South Tama County Middle School's eighth grade football team split a doubleheader with Independence last week and thus earned its first win of the fall.
In the second game of the night, South Tama struck first on the scoreboard. Quarterback Nathan Weiss broke a 15-yard run into the end zone, giving the Trojans a 6-0 lead.
The Trojans defense hung tough throughout the game and kept Independence scoreless. Elias Garcia, Onel Valdez and Dillon Graves all played well at linebacker, according to coach Levi Hunerdosse. The Trojans were unable to score anymore, but their defense led them to a 6-0 win, improving their record to 1-4.
"I was very happy with how the boys faced adversity and continued to give it their all," Hunerdosse said. "We have gotten better since last week and will continue to make improvements before next week."
In the first game of the night, South Tama once again scored first. The Trojans marched down and scored on their opening drive, taking a 6-0 lead. Quarterback Clayton Rosenberger found Riley Davenport for a 35-yard touchdown pass on a fourth down play.
The Mustangs answered with a long drive that was capped off with a touchdown and two-point conversion, giving them an 8-6 advantage. They added another one in the second quarter to take a 14-6 lead.
South Tama tied the game before halftime on a fumble recovery. Jose Chavarria scooped up a Mustangs' fumble and returned it 44 yards for a touchdown. Kolbie Clark converted the two-point attempt on a run around the end. STC nearly scored again before halftime as it drove 60 yards in less than two minutes, but ran out of time before the break.
Weiss started the second half for STC as he replaced an injured Rosenberger. The Trojans once again moved the ball, but a costly turnover gave the ball back to the Mustangs.
Independence scored on a 30-yard run and pushed the score to 22-14. The final touchdown of the contest came as the clock expired. Independence ran a quarterback sneak into the end zone and won 28-14.