A new beginning; Turkey Valley football enters eight-man era
Trojans return 11 letter winners from 2013
Thursday, August 28, 2014 10:28 AM
This year will mark a new era for the Turkey Valley football program.
Skill player returning letter winners for the Trojans are, from left, front row - Justin Hackman, Kyle Balik, Justin Kime, Blake Busta. Back row - Wyatt Blazek, Cody Hackman.
For the first time in school history, the Trojans will enter the eight-man football division.
If anyone can usher the Trojans into a new era of pigskin, it’s Head Coach Mark Scott. The veteran skipper is entering his 12th year as the lead man for the red and black and has a 67-42 career mark. He will be assisted by Dan Stepan and Chris Sullivan.
A season ago in Class A, the Trojans made some noise, pushing for a top spot and earning a bid to the state playoffs.
It started with two brutal, non-district games, with TV falling to Sumner-Fredericksburg 30-22 and South Winn 50-6.
The Trojans’ fortune changed when they got into the district, with a 44-6 win over North-Linn. It was a nail-biter against Starmont, with Turkey Valley holding on after scoring two first-half touchdowns to win 14-6. On the road, they disposed of North Butler 20-0.
The only district loss came at the hands of Class A No. 3 and defending state champions Wapsie Valley, 21-6.
The Trojans closed out the regular season with a 42-27 victory at Postville and 44-6 over Edgewood-Colesburg. With the 6-1 mark, the Trojans earned the No. 2 seed in the district and a first-round home game in the playoffs.
The first round opponent was BCLUW. The Trojan offense with clicking, getting past the Comets 46-14.
On the road in the second round, the season came to an end. The Trojans gave up three second-half touchdowns to No. 9 Gladbrook-Reinbeck, losing 34-22.
The Trojans ended the campaign 7-4 overall.
As a team, they rushed for 2,654 yards and picked up 537 through the air for 3,191 yards of total offense. They averaged 5.8 yards per play while scoring 45 touchdowns (29.6 points per game). Defensively, the Trojans allowed 18.6 points a contest.
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