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AKRON, Ohio — Akron Zips suffered another back-breaking loss to the Troy Trojans, 35-7. They are now 0-4 under first-year head coach Tom Arth for the season.
Zips showed life in the first quarter by tying the game at 7-7. They quickly moved the football down the field and scored on a 21-yard touchdown pass from quarterback Kato Nelson to tight end Maverick Wolfley.
For the rest of the game, the Zips couldn’t put together any other scoring drives. Injuries to Nelson, defensive end Dylan Meeks and ejection of wide receiver Julian Hicks seemed to slow down their momentum at different points in the game.
“I don’t think it influenced the team mentally… we had a plan. Obviously, you don’t plan to lose a player to injury but I talked to Julian [Hicks] about the ejection and we just have to have better self-control,” said Arth.
Nelson was able to come back finish the game. He ended the game throwing for 200 yards on 15-29 attempts and one touchdown.
“It was good that Kato [Nelson] was able to finish but obviously he’s sore, he showed a lot of toughness being able to come back in the game,” said Arth.
- This is the fourth straight game that the Zips were held to under 100 yards rushing.
- Punter Jonah Wieland set a career-long 59-yard punt, he also had three punts over 50 yards and two punts inside the 20-yard line.
- Cornerback Alvin Davis continues to impress, he had 15 total tackles, 10 solo and two for a loss.
The Akron Zips (0-4) will travel next week to Massachusetts where they will face the (0-4) UMass MinuteMen.