NEWTON — It was a tale to two halves when Oskaloosa visited Newton Friday night at H.A. Lynn Stadium.
The Indians controlled the first-half scoring three touchdowns for a 21-0 halftime lead and holding the Class 3A, District 7 top rushing offense to 84 yards in the first 24 minutes.
The second half saw the Cardinals rally to tie the game at 21, only to have Tyler Miller score his second touchdown of the game with 2:54 remaining in the fourth quarter to lead the Indians to a 28-21 victory.
The win moves Oskaloosa's record to 4-2 overall and 2-0 in the district.
Oskaloosa got touchdowns on their first two possessions as Wyatt Krier scored on a 10-yard run midway in the opening quarter. Miller hooked up with Will Schultz for a 13-yard scoring strike five minutes later to give the Indians a 14-0 cushion at the end of the first quarter.
Oskaloosa tacked on one more first-half TD as Miller scored on an 18-yard run with 40 seconds remaining in the half for a three-touchdown advantage at the intermission.
But Newton came back in the second half after blocking a punt on the Indians' first possession of the second half.
The Cardinals capitalize on the break on a Will Cheng 12-yard touchdown run to get them back in the game.
Cheng added another TD early in the fourth and a Kyle Long 24-yard run with 6:57 to go tied the contest at 21.
But Oskaloosa came right back on an eight-play, 69-yard drive that provided the winning margin.
A 42-yard run by Miller set up his final touchdown of the game as he scored on a 1-yard run with less than 3 minutes remaining in the contest for the 28-21 lead.
The Oskaloosa defense had to to come up with a big play and come up with one it did.
Colton Butler sacked Long for an 11-yard loss at the Newton 48 on third down and an incomplete pass turned the ball over on downs and the Indians would stay unbeaten in the district.
Oskaloosa had 314 yards of offense with 234 of that coming from the running game while Newton had 286 yards of offense.
Miller ran for 155 yards and two touchdowns for the Indians as Schultz had 49 yards and Krier had 33 yards rushing and one TD.
Miller was 7 for 12 passing for 80 yards with one touchdown and no interceptions.
Schultz caught two passes for 20 yards and a touchdown as Iszac Schultz had 39 yards on one reception.
Krier recorded nine tackles to lead the Oskaloosa defense while Kenny Settimi and Cody Gunn both had eight tackles. Gunn also recovered a pair of fumbles and Iszac Schultz intercepted a pass.
Oskaloosa closes out the road portion of the season next week as it visits Pella, which routed winless South Tama 63-12, in a battle to district co-leaders.
Complete details can be found in Tuesday's Herald.