Happy homecoming

Published 12:00 am Monday, October 26, 2009

This past Saturday, the Troy Trojans continued its winning ways against North Texas with an impressive offensive performance that resulted in a 41-year record being broken.

During the Trojans’ 50-26 victory, senior quarterback Levi Brown broke Hall of Famer Sim Byrd’s school record for passing yards in a game.

With 430 yards already in the game, Brown found wide receiver Austin Silvoy late in the third quarter for a 39-yard pass and catch.

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The completion gave him 469 yards in the game and sealed the record.

“Its a tremendous honor,” Brown said.

“The best part about it was getting to meet Sim Byrd and talk to him about football. He is a guy I have a lot of respect for and to be able to talk to him about was something that I will never forget.”

Byrd’s previous record was 454 and was set back during the 1968 season, a span of 467 games.

“I had been wanting to meet him for a long time,” Brown said.

“I am glad I had he came down and spoke to me – it meant a lot.

“I know he played for some really great Troy teams, including the 1968 National Championship team, and has pretty much every passing record there is in Troy. It was an honor to meet up,” the senior added.

Byrd and the Trojan faithful weren’t the only ones that recognized Brown’s accomplishments.

For the third week in a row and fourth time in five weeks, Brown was named the Sun Belt Offensive Player of the Week.

“It’s good for me, but I wouldn’t be able to do anything without the guys that I am surrounded by – they are just as deserving as I am [for the award],” the quarterback said.

Brown’s final stats for the game were 469 yards and a touchdown, completing 27 of his 44 passes/.

Overall, the Trojan offense produced 697 yards against the Mean Green, and in the process got its fifth straight win to improve to 5-2, and 4-0 in conference play.

Head coach Larry Blakeney said he was thrilled with Saturday’s 24-point victory.

“Good scheming for us to be able to catch the momentum and hold on to it,” the coach said.

“We gave up a few big plays here and there. We knew that [Lance] Dunbar was a guy that could make some big plays – and he did,” Blakeney added. “I think overall all though the defense played a pretty good game.”

This was Troy’s 12th straight Homecoming win, however that game is in the past and the Trojans now prepare its next conference opponent – the University of Louisiana-Monroe, who is currently undefeated in Sun Belt play at 3-0, 4-3 overall.

“Here we go again, another big game for us,” Blakeney said.

“It’s going to be Halloween night and we will be looking for another big turnout.

“Look forward to playing this one – it should be a whale of a ball game,” he said.

Since both teams are undefeated, the winner of the game will immerge as the front-runner for the conference champion.

“This has the makings of a championship game, but at this point in the season, all the games could be viewed like that,” Blakeney said about this Saturday’s match up.

“Still some pretty good teams with plenty of football left to be played.

“This conference has more parody then people think and that makes you have to have high energy for every single game,” he added.

The coach continued by saying his team has the ability to assure its fourth consecutive Sun Belt title.

“Controlling your own destiny is very important and we will be looking to do that this weekend. There is always some pressure on us to win, but when you win, some of the pressure is relieved.”

Last season, the Warhawks handed Troy its only loss in the conference play with a 31-30 win in Monroe.

The Trojans lead the overall series, 7-3-1, with a 4-0-1 record against ULM at home.

“Offensively, they always try to give you something you haven’t seen before with a combination of play.

“We got to be on top of our alignments and checks – we have got to be prepared for their best,” Blakeney said.