MASON, W.Va. — In front of an overflow crowd and what was considered an early season playoff atmosphere, the visiting Trimble Tomcats survived a trio of second half scoring opportunities by the Wahama White Falcons Friday evening to hold on and hand their Tri-Valley Hocking Division Conference nemesis a hard fought 12-7 setback on the Falcons home turf.
The grid triumph was the second of the season for Trimble as the Tomcats took a giant step towards unseating their TVC rivals from the conference championship. Wahama dropped its first league encounter in 25 games since joining the southeastern Ohio based league and saw its 32-game regular season winning streak come to an abrupt conclusion. The setback also snapped the Falcons’ 15-game consecutive winning string.
Trimble utilized a stingy defense that limited Wahama to just one touchdown and 222 yards in total offense to acquire the victory. The Tomcats kept the host team from manufacturing their customary big play scores throughout the night with a swarming defense which proved to be the difference in the game.
Wahama also had a big night defensively but two first half scores by Trimble provided the visitors enough offense to capture the significant TVC Hocking Division victory.
The Tomcats opened the scoring on its initial offensive sequence in the first quarter by going 70 yards in 11 plays. A 30 yard run by Justice Jenkins was the big play of the drive but a four yard, fourth down pass from veteran quarterback Konner Standley to Jacob Koon’s culminated the series. The point after kick sailed wide of the uprights giving Trimble an early 6-0 advantage with 6:32 to play in the opening period.
Trimble actually scored what would become the winning touchdown just before the close of the first half after capitalizing on the first of two White Falcon turnovers on the evening.
The visitors fell on a Falcon fumble at the WHS 38 yard line late in the half and six plays later Standley avoided a trio of would-be tacklers on his way to a 12 yard scoring run with just :13 remaining in the opening half. The conversion pass attempt proved unsuccessful and Trimble carried a surprising 12-0 lead into the halftime break.
Wahama received the second half kickoff and promptly began a 14 play, 75 yard drive that culminated in what would be the Bend Area team’s lone score of the night. Behind the running of Kane Roush and Colton Neal the White Falcons marched down the field like a team dedicated not to lose.
After picking up first downs on two crucial fourth down plays to keep the drive alive Hunter Bradley snuck across the goal line for what would become the Bend Area teams only score of the night. Billy Joe McDermitt booted the point after to close the gap to 12-7 with 6:31 left in the third canto.
Wahama relinquished a pair of vital scoring opportunities on its next two possessions. After recovering a Tomcat fumble at the Falcon 26 Wahama drove down the field to the Trimble nine yard line but came away empty-handed as the visitors shut the apparent drive following a fourth down interception.
The White Falcons were denied another golden scoring opportunity by the Trimble defense on its next possession also. After taking over at the Tomcat 26 the Bend Area team was limited to a mere one net yard in four plays as the Trimble defense rose to the occasion once again to preserve their narrow lead.
Wahama received one more chance at a game winning score in the final minutes. An efficient return of a 46 yard punt gave WHS excellent field position but a block in the back penalty forced Wahama to begin its final series at its own 17 yard line.
The Bend Area team moved the football into Tomcat territory at the Trimble 38 yard line but in the game’s final minute the visitor’s defense rose to the occasion once again to halt the series and come away with a hard-fought 12-7 victory.
Both teams recorded 14 first downs in the outing with Wahama rushing for 189 yards and passing for 33 for a total offense of 222 yards. Trimble picked up 174 yards on the ground and threw for another 67 for 241 total yards in the contest.
Both teams turned the ball over twice with an interception and a lost fumble. The White Falcons were penalized four times for 35 yards while Trimble suffered five penalties for 40 yards.
Individually for the White Falcons Kane Roush ran for 92 tough yards in 20 carries with Colton Neal gaining 65 yards in 15 tries. Hunter Bradley connected on four of seven aerials for 33 yards with an interception with Roush catching three passes for 23 yards and Wyatt Zuspan one for 10 yards.
Trimble was led on the ground by Justice Jenkins with 82 yards in 11 carries while Jacob Koon’s picked up 59 yards in 11 attempts. Konner Standley had a hand in both Tomcat scores with a rushing TD and also passing for six points.
Standley ran for 33 yards and completed 10 of 16 passes for 72 yards and a touchdown. Austin Downs caught seven passes for 28 yards with Jacob Koon’s grabbing four aerials for 39 yards and a score.
Wahama will attempt to right the ship after suffering its first league setback by traveling to Eastern for a 7:30 p.m. affair with the Eagles next Friday while Trimble hosts TVC foe South Gallia.