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FOOTBALL: Stoney Creek remains unbeaten with win over Troy WITH VIDEO

TROY The cupcakes are officially off the menu now.

After roughing up basement-dwellers Royal Oak and Pontiac in the first two weeks of the season, Stoney Creek's football squad chowed down on some horse meat Friday, kicking off a three-week gauntlet of tough-as-nails battles in the Oakland Activities Association Red Division.

Stoney Creek jumped in front early and rode its diverse offense and aggressive defense to a hard-fought 21-12 win over the Troy Colts on Troy's home field Friday night to lift the Cougars' record to an unblemished 3-0 on the young campaign.

Seniors Sean Scullen (slotback) and Nick Rangos (running back) both rushed for more than 100 yards apiece for Stoney Creek.

Scullen caught an 8-yard touchdown from senior quarterback Justin Allor late in the second quarter (1:26) to place the Cougars on top 14-6 heading into the intermission. The scoring play was set up by Scullen's pass on a halfback-option where he threw out of his own end zone on third-and-long and found senior wide receiver Alex Schnurr for a 55-yard gain into Troy territory with just under two minutes left in the half.

To ice the game in the fourth quarter, Scullen went 33 yards for a touchdown up the right sideline at the 2:53 mark to account for the final score.

He finished the night with 120 yards rushing.

The senior captain and all-league selection knows his team comes barreling at opposing teams with a loaded artillery of veteran playmakers.

"Our offense can go fast or be deliberate and our defense knows how to step up and get big stops, that's a nice combination to have on your side," Scullen said.

The Cougars went 5-4 last year, losing to Troy at home, a game many players on this season's Stoney Creek club pointed to as the one that kept them out of the playoffs.

"Last season, Troy handed us a bitter loss and we definitely wanted some vengeance," said Scullen of him and his teammates mindset entering Friday's crucial league affair. "We got it tonight with the way we play when it counted the most."

Rangos registered 145 yards on the ground on 16 carries.

Overall, the Cougars sheeted 510 yards of total offense.

Troy (1-2) was pesky in its play Friday, however, couldn't push its way into the lead, despite knocking on the door.

Colts quarterback Jay Darish (13-of-21) threw for 270 yards and two touchdowns, including a 75-yard bomb to senior wide receiver Danny Wunderlich on Troy's opening possession of the third quarter to pull within two points behind at 14-12.

It would be the last score for the Colts in the game.

Adding injury to insult, Darish hurt his shoulder on a sack by Stoney Creek junior defensive end Trevon Morris in the closing moments of action.

Joe Cox scored the first touchdown of the evening on the Cougars second possession of the game on a 2-yard run. Cox, a senior slotback who trekked into the end zone four times in Week 2, ended up with 80 yards rushing in the contest.

Approaching on the horizon for Stoney Creek are back-to-back showdowns with OAA Red powerhouses Lake Orion and Clarkston, respectively.

"We'll clean some things up penalty wise and try to expand on a pretty awesome effort from tonight as we go forward into a very difficult next two games on our schedule."



STONEY CREEK 21, TROY 12

S 7 7 0 7 - 21

T 6 0 6 0 - 12

S - Joe Cox 2 run (kick)

T - Eric Papprendrea 10 pass from Jay Darish (kick failed)

S - Sean Scullen 8 pass from Justin Allor (kick)

T - Danny Wunderlich 75 pass from Darish (conversion failed)

S - Scullen 33 run (kick)

RECORDS - S. Creek 3-0; Troy 1-2

Last Updated: 9/14/2013 12:23:13 PM EST

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