South Tama marches past Norsemen
—by Roger Fritz
The South Tama Trojans scored touchdowns on their first six possessions, and threw in a defensive touchdown to boot, as they marched over the Roland-Story Norsemen 49-7. South Tama moved to 5-1 on the year, the Norse dropped to 0-6.
The Trojans got the ball to start the game, and immediately marched 80 yards in 7 plays to go up 7-0. The Norse’s highlight of the game came next. On the ensuing kickoff, Alex Teig found a huge hole and raced 90 yards to the south endzone. But Teig grazed the out of bounds line at the Trojan 20. So instead of a quick answer touchdown, the Norse were going to have to do it the hard way.
But it didn’t take long. Josiah Soderstrum ran for 8, Caleb Schlatter ran for 1, and Brett Staton ran for 9 more. On a first and goal from the 2, Soderstrum sealed the deal and ran up the middle for the touchdown. Gunder Howe added the PAT, and the game was tied at 7, with 7:27 to go in the first quarter.
The Norsemen didn’t have an answer for the following Trojan offensive attack. In the remainder of the first half, the Trojans went on touchdown drives of 74 yards, 77 yards, 56 yards, and 72 yards.
The last one may have been the most painful. Just like the previous two games, the Norsemen gave up touchdowns in the last 35 seconds of the half. In the South Tama version, the Norsemen punted with 45 seconds left in the half. But on the first play, the Trojans split out four wide receivers and connected on a 72 yard touchdown pass.
The Norsemen also gave up a defensive touchdown in the 2nd quarter. Brett Staton was intercepted, and the ball was returned 25 yards for a Trojan touchdown.
The halftime score was 42-7. With a 35 point lead, the entire 2nd half was played under a rolling clock. South Tama added another score in their only 3rd quarter possession, this one a 55 yard drive. With the rolling clock, the game ended quickly, and there were no more scores in the game.
South Tama ran 40 plays and gained 440 yards. Via the air, the Trojans were 5-7 for 174 yards and a touchdown. The ground game netted 266 yards on 33 carries. Thirteen Norsemen had tackles on the evening. Leading tacklers were Franz Hurd and Cameron Tinken.
The Norsemen gained 183 yards on 47 plays. Four Norsemen ball carriers gained 111 yards on 31 carries. Caleb Schlatter gained 69 yards on 17 carries. Josiah Soderstrum added 33 on 7 rushes and the lone touchdown, Brett Staton gained 5 on 5 carries, and Paul Moats added 4 on 2 carries.
In the air game, Staton was 6-16 passing for 72 yards and an interception. Jerald Fritz caught 3 for 35 yards, Nick Moore caught 2 for 16, and Soderstrum caught a screen pass that went for 21 yards.
The Norse’s best chance for a victory comes this Friday. East Marshall comes to town, and just like the Norsemen, they are sporting a 0-6 record. Kickoff in Story City is at 7:30.