TROY — The Troy High School freshmen football team fought a valiant battle, but lost in heartbreaking fashion Saturday afternoon to Miamisburg at Ferguson Field.
Troy used its first possession the game to take the early lead. Sam Jackson took a handoff from Jacob Adams and scored for Troy, giving the Trojans a 6-0 lead.
Miamisburg took over on its own 14 yard line when Troy’s next possession could not yield any points. The Vikings were able to move the ball into Troy territory and eventually scored on a short pass. The kick was made giving Miamisburg a 7-6 lead. After a few series by both teams, the score remained 7-6 at halftime.
Both defenses, which had already been battling all afternoon, began to dig their heels in and neither offense could muster much headway in much of the remaining time.
At 5:05 of the final quarter, Miamisburg offense took over on the 20 yard line. Following two plays, the Vikings found themselves at 3rd and 14. The Vikings attempted a pass on third down and the QB, under heavy pressure, had his pass tipped, which was intercepted by Troy’s Gage Forsythe, who rambled about 13 yards for a Trojan TD. Troy elected to try for a 2-point conversion, but failed to score, giving the Trojans a 12-7 lead.
Troy was on the way to pulling out the victory when a busted play allowed Miamisburg to escape on a long pass and run play to Troy’s 3-yard line. Again, Troy’s defense fought hard to preserve the victory, forcing the Vikings to face a third and goal, but now from Troy’s 6-yard line. A fluttering pass to a falling Viking receiver sealed Troy’s fate. One last long pass attempt by Troy with 5 seconds remaining fell harmless and resulted in the final of 14-12 for Miamisburg.