By: Rich Rogers | Towanda Daily Review | October 28, 2017
CANTON — In the 62nd edition of the "Old Shoe" classic, the Troy Trojans scored a 34-24 win over the Canton Warriors at Miller A. Moyer field last night.
Tyler Williams had two rushing touchdowns, and the Trojans held on in the second half for the victory. "I'm really proud of the kids," said head coach Jim Smith. "They finally played four quarters, and they achieved something no Troy team has ever done — keep the shoe for the sixth year in a row."
The Trojans received the opening kickoff and made quick work of taking the lead, as they drove 62 yards in only seven plays. A 38-yard keeper by QB Clark Jackson keyed the drive, before Jackson took it in from eight yards out for the score. Josh Hickock's PAT made it 7-0 at 9:33.
Following a Canton punt, Jackson went back to work, connecting with Bailey Cohick on a 37-yard completion to the Warrior 27. Jackson then kept it for an 11-yard pickup, before Eric Stone rumbled 16 yards for the score. Hickock's extra point was again true, and the lead was 14-0 at 3:40.
The Troy defense forced a three and out, and the offense began marching again before fumbling the ball back. The Warriors would take advantage, driving 45 yards in four plays, with QB Michael Smithers scoring the first points on a five-yard run. The extra point was blocked, and the lead was cut to 14-6 at 11:28.
The next Trojan scoring drive covered 60 yards in six plays, with Tyler Williams rumbling in from 19 yards out. Hickock's PAT was no good, and the lead was extended to 20-6.
Troy would add one more score before the half, as Tyler Williams capped a 13-play time consuming drive with a one-yard plunge on fourth down. Jackson's two-point pass attempt was incomplete, and the halftime score was 26-6.
Canton would show their never-say-quit attitude as they opened the second half with a five play, 52-yard scoring drive. Smithers connected on a 22-yard scoring pass to Levi Gaiotti, and a failed two-point pass cut the margin to 26-12.
On the Trojans' first offensive play, Williams fumbled and Canton had the ball and the momentum at the 47. From there they drove to the five yard line before Nate Martin ended the threat with an interception.
The teams would then trade punts for the remainder of the third quarter, before senior Nate Martin burst through the line for a 42-yard score. Jackson's pass to Cohick for two points was good, and Troy led 34-12 with 10:37 left.
The Warriors struck right back, as Smithers to Camden Smith covered 54 yards for the score. The two-point throw fell incomplete, making it 34-18.
The final score of the night came off of a blocked punt recovered by Tim Ward in the end zone. The two-point pass again failed, and the score was set at 34-24.
Both teams end their seasons with identical 3-7 records.