TAMA — Back-and-forth went Newton and South Tama’s freshman football teams. South Tama led 8-6 at halftime, then 52 points were scored in the second half last Friday night.
The Trojans’ Kolbie Clark scored his third touchdown of the second half to put his team up 30-28 with 1:17 left in the game.
Newton’s Reese Rosenquist had four touchdowns already on the scoreboard for the Cardinals.
Rosenquist had one more in him. He ran the ensuing kickoff back 77 yards for the go-ahead touchdown. The Cardinals tacked on the two-point to go up 36-30, but the drama continued.
Clark powered the Trojan offense down the field. Caden Manning, Newton defensive lineman, dropped Clark for an eight-yard loss during the drive. South Tama reached the Newton nine-yard line, faced a fourth-and-four with 4.4 seconds left in the game.
The game came down to one play. Newton’s freshmen made the defensive stand and claimed the 36-30 win.
“That was one of the wildest, most exciting ninth-grade games that I have been a part of. Our boys found a way to make a couple more plays than South Tama at the end to come out on top,” said Trent Powers, NHS assistant coach. “The offensive line did a great job dominating the line of scrimmage the second half. South Tama was blitzing and causing some confusion in the first half, but we adjusted to it and really started to move in the second half.”
Rosenquist rushed for 181 yards and had 37 yards receiving. He scored on runs of two, four, eight and 31 yards, along with the kickoff return.
Justice Borger ran for 58 yards for the Cardinals, and Morgan Maher had 42 yards receiving. The Cardinals amassed 351 yards of total offense.“Reese had an amazing game for our team. He was all over the field on offense and defense,” Powers said. “Defensively, Morgan had an interception, and Brady Smith had a fumble recovery. Peyton Patterson, Josh Gulling and Caden Manning all had tackles for loss.”
The Newton freshmen are 2-2 on the season. They host Grinnell at 4:45 p.m. this Friday at H.A. Lynn Stadium.