GLOUSTER, Ohio — Talk about the wrong place at the wrong time.
On a day that the OHSAA handed Trimble a loss by forfeit, the Tomcats took out their frustrations on visiting Southern Friday night during a 60-19 decision in a Week 9 Tri-Valley Conference Hocking Division matchup in Athens County.
The host Tomcats (6-3, 5-1 TVC Hocking) were notified earlier in the day by the Ohio High School Athletic Association that their illness-postponed Week 4 contest at Coal Grove how been ruled a forfeit in favor of the Hornets, due mainly to the Tomcats’ failure to show up for the rescheduled game last Monday.
The OHSAA noted that the school would have to pay the penalty for not honoring their signed contract, and therefore awarded the victory to Coal Grove.
With that said, the Tomcats charged out to an early 21-0 lead in the second quarter and held a 34-6 halftime advantage over the Tornadoes (2-7, 2-5). THS increased its sizable edge to 47-6 through three periods before both teams traded 13 points in the finale to wrap up the 41-point outcome.
Trimble churned out 472 yards of total offense, including 357 rushing yards, while limiting the guests to just 35 rushing yards and 166 yards of total offense. Trimble had five different running backs score at least once in the triumph, and the hosts did not have a single punt on the evening.
Austin Keith started the scoring with 10:09 showing in the opening period, plowing in from 10 yards out for a 7-0 advantage. Justin Jewell gave the hosts a 14-0 cushion at the 5:37 mark with a one-yard scoring run, then Keith made it a 21-0 game with 11:25 left in the first half after a 13-yard scamper.
Southern countered with its first score at the 10:13 mark, as Ryan Taylor hauled in a 25-yard TD pass from Tristen Wolfe for a 21-6 contest. Trimble, however, answered with five consecutive scores that turned a 15-point cushion into an insurmountable 47-point deficit.
Keith added his third, and final, rushing score of the night at the 7:43 mark of the second quarter after plunging in from four yards out for a 28-6 edge. Jewell added the last of his two scoring runs with 1:19 left in the half, going eight yards to paydirt for a 34-6 halftime advantage.
Jacob Hooper opened the second half scoring by hauling in a two-yard pass from Jewell, making it a 40-6 contest just 22 seconds into the third quarter. Bryce Smathers followed with a 30-yard TD jaunt at the 8:16 mark for a 47-6 edge, then Cyrus Jones added a four-yard scoring run at the 10:25 mark for a 53-6 lead.
Zac Beegle stopped the SHS bleeding at the 6:09 mark of the fourth after hauling in a five-yard pass from Wolfe, making it 53-13. Smathers countered with a 39-yard scoring run for a 60-13 cushion with five minutes left, then Taylor concluded the scoring with 2:10 left in regulation after hauling in a 19-yard strike from Wolfe for a 60-19 finale.
Trimble posted a 17-11 advantage in first downs and forced six Southern punts on the night. THS was also plus-1 in turnover differential. The hosts were flagged five times for 49 yards, while Southern was penalized four times for 30 yards.
Tyler Barton led the Tornadoes with 64 rushing yards on 15 tries, followed by Ryan Billingsley with eight yards on three totes. Wolfe was 9-of-15 passing for 131 yards, throwing three touchdowns and one interception. Taylor led the wideouts with four catches for 78 yards and two scores.
Keith finished the evening with 162 rushing yards and three TDs on 12 chances, while Smathers added 82 yards and two scores on nine tries. Jewell completed 6-of-9 passes for 98 yards and a touchdown, with Konner Standley leading the wideouts with five catches for 58 yards.
Southern will conclude its TVC Hocking and regular season schedule next Saturday when it hosts Eastern on Senior Night at 7:30 p.m.
Trimble 60, Southern 19
S0-6-0-13 — 19
T14-20-13-13 — 60
T - Austin Keith 10 yard run (Jon Stevens kick) 10:09
T - Justin Jewell 1 yard run (Stevens kick) 5:37
T - Austin Keith 13 yard run (Stevens kick) 11:25
S - Ryan Taylor 25 yard pass from Tristen Wolfe (kick failed) 10:13
T - Austin Keith 4 yard run (Stevens kick) 7:43
T - Justin Jewell 8 yard run (kick failed) 1:19
T - Jacob Hooper 2 yard pass from Justin Jewell (kick failed) 11:38
T - Bryce Smathers 30 yard run (Chris Spears kick) 8:16
T - Cyrus Jones 4 yard run (kick failed) 10:25
S - Zac Beegle 5 yard pass from Tristen Wolfe (Ryan Billingsley kick) 6:09
T - Bryce Smathers 39 yard run (Tanner Koons kick) 5:00
S - Ryan Taylor 19 yard pass from Tristen Wolfe (kick fail) 2:10
First Downs: S 11, T 17
Rushes-Yds: S 32-35, T 40-357
Passing Yds: S 131, T 115
Total Yds: S 166, T 472
Cmp-Att-Int: S 10-15-1, T 8-13-0
Fumbles-Lost: S 0-0, T 1-0
Penalties-Yds: S 4-30, T 5-49
Punts-Yds: S 6-21.2, T 0-0
S — Tyler Barton 15-64, Ryan Billingsley 3-8, Paul Ramthun 1-0, Tristen Wolfe 7-(-19), Hunter Johnson 6-(-18).
T — Austin Keith 12-162, Bryce Smathers 9 -82, Cyrus Jones 8-22, Justin Jewell 3-6, Konner Standley 6-77, Jacob Koons 1-6, Brandon Auflick 1-2.
S — Tristen Wolfe 9-15-1 131.
T — Justin Jewell 6-9-0 98, Jacob Kish 2-4-0 17.
S — Ryan Taylor 4-78, Zac Beegle 1-5, Paul Ramthun 1-25, Tyler Barton 1-17, Trenton Deem 1-16.
T — Konner Standley 5-58, Jacob Hooper 2-29, Wyatt Deak 3-28.