Prep football: Belpre blanked by Trimble 54-0

BELPRE – Quarterback Konner Standley fired four touchdown passes and the Trimble defense notched its sixth shutout of the season as the Tomcats rolled to a 54-0 Tri Valley Conference Hocking Division victory over the Belpre Golden Eagles Friday night at Ralph Holder Stadium.

The Tomcats jumped out to a 14-0 first quarter lead and then went on to score twice in each quarter to roll to their 17th straight regular season victory.

“We knew coming in that they were a very good team,” said Belpre head coach Greg Adams. “We prepared for them but that they were just too much.”

Things looked good for Belpre early on as on Trimble’s very first possession, Standley coughed up the ball and the Eagle defense pounced on the turnover to give them decent field position at their own 36-yard line.

The Golden Eagles were unable to capitalize however as they went three-and-out and punted the ball back to the Tomcats.

Trimble took over the ball at its own 44-yard line and four plays later struck pay dirt when Standley connected with a wide open Austin Downs for a 34-yard touchdown and a 7-0 lead.

The Tomcats added their second score of the opening period on their next possession as they marched 50- yards on nine plays with senior running back Jacob Koons plunging into the end zone from a yard out for a 14-0 lead.

The Golden Eagles made what would be their lone trip of the game into Trimble territory as they moved the ball to the Tomcat 39- yard line, but quarterback Tavian Miller’s pass on third-and-12 was intercepted.

This time the Tomcats turned to their running game as Justice Jenkins carried the ball three times for 35 yards and capped an eight play, 82-yard drive with a 15- yard touchdown run.

Trimble would score once more just before the intermission as Standley and Downs hooked up for the second time of the game for a four-yard touchdown and a commanding 28-0 halftime lead.

The Belpre rushing attack, which ran for 323 yards last week in a win against South Gallia, was never able to get untracked against the punishing Trimble defense.

The Eagles managed just 33 rushing yards in the game while junior running back Manny Tulius was limited to 42 yards on 15 carries after gaining 302 yards last week.

While Belpre managed just three first downs in the game, the Tomcats kept the markers moving all night long as they moved the chains 24 times.

Downs, who caught eight passes in the game for 177 yards, pulled in his third touchdown catch of the game on a beautifully timed 52-yard bomb from Standley just two minutes into the second half.

Later in the third period Koons took a screen pass from Standley and raced 20-yards for a score and a 41-0 Tomcat lead.

A four-yard run by Jenkins and an eight-yard run by Tristan Conway rounded out the scoring for Trimble.

The Tomcats move to a perfect 8-0 on the season with a huge conference home game against Southern on the agenda for next Friday.

The loss dropped the Eagles season record to 3-5.

“We didn’t execute real well tonight,” said Adams, in his fourth season as Belpre head coach. “I didn’t think the score would be as high as it was. Tonight we just didn’t play very well and we’ll just go back to the drawing board and come out ready next week.”

Belpre will hit the road next as they travel to Corning for another conference match up against the Miller Falcons.