BLOOMFIELD HILLS >> Troy Colts Football rolled to a 29-14 win over Bloomfield Hills to claim their first state playoff win since 2007.
The Colts began the game by forcing the Black Hawks to a three-and-out, stuffing them on three straight runs. After a fortuitous Troy bounce on the ensuing punt, the Colts began their first possession on the Black Hawks 29 yard line. A few plays later, freshmen running back Nolan Block found the endzone on a 13 yard run — which set the tone for the rest of the game.
Troy’s ground attack helped them control the pace of the game: Troy out gained Bloomfield Hills on the ground 171 to 50. The two headed monster of Block and Lam led the ground attack, accounting for 3 touchdowns on the night.
Senior K/P, Ryan Peluso added two field goals on the night from 26 and 43. Peluso has connected on six field goals this year. Peluso also played a large role in helping set up the Colts defense by flipping the field off of punts and hanging kick offs high up into the air, allowing the kick off team to fly down the field and cover.
Troy’s defense, led by senior captains Brennan Taylor and Jack Matthews helped hold the Black Hawks offense to just 14 points, which all came in the fourth quarter. Senior, Chris McAvoy added an interception just before the end of the first half which led to a 26-0 half time lead for the Colts.
This marks Troy Football’s first playoff win since 2007; the year the Colts made a run to the semi-finals, where they eventually fell to Sterling Heights Stevenson.
Troy advances to the MHSAA District semi-finals where they will play West Bloomfield next Friday at West Bloomfield. This game will be streamed via the NFHS Network. Troy holds an 8-4 record against West Bloomfield over the last two decades.