In its final outing of the season, South Tama Middle School's eighth grade football team swept Newton on Oct. 16.
The first game victory was the first for the A-team all season. Newton received the ball first, but South Tama's defense forced a three-and-out. Then STC blocked Newton's punt on the Cardinal's 15 yard line. Kolbie Clark scored a couple plays later on an 11-yard jet-sweep run. Dillon Graves punched in the two-point attempt through the heart of the Cardinal defense, giving STC an early 8-0 lead.
The Trojans and Cardinals offenses proceeded to trade a pair of turnovers that cost both teams scoring opportunities. With only seconds left in the first half, the Cardinals broke a 75-yard run. STC's Elias Garcia ran down the Cardinals player and tackled him at the Trojans 10 yard line. The Trojans defense tightened up and held Newton out of the end zone as the second quarter expired. STC led 8-0 at the break.
South Tama added to its lead in the third quarter. Clayton Rosenberger scored on a five-yard option run, giving STC a 14-0 lead. The Cardinals answered in the fourth quarter with a touchdown of their own. The point-after attempt was no good. The Trojans recovered the onside kick attempt and then proceeded to run out the clock and take a knee to end their 2012 season with a win, 14-6 over Newton.
"We had a tragic thing happen this year and for us to go out there and give it all we had and to get this win is amazing," Rosenberger said. "You're in our prayers Ian Mcfate."
In the second game of the doubleheader, the Trojans were led by Ruben Fuentes with 10 tackles and a forced fumble on the defensive side of the ball. Leading rushers were Lansin Lacina and Elias Garcia with 44 and 57 yards, respectfully.
The Trojans scored the lone touchdown of the game on a one-yard quarterback sneak by Nathan Weiss. The two-point try was no good and the Trojans defense held strong with solid performances from Onel Valdez, Skyler Steuhm and Gabe Garcia. The Trojans won the nightcap 6-0.