Indians Finish Season With Big Win Over South Tama

Oskaloosa Indians football team and cheer squad.

by Jamie Brockman

Oskaloosa needed several things to happen a certain way Friday night in order to qualify for the Class 3A playoffs. Everything worked just right, including the Indians doing their job and beating South Tama 52-7 to finish the regular season at 6-3.

The rest was out of their hands; however, the teams that they needed to win did, and for the fourth consecutive year the Indians are in Class 3A playoffs as the 16th and final team to get in.

The Indians will travel to Council Bluffs Lewis Central for the opening round of the Class 3A Playoffs Friday night to face a powerful Titans team.

The Indians celebrated Senior Night honoring their 14 Senior players as well as Senior cheerleaders and marching band members in the final home game of the season.

The matchup got off to a quick start against a winless South Tama team and never slowed rolling up 380 total yards of offense, 209 rushing, and 171 passing while limiting South Tama to 110 total yards, including just 26 rushing yards.

Senior, Sullivan Tighe, intercepted a pass on the first play of the game, giving Oskaloosa possession deep in Trojans territory at the 28-yard line. Four plays later, Will Schultz connected with Cale Holmberg through the air for a 23-yard touchdown.

Following a Trojan punt, Schultz found Reed Brown for a 12-yard pass, then his brother Iszac Schultz for 22 yards before Tyler Miller scored on a 14-yard run putting the Indians ahead 14-0 midway through the opening quarter.
The Indians scored again early in the second quarter to push their lead to 21-0. The Schultz to Schultz connection again hooked up for a 20 yard gain, which then set things up for Will Schultz to score on a short one-yard run. The Indians added one more score with 4:26 remaining in the second quarter when Wyatt Krier scored on a one-yard run giving Osky a 28-0 lead which they would take into halftime.

The Indians scored on the opening possession of the second half. Quarterback Will Schultz had a 37-yard run to move deep into Trojans territory at the 10-yard line. Miller carried to the one, then Schultz scored his second rushing touchdown on a one-yard run putting Osky ahead 35-0. The Trojans answered back with a seven-play 80-yard drive for their only score of the night, and Osky held a 35-7 lead heading into the fourth quarter.

Senior kicker Aaron Blom kicked 37-yard field goal with ease putting Oskaloosa ahead 38-7 early in the fourth quarter. With a big lead, Coaches pulled the starters giving the younger players some time under the Friday Night Lights, and they took full advantage of the opportunity. Sophomore Quarterback Keaton Flaherty connected with Sophomore Landon Hunolt for a 15-yard touchdown, then Sophomore, Darryl Fane broke loose for a 49-yard touchdown run, and the Indians got a commanding 52-7 win.

Tyler Miller rushed 16 times for 94 yards with a touchdown, Fane rushed four times for 58 yards and a touchdown, while Schultz carried seven times for 58 yards and two touchdowns. Schultz completed 12 of 18 passes for 156 yards with one touchdown and two interceptions, Flaherty was 1-2 for 15 yards and a touchdown. Iszac Schultz led the receivers with three catches for 50 yards, Holmberg had three receptions for 37 yards and a touchdown, Krier caught three for 32 yards, Reed Brown caught two for 24 yards, Hunolt had the 15-yard TD reception, and Miller caught one pass for 13 yards.

Noah Van Veldhuizen led the defense with nine tackles, including 3 for loss and a sack. Kenny Settimi was credited with seven tackles and a sack, while Aaron Blom had five tackles. Reed Brown had four as well as Blake Westercamp, who also had a sack, Cody Gunn and Hunter Brown also each had a sack.

Oskaloosa closed the regular season at 6-3 and finished 4-1 in District play for a second-place finish behind Pella in Class 3A District 7.

The Indians take the long three hour trip to 8-1 Council Bluffs Lewis Central for the opening round of the 3A playoffs Friday night.

Kickoff is scheduled for 7 pm. You can watch live video and commentary of the game with Jamie Brockman and Doug Dekock with help from the Oskaloosa High School OVP program on the Indians Network.

You can access the stream at www.indiansnetwork,tv or watch live on MCG Channel 7 with pre-game starting at 6 pm and kick off at 7 pm.

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