Tomcats shutdown Meigs, 16-0
by Dave Harris Special to OVP
ROCKSPRINGS, Ohio — The Trimble Tomcats scored a pair of touchdowns in the first half, and their defense made it stand as Trimble defeated Meigs 16-0 in non-conference football action Friday night at Holzer Field/Framers Banks Stadium. The Tomcats came into the contest as the states 6th ranked in Division VII, but the Marauders fought them tooth and nail the entire contest. Meigs was unable to get any offense going against a strong Tomcat defense. Trimble now has nine shutouts in their last 14 regular season games.
The Tomcats (4-0) took advantage of a Marauder (2-2) miscue for the first score when Jacob Altier recovered a Michael Davis fumble at their own 28 yard line. Three plays later, Austin Downs caught behind the Marauder secondary and pulled in a 71 yard pass from Konner Standley for the score. Jon Stevens added the extra points and Trimble was on top 7-0 with 1:02 left in the first period.
The Tomcats made it a14-0 contest with 3:32 left in the half when Jacob Koons scored from four yards out; Steven added the extra points for a 14-0 Tomcat lead.
Twice in the first half Meigs was able to get the ball into Tomcat territory, but both times the THS defense was able to make the big play.
Trimble closed out the scoring with 9:22 left in the third period, Tristan Conway’s 31 yard punt pinned the Marauders deep in their own territory and on first down Andrew Burt was tackled in the end zone for a safety.
The Marauders were able to get into Tomcat territory two more times in the fourth period, but the offense was unable to put points on the board against the stout Trimble defense. Michael Davis led the Marauders with 27 yards in nine carries; Jordan Hutton added 24 in nine tries. The Tomcat defense held Meigs to only 81 yards rushing in 38 carries. Sheets was eight of 21 in the air for 86 yards and two interceptions. Ty Phelps had three receptions for 56 yards Damon Jones added three for 30.
The Marauder defense played well despite giving up 340 yards. Meigs held the potent Tomcat ground game to 119 yards in 28 carries for 3.1 yards, well below their average for the season. Koons led Trimble with 36 yards in nine tries, Bryce Smathers added 27 yards in six carries and Justice Jenkins added 26 in seven tries. Standley was 11-of-29 in the air with an interception for 221 yards, only 44 of those yards came in the second half.
Trimble will put their undefeated record on the line next Friday night when the host Miller. Meigs will play a rare Saturday night game next week when they travel to Warren Local. Meigs leads the all-time series with Trimble 7-6.
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