In what looked to be a good measuring stick for upcoming district games, the North Tama Redhawks fell flat in their second game of the season, falling to visiting Aplington-Parkersburg 52-24.
The Falcons entered the game as favorites, evidenced by their third place ranking in the most recent Class 1A poll. But even they could not have expected to run away with such a victory, as North Tama gave up the most points scored against its defense since 1993.
Three players from A-P ran for over 100 yards in the contest, while holding the Redhawks to under 50 yards rushing as a team. The A-P defense also picked off two passes.
North Tama gave up the most points in a game since 1993 during their loss to Aplington-Parkersburg, currently ranked third in the most recent Class 1A poll. Here, Omar Martinez tries to gain some extra yardage by changing direction on a run in the third quarter of play.
For North Tama, quarterback Jacob Wrage led the team with 42 yards rushing, including one run for a touchdown. Through the air, Wrage had a good game, throwing for 300 yards and two touchdowns. His 41-yard touchdown pass to Jacob Watson was his longest throw of the game. Wrage was ejected from the contest in the fourth quarter after emotions got heated on both sides.
Watson finished the day with 75 yards receiving, while Mitchell Boerm led the team with 151 yards and a touchdown. Brent Billerbeck also caught six passes for 73 yards.
The defense for North Tama was busy defending both the run and the pass, as the Falcons used a balanced attack to wear down the home team. The Redhawks found themselves unable to stop the opposition, especially in the second half, as A-P's hurry-up offense proved to be just too strong.
One positive for the defense was the play of senior linebacker Nolan Hefty, who recorded 25 tackles in the game, a North Tama school record. The previous record was 23 tackles, held by Paul Hanus (1976) and Grant Vesely (2008).
Brandon Kaufman and Brent Billerbeck also had 15 tackles each for the Redhawk defense. Billerbeck and Skyler Kvidera were the only Redhawks to record a tackle for loss in the game.
The Redhawks will now look to get back on track against Lone Tree, which opened the season with a 44-0 shutout loss to Mediapolis. Gametime is set for 7 p.m. Friday in Traer.