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STC comes up against No. 2 district opponent, Waverly-SR

October 20, 2017
By Allison Graham - Sports Editor ( , Toledo Chronicle, Tama News-Herald

Like many teams, the Trojans have dealt with the reality of decreasing football participation. This season, by the numbers on QuikStats, South Tama has the fewest names on its roster across District 3. It should come then as no surprise that the number of names on the roster has had a significant correlation to the number of wins a team has in our district. The Xavier Saints are currently unbeaten. Their QuikStats roster (63) nearly doubles that of STC (33). It's not just a problem for South Tama. Across the State of Iowa and throughout the nation, football numbers are down. Chalk that up to the recent awareness being raised by the national media regarding concussions and CTE. South Tama meanwhile has dealt with injury after injury including a handful of concussions. Last Friday would be no different. Mario Moncada, who has been in and out of play, was once again sidelined on Friday. Wide receiver Nick Ryan also sat much of the fourth quarter and was seen icing on the bench. Ben Drummer, Dalton Rosenburg, Gabe Backen, and Cole Savage are all former starters or role players who are out for the season. But most serious of all was a tackle made by Aiden Waseskuk that left him lying motionless face down on the ground. Luckily Waseskuk was able to walk off the field but it was a terrifying moment that most players, coaches and fans fear most.

South Tama has also faced some of the toughest competition in Class 3A District 3, facing three of the top 15 teams ranked by BC Moore in district action. With all that said after six losses, playoffs are officially off the table. While that reality is a disappointing one, it has allowed the Trojans a certain freedom from any sort of pressure.

That freedom was evident on the field last Friday when the Trojans travelled to Waverly-Shell Rock to take on the Class 3A, 5th ranked Go-Hawks. SPOILER ALERT: for those who don't know, the Trojans fell 61-23. The loss does not really come as a surprise as the Trojans faced some really tough defense and the top quarterback in the District, Luke Velky.

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South Tama’s Keith Keahna (left) jumps up to receive a pass from Colton Vest (right) in the end zone. This was the first of Keahna’s two touchdowns on the night. The Trojans fell to Waverly-Shell Rock 61-23 on Friday, October 13.
News Herald Photo/Allison Graham

The positive take away from the District matchup is that the Trojans scored more points against the Waverly defense than any other team, all season. That would include Xavier who gave the Go-Hawks their only loss this season.

The Trojans began the night on offense. Waverly's kickoff went into the end zone which resulted in the Trojans starting on their own 20-yard line. A quick carry up the middle by Tanner Walz for four yards set the Trojans up for a 2nd and 5. STC senior running back, Tanner Probasco, found his wheels and shot down near the Trojan sideline for a 75-yard touchdown. A two-point conversion by Colton Vest quickly put the Trojans up 8-0. Probasco led the night with 107 rushing yards, 9 receiving. He also had seven tackles which was just shy of leader Keith Keahna who had 8 tackles on the night.

Waverly responded with a methodical drive up the field. The Go-Hawks matched the Trojans eight points with a quarterback keeper by Velky and a two-point conversion to tie the score.

Both teams went scoreless until midway through the second quarter. Another quarterback keeper by Velky put the Go-Hawks up 14-8 after a failed two-point conversion.

The Trojans next series unraveled as STC quarterback, Lane Koch, threw an interception. The Go-Hawks took advantage of the turnover and Velky hit pay dirt once again for his third touchdown of the night. A two-point conversion put Waverly ahead 20-8.

Waverly went into halftime leading 29-8 after a pass from Velky to Ryan Willis was completed for another Go-Hawk touchdown. Coming out of halftime Waverly made quick work to extend their lead even further. Velky connected with senior wide out Jack Seward near their own 35-yard line and Seward was off breaking tackles and taking names as he weaved and dodged his way to the end zone.

A pass from Colton Vest to Keith Keahna cut into the Go-Hawk lead. Keahna found the end zone once again in the third quarter to give the Trojans their final points of the evening. Waverly's offense continued to open up as the Trojans had no answer for Velky.

Velky finished the night with 32 of the Go-Hawks 61 points. He was 8-10 for 224 yards and two touchdowns while rushing for 102 yards and five touchdowns.

Velky's offensive attack further exposed the struggle South Tama's defensive line has experienced this season.

South Tama's defensive line has quite literally let quarterbacks run all over them this season giving QB's in Class 3A District 3 their best offensive production of the season. Benton's Spencer Touro and Vinton's Black Bohnsack each scored 24 points on the ground. Independence's Logan Schmitt scored 16 points. While not a district game, Williamsburg's Gage Blythe also managed 24 points. Part of the problem is the Trojans just don't have the size to compete. And while frustrating one can't fully blame size on the team.

While the end of the football season is upon us with one more game tonight (Oct. 20) it is not yet the end of the road for several of STC's senior athletes. You can catch returning state wrestling place winners Tanner Probasco, Colton Vest, and Brady Fritz on the mats this season while Lane Koch and Keith Keahna will be on the basketball court.

STC Stats

Passing - Lane Koch 8-15 for 86 yards, Colton Vest 1-1 for 7 yards, Drake Crawford 1-2 for 3 yards

Rushing - Tanner Probasco 10-107, Colton Vest 10-61, Tanner Walz 13-30, Jesus Wanatee-Romero 3-9, Lane Koch 4 - -6

Receiving - Brady Fritz 4-64, Keith Keahna 3-20, Tanner Probasco 2-9, Colton Vest 1-3

Scoring - Keith Keahna 12, Tanner Probasco 6, Colton Vest 5

Tackles - Keith Keahna 8, Tanner Probasco 7, Brady Fritz 6, Mario Moncada 5, Nick Ryan 5, Colton Vest 5, Garrett Arp 4, Aiden Waseskuk 4, Josh Thiessen 3, Brendan Patro 1, Tanner Walz 1, Jesus Wanatee-Romero 1

PAT Kicking - Colton Vest 1-1

Kick Offs - Colton Vest 6-165 yards

Punting - Nick Ryan 3-108 yards

Kick Off Returns - Tanner Probasco 2-95, Brady Fritz 2-36, Garrett Arp 1-17



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