GREENVILLE — On a wet, cool and muddy afternoon, it looked as if the weather would play an important part in the outcome of the game as the Troy freshman football team battled Greenville Saturday.
Ultimately, Troy was able to overcome the conditions with a strong offensive performance and key defensive and special teams play for the second week in a row to help the young Trojans overcome their opponent, this time by a score of 36-2 over Greenville.
The Troy defense held Greenville to minimal offensive output most of the game, frequently holding the Green Wave to no gain or loss of yardage on run plays. The Green Wave only crossed midfield four times, none of which resulted in any offensive points for them.
The only points of the game for Greenville came when Troy was pinned at its own 1-yard line following a Trojan interception, and an offensive miscue allowed the Greenville defense to trap the ball carrier in the end zone for a safety.
Trojans Nick Middlestadt and Reece Carnes intercepted passes and Troy also recovered four fumbles, including one by Gage Forsythe in the end zone for the Trojans’ first score of the afternoon. Troy also blocked two punts.
On the offensive side of the ball, the fast game was hampered a bit by the slippery conditions. But Troy was able to grind it out with good blocking and long runs by Shane Shoup, who had four runs of 30 yards or more, three of which resulted in TDs.
Several times during the game he broke free from almost sure tackles to go on to large gains. Kobe Feltner added approximately 60 rushing yards to the effort, while Garrett Jones provided a few hard fought inside runs, including one for a TD.
The Troy freshman football team improved to 3-2 win the win. The Troy freshmen host Trotwood this Saturday.