On Sept. 25, South Tama's seventh and eighth grade football squads played Williamsburg and came away with one win, two losses and one tie.
The lone win on the night came in the second seventh grade contest. It was an offensive stalemate in the first quarter of action, but STC showed signs of life before halftime.
In the 2nd quarter, Gabe Shields scored on a nine-yard run. Nick Ryan completed a pass to Justus Ward for the two point conversion. South Tama led 8-0 at halftime.
In the second half, both defenses played well. South Tama was moving the ball in the fourth quarter, but an interception by Williamsburg stopped the drive. The Trojans defense shut down Williamsburg as they won 8-0.
Offensively, Logun Freese led the Trojans with 47 yards rushing on 11 attempts. Shields also added 34 yards on his seven carries. Taylor Boldt and Nick Ryan combined to gain 12 yards for the Trojans. Ryan also completed 3-of-5 passes for 34 yards in the game and all of those were caught by Ward.
On defense, Nathan Lasley led STC with six tackles, while Shields added three of his own. Preston Chyma, Cesar Zamarron, Shaye Betz, Scott Garcia and Chase Branan each had two tackles in the game. Also contributing defensively were Bryce Dickerson, Colton Kroeger and Ward, who had one tackle apiece.
In the first game of the night, Williamsburg struck first with a two-yard touchdown run, taking a 6-0 lead. On South Tama's ensuing offensive possession, Colton Vest broke loose for a 43-yard touchdown run. Lan Koch threw a pass to Ryan for the two-point conversion, giving STC an 8-6 advantage at halftime.
Williamsburg opened the second half with a scoring drive as it added another touchdown on a 19-yard quarterback keeper. The conversion failed, but Williamsburg led 12-8. Late in the game, Williamsburg added the final score on a one-yard run. Williamsburg won the gam 18-8.
Vest rushed the ball for more than 100 yards in the contest. He carried it 13 times for 112 yards. Freese and Tanner Probasco added eight and two yards rushing, respectively. Koch completed two passes for 19 yards. Vest and Ryan caught those passes for 16 and three yards.
Defensively, Probasco and Mario Moncado led the way with 14 tackles each. Vest also got double digits with 10 tackles in the game. Freese and Dalton Rosenburg contributed five apiece. Also recording tackles were Josh Thiesen, Rian Simpson, Gabe Backen, Taylor Boldt, Josh Konicek and Koch.
In the eighth grade game, Williamsburg's offense was too much for the Trojans. Williamsburg converted an STC fumble on the opening possession into a touchdown. South Tama answered with a long drive, but it was stopped on downs at the Red Raider 15 yard line. Williamsburg continued to score and led 30-0 at halftime. The Red Raiders went on to win 44-0.
Clayton Rosenberger led the Trojans offense with five completions on 11 attempts for 94 yards. Riley Davenport hauled in four passes for 64 yards, while Jarret Morris caught one pass for 20 yards. Nathan Weiss led the rushers with 22 yards.
Defensively, Elias Garcia, Drew Dostal, and Clayton Rosenberger each had 4 solo tackles. Kyle Kucera also had several solo tackles.
Due to injuries, the second game of the night was shortened to just one quarter of action. Neither team scored as both defenses played tough. Williamsburg drove to the STC 10 yard line, but the Trojans made a defensive stand and stopped the Red Raiders on a fourth down attempt.
Both STC teams played Grinnell on Tuesday.