Trojans ousted by Oelwein

South Tama’s Logan Arp (6) gains some yards during the first quarter of Class 3A District Playoffs. The Trojans fell to Oelwein. Allison Graham/News Chronicle

Turnovers in the third quarter were too much for the Trojans to recover from in the first round of playoffs Friday night.

South Tama (3-5) hosted Oelwein (3-5) Friday evening for the Class 2A contest. The Trojans held the Huskies scoreless through the first quarter.

In the second, third and fourth quarters Oelwein scored 14 points each quarter. This Huskies efforts resulted in a 42-28 victory.

STC jumped out to an early lead scoring twice in the opening minutes. Payton Vest punched into the end zone midway through the first quarter then again around minute 4:30.

By halftime the Huskies had caught up and the two teams went into their locker rooms tied 14 all.

Senior defensive lineman Kalem Schrock (65) chases down Oelwein quarterback Jacob King during STC’s first round playoff game at home. Allison Graham/News Chronicle

The Huskies stuck to a traditional ground game driving twice as much as South Tama for a total of 514 yards.

It was no more apparent that the strategy was working than in the third quarter. The Trojans had possession of the ball for roughly 30 seconds before an untimely fumble.

For the remainder of the 12 minutes Oelwein retained possession. They methodically worked the field gaining short yards all while controlling the clock. The Huskies scored twice.

Gage Voshell led Oelwein with 385 yards in 39 attempts.

Brayden Smith returned to the STC lineup after being out last week. He recorded 102 yards.

It was Payton Vest who led the Trojans though with a whopping 252 yards and four touchdowns. Vest ended his senior year with 1276 rushing yards.

Logan Arp had two receptions for 41 yards.

Kyler Smith led defensively with 13 tackles.

The Trojans ended the season 3-5 breaking a 24 game losing streak earlier in the season. Oelwein moved on to play Solon on Oct. 23.