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Decorah dominates in rainy contest

October 13, 2017
By Allison Graham - Sports Editor ( , Toledo Chronicle, Tama News-Herald

It became very clear, very quickly how the Week 7 matchup was going to go between the STC Trojans and the Decorah Vikings. The contest resulted in a 49-6 loss for South Tama who hosted the Vikings on Friday, October 6.

The evening started off rocky with a forced delay due to lightning. The skies also opened up on Trojan field which made the field quite slippery and created a mud pit near the northern 40-yard line. Upon kickoff, the Vikings' Jake Muhlbauer received the ball and returned it for a touchdown in the opening play of the game. From there the Vikings were off to the races. The Trojan's line on both sides of the ball was simply no match for the size and speed of Decorah.

Those who have followed Class 3A District 3 action should have had no qualms about how the evening was going to go. The Vikings, who are 5-2, have hung at the top of the District along with Xavier and Waverly-Shell Rock. Decorah fell to both teams however they really gave Xavier a run for their money falling by just one touchdown 21-13. A wild card playoff berth is also not out of the question for the Vikings either. Anything is possible in football but for the Trojans to come out and top Decorah, well let's just say it would have been a pretty big upset.

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Decorah’s Jake Muhlbauer (23) returns the opening kickoff for a Viking touchdown on Friday, October 6. The Trojans fell to Decorah 49-6 in district action.
News?Herald Photo/Allison Graham

The story of the Trojans' season has been the injuries the team has been battling. Since week one it has been a constant stream of untimely injuries. Key players for the Trojans including seniors Gabe Backen, Tanner Probasco, Mario Moncada, Dalton Rosenburg, and juniors Ben Drummer, Cole Savage, and Tanner Walz have all been sidelined for at least a game and in most cases, much more.

Friday's contest saw the return of Gabe Backen, who is a big anchor on the line for the Trojans. However, his return to the field was very short lived. In the second play of the Trojan's first offensive series Backen went down. He came off the field holding his right arm. A post on Facebook the day following the game would confirm a broken elbow. At this point the question of injuries on the STC squad is more when than if.

The Trojans did make some advances into Decorah territory, but each time they got within the red zone, something would go wrong. An interception here, a fumble there, it just seemed as if nothing was working. Finally, towards the end of the night Lane Koch found the end zone on a quarterback keeper to put the Trojans on the board with six points. The ensuing PAT attempt by Colton Vest fell just outside the uprights.

While it's been a tough season and there are certainly tougher games ahead, it has not been all bad. The Trojans held on to the Steve Kriegel Trophy in the annual Grinnell rivalry game. They also captured a redemptive win over Charles City in week one of district action. Those wins should not be forgotten about. They are what the Trojans should focus on when the season is all said and done. But for now, they will focus on their matchup with Waverly Shell-Rock (6-1). STC will be on the road tonight to face the Go-Hawks.

STC Stats

Passing - Lane Koch 11-15 151 yards, 1-1 for 42 yards

Rushing - Lane Koch 4 - -3, Mario Moncada 2-6, Tanner Probasco 11-26, Colton Vest 6 -20, Tanner Walz 12-21, Jesus Wanatee-Romero 1-2

Receiving - Colton Vest 4-62, Brady Fritz 2-57, Tanner Probasco 4-43, Nick Ryan 1-25, Keith Keahna 1-6

Scoring - Lane Koch 6 points

Tackles - Mario Moncada 10, Tanner Probasco 10, Brady Fritz 5, Nick Ryan 5, Lane Koch 3, Colton Vest 3, Dalton Rosenburg 2, Josh Thiessen 2, Tanner Walz 1, Jesus Wanatee-Romero 1, Aiden Waseskuk 1, Anthony Wilson-Healey 1, Keith Keahna 1, Brendan Patro 1

PAT Kicking - Colton Vest 0-1

Kick Offs - Colton Vest 2-90

Punting - 5-186

Kick Off Returns - Colton Vest 3-61, Brady Fritz 1-8, Tanner Probasco 1-3



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