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Xenia woes continue in 43-6 loss to Troy


XENIA — Homecoming began optimistically for Xenia with a fireworks show dazzling the home crowd.

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The same struggles the team has recently faced quickly followed and put a damper on the festivities.

Troy ran rampant Friday and scored 43 unanswered points at Doug Adams Stadium to leave no doubts in a 43-6 win against Xenia.

The loss likely ends any remaining hopes for the Buccaneers to repeat as overall league champions in dropping to 3-3 in the standings.

“It hurts because we put a lot of time and a lot of work into what’s been going on,” head coach Maurice Harden said. “When you come out and you don’t execute, you don’t play to the standard of performance that you want to play, it’s frustrating. But we’re going to rally around each other.”

Getting off to strong starts has not been an issue for Xenia (4-3) this season and that trend continued Friday.

The Buccaneers started the game on offense and went pass heavy to get across midfield before handing off to either Jace Jones or Elijah Johnson on eight consecutive plays. Johnson scored from eight yards out to cap a 17-play drive and give Xenia the early lead.

It was just the fifth touchdown allowed by Troy this season, which entered the night allowing 4.3 points per game this season.

The point after attempt which followed was blocked, though, and Xenia’s fortunes never improved from that point forward.

Jahari Ward began his big night running for Troy (6-1) by taking a pitch on fourth-and-1 to the endzone for the first of his four touchdowns in the game.

In the second quarter Troy was able to pin Xenia at its own three on a punt. Gavin McManus two plays later threw a pick-six near the line of scrimmage to put Troy up 14-6.

Ward, who came into the game as the leading rusher in the MVL, then scored from 45 yards out on Troy’s next possession and his defense stopped Xenia’s final scoring threat of the game with they produced three straight holds at their own 18-yard line with the Bucs only needing a yard to pick up a first down.

“For all three phases, we got to find a way to get out of our own way,” Harden said. “That’s our issue right now and it’s due to our youth and inexperience.”

Troy’s defense smothered Xenia with four sacks and 10 stops for no gain or negative yards in the run game.

The Trojans led 28-6 at halftime. Ward dashed any hopes of Xenia regaining momentum after halftime with a 79-yard touchdown run on the second play of the third quarter to start the running clock. He had 249 yards on 11 carries in the game.

Jones led Xenia with 16 carries for 56 yards. Elijah Johnson began the night second in the MVL in rushing yards but was held to 38 yards on 11 carries.

Juan Underwood and Shawn Fishwick both had three catches for the Bucs.

Torian Hill recovered a fumble in the fourth quarter for the only turnover forced by Xenia.

Xenia remains in the hunt for the Valley Division title and has already defeated Sidney and Stebbins, the two teams Xenia now finds itself a game behind.

“You have to always focus on being consistent and taking things one play at a time and that’s really it,” Harden said. “When you get an opportunity to go out and execute you’ve got to and right now we’re not doing that.”

The Buccaneers title to face Piqua in week eight.

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