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Since its founding in 1956, the Troy Youth Football Association has been committed to our kids and to our community.   As an all-volunteer organization, we are dedicated to the advancement and development of our football and cheer programs. For over 60 years the Troy Youth Football Association has fostered  success through athletic competition, developing kids who understand teamwork, citizenship, and most of all, a love of the game.

Helmet Decals from Years Past
(80’s decals courtesy of Leighton George, Jr. 1981-84)
(1993 decal courtesy of Frank DeMarco, TYFA President 1996-99)

Periodically, articles and memorabilia will be posted from years past, documenting the history of the Troy Cowboys.  If you have any memorabilia or items from the past that you would like to share, please contact us at  info@troycowboys.com

 

COWBOYS LASSO LIONS (2000)

THE TROY COWBOYS YOUTH FOOTBALL TEAMS PROVED DOMINANT OVER THEIR SHELBY LION OPPONENTS SUNDAY IN SHELBY BY CAPTURING ALL THREE CONTESTS.

George Harabedian tossed a pair of touchdown passes to spark the varsity’s 38-0 shellacking of the Lions. Harabedian connected on a 65-yarder to Robbie Wize and 47-yarder with Jeffrey Hurst as the varsity remained unbeaten on the season. Hurst added another six points on a 1-yard plunge, Aaron Walsh raced in from 9 yards and C.J. Winokur scored on a 12-yard scamper.

The Cowboys junior varsity squad recorded a 33-8 triumph behind Luke Cavender’s three touchdowns. Cavender had scoring runs of 12 and 42 yards and returned a kick-off 70 yards for third TD. Cole Seija added a 2-yard touchdown run and Brandon Scheuer sprinted in from 30 yards out.

The freshmen remained unbeaten with a 19-6 victory as David Pardun’s touchdown runs of 53 and 15 yards led the charge. Branko Hamilton chipped in with a 15-yard scoring jaunt.

 

SUPER BOWL SWEEP (NOVEMBER 1999)

THE TROY COWBOYS YOUTH FOOTBALL TEAMS FINISHED OFF A SUCCESSFUL SEASON SUNDAY AT ROSEVILLE HIGH SCHOOL. ALL THREE SQUADS WERE VICTORIOUS IN THEIR RESPECTIVE SUPER BOWL CONTESTS.

The freshmen Cowboys scored a 32-0 victory over the Madison Heights Wolverines as Todd Terry scored on runs of 12 and 45 yards. David Pardun added a 1-yard touchdown run, Brandyn Harris scored on a 6-yard scamper and Brandon Scheuer found the end zone on a 45-yard run.

In the second game, the junior varsity Cowboys emerged from a defensive battle against Madison Heights with a 12-6 triumph.

Daryn Whitefield scored both Troy touchdowns on runs of 2 and 14 yards.

The most exciting game of the day pitted the varsity Cowboys and the Clawson Mavericks. Trailing 14-0 at halftime, Troy rallied for 36 unanswered points en route to a 36-14 win.

Michael Wilburn started the comeback by taking the second-half kickoff 67 yards for a touchdown. Wilburn then scored Troy’s second TD on a 63-yard run.

Mark Keel contributed scoring runs of 5 and 13 yards and George Harabedian connected with Gary Aubry on a 71-touchdown pass.

The three Cowboys teams finished the season with a combined 32-1 record.

 

COWBOYS WIN ‘SUPER BOWL’ (TROY TIMES 11-7-1985)

THE TROY COWBOYS COMPLETED A VERY SUCCESSFUL SEASON ON SUNDAY, NOV. 3, AS BOTH THE VARSITY AND JUNIOR VARSITY WERE WINNERS IN THE ROYAL OAK-CLAWSON YOUTH FOOTBALL LEAGUE SUPER BOWL.

The Troy Cowboys varsity squad a touchdown with only two-and-a-half minutes remaining in the final quarter to steal an 8-7 victory from the Royal Oak Chargers.

Ryan Flack carried the ball in from the 12-yard line for the score and booted the two-point conversion to produce the margin of victory.

Linebacker Chris Jones paced the varsity’s defensive effort. The varsity finished with a fine 6-2 overall record.

In the junior varsity game, Randy Ensley rushed for a 3-yard touchdown to lead Troy to an 8-0 victory over the Berkley Steelers. Scott Wyckhuyse passed to Ensley for the two-point conversion.

Linebackers Brent Hoefner and Mike Cavanaugh paced the JV, defensively. The junior varsity finished with a perfect 8-0 record.

In the freshman game, the Royal Oak Chargers topped the Berkley Steelers, 12-0.

Dan Smith of First Class Video has videotaped each of the Cowboys’ games throughout the year. The VHS tapes are being made available to interested parents. For more information on the tapes, contact Smith at 879-1288.

 

TROY ‘BOWL’ BOUND AFTER PERFECT SEASON (11-03-1983)

THE TROY COWBOYS MADE HISTORY SUNDAY WHEN ALL THREE TEAMS IN THE ROYAL OAK-CLAWSON YOUTH FOOTBALL LEAGUE FINISHED THE SEASON WITH PERFECT 7-0 RECORDS.

The Cowboys, once a pushover in little league football play, rolled over its opponents this season, as all three teams qualified for the Super Bowl, which will take place Sunday in Berkley.

“This is unprecedented,” Cowboy varsity coach Mario Bastianelli said. “Never before has three Cowboys teams gone undefeated. This organization has come so far – from getting our tails whipped three or four years ago to becoming a youth powerhouse.”

