By David Fong
TROY — Matt Burgbacher wasn’t about to let one bad game lead to two bad games.
So, by the morning after the Troy football team’s heartbreaking 28-26 loss to Cincinnati Northwest last week — one that saw the Trojans allow 21 fourth-quarter points while surrendering a 19-7 lead — the game was dead and buried, as far as Burgbacher was concerned.
It was time to move on to tonight’s game against undefeated Miamisburg.
“What’s the point in focusing on it?” Troy’s first-year coach said. “Is that going to go back and change it? No. It’s just like if you have a bad play during a game — are your going to let it bother you and then make mistakes the next three or four plays? You have to have a short memory.
“The kids have been great all week. We brought them in Saturday morning and broke down the tape, then we put it away and moved on. We’ve got a great Miamisburg team we need to worry about now. We can’t worry about the Northwest game anymore. And I really think the kids have moved on.”
Troy plays at Miamisburg tonight at 7 p.m.
• PEARSON IS BACK: After missing most of the Reynoldsburg scrimmage, all of the Dunbar scrimmage and the season opener against Chaminade Julienne, senior running back Elijah Pearson finally made his return from an ankle injury last week against Cincinnati Northwest.
In his first action of the season, Pearson finished with 17 carries for 73 yards and one touchdown. He also had three catches for 6 yards.
• MANY HAPPY RETURNS: Through two games, Troy is certainly winning the battle in the kick return game against the opposition.
The Trojans are averaging 22.6 yards per kickoff return, while allowing the opposition 7.4 yards per kickoff return. Troy is averaging 18.3 yards per punt return, while allowing opposing teams just 8.5 yards per punt return.
The biggest difference for the Trojans? Junior Hayden Jackson, who is averaging a robust 29.0 yards per kickoff return and has returned all of Troy’s punts for an average of 18.3 yards per return.
Senior Frankie Quintero is averaging a respectable 17.3 yards per kickoff return himself.
• GOING DEEP: Through two games, Trojan quarterback Hayden Kotwica is averaging nearly 200 passing yards per game, having completed 22 of 40 passes for 398 yards, along with six touchdowns and just one interception.
He’s not doing it by piling up yards on short throws.
All four of Troy’s top receivers are averaging 14.0 yards per catch or better. Leading receiver Luke Robinson has eight receptions for 173 yards — an average of 21.6 yards per catch — and two touchdowns. Jackson has five catches for 168 yards — an average of 33.6 yards per catch — and also had two touchdowns.
Zach Boyer is averaging 15.3 yards per catch, while Will Brumfield is averaging 14 yards per catch.
• MORE ON MIAMISBURG: This will be the sixth year in a row the Trojans have played the Vikings. Troy won the first two meetings in 2010 (50-14) and 2011 (38-0), while Miamisburg has won the past three meetings (7-6, 23-14 and 45-14).
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