Belpre shut down by Trimble, suffers 46-0 loss
BELPRE — The first home game of the year didn’t go as planned for the Belpre Golden Eagles, as they suffered a 46-0 shutout at the hands of the Trimble Tomcats on Friday night at Ralph Holder Stadium. The defense had no answer for a stout Tomcat rushing attack, and Conner Wright showed why. He collected his 15th career 100-yard game on the ground by grinding along the ground for 240 yards and two scores.
However, a majority of those points scored came through the air. The first drive of the game was a clinic on ball-carrying, but quarterback Cameron Kittle found Bryce Downs from 7 yards out to put the fist points on the board.
Both teams struggled to keep their composure throughout, and Belpre’s Logan Adams was affected by this early on when he was tossed with 5:12 left in the opening quarter. He finished his early night with 12 yards on six carries. After the game, Golden Eagles head coach Mike DeVol addressed the situation.
“We have to play with character,” he said. “That’s why we sent him off. That why he got undressed. He spoke to the team at halftime, and we expect him back in two weeks, and he’ll be ready to go.”
Adams’s absence left a struggling BHS offense looking for answers they didn’t have, as the team managed 56 total yards of offense on the night.
Another Kittle touchdown pass with 2:33 to go in the opening frame made it 13-0 even with a Nick Godfrey block on the PAT. A 78-yard Wright scamper made any Eagle momentum go wrong, as the 3-score deficit was too much for DeVol’s team to overcome with 9:30 to go in the half.
A couple minutes later, Belpre quarterback Connor Baker was sacked on a safety blitz coming from the left side of the offensive line by Tabor Lackey. It was not specified what injury occurred, but Baker did not get up from the sack. He was on the field for a considerable amount of time before he was taken away in an ambulance after an upper-body injury. Despite this, coach DeVol provided an update on the Belpre passer.
“I think he’ll be ok,” he said. “I think he’ll be back in a couple, three weeks. We’ve got a kid coming back soon, so we just keep getting better.”
When play resumed, Trimble added another score to go up 28-0 at the half. Baker’s replacement for the night was receiver Walker Feick, who attempted his only pass of the game, an incompletion, with 7:27 left in the contest.
A couple scores later, and the game was over. With the win, Trimble (2-0) collected its 11th shutout win in the last two years and its second in 2019.
Belpre (0-2) travels to Miller, as they hope to stop the early-season skid, and coach DeVol says his team will not give up.
“We’re just getting this program started,” he said. We’re going to keep it right up to the very end.”
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