“We kicked off and that was it,” Terry said. “They got smothered on the return and the ballgame was over.”
Champen finished 12-for-22 for 151 passing yards. He also rushed for 57 yards on eight carries for the Stallions, who got four catches from Carnell (30 yards) and three apiece from Blocker (68) and Trotter (45).
Jeremy Polemus made a team-high seven tackles and J.J. Jones had five for Oneonta City’s defense, which held Troy scoreless in the fourth quarter.
“We moved the ball really well this week and we’re only going to get better,” Terry said. “I assumed we’d be very competitive this year. Did I expect to beat Troy? No, because they’ve been a notch above everybody. But we are are younger and faster and more athletic this year, and we have a heck of a head coach in Bobby McKnight.”
All three of the Stallions’ games this season have been decided on the winning team’s final possession.
Oneonta City opened with a 14-7 loss at the Utica Yard Dawgs, who turned a botched field-goal attempt with 15.5 seconds left into the winning touchdown. The Stallions followed with an 18-12 overtime defeat of the visiting Glove Cities Colonials last Saturday, scoring the last points on the first possession of the extra period.
“We’ve had three great games,” Terry said. “We’re the cardiac kids. The last 20 seconds told story in all three of them.”
Terry also said Saturday’s game against Troy marked the Stallions’ biggest money day in program history.
“We actually made a couple hundred bucks,” said Terry, whose Stallions went a franchise-best 5-5 in the NFA last season. “That’s the first time we covered expenses and made a couple hundred after. Those stands were damn near full. There were about 350 or 400 people, so it was a good crowd.”