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Benton Bobcats too much for STC Trojans

September 6, 2019
By Allison Graham - Sports Editor ( , Toledo Chronicle, Tama News-Herald

South Tama County football opened their season with a non-district game against Class 2A, state qualifying Benton on Friday, August 30. The Trojans were looking to break their 0-9 streak but it was not in the cards as they came up against an offensively dominant and defensively sound team. Benton defeated STC 51-7.

"It's tough. We tried to do something different on defense and it wasn't us. We switched back to our old style and that seemed to be more effective. We got Aaron Neave involved in the running game. Size wise Benton had some tall receivers. We just flat out got beat. Offensively we couldn't get anything going. Every-time we got some momentum we got a flag. Right now we are going back to the drawing board and have a short term memory with this game and get ready for Independence. That's all we can do, move forward," said coach Nate Doran.

STC began the night on offense which is being led by junior quarterback, Brayden Smith. Smith joined the football team following a stint with the cross country team in his sophomore year. In his debut, Smith was 3-13 for 36 yards. His stat line from the evening doesn't quite reflect what he can do. Smith can throw the ball. He connected with Neave for 24 yards. When the chemistry with his other receivers falls into place the Trojans will see some success. Leading the ground game for the Trojans was Payton Vest. Vest ran for 37 yards.

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STC’s Aaron “Homie” Neave (left) blocks while Payton Vest (2) looks for a hole during the Trojans season opener with Benton on Friday, August 30. The Trojans fell to Benton 51-7.
News Herald Photo/Allison Graham

The trouble for the Trojans is that they don't have the numbers or the size to compete against the teams they are going to come up against this season. Doran brought up roughly six players from the frosh team but he didn't have many options for substituting players. When you are coming up against teams like Pella, Oskaloosa and Bondurant-Farrar it's a tall order. Frustrations got the better of the Trojans towards the end of the night. The good news about this team is that they work hard until the end and while that may not result in wins on the scoreboard it does result in wins for a person's character.

"We love these kids, they give us everything they've got. We can coach them all we want but we've got to find a way for them to believe in themselves because if you look at this game that first touchdown their eyes went straight to the ground. A losing record is tough and it's something we've got to break. As coaches we are going to get there. Tonight just wasn't our night," said Doran.

The Trojans will be at home tonight (Friday, Sept. 6) to face Independence.



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