Troy routs Royal Oak in OAA Red clash
By: Jake Thielen
Junior quarterback Justin Losey accounted for six total touchdowns as Troy High School defeated Royal Oak, 56-20, in an Oakland Activities Association Red Division football game on Thursday night.
Troy (1-1) racked up 468 yards on the ground in the game, including a 92-yard run by Losey with 52 seconds left in the second quarter that gave the Colts a 35-7 lead going into halftime. Losey accounted for all five Troy touchdowns in the first half with four rushing scores and a 5-yard touchdown pass to Chris Michael.
Losey started for the Colts last year as a sophomore, and Troy coach Gary Griffith said he was impressed with Losey’s progress so far this year.
“(Losey) does a really nice job of reading the option, when to hand it and when to keep it,” Griffith said. “Tonight with the offensive line coming off the ball, he was able to make his reads and catch a breath, where last week against Romeo (a 16-3 loss) he wasn’t able to do that.
“He’s an excellent athlete who starts at safety for us also and he can return kicks. He’s probably a guy that does it all for us right now and I expect him to continue to improve.”
Losey added a 25-yard touchdown pass to Tyler Horne in the third quarter, before being taken out of the game as the Colts built a big lead.
Equally impressive for the Colts was Oliver Jiang, who was making his first start at halfback. Jiang ran for 210 yards on 15 carries, including a 10-yard touchdown run in the third quarter. Jiang credited the offensive line for controlling the line and creating holes, but he said he hoped he showed enough to earn more time at halfback.
“I don’t even play (halfback); I was playing (fullback) until today,” Jiang said. “I wanted to play (halfback) but I never got the chance until today.”
Griffith said one of the reasons Losey and Jiang had so many yards was the play of the team’s offensive line.
“Everybody we put back there was gaining yards tonight,” Griffith said. “It goes back to what the offensive linemen were doing up front.”
Griffith especially thought the line’s play stood out on Losey’s 92-yard touchdown.
“There’s a reason why that play happened,” Griffith said. “(Losey) made a couple cuts, but if we don’t block people he doesn’t have an opportunity to make that play. It goes back to the fact that we controlled the line of scrimmage and came off the ball well; there was a marked improvement from last week.”
For Royal Oak, a blowout loss was not what the team had hoped for after the Ravens had ended a 28-game losing streak with a 21-20 victory over St. Clair Shores Lake Shore in Week 1.