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Grinnell wins back Steve Kriegel trophy

October 19, 2018
By Allison Graham - Sports Editor ( , Toledo Chronicle, Tama News-Herald

For the first time in four years the Steve Kriegel trophy will reside with the Grinnell Tigers.

The South Tama Trojans (0-8) travelled to Grinnell (3-5) on Friday, October 12. The two teams have met for the past 30 years. Their overall series record favors Grinnell, 19-11. South Tama and Grinnell are in the same district for 2018 and 2019, making the loss even more tough to take. The Tigers finished the evening with a 48-13 victory over the Trojans.

Opening the contest, Fabian Padilla kicked off for the Trojans. The Tigers went to work scoring their first touchdown in their opening series. It took just five plays.

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STC’s Jackson Beltz (7) reaches out as he catches a pass thrown by quarterback Drake Crawford on Friday, October 12. The Trojans fell to Grinnell 48-13.
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Grinnell is led by 6'7 senior Drew Coffman. Coffman is in the top 10 of Class 3A quarterbacks with a 117.6 quarterback rating. He has completed just over 54% of his passes and has thrown for 1523 yards this season. In Friday's contest with the Trojans Coffman finished 13 of 22 and 198 yards. He also rushed for 43 yards and scored two touchdowns.

"We tried to hold Coffman between the tackles which we did but we couldn't stop him once he ran. He's a long guy so he can fall and get three yards. That's tough. I thought Brady Knode did a fantastic job against their number one receiver, Vest came up a little last sometimes but he popped guys. I thought our corners did a lot better. Jesus (Wanatee-Romero) came up and made some plays. He was in the right position. Matt Wiese was in the right position. He played in the position as a corner one time and he just got lost in what we were doing and they scored that touchdown right after half. That kind of stuff takes the wind out of your sails. It's tough," said Nate Doran.

The Tigers scored again in the second quarter off a rushing touchdown by Tanner Strand. A bit later in the quarter the Tigers attempted a 21 yard field goal that was no good. Grinnell scored once more in the half. Coffman connected with Matayas Durr. The Tigers led 20-0 going into halftime.

Coming out of halftime the Trojans would accept the kickoff. Grinnell held STC to a quick three and out. Grinnell was within STC territory following the Trojans punt. Coffman once again found Strand for a 46 yard touchdown. The Tigers successfully attempted a two point conversion putting them up 28-0.

In the Trojans next series they were finally able to yield some offensive production. STC's Payton Vest went to work for the Trojans carrying the ball for seven of the 11 plays in the series. It would be Drake Crawford with a quarterback keeper that would put the Trojans on the board. The extra point attempt by Osmar Galvez was no good but the Trojans were on the board.

The Trojans attempted an onside kick but it was recovered by Grinnell. Five plays and the Tigers were once again extending their lead over the Trojans.

Back on offense the Trojans scored once more. Crawford connected with Vest and Vest ran into the end zone for the touchdown. The Trojans trailed Grinnell 35-13 going into the 4th quarter.

Grinnell scored twice more in the fourth quarter. Coffman started the quarter with a run. He then connected for a third time with Strand for their final touchdown of the night resulting in the 48-13 win.

"We're frustrated and kind of defeated," said Doran, "this one kind of felt like it took the wind out our sails and last week was kind of the same feeling. I thought our guys actually put up a good fight but we go down 20 points and it's tough to come back when we aren't getting scores quick. I feel bad for what I did because I think we kind of took away what they were doing and they exposed that we had a weakness in the defense and then we didn't stop that. I thought our guys did great and they did exactly what we asked them to do. We took away what Grinnell wanted to do but we couldn't stop their modifications. We've got a lot of guys who want to do well but we are young and we don't have all the bodies."

The Trojans will face #6 Oskaloosa at home for senior night on Friday, October 19.



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