Brian Schmitt, pictured above in a recent game, and the rest of the Trojans open the postseason Wednesday, Oct. 24, at North Tama. (Photo by Jennifer Bissell)
Knowing it needed to win in order to move on to the playoffs, the Turkey Valley football team (4-5, 4-3) did that and more Friday night at Edgewood, defeating Edgewood-Colesburg (0-9, 0-7) 49-14.
The Trojans also needed a little help in the form of a North-Linn loss. North-Linn fell to North Butler 21-7 Friday night, bumping Turkey Valley into the fourth seed in the district and the right to play in the playoffs.
The Trojans will have a tough test in the first round of the postseason, going to North Tama to face the Class A No. 5 Redhawks (8-1). The game is set for 7 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 24, in Traer.
The Trojans got on the board first and often Friday night at Ed-Co. Quarterback Dalton Hackman had a big night, scoring the first of three touchdowns on a 19-yard run in the first quarter. The two-point try failed, making it 6-0.
The Trojans went back to the ground game in the second, this time with Eric Buckendahl scampering 37 yards into the end zone for the score. Hackman kept the two-point play to put the Trojans ahead 14-0.
However, the Vikings came firing back, scoring on a 3-yard pass to cut the lead to seven.
That was as close as they'd get as TV put up another score before halftime, a 3-yard Hackman run. With the Buckendahl two-point play, the Trojans went into the locker room up 22-7.
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