The night was perfect. Clear skies, a sparkling stadium and a fever pitch among what would turn out to be a standing room only crowd of 9,257 on hand to watch the Great American Rivalry Series match up.
Trenton is a three-year letterman on the varsity football team and a two-year letterman in baseball. He was selected to the All-Conference 2nd team in baseball as a sophomore and junior. Trent is a member of Interact and the French Club and plans to pusue a degree in education at the University of Cincinnati. He is pictured with his parents, Doug and Shelli.
Ashlin is a three-year letterman on the varsity football team and tennis team. He carries a 3.973 GPA and is a member of the boys soccer team. He plans to pursue a degree in medicine at Ohio University, Wright State, or The Ohio State University. With him are his parents, Steve Stoltz and Tracy Roberts, and his step-parents, Barry Roberts and Mia Stoltz.
Sean Mitchell played in the Piqua-Troy rivalry for three years as a tailback. During this time, he scored seven touchdowns against the Trojans, leading his team to consecutive victories in 1990 and 1991. As a junior, Sean led the team in rushing with 1,785 yards and 15 touchdowns. He helped lead Piqua to their first ever OHSAA tournament appearance that season, with the team finishing as Regional Runner-Up to Princeton. He was selected 1st Team All-Conference, All-Dayton Area, and Honorable Mention for Southwest Ohio. By the time his high school football career had ended, Sean was third on the list for career rushing and scoring for Piqua. Currently, he is a junior high football coach with the Piqua program.
Bob Ferguson is one of the greatest players to grace Troy Memorial Stadium. For 40 years, he owned nearly every rushing record in school history. From Ferguson’s sophomore year to graduation, the Trojans went 27-0, outscoring opponents 32-9. After graduation, Bob went on to have an outstanding career under Coach Woody Hayes at The Ohio State University. He was a two-time All-American and All Big Ten Selection in 1960 and 1961. In ’61, he won the Maxwell Award and finished second in the Heisman Trophy voting. A series of injuries cut his NFL career short, with diabetes eventually taking his sight and his legs. Mr. Ferguson passed away in December 2004. His son, Ron, accepted the award.