While this game ended up being Troy’s night of victory, it was not a game that was an early landslide. After two special United States Marine Corps Scholar Athlete presentations, Troy stepped onto the field with an intensity that could not be matched


Marcus Foster


Colton Moran


Colton Moran is a three-year letterman on the Troy Trojans varsity football team and has a 3.566 cumulative GPA. He is involved with St. Patrick’s Church, Partners in Hope, and the Circles organization, where he provides assistance with special projects for the needy, such as physical arrangements, maintenance, and landscaping. Colton is also involved with the preparation of meals for the less fortunate. His future plans include attending a four-year institution of higher learning to obtain a degree in marine biology. Pictured with Colton are his parents, Michael and Marla Moran.
Jacob Underwood


Jacob Underwood is a three-year letterman on the Piqua varsity football team, receiving the Piqua Scholar Athlete Award three times. Jake has been a member of the All-Conference Academic Team twice and was selected to the Piqua Top 100. He is also involved in Young Life, French Club, Interact Club, Piqua Chamber of Commerce Student Leadership, and the Second and Seven Program. He plans to attend Ohio State University and pursue a degree in pre-law. Pictured with Jake is his mother Roxana Burnside.


However, Piqua did put a slight damper on that intensity and at the end of one quarter of play the score was 0-0. The Piqua defense was solid forcing a turnover on downs deep in their own territory. The Indian's "D" came to play, but the Trojans of Troy struck on Special Teams with a 45 yard punt return by Kyle Terando. That play brought the crowd to their feet and sparked both the Trojan offense and defense. After a 26 yard touchdown pass from Greg Yahle to Marcus Foster, the home team was up 13-0 at the half. The second half was no different. Troy offense watched their defensive line dominate the field and decided to give them a rest. The offense put together a near 75 yard drive, taking time off the clock. Marcus Foster then got into the end zone on a 5 yard run. Scoring wasn't finished though, as Chris Basil crashed, crunched, and pin-balled his way to a 38 yard touchdown run. The shutout was preserved and the Troy Trojans played as good of a game as the fateful could have hoped for. Offense, Defense, Special Teams, you name it, the Trojans were just better this night.