TUPPERS PLAINS — Five turnovers by the hosts resulted in three of Trimble’s six scores in Friday night’s Tri-Valley Conference Hocking Division homecoming game at East Shade River Stadium.
Neither Eastern (4-3, 4-2 TVC Hocking) or Trimble (6-1, 5-1) gained a first down in the first two series, with Eastern moving the ball down field with a steady running game on its third possession. Quarterback Joey Scowden lead the Eastern offense on an 11 play drive from the Eastern 30 yard line to the Trimble 16 yard line, but a fourth and one yard to go running play did not gain the needed yardage sending the ball back to the Tomcats.
An 84 yard pass from Austin Downs to Wyatt Deak on an option play gave the Tomcats there first touchdown of the night. The extra point kick by Jon Stevens secured the 7-0 advantage for the guests with 25 seconds remaining in the first quarter.
Eastern would not gain a first down on its next possession, punting the ball back to the Tomcats. Trimble took less than three minutes to reach the end zone for a second time, scoring on a fourth down pass play from the 32 yard line. Quarterback Konner Standley connected with Deak for the score. The extra point kick was no good, resulting in a 13-0 lead for Trimble.
The Eagles once again moved the ball into Trimble territory midway through the second quarter. Joey Scowden’s pass was intercepted by Deak at the Trimble eight yard line giving the guests the ball back with 6:18 remaining in the first half.
A 12 play drive by Trimble moved that ball into Eastern territory before stalling at the Eastern 42 yard line where Eastern regained possession after a failed fourth down conversion.
With more than half the field to go and time running out the Eagles turned to the passing game. Five consecutive pass plays gave Eastern one first down, but the Eagles could not convert on a fourth down and six with 30 seconds remaining in the half.
Trimble received the opening kickoff of the second half, but fumbled the ball on a fourth down play to give Eastern the ball at the Eagles 23 yard line. Three plays into the drive Scowden’s pass was intercepted by Jacob Koons.
Trimble would capitalize on the turnover, scoring on a three yard run by Casey Degamore.
The next possession for the Eagles looked very similar to the previous one, with Koons intercepting the Scowden pass. Trimble once again capitalized on the turnover. Koons scored on an eight yard run with 59 seconds remaining in the third quarter.
Trimble would add two more touchdowns in the fourth quarter, one on a six yard run by Standley, and the second on a 25 yard run by Koons.
Trimble fumbled the ball six times in the game, losing the ball only once as a result. The lone fumble lost by the Tomcats was on a punt on the last series of the game. The kick was fumbled by Trimble and recovered by Eastern’s Matthew Durst to give Eastern a first down.
Joey Scowden led the hosts with 62 yards in the air and 70 yards on the ground in the game. Alex Amos led all Eastern receivers with 40 yards on three catches. Zach Scowden had one catch for 13 yards, Max Carnahan had one catch for nine yards, and Ethan Nottingham had one catch for no gain.
On the ground, Nottingham had eight yards, Triston Goodnite added six yards, Daschle Facemyer had one yard, Chase Cook had one carry for no gain, and Carnahan had two carries for a negative five yards.
Trimble was led by Standley with 78 yards passing and 62 yards rushing in the contest. Downs added 84 yards in the air. Koons had 61 yards rushing, Bryce Smathers added 55 yards, and Degamore had three yards.
Deak led the Trimble receivers with 116 yards. Downs added 29 yards, Terry Simerly had eight yards and Koons had nine yards.
The loss snaps Eastern’s three game winning streak, while the victory extends Trimble’s winning streak to five.
The Eagles travel to Doddridge County, W.Va., next week for a non-league matchup. Trimble will host TVC Hocking opponent Belpre next Friday.