A young boy asked Troy High's Cirrus Sawyer what the stars on the back of the helmets signified.
Sawyer replied, "Good plays."
He spoke from experience.
There were plenty of outstanding plays in Troy's game against Brea-Olinda, as the Warriors pulled out a thrilling 28-20 victory Saturday night over the Wildcats at Fullerton High.
The play that probably preserved the victory was a two-point conversion pass by Brea-Olinda that was batted away by Troy's Mark Parsons. At that point, the Warriors led, 21-20.
Sawyer gave Troy a 14-7 lead on the second play of the third quarter when he intercepted a Paul Chiotti pass and returned it 23 yards.
The lead didn't last long. Brea-Olinda's Casey King scored on a five-yard run to tie it at 14.
But Troy came back. With no time remaining in third quarter, Brian Logan passed 40 yards to Nick Ruzzi.
Chris Beamer then caught a six-yard touchdown pass from Chiotti to get Brea-Olinda (2-1) within one, 21-20.
Troy (2-1) put away the game when Logan completed a 64-yard touchdown pass to Jim Wise with 2 minutes 12 seconds left.
Matt Frobenius led Troy with 59 yards in 10 carries; Chris Blume had 57 in nine carries.
Logan completed nine of 14 passes for 203 yards.
King led Brea-Olinda with 66 yards in 23 carries, caught six passes for 68 yards, and completed a pass for 25 yards.
Chiotti completed 18 of 29 passes for 197 yards.