South Tama's freshman football squad played a roller coaster of a game Friday night, but the Trojans came out on top.
The Trojans fell behind in the third quarter, before rallying with 22 points in the fourth quarter. They beat Ballard 34-13.
South Tama jumped out to a 12-0 lead in the first quarter Friday. Jerry Lowe scored first on an 11-yard run. Bailey Chyma later added a six-yard touchdown run, giving STC a 12-0 lead early in the game.
Ballard got itself on the scoreboard in the second quarter and closed the lead to 12-7. Ballard scored a rushing touchdown in the third quarter and took a 13-12 lead. Then the Trojans offense awakened.
Chyma broke a 43-yard run for a touchdown in the fourth quarter, giving STC an 18-13 advantage. Chyma scored again later in the quarter, which was followed by a Peyton Craun run to convert the two-point play. Craun scored a touchdown on a seven-yard run to give the Trojans their final score. Justin Suchanek caught a pass for the two-point conversion.
"Our boys showed a lot of resilience in this one," coach Nathan Van Dyke said. "It was a battle from start to finish. Going into the fourth quarter down 12-13, and coming back with 22 unanswered points showed incredible toughness. Suchanek, Chyma and Craun carried the load for us late in the game, and lead us to a nice victory."
Craun led the offense with 146 rushing yards and one touchdown. He also had 23 yards receiving Friday. Chyma also broke the 100-yard barrier with 111 rushing yards and three touchdowns. Suchanek rushed for 45 yards in the game.
Defensively, Craun also led the way with tackles. He recorded nine tackles in the contest. Jaret Probasco had five tackles for STC. Chyma had an interception, while Lowe, Nathan McAdoo and Dakota Vodochodsky each had fumble recoveries.
The Trojans will play Boone on Friday at home. The game will start at 4:45 p.m.