Troy defeats Alabama A&M 38-17

Published: Sep. 8, 2022 at 4:00 PM CDT|Updated: Sep. 10, 2022 at 10:28 PM CDT
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TROY, Ala. (WSFA) - The Troy Trojans defeated Alabama A&M in a home game Saturday night at Veterans Memorial Stadium.

The Bulldogs were to score in this game. With 3:37 remaining in the first quarter, kicker Zach Alvarez nailed a 47-yard field goal.

The Trojans got on the score board in the second quarter of the game. Quarterback Gunnar Watson threw a 12-yard TD pass to wide receiver Rajae’ Johnson with 38 seconds remaining in the quarter, putting Troy in the lead at halftime.

The Trojans quickly expanded their lead in the second half. Watson threw to tight end Deyunkrea Lewis, who sprinted for a 40-yard touchdown reception with 13:31 left in the third quarter. Troy went on to score two more touchdowns during this quarter, going into the fourth quarter 25 points ahead of the Bulldogs.

The most points of the game were scored in the fourth quarter. Troy was the first to score in the final quarter with a 30-yard field goal. It would give them a 31-3 lead over Alabama A&M.

The Trojans scored a final touchdown while the Bulldogs scored their two TDs of the game.

In the end, the Troy Trojans prevailed, winning the game 38-17. This marked the first win for new Troy head coach Jon Sumrall.

“I never will apologize for a win,” said Sumrall. “Not the way we wanted it to happen. Extremely grateful for our fans. The turnout was really good. Part of what makes Troy so special is the fanbase and Trojan Walk today was special. Glad to see our guys get the win. I can promise you this; I am going to get it fixed. When we don’t play well, that’s on me. I need to get the players prepared to start faster. We have a streak of tough matchups with Marshall and App State, and if we want to beat those teams, we have to start fast. I want to be happy for the win, but we have a lot to work on, and I’m hungry to see just how good we can get.”

The Trojans are now 1-1 for the season. They will travel to play App State next Saturday at 2:30 p.m.

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