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VICTOR M. POSADAS , CONTRIBUTING PHOTOGRAPHER
Troy's Matt Macias, middle, runs downfield as Fullerton's Jonoven Smith, right, and Cris Schroer apply pressure during Friday's Freeway League game at Fullerton.

Troy pulls out victory over rival Fullerton in OT

CONTRIBUTING WRITER

FULLERTON – Sam Tetrault’s 21-yard field goal in overtime lifted Troy to a dramatic 24-21 victory over cross-town rival Fullerton in a Freeway League game Friday night at Fullerton.

After Tetrault’s kick, Fullerton had a chance to tie, but Isaiah Rodriguez’s 37-yard field goal attempt twisted to the left and missed.

Troy (5-2, 2-0) had the first possession in overtime. Starting at the 25-yard line, the Warriors alternated running backs Dray Show and Skyler Taylor on four runs to reach the 5. On third down, quarterback Josiah Norwood’s end-zone pass was incomplete.

Tetrault’s winning kick came after he missed two field goals in the final five minutes of the fourth quarter.

He was roughed on the first, which was wide, and the Warriors had a first down at the 6. Taylor ran 5 yards on first down, but Shaw was stopped inches short on second down. Norwood fielded a low snap on third down and was sacked for a 3-yard loss by Marcus Roberson.

Tetrault’s 21-yard attempt then was blocked by Fullerton’s line surge up the middle with 2:24 to play. After that, Fullerton (4-3, 0-2) reached midfield but was forced to punt and Troy ran out the clock during regulation.

The Indians led, 14-7, at the half on Jordan Lawton’s 29- and 30-yard touchdown passes to Dylan Nicholson.

Shaw had scored Troy’s touchdown on a 25-yard run in the second quarter. The Warriors tied the game in the third quarter on Taylor’s 14-yard run with 8:07 left.

Fullerton responded with a 54-yard, 6-play drive led by reserve running back Ta’Vion Davis, who carried the ball on the final five carries for 40 yards. He swept around left end for a 13-yard touchdown run to put the Indians up, 21-14.

Troy scored on its next possession, driving 50 yards on 7 plays. Shaw caught a short pass from Norwood to make it 21-21.

Shaw gained 107 yards on 20 carries. Norwood passed for 189 yards. Lawton passed for 144 yards and rushed for 89 on 21 carries.


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