Troy football eyes first district title in ten years, Trojans prepare for perennial power Southern Columbia
TROY, P.A. (WENY) - Troy football will compete for its first district title in 10 years on Friday, and they'll look to do it against a school that is very familiar with being at the top, six-time defending State Champ Southern Columbia.
The Trojans and Tigers will go head-to-head for the District IV Class AA title Friday night at 7 PM at Alparon Park.
Troy enters this game undefeated at 12-0 after beating Line Mountain, 44-0 in last week's semifinals. Southern Columbia has just one loss and got revenge against Mount Carmel last week. Both teams have been dominant overall. Troy is averaging 47 points per game while giving up just under 6. Southern Columbia is averaging over 44 points a game while allowing just over 10.
These teams played each other in last year's district playoffs where Southern Columbia won.
The Trojans are aware of the tall task at hand but feel they can get it done this time around.
"We have to limit our mistakes," said Head Coach Jim Smith. "Last year we had more turnovers in that game than we had in every game combined and it was self-induced stuff and a lot of nerves going into that with a young team and we can't do that this year. You can't give them anything and I feel if we play clean we're going to have a great opportunity to win a district title this year right in Troy."
"Our defense is going to have to be solid, we're definitely going to have to hold on to the ball and just give it our all and I think we can get them this year," said senior running back, Clayton Smith. "We watched the 2013 team do it. We were all of the water boys back then and this is something we've been looking forward to our whole life and I'm so excited it's all I can think about."
"It definitely helps knowing a little bit more about them that we played them last year and hopefully we can use that and the film we've got this year and hopefully we can show up on Friday" added junior quarterback, Evan Woodward.
"It'd be so special, this team has been like a family up through the years, everyone knows each other and it'd be great to bring one home with this group of guys," said senior center Shaun Wood.
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