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Trojans suffer Homecoming loss to Knoxville

October 12, 2018
By Allison Graham - Sports Editor ( , Toledo Chronicle, Tama News-Herald

In Week 3 of Class 3A District action the South Tama County Trojans were back home to host Knoxville (3-4). Frustration has gripped the Trojans as they fell in their seventh game of the season and are now 0-7.

The start time was moved to 5 p.m. as potential bad weather loomed once again this season which just added to the dismal feeling a losing season brings.

South Tama kicked off at 5 p.m. with an attempted onside kick. It was recovered by Knoxville at the 50 yard line. After 11 plays the Panthers scored in their opening drive.

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STC’s Dallas Horne (30) goes in to tackles Knoxville’s Kieren Nichols at Friday’s Homecoming contest. The Trojans fell to Knoxville 47-12.
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Knoxville followed South Tama's lead and also kicked an onside kick which was recovered by STC's Brendan Patro. The Trojans were held to a quick three and out. The teams swapped possessions as both the Trojans and Panther's defenses held their opponent to three and out possessions.

Knoxville's next possession would be fruitful for the Panthers. They scored after 10 plays to put them up two touchdowns over the Trojans in the first quarter.

The Trojans responded to start the second quarter. Payton Vest, Tanner Walz and Matt Wiese carried the ball six carries and Drake Crawford and Wiese connected on a pass. Vest, who ran for 31 yards completed the possession with a rushing touchdown. Osmar Galvez's extra point attempt was no good, but the Trojans were on the board.

Immediately following the Trojans touchdown the game was forced to go into a lightning delay.

Knoxville wasted no time returning from the delay with another touchdown to extend their lead. Kieren Nichols ran for 50 yards for the score. He racked up 165 rushing yards for the night.

With the clock running out in the half the Trojans were able to put together another offensive run. Crawford rushed for a couple of plays as did Walz. The Trojans found the end zone with a dump pass from Vest to Keith Keahna to complete the touchdown.

Just four seconds remained in the first half and all the STC special teams had to do was tackle. However, Knoxville's Nichols found all of South Tama's holes and ran the ball for a 94 yard touchdown to close out the first half. The moment took all of the wind out of the Trojans sails as the two teams went into hafltime with STC trailing 26-12.

Knoxville scored twice more in the second half finishing the night with a 47-12 victory over the Trojans. It marked the Panther's highest scoring game of the season and their first win in District action.

The Trojans will be on the road to Grinnell on Friday evening and will finish up their season on October 19 hosting Oskaloosa. STC will also be celebrating senior night on October 19.



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