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Norwalk Warriors- Official Publication for the Norwalk Community School District [ Page Eight N/Warren Town and County News Thursday, November 14, 2013 Warriors Lose By Tyler French The Norwalk Warriors' season came to a close Wednesday, Oct. 30, with a 24-17 overtime loss to the Williamsburg Raiders in the first round of the state 3A playoffs. The loss came with several big injuries and constant penalty problems. Norwalk got the scoring started early with an early first quarter touchdown on a Brady Brandsfield run. Williamsburg would respond with a field goal to end the first quarter behind 7-3. Norwalk would extend their lead on another quarterback touchdown run, this one by backup AJ Tabatabai. Tabatabai entered the game af- ter Brandsfield was hit hard on a run and left the game with a shoulder injury. Tabatabai also ended up leaving the game with an apparent leg injury; Norwalk would end up using five different quarterbacks throughout the game. Norwalk entered halftime holding a 14-3 lead. The second half began with an uneventful third quar- ter as neither team was able to put any points on the board. The fourth quarter would be the time where Williamsburg mounted their comeback. They scored two late touchdowns and held Norwalk to only a 49 yard field goal by kicker Karson Olerich. The lack of scoring by Norwalk in the second half allowed for the Williamsburg comeback to force overtime. In overtime Williamsburg started with the ball on offense and was able to immediately put a touchdown on the board to take a seven point lead. Unfortunately, Norwalk was unable to match the touchdown and ended up losing the game with a final score 24-17. The story on offense was once again the nonexistent running game. As a team Norwalk ran for 109 yards on 40 carries. Tabatabai was the Warriors' leading rusher finishing with 34 yards on 16 carries. He and Brandsfield accounted for more thanhalf the Warriors' rushing yards and both of their touchdowns. Yoff would not expect that kind of production out of your quarterbacks; you would also expect better numbers out of your running backs. Nathan Johnston made a Solid contribution to the running attack as he averaged four yards a carry. Out- side of those three, none of the other Warriors were able to do much of anything on the ground. A lack of run- ning game had a negative effect on the Norwalk offense all season long and contributed to more than one of their losses. The Warriors also struggled to find success in the passing game. This can be attributed to the fact that Norwalk was forced to use five different players at quar- terback. Each player had different strengths and this caused Norwalk to changetheir play calling style when each quarterback entered the game. For the game Brandsfield finished with 89 yards on seven comple- tions and Tabatabai finished with 58 yards on five completions. Most of the yards and passes went to wide receivers Neil Hanson, 61 yards on five catches, and Devin Pirkle, 50 yards on four catches. As .a whole the offense struggled to find consistency after the injuries to Tabatabai and Brandsfield. It was an Unfortunate end to a great season for Brandsfield, as he has proven that he is the quarterback for the future for the Norwalk Warriors. Also, praise should be given to Tabatabai for his spirited play in his first major playing time of the season. Facing adversity, he played admirably and had Norwalk in a position to win before his injury. The real story of the game was the spirited play of the Warrior defense. Norwalk played a tough game and made it hard for Williamsburg to get much of anything started on offense. It was not until late into the game, a game where the Norwalk defense was on the field for quite a long time, that the Raiders were able to find sus- tained success. For the game, Norwalk allowed a total of 349 yards, 211 rushj'ng yards and 138 passing yards, but was able to stop many Williamsburg drives short in First Round before they were able to put points on the board. Line- backer Brock Schwechel led the way for the Warriors on defense; he finished with a game high 16 tackles. Austin Grant made the biggest play of the game defen- sively for the Warriors when he intercepted a pass and returned it 42 yards. Another turnover came on a Hanson fumble recovery off of a muffed punt. As a whole the Warrior defense played a passion-filled game and gave it their all in a disappointing loss. This loss was most definitely the most disappointing one of the season; it not only ended the season, but Norwalk was in position to win the entire game. The rash of injuries that hit Norwalk came at the most inop- portune time and cost Norwalk a chance to advance to the next round. Something must also be said about the disrespect shown by the Williamsburg student section; when Tabatabai was on the ground in pain, the student section led an 'I Believe' chant