By David Fong
VANDALIA — On a night in which the Butler football team sold out to stop the run against Troy, the Trojans cashed in through the air, on defense and on special teams in a 49-19 win over the Aviators Friday.
Senior quarterback Hayden Kotwica threw for more than 250 yards and four touchdowns, sophomore safety Sam Jackson picked off three passes and Troy’s special teams units blocked a pair of extra points to turn a lead that had dwindled to nine points in the second half into a running block blowout.
“Their going to keep 7-8 guys in the box? That does make it tough to run the ball,” Troy coach Matt Burgbacher said. “But we were able to spread them out, Hayden (Kotwica) made some good throws and our receivers ran good routes.”
With the win, the Trojans improved to 6-1 (2-0 in the Greater Western Ohio Conference American North Division), while Butler fell to 4-3 (1-1 in the GWOC American North). Unofficially, the win may also have been enough to clinch a playoff spot for the Trojans, their first since 2011. Official computer points standings will not be released for several days.
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Troy’s (5) runs the ball Friday in Vandalia.