By: Rich Rogers | Towanda Daily Review | October 2, 2016
SAYRE — The Sayre Redskins homecoming game was delayed by lightening, but Senior RB Tylor Belles proved to be the "thunder," rumbling for 206 yards on 28 carries to lead his team to a 28-13 victory over the visiting Troy Trojans in the Lockhart Street Bowl last night.
"Tylor is a great back, he runs hard, and our O-line paved the way tonight," said a happy Sayre head coach Steve Satterly. "We did what we do best: run the ball."
Troy took the opening kick off and moved into scoring position aided by a 25-yard fake punt run by Zack Zimmerman, setting up 1st and 10 on the Sayre 20. But, as would be the case for much of the night, a 15-yard penalty followed by a fumble killed the drive.
After pinning the Redskins deep in their own territory and forcing a punt, Troy regained great field position and cashed in, covering 26 yards in two plays, highlighted by Nate Martin's 22-yard scoring run. Seldon Rogers' PAT failed, and the Trojans led 6-0 at 2:40.
The teams would then trade punts before Sayre took advantage of a short field. Starting at the Troy 35, four straight handoffs to workhorse Tyler Belles ended in a 17-yard TD run. Belles also added the 2-point run, and the Redskins took the lead, 8-6 at 8:40.
Sayre would force another punt before going right back to Belles, feeding him the rock four more times to set up 3rd and 5 from the 46. From there, Belles rumbled 54 yards for his second score of the night. The 2-point run failed, and the lead was stretched to 14-6 at halftime.
The third quarter began with Troy again fighting out of bad field position, when on 4th and 11 from their nine, a bad snap sailed over punter Zack Zimmerman's head and out of the endzone for a safety and a 16-6 Sayre lead.
Following a Sayre punt, Troy would close the gap, putting together an impressive nine-play, 85-yard drive. Zack Zimmerman ripped off 34 and 14 yard runs in the drive before QB Clark Jackson connected on a perfect 13-yard fade pass in the corner of the endzone to wideout Ja Wallace. Rogers connected on the PAT, and the lead was cut to 16-13 with 11:54 left.
The Trojan defense would step up and force a rare 3-and-out, and the momentum seemed to shift. But it was short-lived, as Clark Jackson fumbled the ball at his own 36. From there, five straight carries by Belles would put Sayre back in complete control, as he finished the drive with a 13-yard TD run. Again the 2-point run failed, and it was 22-13 with 6:21 left.
The Redskins final scoring drive covered 34 yards in three plays, as Belles finished his night by rumbling in from 16 yards out. The PAT was blocked, and the homecoming win was complete, 28-13.
"Overall it was a nice job, I'm very happy with the kids' effort tonight," said Coach Satterly afterward.