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Troy Trojans Cap Storybook Year With Football State Title
Troy Trojans Football Team

When last year ended the Troy Trojans were already thinking ahead to the 2016 season and getting back to Hays to vie for the 2-1A State Championship again and this time change the outcome. 

The Trojans were able to accomplish just writing the final chapter of their storybook season in Hays beating Plainville 28-24 for the Class 2-1A State Championship. Troy entered the season ranked #1 and remained that way throughout the year taking on all challenges and passing the test each time. On the way to their fourth straight playoff berth the Trojans finished the regular season unbeaten including a 20-6 win over Washington County earning them the Twin Valley League title and a 38-12 win over Jefferson County North to win a District title. 

Troy got plenty of home cooking during the playoffs as they opened the 2-1A playoffs at home against fellow TVL foe in Valley Heights and used a strong second half and rushing attack to gain the win 42-16. Then declawed the Lyndon Tigers for the third straight year in the playoffs in Sectionals winning 46-19 at home and tamed the Pittsburg-Colgan Panthers with a 28-0 win at home in Sub-State to earn their spot again in the 2-1A State Championship game. The Trojans closed out the year on a 19-game winning streak at home. 

At Hays the Trojans battled Plainville and clipped the wings of the Cardinals to earn the 28-24 with big plays and defense earning them the win and the 2-1A State title, finishing the season 13-0. 

The Trojans over the course of the season lit but the scoreboard with 42.3 points per game scoring 550 points while amassing 5,161 yards of total offense (160.9 rushing and 236.1 passing yards per game). Reid Greaser led the offense and notched 3,010 yards passing with 39 touchdowns and ran for 297 yards with eight touchdowns. While the senior duo of Cuttar Huss and Brody Winder each surpassed 1,100 yards receiving as Huss had 1,253 yards receiving with 17 touchdowns and added 423 yards rushing with five more scores and Winder had 13 receiving touchdowns with 1,157 yards. Tyler Franken chipped in 373 yards receiving with six touchdowns. Alex Martinez lead the ground attack with 650 yards rushing and nine touchdowns, while Kortin Blevins and Connor McNorton added 267 and 377 yards with four touchdowns each. 

Defensively the Trojans continually progressed over the season surrendering only 14.9 points per game and held eight of their 13 opponents to 16 points or less. The team gave up just 225.5 total yards per game and forced 30 takeaways with a +16 turnover margin on the season, while also recording 32.5 sacks. The defense also got in the scoring game with six defensive touchdowns on the year. Wil Smith paced the Troy defense with a monster year posting 115 tackles, 16 sacks, a pair of forced fumbles, a fumble recovery and interception. While Blevins was second on the team in tackles with 109 and had a 1/2 sack and forced fumble. Wyatt Huss finished third in tackles with 78, while adding five sacks, four fumble recoveries, two forced fumbles, an interception and defensive touchdown. Cuttar Huss snagged four interceptions and Winder had four defensive touchdowns, while 11 different guys registered a takeaway for the Trojans on the year and 11 different guys also have 30 or more tackles. 

The State title win marked the 40th win in four years under Head Coach Derek Jasper who took over the varsity program four years ago coming up with the now seniors. 

A 13-0 perfect record and 2-1A State Championship and the Troy Trojans capped a storybook year finishing their mission. 

       2016 Class 2-1A State Football Champions Troy Trojans

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