By David Fong
TROY — It wasn’t easy, but — for the first time in a long time — Troy and Piqua will play for it all.
Troy held on to defeat a rugged Greenville team 42-21 Friday night, while Piqua knocked off Tippecanoe 27-20, setting up a winner-takes-all meeting this coming Friday at Alexander Stadium as the Trojans and Indians meet for the 132nd time. With the win over Greenville, Troy improved to 8-1 (4-0 in the Greater Western Ohio Conference North Division), while Piqua improved to 7-2 (4-0 in the American North).
“This is where we wanted to be,” Troy coach Matt Burgbacher said. “It’s a one-game season now.”
Troy’s offense had a rough night through the air and turned the ball over four times — giving the Trojans nine turnovers in the last two games — but Josh Browder carried the ball 21 times for 269 yards and five touchdowns to provide Troy the offense it needed. He had 18 carries for 187 yards and four touchdowns in the first half alone.
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