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Trojans end season to District leader, Xavier

November 1, 2017
By Allison Graham - Sports Editor (agraham@tamatoledonews.com) , Toledo Chronicle, Tama News-Herald

South Tama's season has officially come to an end. The Trojans fell in their final game against Xavier, Cedar Rapids. The Xavier Saints won the contest 62-7.

From the get go, Xavier utterly dominated the night. The Saints were bigger, faster, and stronger than any team the Trojans had faced this season. Xavier is a quality football program and they have all the tools to go the distance. Being a parochial school in a very populated area, the Saints are able to bring in some very strong talent.

"The biggest thing I?said (in the post game huddle) was there is no reason for us to go down and die. Let's go out and fight. Let's go out swinging. The kids wanted to. The kids are out there and they fought," said head coach Nate Doran. "(Xavier) is well coached. They have enough coaches to coach individual guys. They coach one side of the ball. Hands off to them. I wish them the best in the playoffs. They are a great team. They played with good sportsmanship."

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STC quarterback Lane Koch (16) steps out of the way after handing off to Colton Vest (33) who hands off to Tanner Probasco (3) in a double reverse on Friday, October 20. Xavier defeated South Tama 62-7.
News Herald Photo/Allison Graham

One couldn't talk about the Xavier Saints without talking about the Schulte family. Steering the ship is head coach Duane Schulte who has over 20 years of experience built into the Xavier program. Schulte's eldest son Reggie Schulte ('12) is a former Class 4A All-State quarterback and is now a backup quarterback for the UNI Panthers. Then there is Bryce Schulte who graduated from Xavier in 2017. He accepted a walk on position with the University of Iowa switching from a quarterback to Tight End. This year it was Quinn Schulte's turn at the helm.

Schulte passed for 120 yards, rushed for 74 and scored one touchdown. His partnership with running back Braden Stovie accounted for 114 receiving yards and three touchdowns.

In 2016 the Saints made it to the semi-final round where they faced two-time state champions, the Pella Dutch. Their bid to the finals ended in a 34-30 loss to Pella. This season the Saints are once again looking to the Dome. They won the Class 3A, District 3 once again undefeated.

With the exception of the final score and the names on the rosters, this year's matchup was very similar to last year's contest. In 2016 the Trojans fell to the Saints 48-12. Just like in 2016 the Trojans were once again dealing with injuries. Also, just like in 2016 the Trojans put up more points against the Saints than five other teams.

STC quarterback Lane Koch was able to connect with Nick Ryan who scored the Trojans lone touchdown of the night. A PAT by Colton Vest gave the Trojans their seven points.

"Nick (Ryan)?gave us everything he had. He finished tough. He ran that out even though we tried to take him out he went out and made that last touchdown," said Doran.

With the closing of this year's season comes the end of South Tama's time in Class 3A District 3. This spring the IHSAA will release all new districts. With football numbers down across the State, there is much talk about what will happen next year. Will there be more teams move into the eight-man class? Should the IHSAA alter the playoff configuration? Will South Tama remain in Class 3A? Those questions will be answered come spring.

The Trojans closed their season with a 2-7 record. They will say goodbye and good luck to several seniors including Adrian Nunez, Tanner Probasco, Joel Medina, Brady Fritz, Lane Koch, Nick Ryan, Colton Vest, Dalton Rosenburg, Mario Moncada, Taylor Davenport, Gabe Backen and Laezlow Waseskuk.

Coach Nate Doran spoke very highly of several of the seniors. "Tanner Probasco. What can you say about that kid? He's phenomenal. Colton Vest, Lane Koch. The kid took how many poundings and he still comes to the sidelines smiling trying to keep kids up. You get upset as a coach because season's don't go the way you want and then you look at an end of a year like that and I'm going to miss these guys. It's tough. I?get cracked up about it because you spend a lot of time with them and you get to know them. I'm going to miss them," said Doran.

 
 

 

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