Alex Wolfe seeks Class A football title for Troy

TROY — A fall without football was not going to be a season of downtime for Troy High senior Alex Wolfe. While the entire state was unable to compete in high school football, Wolfe turned his attention to playing golf for the Flying Horses. During February and March, Wolfe played a prominent role in helping the Troy boys’ basketball team reach the final of the Suburban Council Tournament.

But as his time in high school has grown shorter and shorter, Wolfe’s main sport has become football. A three-year starter for the Flying Horses at quarterback and safety, Wolfe has one mission left to accomplish: leading Troy to a Class A title.

“I think it would be a good way to end the book, especially as a senior going out on top,” Wolfe said. “That is everybody’s goal. It would be special doing it in the purple jersey and representing Troy High. It would mean everything.”

As a junior, Wolfe watched Queensbury celebrate at Shenendehowa’s Steuerwald Stadium after edging Troy 17-14 in the 2019 Section II Class A Super Bowl. Friday night, the Flying Horses (6-0) take on Burnt Hills (6-0) for the classification title in a 2020 season contest conducted during the seven-week Fall Season II format.

No matter what the game is called, Wolfe wants to win it. He felt an opportunity went wasted against Queensbury in 2019. Last week In the semifinals against Queensbury, Wolfe completed 6 of 10 passes for 154 yards and two touchdowns (both to senior running back Xavier Leigh) to go along with 43 yards rushing and two touchdowns in a 48-0 triumph. The senior enters Friday’s game 56-for-85 passing for 1,041 yards and 16 touchdowns.  

“I just use (the 2019 final) as pure motivation,” Wolfe said. “I felt like last year exploited our weaknesses as a team, and even me as a player. I look back with things I could have done to change it. At this point of the season, it is just get the job done. I definitely don’t want to have the feeling I had that night again.”

“He wants to leave his mark and legacy on this program to be one of those undefeated teams,” Troy coach Bobby Burns said. “I don’t care if it is 13 games or seven games, it is an undefeated season. It has only happened twice here and those were special teams. This team has a chance to be a special team, but they have to finish the job. I think his motivation is there. Let’s just hope we can play at the level we are capable of playing at.”

In addition to passing exploits, Wolfe has also rushed for six touchdowns. Being a three-year starter at quarterback at Troy is a rare feat, something the senior does not take lightly.

“Just being the Troy High quarterback is special in itself,” Wolfe said. “I think it definitely has its own lane and being a three-year starter means you have to have it.”

“He kind of got thrust into it his sophomore year. I didn’t know if he would be ready, but we had an injury and he hit the ground running,” Burns said. “He has put in so much work over the last three years. His goal this year was to win every game we played. He has really made himself into a really good player on both sides of the ball.”

Although he is more recognized as a quarterback, Wolfe has turned in stellar work at safety.

“I think a lot of people (underestimate me as a defensive player) and I like that. I like being the underdog,” Wolfe said. “That just gives me motivation and another reason to go harder. I like showing people what I can do.”

“We’ve had some great safeties in the past and some of them have been quarterbacks,” said Burns, who guided Troy to back-to-back Class AA state titles in 2016 and 2017. “They are not just leaders on offense, but also on defense too. He just takes so much pride in his performance, being the leader of the team and executing the game plan. Alex has grown himself into an extension of the coaching staff. He knows what we want on both sides of the ball. He’s having a great year and has one more left to reach the goal he set.”

Wolfe’s older sister Sabrina Wolfe enjoyed a standout basketball career at Troy. The senior shares a trait with his sister in being a relentless competitor.

“We would be at the house and fight over everything. We always would compete and play one-on-one outside,” Wolfe said. “I think our competitiveness drives both of us and it has made me the player I am today.”

“He hates to lose,” Burns said. “Alex has put so much into this. It would be a shame if we didn’t get it done.”

Wolfe, who also competes in track for Burns, respects Burnt Hills and realizes he has to be at his best Friday. He will enter his final scholastic contest with the same mindset he has operated under during this senior season.

“I have approached every game this year like I am the best player on the field and try to prove it every night in and every night out,” Wolfe said. “I think we have showed as a team we’re one of the best to compete with around here.”



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