Updated Wed, Aug 27, 2014 8:13 pm
It may surprise people when a Trimble fan is asked whether it dislikes TVC-Hocking rival Wahama or Nelsonville-York the most, and the fan picks the Buckeyes. The reason?
"It's the proximity." Trimble coach Phil Faires said. "Our players grew up right down the road from Nelsonville and are friends with a lot of their players, Faires said. “They grew up with some of the guys and are familiar with them."
Trimble squares off with the Buckeyes again on Friday night on week one of the 2014 season. The series has gone in Trimble's favor the last few seasons, with the Tomcats winning the previous two games by a combined score of 61-14.
The Tomcats have several key pieces to replace from last season’s state runner-up team. For the Tomcats, the pieces start on the defensive side of the football, where the team lost multiple key cogs from a unit that gave up an average of just 3.3 points per game during the regular season.
On offense, Trimble will also have to replace team captain and quarterback Konnor Standley, who did it all for the Tomcats last season. With no replacement for Standley set in stone just yet, Tomcat fans could see running back Justice Jenkins move into the quarterback role at some point this season. He has taken some reps in practices at quarterback this summer, and he has the ability and athleticism to help the Tomcats offense in a variety of ways.
Trimble will rely heavily on their two talented veteran receivers Austin Downs and Terry Simerly to help carry the offense in 2014. Both receivers had great campaigns last year and will have to step up in bigger roles if they want a chance at having the same success from last season.
Nelsonville York on the other hand has been in rebuilding mode the last two times these teams faced off, and it is no different in 2014, as the Buckeyes have several new faces among the depth chart.
Can the Tomcats come out with the same tenacity and domination in 2014? Or do the Buckeyes finally show their potential and pick up the victory? All the questions will be answered Friday night at 7:30 p.m. in Nelsonville.
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