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Vest scores twice for STC Trojans

September 13, 2019
By Allison Graham - Sports Editor ( , Toledo Chronicle, Tama News-Herald

Week two saw improvements for South Tama. They were able to put more points on the board and cut down their penalties from week one. The Trojans hosted the Independence Mustangs for a non-district contest on Friday, September 6. Still the night resulted in a 61-14 loss for STC.

Some highlights for the Trojans came from STC running back, Payton Vest. Vest found the end zone twice for the Trojans. Vest's first points came in the second quarter during a kick off return. The Trojans extra point kick by Uriel Martinez was no good but nonetheless they were on the board for six points.

Vest's second touchdown came late in the game in the fourth quarter. The Trojans had taken over on offense within Independence territory after the Mustangs failed to convert on fourth down. Vest ran for 49 yards into the endzone. He also punched in a two point conversion to put STC at 14 points. Despite his efforts, Vest wasn't satisfied.

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STC’s Gavin Jimenez (3) and Jhonny Nunez (5) tackle an Independence running back at Friday’s contest. The Trojans fell to the Mustangs 61-14.
News Herald Photo/Allison Graham

"I'm looking for more," said Vest, "We need to get it to our receivers. I think we played a lot better. I don't think the score shows it but we are doing the small things right."

While they saw more success on offense, defensively the Trojans struggled to hang with Independence. The Mustangs racked up 384 rushing yards led by Marcus Beatty and quarterback Logan Schmitt with 122 and 101 respectively as well as 270 total receiving yards led by Brayden Holt with with a game high 92 receiving yards. Schmitt, not only ran for 101 yards but was 17-21 for the accumulated 270 receiving yards. STC's Aaron Neave led the Trojans with 10 solo tackles.

As the weeks go on the competition is anticipated to get more difficult with Bondurant-Farrar, Pella and Oskaloosa on the schedule.

"The pressure doesn't really matter to us. We are used to it from last season. We've just got to step it up. With not as many guys there isn't as much rest and practices are a lot harder and they need to be," added Vest.

The Trojans also saw some injuries plague the team this week. Jesus Wanatee-Romero hasn't seen the playing field yet while Fabian Padilla was on the sidelines after irritating a previous injury.

Regardless of the loss Coach Nate Doran was pleased with the mental toughness of his team.

"I would say our body language was a lot different from week one. The effort was there. Last week in Benton after their first touchdown they were done. The coaches even felt that. This week we were here to fight and I told the team we were not worried about the outcome we are worried about the moment. Each moment we will take advantage, play by play, whistle by whistle. I thought the kids did well at that. There were some good things we did that we can build upon for next week and there are some things we will get better at. Numbers are one thing we can't change so we are going to have to be good at what we do," said Doran.



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