Troy Athens football improves to 2-0 with win against rival Troy High

By: Mark Vest | Troy Times | Published September 6, 2019

 Troy Athens senior Carson Eads carries the ball against Troy High Sept. 6. With a 42-0 victory, Athens is off to a 2-0 start on the season.

Troy Athens senior Carson Eads carries the ball against Troy High Sept. 6. With a 42-0 victory, Athens is off to a 2-0 start on the season.

Photo by Donna Dalziel


TROY — Troy Athens football is off to a 2-0 start for the first time since 2011 after beating rival Troy High 42-0 Sept. 6 at home.

With the loss, Troy is now 0-2 on the season and has failed to score a touchdown in either of its games.

As for the Red Hawks, they have already won more games than they did all of last season, when they finished 1-8 overall.

“These kids have been through a lot, especially the seniors,” Athens coach Billy Keenist Jr. said following the game. “So, for the seniors to start 2-0, to beat their rival at home, it means a lot. I’m really happy for those kids.”

Athens’ first touchdown of the game came in the first quarter when quarterback Mason Teeter connected with receiver Andrew Pokley from inside the 15-yard line.

Running back Waides Ashmon helped account for both of the Red Hawks’ touchdowns in the second quarter, with the first coming via a pass from Teeter for an 87-yard score, and the other coming on a 10-yard run.

Athens led 21-0 at the half.

Ashmon scored on a 6-yard run in the third, which was followed by a touchdown pass from Teeter to receiver Trey Vincent for a 26-yard score.

The Red Hawks led 35-0 going into the final quarter of play.

Athens’ last touchdown came via a short run from fullback Sam Luu in the fourth.

Perhaps even more important than talent, from Keenist’s perspective, Athens has something else going for it this season.

“It takes a team to be all in to play football, and they’re all in,” he said. “We got a long way to go, but it’s really good for these kids to see if you work hard, you do the right things (in) the offseason, there’s some light at the end of the tunnel.”

Athens’ dominance in the game wasn’t lost on Troy coach Chris Frasier.

“They pretty much dominated us on offense and on defense,” Frasier said. “I give Athens credit for having a good game plan, having the kids put in the work and doing their thing.”

Frasier shared some thoughts as to what it will take to get things turned around for the Colts.

“I told some of the kids, can’t have two-way players,” he said. “It’s a hard game. Some of the kids that are one-way players need to step up and do their job.”

Keenist discussed what he has been most pleased with this season.

“These kids deserve to win,” he said. “They don’t deserve to come up short. … So, what I’m most happy about is that they’re buying in, they’re playing hard, and they’re winning ball games.”

Up next, Athens plays at 7 p.m. Sept. 13 at Rochester Hills Stoney Creek.

Troy is at home against Birmingham Seaholm at 7 p.m. Sept. 13.