SALADO — The Troy Trojans hit all of the marks they were aiming at Friday night against Salado.
They had to.
Troy ran and ran as it typically does, but couldn’t quite run away and hide. The Trojans ran far enough though as they outlasted Salado, 42-32, in a District 13-2A-I game at Eagle Field.
Quarterback Kyle Whitley rushed for 151 yards and three touchdowns and Coby Herring chewed up 170 yards of real estate with another touchdown to keep the Trojans (5-2, 3-1) in the hunt for a potential district championship.
“We knew we had to play four great quarters,” said Troy coach Jay Seibert. “They are an explosive offensive team. They score on everybody. They may be the best 1-5 team in the state.
“We did an excellent job of executing our offense,” he said. “Our play up front between the tackles was strong.”
The Trojans scored half of their points in the first quarter and posted the first two touchdowns of the game.
It took them less than three minutes to move 60 yards in seven plays.
After a 24-yard rumble by Herring to the 15, Whitley slipped several tackles on the next play to take it in for a quick 7-0 lead.
A quick defensive stop led to another quick score, this time a 47-yard march in five plays with the husky Herring stiff-arming his way to the end zone from the 22 to make it 14-0.
Jack Riley helped awaken the Eagles on the ensuing kickoff by taking it 65 yards to the Troy 16. Four plays later, Ryan Simmons, took the snap and kept inside the left tackle on a 4-yard TD run.
run and he added his own extra point.
Troy scored on a third straight possession by going 55 yards in five plays capped by a 3-yarder by Colton Magana.
Salado fought back for a time-consuming 73-yard drive in 15 plays as Chase Crenwelge finished it off on a 5-yard run for a 21-14 margin with 10:12 to go in the first half.
Troy came back with a 15-play drive of its own and it took four tries from inside the 2 before Whitley finally snuck through with 1:14 to go.
Salado got on the board again before half as two big rushes from Simmons and a 27-yard strike to Jacob Quick allowed Simmons to kick a 30-yard field goal for a 27-17 halftime margin.
“We put ourselves in some bad situations and came up short,” said Salado coach Brent Graham, whose team is now 1-6 overall and 1-3 in district. “What I like is that this kids keep coming back to fight and they are fighting for a victory.”
Whitley scored on a 4-yard run early in the third quarter and ran in a fake extra point to put the Trojans ahead 35-17. Early in the fourth, Seth Solis took an option pitch and cruised in from the 6 and a 42-17 games.
Salado scored the last 15 points with Simmons running in from the 2 and Kade Spears hauling in a 9-yard pass from McLane Carter. It was Spears’ 10th catch of the game. Simmons led the Eagles with 131 rushing yards.