Tomcats claw past Southern, 41-14

By Donald Lambert -

GLOUSTER, Ohio — A rough road trip for the Tornadoes.

The Trimble football team defeated visiting Southern 41-14 in a Tri-Valley Conference Hocking Division match-up on Friday night in Athens County. The Tomcats (6-1, 6-0 TVC Hocking) built a big lead, making it difficult for the Tornadoes (3-4, 2-3) to catch up.

The Gray and Red got off to a fast start with Justice Jenkins pushing his way for a one-yard touchdown to give the home team a 7-0 lead with 4:51 left in the first quarter. Jenkins added another touchdown to the board off a nine-yard run to make it 14-0 with 1:24 left in the first quarter.

The shutout didn’t last long as the Purple and Gold got on the board with a 10-yard pass from Blake Johnson to Crenson Rogers with 6:25 left in the first half. The Tomcats responded on the ensuing kickoff with a 80-yard kickoff return from Kameron Curry to give Trimble a 21-7 advantage. Jenkins ran eight yards for another touchdown on the Tomcats’ next possession with 4:21 left in the second quarter. Trimble led 28-7 heading in the second half.

Trimble’s Andrew Losey connected with Jacob Hardy for a 37-yard touchdown early in the third quarter. Rogers returned a blocked punt for a touchdown to cut the deficit down to three touchdowns with 7:33 left in the third. On the next Tomcats possession, Jenkins ran the ball five yards for another touchdown to seal the win for Trimble.

Johnson was 24-of-42 passing for 266 yards and one touchdown, while Logan Drummer was 2-of-4 for five yards for Southern. Theron Johnson had one carry for six yards, while Kody Greene, Riley Roush and Johnson rushed for negative yardage.

Rogers led the Tornadoes’ rushing game with six carries for 86 yards and one touchdown, followed by Dylan Smith with six carries for 24 yards. Tommy Ramthun had five carries for 88 yards, while Clayton Wood had four carries for 27 yards and Weston Thorla had three carries for 24 yards. Riley Roush also carried two times for 22 yards for the Purple and Gold.

Losey was 5-of-11 passing for 66 yards and one touchdown for Trimble. Jenkins had 23 carries for 254 yards, followed by Dominic Pickett with seven carries for 25 yards and Curry with three carries for 20 yards. Curry also led with three catches for 21 yards, while Hardy had two catches for 45 yards.

Both teams finished the night with 15 first downs. Trimble had nine penalties for 90 yards, while Southern had five penalties for 51 yards. Trimble fumbled the ball three times, while Southern fumbled it two times.

Trimble defeated Southern 42-14 in their previous meeting at Trimble on October 25, 2013. With the loss, the Tornadoes are now 2-2 on the road during the 2015 campaign.

The Purple and Gold will return home on Friday to take on conference rival Waterford. Game time is scheduled for 7:30 p.m.

Donald Lambert can be reached at 740-446-2342, ext. 2106

By Donald Lambert