Troy defeats Campbell in season opener

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TROY, Ala. (WDHN) — The Trojans kicked off the season in a home opener against the Campbell Camels out of North Carolina.

If you didn’t know it was the first game, the Trojans seemed to look in midseason form.

B.J. Smith set the tone for the Trojans on the third play of the game with a 61-yard run. After getting on the board with three, the Trojans came back stronger with a 61-yard pass to Reggie Todd as he finds the endzone. The Trojans scored 17 points in the first quarter alone.

“It’s easier playing when you’re ahead so for us to go down we should have scored,” Quarterback Kaleb Barker said. “It’s going to eat me up the rest of the night, but to get a field goal and to turn around quick to go up 10-0 that was huge. It gave us momentum.”

Although the offense played lights out, the defense held their own too. Limiting the Camels’ offense to 50 rushing yards and 93 passing yards.

“For the most part, I think we tackled pretty well which is something in game 1 you’re always worried about. I thought our defense did a great job harassing the quarterback even though he did make some plays in the second half but overall those guys did a great job,” Coach Chip Lindsey said. “I think we held them to 143 yards total offense only 58 snaps, and anytime you can do that, you’re gonna have a pretty good chance to win the game.”

At this point, the Camels could use some help to try to slow the mighty Trojans down. But, not even a 40-minute lightning delay could slow down the Trojans’ momentum.

“It was challenging. We had to mentally prepare ourselves to take a break and come back out and take another break and come back out and keep our foot on the gas,” Running back B.J. Smith said. “I think it showed the maturity of our team and we did that.”

The Trojans came back out unbothered and energized to put up an additional 23 points to close the game out.

The Trojans defeated the camels 43-14.

Troy will serve a rare bye week this week. The Trojans will return to action September 14th to take on Southern Miss.

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