Five different players scored touchdowns as the Oskaloosa freshmen took down Norwalk 40-14 Friday night at Oskaloosa Stadium.
Oskaloosa (4-1) got things going midway in the first quarter on a 11-yard TD run by Bennett Spry on a reverse. Connor Swim kicked the PAT for a 7-0 lead.
Then things got exciting.
Justin South rambled his way on a 40-yard touchdown dash with 2:52 left to even the game at 7 after the PAT.
Norwalk’s Nick Eites kicked off to Oskaloosa’s J’Von Harris at the Indians’ 20 and Harris returned it 80 yards for the score and a 14-7 first-quarter lead.
Oskaloosa added the final two scores of the half in the second quarter as Jason Beebe ran in from 36 yards out then Jack Moore muscled his way in from a yard out for the 27-7 halftime lead.
Oskaloosa quarterback Ethan Arnold tacked on the final two scores for the Indians in the second half. He had a 1-yard TD run in the third quarter then added a 6-yard touchdown in the final period.
Oskaloosa racked up 409 yards of offense, using balance to get those yards. The Indians had 214 yards running the ball and Arnold threw for 195 yards — more than the Warriors totaled as a team.
Beebe led the ground game for Oskaloosa with 96 yards as Spry and Moore had 51 and 50 yards, respectively. Arnold only had eight yards rushing on three carries, but got to the end zone twice. Callan Tomlin rushed for seven yards as Jeb Shaw had three yards on the ground and Xeavier Franklyn had one yard rushing.
Arnold was 7 of 14 passing for 195 yards and had a 75-yard completion to Moore, who had three catches for 139 yards. Ethan Kelderman caught two passes for 29 yards while Shaw and Beebe had 16 and 11 yards, respectively, on one catch apiece.
Oskaloosa was led defensively by the duo of Tyler Zickefoose and Peyton Crouse with eight tackles each. Swim had six tackles and intercepted a pass. Shaw and Drew Sams both had five tackles while Blake Meislahn and Clayton Danner were in on four tackles apiece. Moore, Matt Hynick and Shawn Harris all had three tackles as Beebe, Tomlin and Tyler Francis all had two tackles. Beebe also had a quarterback sack. Collecting one tackle each were Spry, J’Von Harris, Addison VanDeWall, Josh Diehl, Nathan Lobberecht and Andy Sterner.
“This is the first time we really got a good measurement of how good our freshman team here,” Oskaloosa coach Todd Miller said. “We’re looking good right now. We’re coming together and we haven’t peaked yet. We still have a little ways to go, but we are getting better right now.”