"We started playing a lot better in the second half," Coach Jay Hoskey said as his South Tama Trojans scored a hard hitting 27-19 win over Benton Community Friday night on Trojan Field in Toledo.
The coach said the return of starting quarterback Dalton Doyle to the lineup put the Trojan passing back into effect.
Admitting the win was a bit "ugly" the coach said. He credited the Trojan defense for being able to get stops on what he said were a pair of possibly all-conference performers.
Trojan running back Jerry Lowe zips for the end zone to put South Tama into the lead 13-7 in the second quarter against the Benton Community?Bobcats on Friday night on Trojan Field.
South Tama was first to get the ball and moved from their own 22 yard line to the 43 on a series of three sets of downs. Running backs Peyton Craun and Jerry Lowe traded duties advancing the ball.
On a 4th and 5, Curtis McFate punted to the Bobcats 28.
On a 3rd and 11, the Bobcats completed a pass to wide receiver Qwen Hopkins for a first down on the Trojan 13 yard line. With 2:06 remaining in the first quarter, the Bobcats scored and converted on the extra point putting them ahead 7-0.
But that lead lasted a total of eight seconds when, on the ensuing kick off, Dylan Kalinay took off up the east sideline for a Trojan score. Adrian Castanon's extra point attempt was good and the score was 7-7 at the end of the first quarter of play.
In the second period, the Bobcats faked a punt and picked up a first down on the STC 47 yard line. On the next series a Benton pass was intercepted by
Justin Suchanek who returned the ball to the 46 yard line.
Then on a series of running plays by Trojan running backs Bo Blocker and Jerry Lowe and by Kalinay, ran the ball to the Bobcat 25. Lowe then broke through to score and put the Trojans ahead 13-7. a two-point conversion by STC failed.
But Benton came right back with Nathan Tellin scoring with 22 seconds left in the second quarter.
After a scoreless 3rd quarter, the Trojans got a drive going with Blocker leading the way. Ian Slagle slipped in n for a score and the extra point conversion by Castanon was good to make the score 20-13.
A little later, the Trojans backed the Bobcats up to their own two and Trojan defensive back Reuben Garcia was able to haul down Bobcat quarterback Gag Harti close to the goal line forcing a punt from the end zone.
The punt saw the ball returned to the Bobcat 37 by Tristen Beyer.
Following a couple of successful passes, Blocker went up the middle to the nine. Lowe then went over right tackle for another Trojan score. Castanon's extra point was again good and the Trojan lead was 27-13 with 2:34 to play.
But the Bobcats weren't quite done. Following a couple of completed passes, the visitors reached the end zone again. The extra point was blocked by Tyler Martens.
With just over a minute left, the Trojans ran out the clock for the 27-19 win, running their season record to 3-5.
The Trojans travel to Grinnell to wrap up the season this Friday night. Coach Hoskey said going into this big rivalry contest, "We've got nothing to lose. We'll have fun."