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Troy Buchanan’s football team rushes onto the field in the second game of the season. Photo by Michael Ludwig

Troy Buchanan High School football played Liberty away on Friday, Sept. 13, under a full moon.

There was no real bad luck to be had from Troy’s perspective as the Trojans trounced the Eagles 27-7.

“We played well and continue to play well,” head coach Ryan Nesbitt said. “I thought we did a nice job in the run game. They tickled us a little bit throwing the football, we let them over the top one time and we need to work on that but I thought, defensively we played really well.”

The next two games for the Trojans are both on the road, first at Fort Zumwalt West on Friday, Sept. 20 and then at Francis Howell on Friday, Sept. 27.

The undefeated Trojans are going to be up against it against FZW, a team they’ve only beaten once in school history, and that was around 15 years ago.

Nesbitt said that it wouldn’t be hard to get his players motivated for that one.

“We are going to prepare the same. It’s an exciting week for our kids. It’s an easy week to motivate. They are a very, very good football team and our kids are excited about the opportunity to go play them,” Nesbitt said.

FZW has a record of 2-1 on their season, but have played what Nesbitt considers “some very quality opponents.”

Nesbitt and his staff have done their homework going into this one. Nesbitt said that he’s watched FZW “quite a bit.”

“They are very talented defensively. They are big and strong up front, they have three really good linebackers and an athletic secondary, so it’s going to be hard work on offense,” Nesbitt said.

One recurring theme in his team’s performances thus far has been offensive turnovers. 

And where the team has been good enough to come out of those games with wins despite the number of turnovers, they might not have such luck in a game like this one.

“Our kids are going to have to really take care of the football. We have turned the ball over in two out of our three games we’ve played and you can’t do that stuff against a ball club like this,” Nesbitt said. 

Nesbitt said that since week one, he’s been putting his team through a rigorous ball security circuit, teaching them to “understand the absolute value of possession of the football.”

The game at FZW kicks off at 7 p.m.

“We’ll see if we can’t get after them a little bit,” Nesbitt said.

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