Friday, October 21, 2011
The Red Hawks finish the regular season 7-2 as they head into the playoffs.
Another strong effort from the Troy Athens High School running game was the difference as the Red Hawks defeated Troy High School, 31-13, in an Oakland Activities Association Red Division football matchup Friday night. Athens (7-2, 5-2 Red) clinched a third place finish in the OAA Red Division with the win, and the Red Hawks will have a chance to host a playoff game next week against an undetermined opponent. Playoff matchups will be announced on Sunday night. Led by Sam Haskell’s 123 yards and two touchdowns on nine carries, Athens earned its first win against cross-town rival Troy (3-6, 3-4 OAA Red) since 2006. For seniors like Haskell, getting their first win over Troy was huge. “We didn’t take them lightly,” Haskell said. “Even though …
Thursday, October 20, 2011
Playoff-bound Athens will try to beat Troy for the first time since 2006 in annual rivalry game.
With both teams’ postseason fates already determined, this week’s high school football matchup between Troy Athens and Troy High will be about pride. Last week, Athens clinched its first playoff berth since 2004 with a 13-12 win over Southfield in an Oakland Activities Association crossover game. The win gave the Red Hawks a 6-2 record, and teams with six wins automatically qualify for the MHSAA state playoffs. Troy Athens has improved each season under the guidance of third-year coach Josh Heppner, who said taking the next step and making the playoffs was huge for the program. “Being able to do something like this just helps that belief, helps that buy-in factor that you’re trying to get from your players and the program,” Heppner said. “…
Tuesday, October 18, 2011
Two of area’s top teams clash in opening round of districts Monday night.
This one was for bragging rights. The Troy and Adams varsity boys soccer team met for the third time this season on Monday night in the first round of the district playoffs. The Oakland Activities Association Red division foes split their regular season series in two fiercely competitive games. Monday’s match at Troy High School didn’t disappoint. The teams kept the tempo up in a very physical game. Adams landed the first punch with a goal in the first 15 seconds, but after the Colts settled down they were able to take control and advance to the second round of the playoffs with a 3-1 win. “We had good composure and we did a good job of sticking to the game plan and not get rattled from that (first goal),” Troy Head Coach Brian Zawislak…
Thursday, October 13, 2011
The Colts hoping for another strong showing at Division 1 state tournament in Midland this weekend.
There was a time when the Troy High School varsity boys tennis team would be happy just to make it to the state finals. That isn’t the case anymore. When the Colts head to Midland for the Division 1 tournament on Friday, they will be making their ninth straight appearance at the finals and looking for their fifth top five finish as a team in six years. “I want a top five finish every year, and you know what? We may never win a state championship as a team or we may win 10 of them, but I want these kids to go out there and be competitive,” Troy head coach Jim Sturgis said. Back-to-back top 10 finishes in 2004 and 2005 were the first in three decades. Sturgis was named coach of the varsity team in 2006 and he has pushed the kids even harder…
Saturday, October 8, 2011
The Colts fall to 3-4 on the season as Troy's defense finds itself unable to stop Pontiac's running game.
Members of Troy High School's varsity football team took a hard loss Friday night as the Colts fell 50-24 against Pontiac for a devastating homecoming loss. The Colts appeared unable to stop much of Pontiac's running game, as missed tackles seemed to plague Troy throughout the night and allowing Pontiac to run for 415 rushing yards. The men were also without their starting defensive captain Matt Oppenlander, who wasn't dressed for Friday's game. Injuries also handicapped the Colts during the game. Quarterback Justin Losey, who had two touchdowns during Friday night's game, left in the third quarter with an injury. He later returned in the fourth quarter. Troy's offensive line, which has allowed for much of the success of the Colt's …
Friday, October 7, 2011
Troy High School Students got fired up for homecoming Friday with an afternoon pep rally and parade prior to the football game against Pontiac.
Nearly 2,000 Troy High School students showed thier spirit Friday during an afternoon pep rally and homecoming parade later in the day. In the Homecoming game, Troy fell to Pontiac, 50-24.
Friday, September 30, 2011
Colts will face pressure from "all over the place" against Lake Orion tonight, coach said.
Two weeks after a disappointing loss to Clarkston, the Troy High School football team will get another chance to prove it belongs with the top teams in the Oakland Activities Association Red Division when the Colts host defending state champion Lake Orion tonight. Last week, Troy (3-2, 3-1 OAA Red) defeated West Bloomfield, 42-13, in part due to another solid effort from the team’s rushing attack. The Colts rushed for 396 yards as a team in the victory, with senior running back Oliver Jiang accounting for 221 of those yards. Troy coach Gary Griffith said he liked what he saw from his team against the Lakers. “We cut down on the mistakes, we played physical, and we did a real good job on the line of scrimmage, both ways,” Griffith said. The…
Friday, September 23, 2011
The Colts will look to keep pace with the top teams in their division.
A week after suffering its first loss in the Oakland Activities Association Red Division, the Troy High School football team will look to get back on track when it travels to face West Bloomfield Friday night. Troy (2-2, 2-1 in the OAA Red) had won its previous two games, at Royal Oak and at home against Rochester, in convincing fashion, but the Colts were unable to slow down a talented Clarkston team in a 28-13 loss on Sept 16. Despite last week’s loss, Troy coach Gary Griffith said there were some positives with the way the Colts played, particularly in the second half. Troy trailed Clarkston 28-0 after the third quarter, but rallied for 13 points in the final 12 minutes. “Our kids didn’t fold up the tent, and if you look at it from our …
Friday, September 16, 2011
The Colts couldn't overcome early 21 point deficit and fall to 2-2 on the season.
Football teams don't usually score without holding the ball. The Troy High School varsity football team could barely get its offense on the field early Friday night and fell behind Clarkston 21-0 before halftime. The Colts couldn’t overcome the three touchdown deficit and lost 28-13. Clarkston opened game with a lengthy 14-play drive that set the tone for the rest of the game. “The best defense is a ball control offense,” Clarkston head coach Kurt Richardson said. “We had the ball the whole time. If they don’t have the ball they can’t rush it. What’d they have 18 total plays in the first half? It’s tough to do much with 18 plays.” Before the Colts final possession of the half, they had only managed 12 yards and no first downs. The Wolves …
Saturday, September 10, 2011
Colts run all over Falcons' to move to 2-0 in the OAA Red Conference.
Troy High School running back Oliver Jiang and quarterback Justin Losey each ran for two touchdowns as the Colts relied on a powerful running attack to defeat Rochester, 31-10, in an Oakland Activities Association football matchup Friday night. Troy, which is 2-1 on the season and 2-0 in the OAA Red, avenged a 17-7 loss to Rochester last year that put a halt to the momentum that the Colts had built by winning their first two games. Troy finished 5-4 in 2010, falling just one win shy of claiming an automatic playoff berth. “It’s a big game for us because I think our programs are very, very tough,” Troy head coach Gary Griffith said. “Every year we play them it’s back-and-forth, it goes down to the last play, and tonight we made some big …