By: Rich Rogers | Towanda Daily Review | October 14, 2017
TOWANDA — The Towanda Black Knights enjoyed a happy homecoming last night as they defeated the visiting Troy Trojans 27-13.
The game was well played and hard fought by both teams for the first half when Towanda took a slim 14-13 lead into the locker room. But the second half was all Black Knights, as they held Troy to -1 yard of total offense on their way to the win.
The Trojans received the opening kickoff and were forced to punt. Coach Dawsey went to the air early, as on second down Tanner Kunkle connected on an 80-yard catch and run to his speedy wide out Dalton Potter. Zach Sims added the PAT and at 8:37 the Black Knights led 7-0.
Troy would answer immediately, as Ja Wallace took the ensuing kickoff and raced 89 yards for the score. A Seldon Rogers PAT tied it at 7-7 with 8:24 left in the first.
Both teams would trade punts before Troy put together a 42-yard, 10-play march before Walker Kelley fumbled at the goal line and Towanda recovered the touch back. The Knights would return the favor, as Kunkle was intercepted by Bailey Cohick at the 16. Three plays would only net six yards, and Rogers nailed a 27-yard field goal to put the Trojans up 10-7. The lead was brief, as Towanda responded with a nine-play, 52-yard drive, as Potter plowed into the end zone from eight yards out. Sims' second PAT regained the lead 14-10. Troy then drove 58 yards in eight plays to the Towanda two. But with 18 seconds left and no time outs left, Rogers hit a 20-yard field goal to make it 14-13 at halftime.
The second half began with both teams trading punts before Griffin Sites broke free on a 48-yard jaunt for the score. Sims' point after was true, and the lead was now 21-13. The Black Knights sealed the deal with a demoralizing 93-yard, 13-play march that ended with a five-yard scoring strike from Kunkle to Potter. Sims' PAT was wide left and the final was set 27-13.
Kunkle finished 6-11 for 108 yards and two scores. Potter rushed two times and caught two passes but scored three TDs on the night. Tyler Williams led Troy with 78 yards on 15 carries.