Unfortunately for Eastern on Friday night, it was the host Eagles who laid the egg during a 27-0 setback to Trimble in a Week 7 Tri-Valley Conference Hocking Division matchup on Homecoming.
Eastern (4-3, 4-2 TVC Hocking) mustered only 82 yards of total offense in its first home loss of the season, including a dismal 27 yards of offense (all rushing) in the opening half. The setback snapped a three-game winning streak for EHS and also extended its current losing skid to the Tomcats to 10 in a row.
Trimble (4-3, 4-1) — which churned out 339 yards of total offense — received three scores and 136 rushing yards from Tyler Dyla, while Konner Standley added a 50-yard interception return for a touchdown to wrap up the scoring.
THS wasted little time taking control of the contest, marching 69 yards to paydirt in nine plays on the opening drive of the first quarter. Dyla — facing a 4th-and-1 — scrambled 37 yards for a touchdown at the 7:43 mark, giving the guests a 7-0 edge.
After a pair of defensive stands, THS took over possession at its own 45 with 11:11 remaining in the first half. Eleven plays and 55 yards later, the Tomcats took a 14-0 advantage following a 15-yard scoring run by Dyla at the 7:23 mark of the second quarter.
After two more defensive stands, Trimble took possession with 31 seconds left in the half — but Brayden Pratt intercepted a flea-flicker pass by Justin Jewell to give EHS possession at its own 35-yard line.
With just 23.8 seconds left in the half, disaster struck the Eagles after their ensuing pass attempt was picked off by Standley — who caught the ball at midfield and returned it 50 yards to paydirt. That pick-6 gave the guests a commanding 21-0 headed into the intermission.
Dyla completed the scoring with 35.8 seconds left in the third canto after capping a five-play, 42-yard drive with a 28-yard rushing TD — making it a 27-0 contest.
Eastern put together a late drive in the fourth that looked like it would produce some points after gaining a 1st-and-goal at the five, but the Tomcats proved to be stingy — stopping EHS at the two on fourth down with 1:01 left in regulation.
Eastern produced just 56 rushing yards on 30 attempts, while Trimble had 41 carries for 259 rushing yards. Both teams had one turnover, but the Tomcats claimed a sizable 16-7 edge in first downs.
Trimble was flagged nine times for 94 yards, while Eastern was penalized four times for 38 yards.
Dyla led Trimble and all rushers with 136 yards and three TDs on 19 carries, while Austin Keith added 91 rushing yards on 12 totes. Dyla — who suffered a small injury in the second quarter — had only seven carries in the second half, all of which came in the third quarter.
Tyler Hendrix led the Eagles with 23 yards on seven rushes, followed by Klint Connery with 19 yards on six carries. Connery — Eastern’s leading rusher — was injured late in the first quarter and did not return for the remaining three quarters of play.
Pratt finished the night just 2-of-17 passing for EHS for 26 yards, while Trimble’s Kish was 9-of-20 passing for 80 yards.
Austin North led the Tomcat wideouts with six catches for 62 yards, while Kyle Connery paced EHS with one grab for 31 yards.
Eastern had won its previous two home contests this year by shutout, beating Miller 32-0 and South Gallia 42-0.
The Eagles will step out of TVC Hocking Division play next week when they travel to Sciotoville for a Week 8 matchup with the East Tartans. Kickoff will be Friday night at 7:30 p.m.