DISTRICT IV FOOTBALL: TROY FALLS IN AA SEMIFINALS AT MOUNT CARMEL (2021-11-13)
By CHRIS MANNING Northern Tier Sports Report MOUNT CARMEL — Troy hung tough for three quarters, but ultimately fell to Mount Carmel 35-7 in the District IV, Class AA semifinals Saturday.
The Trojans were out gained 317-73 yards on the ground, though they had the edge through the air 103-7. The Red Tornadoes, though, just couldn’t be knocked off schedule, as they amassed an 18-11 edge in first downs, and didn’t turn the ball over.
Troy had three turnovers on the night as Evan Woodward was 3-for-10 for 93 yards and a pick, while running for 15-yards on 14 carries to get their lone score. Justice Chimics also aired it out, going 1-for-2 for 12 yards with an interception. He also caught two passes for 37 yards, and had five carries for 12 yards.
Cody Johnson led the team with nine touches for 30-yards, as Gavin Cohick had a 54-yard reception and Mason Woodward hauled in a 12-yard pass.
Julien Stellar ran for 92-yards and two scores on 14 carries for MCA, as Xavier Diez had five carries for 80-yards and a score. Quarterback Pedro Feliciano notched 47-yards and a touchdown on nine carries.
The Red Tornadoes led 13-0 at the half as they had an 11-play, 69-yard drive that last 5:04 in the first quarter. It ended with a 13-yard Stellar run with 55 seconds left on the clock.
In the second quarter Feliciano scored on a 2-yard run with 41 seconds on the clock to cap a 14-play, 88-yard drive where they had the ball for 7:16.
Then, with 5:16 left in the third quarter, Stellar ran one in from 44-yards out to cap off a 6-play, 74-yard drive that saw them have the ball for 3:08.
Troy responded, though, as Evan Woodward punched one in from 3-yards with 41 seconds left in the third. That ended a 7-play, 80-yard drive where the Trojans held the ball for 4:35.
Chimics added the point after to cut it to 21-7.
Down by just two touchdowns, Troy had a chance to claw back into the game.
However, MCA struck quick on their next possession, as Michael Ferronato ran it in from 33-yards out with 11:12 left in the game. They needed just three plays that drive to go 39-yards for the score.
The Red Tornadoes then scored the final touchdown of the game with a 52-yard run from Diaz with 3:26 left to play.
The loss may end Troy’s season, but this the fourth straight season they’v ended the year in the district semifinals.