VANDALIA — On a pleasant, albeit overcast afternoon at Memorial Field in Vandalia, the Troy freshman football team overcame several offensive miscues to beat the Vandalia-Butler Aviators by a score of 30-7.
The young Trojan linemen controlled the trenches on both sides of the ball and Troy was able to jump out to a 14-0 lead on touchdown runs of 24 yards and 40 yards by Shane Shoup. Kobe Feltner executed a nice downfield block on a Butler defender, which cleared the way for Shoup on his 40-yard touchdown run.
A fumble by Troy’s offense gave the Aviators the opportunity to put points on the board just before halftime, which they did. The halftime score was 14-7, Troy.
In the second half, Troy settled into its usual ball-control game and took charge of the contest.
Troy started the second half by surprising Butler with a nicely executed onside kick, which the Trojans recovered at Butler’s 48-yard line. After two rushes up the middle, which gained about 8 yards, quarterback Jacob Adams found tight end Spencer Klopfeinstein open down the middle for a second week in a row, which he promptly turned into a 40-yard touchdown for Troy.
At 5:01 of the fourth quarter, Adams found Klopfeinstein again, this time for a 45-yard touchdown, which all but finalized the outcome.
Although Shoup was the workhorse carrying the ball, Feltner, Jayden Culp Bishop and Garrett Jones also added great run support in the victory.
Defensively, Troy almost shut down Vandalia’s running game, unofficially holding the Aviators to about 50 yards total rushing. The only measure of success Butler had was through the air. Jacob Shoup, Blake Burton and several other defenders had sacks and tackle for losses.
With the victory, the Troy freshmen improved to 6-2 on the year. The final game of the season is at Piqua on Saturday.