South Tama football players and coaches celebrated its best season since 2007 with family members earlier this month.
The STC varsity players, along with the freshman team members, received participation letters and awards at their annual postseason banquet on Dec. 9. It was the final culmination of the Trojans season. The varsity team finished with a record of 9-3 after 2-7 a year ago, while the STC freshman team won its final six games to finish 7-2.
"This season was one worth rehashing," varsity coach Jay Hoskey said. "Maybe with a 2-7 season, we go right to the awards and get out of here. When you have one of these (pointing to trophy), then you want to talk about it a while."
Members of the South Tama football team received a medal and plaque for their participation in the Class 3A state playoffs this fall. The STC players received their gifts at the postseason banquet on Dec. 9.
Hoskey reviewed the Trojans season, saying it officially started after the 2011 season finished. He said the players knew they could have a better 2012 campaign, but no one was sure until the games started. However, he could tell it might be one to remember after the team's summer camp and offseason workouts.
The Trojans started playing in a new Class 3A District this fall. They maintained a couple of long-time opponents, but the new district boded well for the Trojans. They hosted Nevada for the opener and won 16-6. The Trojans traveled to Vinton-Shellsburg for its second game and left with a 40-14 blowout victory.
"In previous years, they were more physical than us and pushed us around," Hoskey said. "This year, we kind of reversed that. We pounded it at them the first two or three times we had the ball. We hadn't been able to do that on anybody for two years. That was the moment us coaches thought we could be pretty decent."
STC narrowly defeated Dallas Center-Grimes 26-24 before losing at Newton, 28-27. Then South Tama rolled off four-straight wins over Saydel (68-0), Ballard (35-17), Boone (37-14) and Benton (49-13).
The Trojans lost their regular season finale to rival Grinnell, 26-17, but it was the first of two meetings this fall. In the 3A playoffs, the Trojans beat Waverly-Shell Rock 31-14 and won at Humboldt 21-12. Then they lost at Grinnell, 49-35, to end the season.
"What a goofy game," Hoskey said. "We had some issues about where we were supposed to be on the sideline. It was right on the Grinnell side, but not on the South Tama side. We played the kind of game we wanted to initially, but then we didn't make some plays. Their quarterback played an excellent game."
After recapping the season, Hoskey and the other coaches handed out awards to the players. Here are the recipients:
Coaches Appreciation Award - Daryl Bidwell, Adam Glendy and Brad Evans
Special Teams player - Jose Fonseca
Tacklers award - Austin Lowe
Hitters award - Vinny Lasley
Ball-hawk award - Kaleb Davenport
Iron Man award - Erik Lux
Most improved - Jake Herriott
Blockers award - Lane McAdoo
Determination award - Trevor Rohach
Scholar athlete award - Clay Waterbury
Leadership award - Sam Kuhter
Outstanding Player - Kyle Stephenson
Everyone who played on the Trojans team during the playoffs, which included some freshmen who suited up, received a surprise at the end of the banquet. They were all given a state medal and a plaque honoring their participation in the state playoffs.
STC freshman coaches Nate Van Dyke and Scott Bolen also gave awards to their players. The recipients were:
Linemen award - Edwin Youngbear and Lane Votrobeck
Big Hitter award - Nathan McAdoo
Utility award - Justin Suchanek
Special Teams/Highlight award - Jerry Lowe
Trojan Spirit Award - Jaret Probasco and Curtis McFate
Toughness Award - Mitch Thede
Leadership Award - Bailey Chyma
MVP - Peyton Craun