Linemen returning letter winners for the Trojans are, from left, front row - Riley Busta, Riley Buchheit, Luke Kuennen, Jacob Buss. Back row - Charles Hadacek, Jacob Hackman, Tyler Sawyer, Kyle Reicks. (Photo by Jennifer Bissell)
Having lost just three starters on offense and three on defense, the Turkey Valley football team should be primed for a run in the playoffs.
The Trojans have 13 returning letter winners, including eight with starting experience, leading a veteran squad.
Putting the team together is Head Coach Mark Scott. Scott has compiled a 60-38 career record during 10 years at Turkey Valley. He will be assisted by Dan Stepan, Chris Sullivan and Frank Wilson.
Running to the playoffs
The Trojans of 2012 were young. They returned just six letter winners and five starters from the season before.
The year got off to a slow start, falling in non-district action against Sumner-Fredericksburg and South Winn. However, when the district schedule began, the Trojans found a groove. They defeated North-Linn 14-12, scoring late in the game to get the first win of the year. After a loss to Starmont, the Trojans got their first road victory of the campaign, defeating East Buchanan 38-16.
After two losses in a row, the Trojans had their backs to the wall when it came to making the playoffs. That was when the team stepped up. They easily handled Postville 57-7, then finished the regular season 49-14 at Edgewood-Colesburg.
In the playoffs, the Trojans, who held the No. 4 seed in the district, tangled at Traer against North Tama, falling 14-43 to end the year 4-6 overall and 4-3 in the district.
The Trojans collected 2,781 total yards, averaging 5.4 yards per play. They scored 27 touchdowns on the season. The running game rushed for 2,405 yards on 443 attempts (5.4 yards per carry), and they passed for 376 through the air. Defensively, the team had six interceptions, averaging 20.5 yards per return, and 11 fumble recoveries. It gave up 29.8 points per game. The punting unit averaged 30.9 yards per punt, while the kickoff team averaged 42.9 yards a kick. They posted 15.7 yards per kickoff return and 8.5 yards per punt return.
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