ALL THREE teams – freshmen, junior varsity and varsity – qualified for the the Super Bowl last year. The freshmen and varsity won the title, while the junior varsity lost a hard-fought battle.

The freshman will play the Royal Oak Chargers at noon, followed by the junior varsity against the Royal Oak Chiefs at 1:30 p.m., and the varsity against the Berkley Steelers at 3 p.m.

Saturday, the freshmen wrapped up a successful regular season with a 30-6 victory over the Clawson Mavericks. The Clawson touchdown was the lone score one scored against the freshmen this season. Ron Mateo led the Cowboys with touchdown runs of 60 and 35 yards. Ron Carrol scored on a 76-yarder, and Wesley Barr scored on a 41-yard burst. Todd Triemstra had a pair of two-point conversions and Barr had one.

The junior varsity posted a 23-0 victory, as three different players scored touchdowns. Mike Schiffer, Matt Sosnoski and Chuck Rose scored TDs, while Rose had two extra point plays and Rick Socha added one.

THE VARSITY, led the by powerful running of Travis Pendry, blanked the Mavericks, 45-0. Pendry, who rushed for 166 yards in 17 carries, scored on a 17-yard run and fired a 34-yard scoring strike to Bill Livingstone.

The varsity’s other score came on Livingstone’s 60-yard interception return, Todd Andras’ five-yard run. Lou Simmet’s 26-yard scamper, Derek Nolan’s seven-yard TD and Tony Wuebben’s five-yarder.

Andy Vleck had two extra point runs, while Weubben threw a conversion pass to Rick Waters for the other extra point.

 

COWBOYS ZIP FOES (TROY ECCENTRIC 10-13-1983)

ALL THREE TROY COWBOY YOUTH FOOTBALL TEAMS POSTED SHUTOUTS SATURDAY OVER THE BERKLEY STEELERS AS EACH TEAM IMPROVED ITS RECORD TO 4-0.

The freshmen, who have zipped all four foes, topped the Steelers, 20-0. Jason Penzak scored on runs of 50 and 20 yards, and Ron Carrol scored on a seven-yard run. Geoffrey Gutowski tossed an extra point pass to Wesley Barr.

Steve Sosnoski scored on a one-yard run and fired a two-point conversion pass to Mark Vleck as the junior varsity posted an 8-0 victory.

In the varsity game, Travis Pendry ran for 104 yards – including a 30-yard TD burst, as the Cowboys defeated the Steelers, 13-0. Randy Hodder scored from a yard out, and Pendry ran in an extra point. It was the third shutout for the varsity.

Sunday, the Cowboys play the Madison Heights Wildcats at Lamphere High School. The freshman game gets underway at 1 p.m.

The Cowboys are looking for a berth in the Royal Oak-Clawson Youth Football League Super Bowl, which takes place Nov. 6 in Berkley. Last season, the freshmen and varsity were Super Bowl champs, while the junior varsity team finished runner up.

 

CLEAN SWEEP FOR THE COWBOYS (11-12-1983)

The sign taped to the bleachers read “Don’t Let Your Babies Grow Up To Be Cowboys”.

But it looks like the people in Troy aren’t heeding Willie Nelson’s advice.

The Troy Cowboys dominated the Royal Oak Football League this season in record breaking fashion.

The Cowboys’ freshman, junior varsity and varsity teams all went undefeated (8-0) and won Super Bowl championships last weekend at Hurley Field in Berkley, the first time that has happened in league history.

It was the second straight season that the Cowboys’ freshman and varsity didn’t lose a game and captured Super Bowl crowns.

The Cowboys’ junior varsity team also made it to the Super Bowl in 1982, but lost to the Clawson Mavericks, 6-0.

In the past two seasons, the Cowboys’ combined record is a eye-opening 45-2-1. The varsity team has won 17 straight and has not lost since November 1st, 1981.

“Much credit should go to the players, coaches, parents and the Troy community,” said Cowboys varsity coach Mario Bastianelli. “It took total dedication from everyone in this organization to accomplish these types of records.”

Freshman players in the league are ages 9-10; junior varsity, 10-12 varsity, 12-13.

Bastianelli’s team defeated the Berkley Steelers, 29-12, in this year’s varsity Super Bowl contest.

Troy’s Travis Pendry, who broke the 1,000-yard rushing barrier during the game, scored on runs of 17 and 10 yards and he also hauled in a 65-yard touchdown from Tony Wuebben.

Todd Andrus added a 1-yard plunge for a TD, Billy Livingstone caught a conversion pass and Lew Simmet ran for one PAT and kicked another.

Key defensive plays for Troy were turned in by Livingstone, who intercepted two passes, Rick Waters, who also picked off an aerial, and Brian Bastianelli, who recovered a Berkley fumble.

Coach Bill Livingstone’s junior varsity squad blanked the Royal Oak Chiefs, 22-0, in the Super Bowl.

Matt Sosnoski connected with Todd Pirie on a 39-yard touchdown pass and completed conversion tosses to Chuck Rose and Jeff Kania. Mike Shiffer threw a 47-yard strike to Pirie to complete the scoring.

The freshman Super Bowl contest was won by coach John Filars Troy gang, 12-6, over the Royal Oak Chargers.

In a tough defensive battle, Eric Ercolani (five-yard run) and Ron Carroll (three-yard run) scored the Cowboys’ touchdowns.