Troy High’s Ethan Block carries the ball during a recent scrimmage. The Colts are set to open their regular season Aug. 29 against Auburn Hills Avondale.

Troy High’s Ethan Block carries the ball during a recent scrimmage. The Colts are set to open their regular season Aug. 29 against Auburn Hills Avondale.

Photo by Sarah Purlee


2019 Football Preview: Troy High

2018 Record: 2-7

By: C & G Sports Staff | Troy Times | Published July 16, 2019

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Last season’s record: 2-7

League: Oakland Activities Association White Division

Returning starters: Nine

First game: 7 p.m. Aug. 29 at Auburn Hills Avondale

Offensive keys:
With Troy having graduated a lot of seniors from last year’s team, coach Chris Frasier thinks a key will be getting players with less experience acclimated to varsity football.

“They haven’t been (in) a football program in a while, so (we) just got (to) teach them how to be a varsity football athlete,” Frasier said.

Receiver Corey Pischel and center Brendan Worton are a couple of the players who could play key roles for the Colts.

Defensive keys:
How well players adapt to their roles could determine how Troy’s defense fares this year.

“We graduated nine seniors on defense, so the same idea of blending some kids that aren’t necessarily the biggest kids in the world into the scheme, and teaching them how to use what God gave them to try to compete with some bigger kids,” Frasier said of a defensive key.

Defensive end Jaylen Rowley and middle linebacker Ben Benson are two of the players who can help keep opposing offenses at bay.

Coach’s outlook:
Frasier’s approach is one that can help keep things simple for the Colts.

“We just really (want to) compete every day, and the score will take care of itself,” he said. “Competing with a really, really, really talented league.”


at Auburn Hills Avondale (7-3) — 7 p.m. Aug. 29
Avondale beat the Colts 28-13 when the programs met last year. The Yellow Jackets scored over 40 points five times last season.

at Troy Athens (1-8) — 7 p.m. Sept. 6
Athens’ only win last season came via a 31-0 victory against Troy. The Red Hawks have not qualified for the playoffs since 2011.

vs. Birmingham Seaholm (7-3) — 7 p.m. Sept. 13
When the programs last played in 2017, the Colts came away with a 13-2 victory. Last year, the Maples scored more than 40 points six times during the season and qualified for the playoffs for the first time since 2013.

vs. Rochester Hills Stoney Creek (3-6) — 7 p.m. Sept. 20
With a 27-21 win, Troy beat Stoney Creek for the second consecutive time last season. Stoney Creek has qualified for the playoffs three times since its inaugural season in 2002.

at Rochester High (2-7) — 7 p.m. Sept. 27
Last year, the Falcons snapped a three-game losing streak against Troy with a 35-20 victory. Rochester hasn’t qualified for the playoffs since 2010.

vs. Birmingham Groves (10-3) — 7 p.m. Oct. 4
With a 38-0 win last year, Groves has won the last two games played between the programs, outscoring the Colts 59-3 in those contests. The Falcons have qualified for the playoffs every year since 2013 and have not won less than seven games in any of those years.

at Oak Park High (9-2) — 6 p.m. Oct. 11
Oak Park has won five of the last six games played between the programs and outscored the Colts 67-9 in the last two meetings. Oak Park has qualified for the playoffs in seven consecutive seasons.

at Bloomfield Hills High (2-7) — 7 p.m. Oct. 18
Since the program’s inaugural season in 2013, Bloomfield Hills is 3-0 against Troy. When the programs last played in 2016, Bloomfield Hills came away with a 27-10 win.

vs. Berkley High (2-7) — 7 p.m. Oct. 25
With a 20-12 win last season, Troy has beaten Berkley in 10 of the last 11 games played between the programs. Berkley ended last season on a six-game losing streak.

Schedule provided by mhsaa.com and historical data provided by michigan-football.com.

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