By David Fong
TROY — The future of Troy and Miami County football will be on display this weekend at the Ninth Annual Fricker’s Trojan Horse Youth Football Tournament.
The double-elimination tournament will begin today and run through Sunday, with game to be played at Duke Park, Ferguson Field, Troy Christian High School and Miami East High School. It will feature 20 teams from Ohio, Indiana and Michigan — including area teams from Troy, Piqua, Centerville and Kettering. The tournament will be broken down into two brackets — one for 12-under and one for 10-under players.
Not only does the tournament allow local teams to test their skills against top junior football teams from around the Midwest, it also served as Troy Junior Football, Inc.’s biggest fundraiser of the year.
“We are just so pleased to offer this opportunity to our future Trojans, as well as hosting some of the best talent in this region,” tournament director Bill Smith said. “The Tournament has actually been around long enough now that several of the past participants are now playing college football.
“All of this would not be possible with out the ongoing support from our signature sponsor Fricker’s, our amazing Troy Junior Football Board and volunteers, Troy Football Boosters and cooperation from the City of Troy, Troy City Schools, Troy Christian Schools and Miami East for the use of their fields.”
The Trojan Horse began in 2007 with just eight teams. It has grown in size and scope every year and now brings thousands of players and their families to Troy, selling out hotels and filling up local restaurants.
“It is always exciting for these kids to play some teams they will see again for years to come at the higher levels, but also to compete against teams they may never see again from other areas of Ohio and out of state,” Smith said. “And when you hear compliments from from larger programs like Hilliard, Dublin and Center Grove (in Greenwood, Ind.), it is a real testimony to not only the tournament, but also the entire City of Troy playing host that weekend.”
All of the 33 games that will be played this weekend are open to the public; admission is $3 per game or $6 for the entire weekend. Children under the age of 12 will be admitted free of charge. All proceeds from the event will go to Troy Junior Football, Inc.
For a full schedule of games — as well as further tournament information, visit the official tournament website at www.troytrojanhorse.com
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