Prep football: Trimble blanks Waterford, notches 5th shutout of the season

WATERFORD – The Trimble Tomcat defense lived up to its billing and then some as it limited the Waterford offense to just 17 total yards, spoiling homecoming night for the Wildcats with a dominating 48-0 Tri-Valley Conference Hocking division victory Friday night.

The undefeated Tomcats, who came into the game allowing a measly 1.4 points per game, notched their fifth shutout of he season.

“Our kids take a lot of pride in their defense,” said Trimble head coach Phil Faires. “Our second team defense almost gave up a score their late but it was good work for them and we got to see what they were made of.”

While the Trimble defense was outstanding, the Tomcat offense was equally impressive as they rolled up 415 total yards against the young Wildcat defense.

Quarterback Konner Standley got the scoring underway with a seven- yard touchdown run just two minutes into the contest to cap a six-play, 59-yard scoring drive to give Trimble a 6-0 lead.

After the Wildcats went three-and-out and were forced to punt, Standley connected with a wide open Austin Downs for a 42-yard touchdown pass to extend the lead to 13-0.

Waterford got a nice 12-yard run by freshman quarterback Isaac Huffman after a holding call set up a second-and-20, but the Tomcat defense recovered and sacked Huffman for an 11-yard loss on third down to force yet another Wildcat punt.

The Trimble offense went right back to work as Standley found Jacob Koons down the middle to set up a first-and-goal at the Wildcat two-yard line.

Koons plunged into the end zone on the very next play to increase the Trimble lead to 20-0 with just over a minute to play in the opening quarter.

Not to be outdone by the potent offense, the Trimble defense came up with a score of its own when Justice Jenkins intercepted a Huffman pass and raced 37-yards down the sidelines for a pick six and a 27-0 lead as time expired in the first period.

Trimble added a pair of scores in the second quarter as Koons notched his second touchdown of the game on a three-yard run and the combination of Standley to Downs struck once again, this time on a 70-yard touchdown pass to increase the lead to a commanding 41-0 at intermission.

Bryce Smathers’ 13-yard third quarter touchdown run made it 48-0 and all that was left was to see if the Trimble defense could keep the Wildcats out of the end zone the rest of the way.

Waterford had its best chance when Tyler McCutcheon intercepted a pass from Tomcat back up quarterback Andrew Losey and returned it all the way to the Trimble six-yard line.

The green and white failed to capitalize however as a five-yard illegal procedure penalty and three incomplete passes turned the ball back over to Trimble on downs.

Standley completed 9-of-17 passes in the game for 246 yards and the two scoring strikes, while Downs hauled in seven pass receptions for 180 yards.

Waterford head coach Tom Tucker felt his team may have taken a slight step in the wrong direction after showing some improvement over the past few weeks.

“We just didn’t come out tonight with enough intensity the first half,” said Tucker of his team which suffered their fifth consecutive defeat. “We are past the stage of gaining any kind of moral victories. We’ve just got to figure out a way to come out and play a lot better than we did tonight.”

The loss left the Wildcats with a 1-5 season record, while Trimble goes to 6-0 with the win.

The Tomcats will return home next week to host the Eastern Eagles, while Waterford hits the road as they make the long trip to Franklin Furnace to take on Green.