Troy opens with win over Jersey Shore.

By: Rachel Rogers | Towanda Daily Review | September 1, 2013 | Photo courtesy Rachel Rogers

 

2013 Troy vs. Jersey Shore FootballTROY - Twenty-five years have come and gone since the Trojans last claimed an NTL title. That number 25 just might be the golden number this year as Troy could finally bring home that coveted title this season.

Junior Brandon Mattocks helped lead the Trojans to a 35-18 victory over Jersey Shore to begin on the season on Friday and after the victory he gave credit to his teammates for a lot of the success.

"I feel like our receivers and linemen did a really good job blocking. We're going to face a tough team every week, but if we keep doing what we're doing I think we should do pretty well," Mattocks said.

Mattocks is hoping the Trojans have a shot at the title this year, but he knows that Friday was just the first game.

"I'm hoping so, but it's too early to tell," Mattocks said.

Maybe, just maybe, the win over the visiting Jersey Shore Bulldogs might be what it takes to kick off the Troy Trojans pursuit of their first title in 25 years.

Although Troy started out a little rough around the edges Friday, they quickly regained their footing and racked up a win on opening night.

Jersey Shore proceeded to take over on downs after an attempt by the Trojans to run the ball on fourth and one. Seven plays later, quarterback Jordan Tawney of Jersey Shore threw an interception that was picked off by Troy's Takoda Kelley. Jed Wright returned the favor, the ball being intercepted by Brody Smith of the Bulldogs.

Jersey Shore then scored on this possession on a Tawney two-yard run with 1:54 left to play in the first quarter. On the extra point attempt, the ball was fumbled, and Jersey Shore led 6-0.

The Trojans answered right back with a Brandon Mattocks touchdown, who raced 33 yards down the field and into the end zone. Kicker Josh McClaren's PAT was true, and with 11:23 left in the first half, Troy now led 7-6.

The teams traded punts until with two minutes to play, Wright ran three yards for the team's second touchdown on the night. Again McClaren's kick was good, and Troy extended their lead, 14-6.

The attention shifted back onto the Bulldogs, when at the end of the second quarter, Logan English scored on an 11-yard run. The two point conversion attempt failed, and Troy still led, 14-12.

The Trojans emerged from the locker room after halftime determined to win the game. On first and ten on the Jersey Shore 13-yard line, sophomore Diante Jones ran in for the score with 6:46 remaining in the third quarter and McClaren's PAT was yet again good and Troy led 21-12.

Wright put Troy back on the board, making it 28-12.

As the flow of the game went, Jersey Shore scored again, putting six more points on the board, when Tawney made his way through a maze of defenders into the end zone seven yards away. Again the Bulldogs tried a two point conversion and failed, leaving them trailing, 28-18.

Troy sealed the victory with 5:02 left in the game when Jones stayed on his feet long enough to drag himself into the end zone, touched but unfazed. The crowd going wild, the scoreboard read 35-18; the final score was set.

Wright led all rushers with 166 yards on 21 carries and two touchdowns. Jones had two touchdowns and Brandon Mattocks added another.

It was a good start to the season for the Trojans, who still have a ways to go toward their dream of an NTL title.