High school football preview: Troy

The following is a brief high school football preseason preview.

High school: Troy Trojans

Division / region: D-II, Region 6

League / conference: Greater Western Ohio Conference, North Division.

Head coach: Scot Brewer, third season as head coach of the Trojans, 8-12 career record.

Assistant coaches: Gene Steinke, Jason Manson, Steve Becker, Tom Massie, Jeff Greulich, Deon Metz, Brad Rohlfs, Ben Merkert and Aaron Gibbons.

2013 record: 1-4 GWOC North; 4-6 overall.

2013 highlights / notable achievements: Had close losses to Chaminade Julienne and Springfield Shawnee in Weeks 1-2 and pulled even with defeats of Xenia (30-23) and Springfield (21-14). But followed with four straight losses. Beat Greenville 14-10 for its North Division win. Missed a chance for a .500 season by falling 33-27 to rival Piqua in Week 10. Two major non-league schedule changes. Springfield Shawnee (10-2 on the field but 5-7 for playing ineligible player) and Springfield (1-9) are replaced by a visit to Cin. Northwest (9-3) in Week 2 and a Week 4 visit from Wayne (11-2).

Key returners:

Marco Anverse, 6-0, 220, sr., LB; All-Southwest District

Jarred Bair, 6-4, 225, jr., OL/DL; All-GWOC North

Tristan Wright 6-1, 200, sr. DB/TE

Hayden Willis 6-0, 245, sr., OL/DL

Brandon Lee 5-10, 180, sr., RB/DB

Anthony Shoop 5-9, 210, sr., RB/LB

TJ Michael, 6-1 175, sr., WR/DB

Key newcomer:

Elijah Pearson, 5-11, 195, jr., RB/DB

Coach’s comments: Young team at the core, but good seniors at key positions. Hard working team with a great attitude. We will continue to jell over time.


Fri., Aug. 29 Chaminade Julienne, 7 p.m.

Fri., Sept. 5 at Cin. Northwest, 7 p.m.

Fri., Sept. 12 Miamisburg, 7 p.m.

Fri., Sept. 19 Wayne, 7 p.m.

Fri., Sept. 26 at Xenia, 7 p.m.

Fri., Oct. 3 at Greenville, 7 p.m.

Fri., Oct. 10 Trotwood-Madison, 7 p.m.

Fri., Oct. 17 Sidney, 7 p.m.

Fri., Oct. 24 at Vandalia-Butler, 7 p.m.

Fri., Oct. 31 at Piqua, 7 p.m.