Culp-Bishop emerged at tailback

By David Fong

TROY — One year ago, the Troy football team’s game against Bellefontaine served as Josh Browder’s official coming out party as the Trojans’ featured running back.

This year’s game against the Chieftains may have done the same for junior running back Jayden Culp-Bishop.

Culp-Bishop had the best night of his career Friday in Troy’s 30-22 loss to Bellefontaine Friday at Troy Memorial Stadium as he carried the ball 28 times for 198 yards and a 57-yard touchdown early in the third quarter.

“Jayden played well,” Burgbacher said. “He ran well, but I also think our offensive line picked it up in the second half, as well. Jayden does have some speed, and we can do some things to get him the ball.”

Indeed, Troy’s ability to control the line of scrimmage behind its offensive line — junior tackles Gage Forsythe and Nathan Garber, senior center Rase Darrow and senior guards Kameron Block and Drew Smith — helped spring Culp-Bishop for big gains the final two quarters. Culp-Bishop had just 9 yards rushing after the first quarter and 37 yards rushing at halftime — meaning he rushed for 161 in the second half alone.

Last year against the Chieftains, Browder — who graduated last spring — had his first career 100-yard night, carrying the ball 13 times for 139 yards and two touchdowns. He also had four catches for 94 yards and a touchdown.

From that point through the rest of the season, Troy relied almost exclusively on Browder at running back. That may not yet be the case for the Trojans this year with Culp-Bishop.

Bullish junior Sam Jackson continued to get carries Friday in short yardage and goal-line situations, scoring on a pair of touchdown runs from inside the 5-yard line. Also, junior Shane Shoop started the season as Troy’s starting running back against Trotwood, but then had to miss last week’s game against Xenia following a concussion suffered in Week 1.

Shoop returned Friday against Bellefontaine, but played almost exclusively on defense, carrying the ball just one time on offense.

If all three are healthy, Troy has the option of using all three in different situations the rest of the season.

Injury Report

Shoop made his return from the concussion he suffered against Trotwood, playing almost exclusively on defense against the Chieftains.

Senior lineman Logan Hubbard — Troy’s starter at noseguard last season — suited up for the first time this year, but did not see any playing time Friday. Hubbard broke his foot the final week of summer practice and has now missed the first three games of the season. In his place, Forsythe has gone both ways at offensive tackle and noseguard.

Sophomore safety Brayden Siler — Troy’s back-up quarterback — suffered a broken hand in last week’s junior varsity game against Xenia. Siler did play safety Friday against Bellefontaine, sporting a heavily bandaged left (non-throwing) hand.

Hall of Fame Night

Troy introduced its Troy Athletic Hall of Fame Class for 2017 prior to Friday’s game. It is the fifth class to be inducted since the hall of fame was founded in 2013.

Each year, the hall of fame class has been introduced to the public prior to a Troy football game on Friday night, then formally inducted at a ceremony Saturday evening at the Crystal Room in Troy.

So far, Troy is 1-4 in Hall of Fame Night games, with its lone winning coming last year in the season opener against Trotwood-Madison. Even then, the game didn’t finish that Friday night, as lightning storms postponed the Troy victory until Saturday morning.

Gold Out Game

Troy’s game this coming Friday against Fairborn at Troy memorial Stadium will be a “Gold Out Game,” honoring the fight against pediatric cancer. The Troy Football Parents Association will be holding several fundraisers, which will benefit the Dayton Children’s Hospital Oncology/Hematology Department. Fans may purchase custom-made gold shirts to wear to the game. They are limited in quantity, but students at Van Cleve, Troy Junior High School and Troy High School can buy one for $10 in standard sizes this week at each school. Adults can purchase them at the Troy Sports Center. Supplies are limited. Fans may also purchase raffle tickets for gift baskets. All proceeds from t-shirt and raffle ticket sales will go to the Dayton Children’s Medical Center Oncology Department. Finally fans can contribute to the online fundraiser at

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Anthony Weber | Troy Daily News Troy running back Jayden Culp-Bishop rushed for a career-high 198 yards on 28 carries against Bellefontaine Friday. Weber | Troy Daily News Troy running back Jayden Culp-Bishop rushed for a career-high 198 yards on 28 carries against Bellefontaine Friday.
Junior rushes for 198 yards