Updated Fri, Nov 1, 2013 11:46 pm
The Trimble Tomcats finished their regular season undefeated after a dominant 59-0 victory against the Federal Hocking Lancers Friday, Nov. 1.
With the win, the Tomcats achieved their seventh shutout of the season and finished the year 10-0.
Trimble succeeded in coming out with a lot of fire in Friday’s regular season finale – something Coach Phil Faires believed they needed to do. The Tomcats began a collection of scoring drives with a 43-yard possession that ended in a 7-yard rush up the middle by Konnor Standley for a touchdown.
The Tomcat defense allowed a rare first down conversion on the Lancers’ first possession before forcing them to go three-and-out on their next three plays.
Trimble took over after the punt and on the fourth play of the drive, Jacob Kish weaved his way through multiple tacklers for a 29-yard rush before he was brought down by Jared Hawk on the Lancer’s 47-yard line. Justice Jenkins proceeded to sprint the ball into the end zone on the ensuing play. Trimble went up 14-0 early in the first quarter.
Jenkins was Trimble’s lead rusher with 93 yards on just four carries. He had two touchdowns on the night – the other was a “pick-six” from 39 yards out.
Standley found leading receiver Austin Downs for receptions of 50, 10 and 5 yards to tack on three more scores before halftime.
The Tomcats scored on all of their seven first-half possessions to take a 53-0 lead into the locker room.
Trimble had 483 total yards (231 rushing, 252 passing) compared to Federal Hocking’s 76 total yards on the night.
Standley completed 10 of 11 passes for 179 yards and four touchdowns to become Trimble’s new career touchdown leader. Downs had seven of those catches for 138 yards and three scores.
Faires kept his starters in on defense for the entirety of the game but put in the offensive backups during the second half. The only touchdown of the second half came off a 22-yard pass from backup quarterback Andrew Losey to Bryce Guthrie.
Fed Hock fullback Delbert Crum had 21 carries for 63 yards for the Lancers while running back Peyton Seel had nine carries for 57 yards.
Trimble achieved its first perfect season in 24 years. The Tomcats have a chance to nab the No. 1 seed in Ohio’s Division VII, Region 25 playoffs, which begin next week.