TROY — Call it what you like.
It’s a perfect season, and for Troy quarterback Alex Wolfe, that’s all that matters.
“Whatever they want to call it, everybody they put in front of us, we beat,” Wolfe said Friday night after Troy finished off a dominant “Fall II” football season with a resounding 50-3 win over Burnt Hills-Ballston Lake for the Section II Class A championship.
The Flying Horses raised a plaque, though not the one typically awarded to a Section II Super Bowl winner, and there’s no regional or state playoffs on the horizon in this shifted and shortened season, but the win was just as satisfying for a Troy team that proved it was head and shoulders above the rest of its Class A competition.
Troy coach Bob Burns, who led the program to back-to-back state Class AA championships in 2016 and 2017, didn’t hesitate to group this team among the best in school history.
“From a defensive standpoint, this is one of the best defenses we’ve ever had,” Burns said. “There’s no question. Our team speed was phenomenal. Offensively, we did alright, too. I think we averaged about 50 a game.”
Wolfe accounted for five touchdowns — three passing, two rushing — in a game that Troy (7-0) blew wide open with a 28-point second quarter that was capped off with the Flying Horses scoring touchdowns on three consecutive offensive snaps.
The only thing that could put a damper on Troy’s perfect night and perfect season was a painful ending for star running back Xavier Leigh.
Leigh, who ran for 214 yards and a touchdown on 16 carries, suffered a painful shoulder injury on his final carry of the night with 5:11 left in the fourth quarter. Leigh was screaming in pain immediately after hitting the turf, and while he eventually walked off the field under his own power with the injured arm strapped to his body to immobilize it, the standout running back was taken by ambulance to the hospital.
“It hurts like hell that he couldn’t be here for this,” Burns said as Troy’s championship celebration went on around him. “It’s tough. He’s a big part of what we do, no question about that. He’s a special kid that’s one of the best players to ever put on this Troy uniform. I hope he’s OK. I’m going to go down to the hospital to see how he’s doing.”
“He’s my guy,” Wolfe said. “He’s been my running back next to me for three or four years now. It sucks he can’t be out here with us celebrating it, but he’s my guy and he deserves everything that’s coming in the future to him.”
While Leigh, Wolfe and the Troy offense put up 50 points for the third time this season — the Flying Horses scored at least 42 points in all seven games — it was the defense that truly dominated Friday night.
Burnt Hills (6-1) didn’t get a first down until the final minute of the first half and netted just 14 yards of total offense in the opening two quarters, with a late 45-yard run by Michael Frattarola keeping the Spartans from ending the half with negative net yardage.
Two early Troy fumbles gave Burnt Hills chances to score, but the Spartans couldn’t get any momentum against the Troy defense.
“This is obviously not the way you want to end the season,” Burnt Hills coach Matt Shell said, “but the team we played is obviously an excellent football team. The effort was there, they were a couple steps quicker. Troy played an excellent football game.”
For Troy, the slight bittersweet tinge that its season couldn’t progress past Friday — no matter the result — couldn’t spoil its pride in what it accomplished.
“I’ll play anybody next week. I know they’re not going to let us,” Burns said. “This team, I challenged to leave a legacy on this Troy football program that’s had a lot of great teams, and I think they left their stamp.”
“We went out on top,” Wolfe said. “That’s what we wanted to do.”
BH-BL 0 0 0 3 — 3
Troy 7 28 8 7 — 50
T — Wolfe 16 run (Ryan kick)
T — Smith 1 run (Ryan kick)
T — Penalba 32 pass from Wolfe (Ryan kick)
T — Dawud-Soto 7 pass from Wolfe (Ryan kick)
T — Dawud-Soto 24 pass from Wolfe (Ryan kick)
T — Wolfe 1 run (Penalba pass from Wolfe)
BH — Sbuttoni 26 field goal
T — Leigh 68 run (Ryan kick)