Updated Sun, Sep 1, 2013 1:01 pm
The Trimble Tomcats defeated the Nelsonville-York Buckeyes in convincing fashion Saturday night in Glouster. The Tomcats posted 40 points and blanked the rival Buckeyes in what was the largest margin of victory in a Trimble victory over NY since 1980.
A big theme on the night was the control of line of scrimmage. The Tomcats slashed through the Buckeyes’ defense to the tune of 195 yards rushing, and allowed only 80 yards on the ground. Konner Standley had time to sit back and throw for 181 yards on 11 of 18 passing. He would also carry the rock 13 times for 57 yards and three rushing touchdowns.
Standley found a connection in Austin Downs all evening, as Downs hauled in eight receptions for 108 yards.
The Buckeyes struggled to find offensive consistency, and were unable to put together a long drive all night. New starter Colt Adams threw seven times on the evening, completing only three passes for eight yards. Alex Mount would lead the NY attack with 58 yards on 18 carries.
Coach Phil Faires was pleased with his team’s performance but saw plenty of room for improvement.
“The second half we got a lot of people involved and got our offense going a little bit,” he said. “No one played their best game so I hope they all know they have got a bit more to give, and a bit more to improve on.”
Faires also commented on a team motto that TVC-Hocking fans will more than likely hear plenty of in the coming weeks. The Tomcats bring a rope out to the field that symbolizes team unity.
“It’s more of an army thing, when you’re hanging off a cliff, who do you want holding the rope?”
And if the Tomcats are to defeat Wahama next week, they will have to “Hold the Rope” for sure. Their game against the White Falcons is set for next Friday, Sept. 6. at Bachtel Stadium in Wahama.