South Tama County's eighth grade football team opened up its 2012 season with a home contest against the Oskaloosa Indians last week.
In the first game, the Trojans got on the scoreboard first. Quarterback Clayton Rosenberger scored on a one-yard sneak, which was set up by a 39-yard pass from Rosenberger to Riley Davenport. The two-point conversion attempt was no good, so STC led 6-0 in the second quarter.
STC forced two key turnovers during the first half. Jose Chavarria and Drew Dostal both forced fumbles and recovered the loose pigskin. However, the Trojans couldn't convert either to scores.
Oskaloosa put its first points on the scoreboard with 50 seconds left in the first half with a touchdown. The game was tied 6-6 at halftime.
The Indians scored in the third quarter and converted a two-point attempt to make the score 14-6 with three minutes left in the quarter. The Trojans were driving and moved the ball down to the Indians 25 yard line, but the drive was stopped by the Oskaloosa defense. The Indians tacked on a final score to make the final 22-6 in Oskaloosa's favor.
Rosenberger completed two passes in the game for 60 yards. Chavarria led South Tama in rushing with 63 yards. Nathan Weiss and Kolbie Clark added 48 and 42 yards, respectively, on the ground. Defensively, Davenport led STC with eight tackles. Rosenberger added 5.5 tackles, while Hunter White had 4.5 for the game.
In the second game of the doubleheader, the Trojans were led by Daniel Mendoza with 10 tackles on the defensive side of the ball. Leading rushers were Lancin Lacina and Dillon Graves. The Indians put three touchdowns on the board and ended the game winning 22-0.
The eighth grade team traveled to Independence on Tuesday to take on the Mustangs.