Updated Fri, Sep 6, 2013 4:27 pm
It’s a game of revenge for one team and the chance to stay perfect for the other.
The Trimble Tomcats (1-0) will travel to Mason, W.Va., Friday night to take on the Wahama White Falcons (1-0) in what will be an exciting TVC-Hocking matchup.
Wahama gave Trimble its only conference loss last year, and a rematch has been on Trimble’s mind for quite some time.
“The kids have been looking forward to the Wahama game since last year,” Trimble coach Phil Faires said. “Wahama’s a good team, [the players] know that and now we need to step it up this week and beat another really good team in Wahama.”
For Wahama, Friday’s game is another chance to keep their win streak going and reach 17 consecutive games after finishing the 2012 season with a perfect record and a state championship win.
“There are guys left over from last year and they know how hard it is to beat good teams,” Wahama head coach Ed Cromely explained. “I think they know they really have to work to get prepared.”
Both teams started off the new season with a win last week -- Trimble’s coming against cross-conference rival Nelsonville-York (40-0) and Wahama’s coming against the same team it kicked-off the 2012 season against, Fayetteville (60-20).
Trimble proved that its defense was still as dominant as last year after keeping Nelsonville-York from getting on the scoreboard, but this week’s competition against Wahama will be a true test for the much talked about “D.”
“We go to make sure every down counts and we don’t make mistakes, offensively we got to make sure we take care of the ball. We don’t want to give them the chance to take advantage of us,” coach Cromely said in regards to his offense going up against Trimble’s defense.
Wahama has a very powerful offense that both runs and passes the ball well. With a big offensive line and a dual-threat quarterback in Hunter Bradley, coach Faires said it best; Trimble “just needs to stop the big plays.”
As far as Trimble’s offense goes, when it gets into a grove and the players execute well, the unit is very effective. But the Tomcats have to minimize the early mistakes and come out swinging against Wahama.
“I don’t think we played too well offensively in the first half against Nelsonville-York, we had a few chances in their territory and we didn’t score,” Faires explained. “Then in the second half we came out and I thought we played a really good ball game. So if we came out and play like we did the first half, it’s going to be a long night for us against Wahama, but if we play like we did during the second half, it’s going to be a dog fight.”
Kickoff in Mason is at 7:30 Friday night.