Tomcats trounce South Gallia, 48-0

Alex Hawley

September 14, 2013

GLOUSTER, Ohio — So much for gracious hosts.

The Trimble football team defeated visiting South Gallia 48-0 Friday night, in a Tri-Valley Conference Hocking Division matchup.

The Tomcats (3-0, 2-0 TVC Hocking) put three scores on the board in the opening quarter, the first on a Jacob Koons two-yard run. After Koons’ TD run Konner Standley connected with Austin Downs from 13 yards out and Wyatt Bragg from five yards away. Jon Stevens was 3-for-3 on point after attempts in the first quarter and THS led South Gallia (1-2, 0-2) by a count of 21-0.

The second period saw a pair of two-yard scoring runs for the Tomcats. The first came from Justice Jenkins and the second from Bryce Smathers. Bragg made both extra-points to push the THS lead to 35-0.

Standley threw his third touchdown pass of the game, with 31 seconds remaining in the half, when he connected with Downs from 20 yards out. The point after attempt failed and the Tomcats led 41-0 at halftime.

Trimble played its reserves in the second half and scored just once. Back-up quarterback Andrew Losey connected with Terry Simerly for an 18-yard touchdown less than two minutes into the second half. Bragg hit extra point and THS cruised to the 48-0 victory.

The SGHS ground attack was led by Jacob White with 45 yards on 14 carries. Ethan Spurlock had 11 yards on 15 tries, Devin Lucas ran once for eight yards, Landon Hutchinson had nine carries for one yard, while Jared Northup had one rush for no gain.

Landon Hutchinson was 3-of-7 passing for 47 yards, while Spurlock was 1-of-3 for three yards with an interception. Lucas was the Rebels leading receiver with one catch for 38 yards. White caught a pair of passes for nine yards, while Landon Hutchinson had one grab for four yards.

The Tomcat rushing attack was paced by Standley with 86 yards on five carries and Jenkins with 64 yards on eight carries with a touchdown. Nathan Downs had five rushes for 53 yards, Simerly had one carry for 25 yards, Bryce Smathers ran three times for 24 yards with a score, Koons ran twice for 16 yards and a score, while Dakota Smathers had four rushes for four yards.

Through the air Standley was 9-for-11 with 113 yards and a trio of touchdowns, while Losey was 1-of-1 for 18 yards and a score. Jimmy Ward caught three passes for a total of 32 yards, Austin Downs caught two passes for 33 yards and two scores, while Jenkins caught two passes for 21 yards. Koons had once catch for 22 yards, Simerly had one grab for 18 yards and a TD, while Bragg caught one pass for 5 yards and six points.

Trimble held a 20-to-9 advantage in first downs and a 388-to-116 edge in total net yards. The Tomcats averaged over seven yards per carry, while holding the Rebels to 1.625 yards per rush. South Gallia held a 50-to-47 advantage in plays from scrimmage but the Rebels punted four times, compared to Trimble’s one punt.

SGHS fumbled three times in the game, losing possession on two of the loose balls, while Trimble didn’t fumble. The victors were penalized four times for 30 yards, while South Gallia was moved back three times for 15 yards.

Trimble has given up just seven points this season.

The Rebels hit the road again in week four with a trip to Miller. The Falcons defeated Millersport 20-0 Friday night.

Trimble will travel to Meigs County next week for a non-conference matchup with the Marauders. Meigs defeated visiting River Valley 56-7 Friday night for the first win at Farmers Bank Stadium.