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Trojans have offensive spark despite loss in Homecoming game

October 4, 2019
By Allison Graham - Sports Editor ( , Toledo Chronicle, Tama News-Herald

Week five for the Trojans was Homecoming. It was also the first week of District play and while the Trojans didn't "Crush the Cardinals" they did have what was arguably their best week of football this season. South Tama hosted Newton on Friday, September 27. Coming into the night South Tama was 0-4 while the Cardinals were 2-2. Their 56-21 win over STC moved them to 3-2.

Yes the night resulted in the Trojans 20th straight loss since 2017, Friday was the best night offensively yet this year as proved by their first series. South Tama began the night with the ball and to everyone's thrill STC running back Payton Vest carried the ball for 34 yards in four plays. It marked his fourth touchdown of the season. Vest still remains the only player on STC's offense to score a touchdown this year.

The Cardinals responded to STC's opening drive by also scoring on their opening drive. Penalties slowed Newton's attacks throughout the night. They had 12 penalties called, many for false starts. Still the Cardinals were able to out pace the Trojans.

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STC quarterback Brayden Smith looks to throw the football while Brody Herriot (62) blocks in the Homecoming game on Friday, September 27.
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Newton scored again in the top of the second quarter, again mid way through the quarter and once more right before halftime. The Cardinals went into halftime up 28-7.

Newton began the third quarter on offense. After a four minute drive the Cardinals scored again.

The Trojans were finally able to cut into Newton's growing lead with Vest once again finding the end zone. STC quarterback, Brayden Smith, aired it out connecting with Sonny DeMarce for a 36 yard reception just shy of the end zone. It was an incredible catch by DeMarce who was receiving pressure from Newton's defense. Vest barrelled it in on the next play for the score.

Another touchdown by Newton closed out the third quarter with the Cardinals pulling away 42-13.

The Trojans had life left in them however. Their next series to start the fourth quarter resulted in Vest's sixth season touchdown. He also added a two point conversion to bring the score to 42-21.

Newton scored twice more closing out the night. STC's DeMarce was also injured during a play. It's unknown if he will play this week. It wasn't a perfect game for the Trojans but they showed improvement and grit which will be needed as they move forward with District play.

"We had a great week of practice and the kids put in their minds that even if we don't have enough guys they were going to be competitive. Vest realized that the smart plays were when he got the 5 or 6 yards. He worked at it. He lowered his shoulder and showed everyone what he can do," said coach Nate Doran.

The Trojans will be hosting Pella?(3-2) for a District contest this evening. Kick off is scheduled around 7:30 p.m. Next week the Trojans will be on the road where they will take on Knoxville (4-1).



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