to Signal that they were going to win. This is a horrendous showing of sports- manship and reflects poorly on the school's student body. An unfortunate end to a close game and an unfor- tunate end to an up and down season. Even with the season ending, the Norwalk Warriors have nothing to be ashamed of. Top Teachers Honored Some of the state's top teachers were honored for their service during an annual luncheon Friday, Nov. 8, in Altoona. Iowa Department of Education Director Brad Buck was joined by Lt. Gov. Kim Reynolds and other leaders to honor 12 teachers from-across the state at the Out- standing Iowa Teachers Recognition Luncheon. The luncheon recognized finalists and winners of the following teaching awards: Iowa Teacher of the Year; OVIATT ELEMENTARY By Sheila Taylor, Principal Coins for Books: Students collected Coins for Book: the first week of November to help Santa put books m the hands of kids. There are many children who would love to receive books during the holiday season and the generous students at Oviatt were on the mission to help Santa. The students surpassed our expectations by bring- ing in loose change totalling over $730. In addition, our generous community provided an additional $131 with donation boxes placed around the community. Thank you for your support! Home Energy Assistance: The Low-Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP) is designed to assist low-income families meet the cost of home heat- ing. Applications are accepted on a first come/first served basis at your local community action agency from November 1, 2013 through April 30, 2014 (October I for households with elderly/disabled member), Monday through Frida or as posted at the local office. For War- ren County residents: Red Rock 515-961-2543; 1009 S. Jefferson, Indianola, IA. (M-F 8 a.m.-4:30 p.m.) Check out the website for full details about eligibil- ity and application process: http://www.humanrights. iowa .gov/caa/bureau EA/whos eligible .html. Project Santa Dear Oviatt Families, As the holidays pproach, we are looking forward to cel- ebrating with family and friends. For many of us it is a time to show caring for others through the spirit of giving. Each year, Oviatt students and families have the opportunity to help those that may be experiencing difficult times through Project Santa, Oviatt's annual holiday service project. The goal of Project Santa is to help Oviatt Elementary Iowa Presidential Awards for Excellence in Mathemat-. families meet basic needs. It is also our hope that we can help ics and Science Teaching and Iowa Preserve America History Teacher of the Year. Jane Schmidt, the 2014 Iowa Teacher of the Year, gave the keynote speech. The luncheon was hosted by the Iowa Department of Education and sponsored by CenturyLink, the Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History, the National Science Foundation and the White House Office of Sci- ence and Technology Policy. Iowa Teacher of the Year: Award-winner: Jane Schmidt, an eighth-grade literacy and language arts tea ter at Maquoketa Middle School in Maquoketa Finalists: Aaron Maurer, a gifted education teacher and instructional coach at Bettendorf Middle School in Bettendorf Kari Murray, a science teacher at Carlisle High School in Carlisle Jon Parrott, an eighth-grade social studies teacher at Urbandale Middle School in Urbandale Kristi Wickre, a special education teacher at Smouse Opportunity School in Des Moines (Des Moines Public Schools). Elaine Wolf, a culinary arts teacher at Central Cam- pus in Des Moines (Des Moines Public Schools) Iowa Preserve America History Teacher of the Year: Award=winner: Josh Culberson, a fourth-grade teacher at Lamoni Elementary School in Lamoni Iowa Presidential Awards for Excellence in Math- ematics and Science Teaching*: Math Finalists: Allysen Lovstuen of Decorah High School in Decorah, Brian Reece of Central Academy in Des Moines (Des Moines Public Schools) and Jeff Marks of Roosevelt High School in Des Moines (Des Moines Public Schools). Science Finalists: Marcia Powell of West Delaware Concluded p. 11 to relieve a bit of the worry and stress that families experience during difficult financial times by helping to provide gift items for each child. If your family would like to participate in this optional service project by donating, volunteering or receiving, con- tact Carrie Graber by Friday, Nov. 22. Donations will be col- lected by Friday, Dea 13, to be distributed to families prior to winter break. Watch for notifications from classroom teachers about any special projects. Monetary donations are also welcome; checks can be made out to Norwalk PTO with "Oviatt Project Santa" on the memo line. Thank you very much for considering participation in this valuable service project. Happy Holidays from Oviatt Staff! COMMITTED TO OUR B'EMC. CUSTOMERS ANO hlSUt~IKX~. C(~Itlpatlif!$ OUR COMMUNITY. ,Home Office: Des Moine~;, IA . C~ ww~,erncinsurancYa,corn