TAMA - The South Tama County football team did its part to pay homage to the community's recent loss.
The Trojans scored a pair of touchdowns on their first three plays from scrimmage, eventually handing Class 3A's fifth-ranked Boone Toreadors their first loss of the season, 37-14, in Friday's District 4 clash.
Just three days after 13-year-old Ian McFate passed away as the result of being hit by a car during a cross country training run, the South Tama football team brandished bright green ribbons in his memory for the biggest game of the year to date.
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South Tama tailback Kyle Stephenson, left, skips past would-be tackler Brett Slight of Boone during Friday’s Class 3A District 4 showdown in Tama. Stephenson rushed for 226 yards and had two total touchdowns in the Trojans’ 37-14 victory.
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And after the STC defense stopped Boone's opening drive at the 5-yard line, Kyle Stephenson took the handoff and scampered 95 yards to paydirt.
The Trojans held again on the Toreadors' next possession, and quarterback Sam Kuhter carried around the right end and broke free for an 86-yard touchdown dash.
Another touchdown run by Kuhter and his 37-yard Hail Mary touchdown pass to Stephenson just before the end of the first half gave South Tama a 27-7 lead at the break, and it was more of the same in the second half as the Trojans (6-1, 4-1) shook up the district standings.
Stephenson returned an interception 73 yards for a score and Jose Fonseca kicked a 20-yard field goal after halftime to deliver a stunning loss to Boone (6-1, 3-1).
Stephenson, the second-leading rusher in Class 3A, finished with 226 yards - 152 of them in the first half. Kuhter tacked on 109 yards and two touchdowns on the ground.
Austin Lowe led STC's defense with 13 tackles, Erik Lux had 12 tackles and an interception, and Stephenson added 11 tackles to his pick.
Boone got a first-half touchdown pass from Dusty Moran to Brett Slight, and 3A's fourth-leading rusher Jonny Mack had a 2-yard TD plunge in the second half.
South Tama also sported pink ribbons for Sabrina Betz, a South Tama freshman who is reportedly very ill.
The Trojans take a three-game win streak into next week's non-district game against Benton Community (1-6) in Van Horne. STC closes the regular season at home against archrival and fourth-ranked Grinnell in the battle for the Steve Kriegel Memorial Trophy. Boone goes to Grinnell next Friday.
Iowa Valley 44, GMG 0
MARENGO - Iowa Valley eased into its bye week with a 44-0 triumph over GMG in Class A District 4 action Friday night.
The Tigers (5-3, 2-3) climbed back into the playoff hunt with the win, and will go to BCLUW to close out the regular season in two weeks.
GMG (1-6, 0-4) saw its losing streak skip to five games in its first shutout defeat. Blake Warren led the way for the Wolverines with 72 rushing yards on 17 carries. Luke Petty added six carries for 69 yards and also had one catch for 18 yards. Brandon Weitzell had a 20-yard reception.
Defensively, Tyler Krull finished with a team-best eight tackles and Lucas Catherwood had seven. Petty picked off a pass for GMG, which will close out the regular season with consecutive home games against BCLUW and Gladbrook-Reinbeck.