troy led 17-6. On their next possession, senior Christopher Westerfer hauled in a pass from behind to extend their lead, 23-6. McClaren's PAT did not fail to make the cut, and both teams made their way into the locker room with the Trojans leading 24-6.
The Rams appeared to be fired up coming out after the halftime speech, but the Trojans defense held them to an eight-play drive to open up the second half. On Troy's second possession of the third quarter, Justin Bradley crossed the goal line for a four-yard touchdown. The fourth extra point of the night for the Trojans was no good, and their lead was held back one point, 30-6. Another three-and-out from the Rams gave the Trojans the ball at their own nine yard line. Westerfer had yet another great catch, as he reached into the arms of two defenders and snagged the ball. Troy was cut short of gaining yet another seven points as the result of a fumble, and the ball was handed over to Wyalusing. With 11:04 left to play in the fourth quarter, Fenton caught a pass from Pickett and raced down the left sideline 38 yards for the score. The attempted two point conversion was incomplete and the Trojans still led 30-12. The Trojan defense got a chance to get in on the scoring action, as Connor Voorhees recovered a fumbled snap in the end zone to put Troy up 37-6 with 6:29 left. Both teams substituted freely and Troy's freshman tailback Curtis Jones scored the last points of the night on a three yard run to make the final 44-12 Troy.
Jed Wright led all rushers with 110 yards on 10 carries and one touchdown. Walker West added 37 yards on seven carries, while Isaac Havens had 32 yards on three carries and a score. For Wyalusing, Dylan Otis had 21 yards on 12 rushes, while Pickett passed for 139 yards and two touchdowns on six completions.
Next week, Wyalusing takes on Canton while Troy battles Athens for the NTL lead.