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STC Trojans fall to Benton in season opener

August 31, 2018
By Allison Graham - Sports Editor ( , Toledo Chronicle, Tama News-Herald

Coach Nate Doran said that eyes were opened following the Trojan's season opening loss to Benton on Friday, August 24.

South Tama County hosted the Bobcats for a non-district matchup falling 45-13. The Trojans took to the field wearing teal socks in remembrance of BGM alumni, Mollie Tibbetts who was murdered in Brooklyn a month ago while out on a run. Tibbetts has family in the STC community so it was an opportunity for students to come together to remember her.

"I'm not going to lie we felt comfortable coming into this game. We didn't know a whole lot about Benton. We didn't get a very good scouting report. It was what it was. They came to play. Evidently we weren't prepared. As a coach I'll take that. I thought I had our team ready to go," said Doran.

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STC quarterback, Drake Crawford (15), looks for an open man during the Trojans season opener against Benton on Friday, August 24.
News Herald Photo/Allison Graham

The Bobcats came ready to play indeed. With potential bad weather on the horizon game time moved up 90 minutes. The Bobcats wasted no time scoring on their first possession of the evening and each to follow through the first half. Benton racked up a 35 point lead forcing continual clock upon return from halftime. Bad weather never came but the night was gloomy for Trojan fans.

Benton's Clayton Krousie put his team on the board first with a quarterback keeper. Matt Davis extended it to a 13 point lead from three yards out and again from two yards to give Benton a 21-0 lead. Davis led the Bobcats with 125 rushing yards. Jack Shaw scored his first of two touchdowns following another Trojan three and out in the second quarter.

Down 28-0, the Trojans next offensive series looked like things were starting to finally click. They saw their first first down as they marched their way down the field. The celebration after a touchdown by Payton Vest was short lived however as it was called back due to the Trojan's 5th penalty of the night.

Back on defense the Trojans just couldn't hold Benton who scored their fifth touchdown of the evening after Krousie connected once again with Shaw.

Following halftime the Trojans were able to find some offensive production in the fourth quarter but the outcome of the evening was evident by that point.

Friday was the debut for starting quarterback and senior team captain Drake Crawford who Doran said had his jitters.

"When a guy wants to throw and when he can't throw, his first instinct is flight. He'll get over that. He'll learn his bearings and he'll be able to stand in the pocket a little bit so we can get guys going," he said.

With the Trojans down 45-0, Doran switched things up for a bit of time bringing in sophomore Matt Wiese at quarterback and returning the offense to a more traditional power I formation. The Trojans finally were able to put six on the board with rushing efforts coming from Wiese, Vest and senior back Tanner Walz. Walz ultimately ran into the end zone for an 8-yard touchdown following a methodical drive by the Trojans.

Crawford returned to his starting position for the Trojan's final series and connected with Keahna on a deep pass into Bobcat territory before capping off the drive with a rushing touchdown. Uriel Martinez added the extra point and the Trojans finished the night with a final score of 45-13.

South Tama will be on the road to Independence tonight (Friday) for another non-district matchup.

"We went 0-1 this week. Next week we are going to try and go 1-0," said Head Coach Nate Doran.



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