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Injuries plague South Tama Trojans

September 29, 2017
By Allison Graham - Sports Editor ( , Toledo Chronicle, Tama News-Herald

By Allison Graham

Sports Editor


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South Tama’s Jesus Romero-Wanatee breaks free for some yards in the final quarter of the Trojans matchup with Vinton on Friday, September 22.
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It was not the outcome anyone from the South Tama sideline anticipated. STC hosted Vinton-Shellsburg for their Homecoming game on Friday, September 22. The Trojans again saw more untimely injuries in what resulted in the first win of the season for the Vikings, 28-0.

South Tama has been battling injuries all season. Key players for the Trojans including seniors Gabe Backen, Tanner Probasco, Dalton Rosenburg, and juniors Cole Savage, and Tanner Walz have all been sidelined for at least a game and in most cases, much more. On Friday, South Tama was again without Backen, a big anchor on the line, but it would be the loss of two other seniors midway through the first half that would really put the Trojans on their heels the rest of the night. During Friday's matchup with the Vikings, senior linebacker Mario Moncada came out during the first quarter with what would appear to be a left knee injury. Also following halftime Tanner Probasco did not return to the field and was being treated for concussion symptoms. To say the Trojans are banged up may be a bit of an understatement at this point.

With all of the injuries, the Trojans did not have an answer for yet another mobile quarterback in the District 3 ranks. In week four it was Independence sophomore QB Logan Schmitt who pushed the Mustangs to victory behind 130 yards rushing and two rushing touchdowns. This time it was Vinton senior Blake Bohnsack who punished the STC defense with 181 yards rushing and four rushing touchdowns. Thus far South Tama has been particularly susceptible to mobile quarterbacks as they have allowed six rushing touchdowns from the quarterback position and each of the first five opposing QBs have captured their most successful rushing performances against the Trojan defense. On the other side of the ball, STC's offensive line has struggled at times to give quarterback Lane Koch enough space to operate, giving up 10 sacks through five weeks (compared to a season total of 3 sacks allowed in 2016). This year the Trojans are often outsized and short-handed on the line which makes it twice as difficult to open running lanes, protect our quarterback, or pressure opposing quarterbacks.

All of these circumstances have head coach Nate Doran wondering what to do next. "We need to get better," was all he had to say following Friday's defeat.

The tough news for the Trojans is that they are headed into some stiff District 3 competition throughout the remaining four weeks of the regular season. They face Benton (2-3) in week six, followed by Decorah (4-1) on Oct. 6, Waverly-Shell Rock (5-0) on Oct. 13 and Xavier (5-0) on October 20.

Time will only tell how things will turn out but for now the Trojans will need to focus on staying healthy and hoping for no more injuries.

STC Stats

Passing - Lane Koch 2-15 for 14 yards

Rushing - Jesus Wanatee-Romero 4-74, Colton Vest 10-54, Tanner Walz 14-38, Tanner Probasco 4-19, Garrett Arp 3-17, Lane Koch 5-3, Aiden Waseskuk 1-2, Drake Crawford 1- -6

Receiving - Brady Fritz 1-11, Colton Vest 1-3

Tackles - Josh Thiessen 6, Keith Keahna 5, Anthony Wilson-Healey 5, Colin Price 4, Nick Ryan 4, Garrett Arp 3, Brady Fritz 3, Tanner Probasco 3, Dalton Rosenburg 3, Colton Vest 3, Mario Moncada 2, Brendan Patro 2, Dallas Horne 1, Lane Koch 1, Cole Savage 1

Kick Offs - Joel Medina 1-51

Punting - Nick Ryan 4-161

Kickoff Returns - Colton Vest 3-79, Nick Ryan 1-18

Punt Returns - Colton Vest 1-3



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