TRAER – Central Decatur's season came to an end Friday night in a hard fought battle against No. 4 North Tama. The Cards fell behind by allowing the first score of the game and were unable to bring it even, falling 16-6.
The RedHawks got on the board first early in the first quarter, scoring by way of a Skyler Staker run from a yard out. His score and a Noah Weber conversion made it 8-0.
The game reached a stalemate from then on, with the Cardinals trailing 8-0 at halftime. CD had two opportunities to pull the deficit even, twice getting stopped inside the 5-yard line. The end result of each drive was a turnover on downs.
North Tama tacked on another with 7:02 remaining in the third quarter, getting the conversion again to go ahead 16-0.
CD capped off its lone scoring drive to start the fourth quarter. After driving as time expired in the third, the Cards flipped the field and punched it across the goal line to start the fourth on a run from Cole Pedersen. The two point conversion attempt failed, keeping the difference at 12.
A late drive as time dwindled on the clock and on Central Decatur's season off a fumble recovery ended in an interception and the RedHawks closed CD's season in victory formation for the win.
North Tama will move on to face No. 6 Woodbury Central (9-1) in the Class A Bracket C final. The match will be played in Traer Friday night.
CD closes its season at 5-5 after winning Class A District 8 with a 4-0 in-district record.