GLOUSTER, Ohio — It took 12 minutes but Southern awoke the beast.
For the first time this season the Trimble football team trailed in a game. How did the host Tomcats answer? By scoring five consecutive touchdowns to take the 42-14 victory and the at least a share of the Tri-Valley Conference Hocking Division crown.
The Tomcats (9-0, 7-0 TVC Hocking) scored the game’s opening touchdown at the 6:18 mark of the first period with a one yard run from Jacob Koons. Jon Stevens kicked the extra point and THS went ahead 7-0.
Trimble had the ball less than two minutes later but Southern (6-2, 4-2) senior Colten Walters intercepted the Tomcats pass and returned it 28 yards for the touchdown. Trenton Deem added the extra point to tie the game at seven apiece.
The Tornadoes struck again at the 2:58 mark when junior signal quarterback Tristen Wolfe connected with senior Hunter Johnson for the 24 yard touchdown pass. Deem added the extra point to put SHS on top 14-7. This is the first time the Tomcats have trailed in a game this season.
Early in the second stanza Jacob Kish answered for the Red and Sliver with a one yard touchdown run. Stevens added the extra point to tie the game at 14-all.
Inside of two minutes remaining in the half the Tomcats struck again with a four-yard touchdown pass from Konner Standley to Jacob Koons. Stevens knocked home the point after touchdown to give Trimble the 21-14 edge at halftime.
The second half began with a 12-yard touchdown run by Koons, his third score of the game, which with Stevens’ PAT gave Trimble the 28-14 edge.
Midway through the third canto Konner Standley hooked up with Wyatt Bragg on the 29 yard touchdown pass. Stevens kicked the point after and THS led 35-14.
Less than a minute into the final period Trimble sophomore Justice Jenkins returned the SHS punt 28 yards for the touchdown. Stevens added the extra point to seal the 42-14 THS victory.
Tristen Wolfe was 7-of-18 passing with 91 yards, an interception and a touchdown. Hunter Johnson was the leading SHS receiver with 63 yards and a touchdown on four receptions. Trenton Deem caught two passes for 13 yards, while Paul Ramthun had one reception for 14 yards.
Tyler Barton led the Southern rushing attack with 48 yards on 12 tries, followed by Paul Ramthun with nine yards on four carries, Ryan Billingsley with eight yards on four attempts and Hunter Johnson with three yards on two tries.
Konner Standley was 13-of-17 passing for Trimble with 207 yards, two touchdowns and an interception, while Austin Downs was 0-of-1 passing with an interception. Koons led the THS receiving core with 79 yards and a score on a touchdown, followed by Downs with 65 yards on four grabs. Wyatt Bragg had 64 yards and a touchdown on three receptions, while Jimmy Ward caught one one-yard pass and Terry Simerly had one grab for minus two yards.
Standley also led the Tomcat rushing attack with 127 yards on 17 carries. Koons had 48 yards and two scores on 13 tries, Bryce Smathers ran three times for 16 yards, while Justice Jenkins ran for 13 yards on five carries, and Jacob Kish had one yard on two tries with a score.
The Tomcats held a 60-to-50 edge in offensive plays, a 410-to-145 advatage in total yards and a 21-to-9 advantage in first downs. Southern was penalized eight times for 98 yards, while THS was setback seven times for 47 yards. Southern fumbled three times and lost possession on two, while Trimble fumbled twice and recovered one. The Tornadoes were forced to punt six times, while the Silver and Red punted just once.
The 14 points scored by Southern is the most THS has given up all season. The Tomcats have now defeated Southern 23 consecutive times.
Southern will host arch rival Eastern next Saturday in Racine, while Trimble will look to complete its perfect season with a win a Federal Hocking on Friday.
The Tomcats will win the TVC Hocking outright with a win a Federal Hocking or a Wahama loss to Miller. If THS loses and Wahama wins then the White Falcons and Tomcats will share the TVC Hocking title.