MASON, W.Va. — Justice Jenkins scored five touchdowns and picked up 261 yards on the ground Friday evening to lead the league leading Trimble Tomcats to a relatively easy 46-14 Tri-Valley Conference Hocking Division football win. The contest was played before a sparse crowd on a rainy and blustery evening at the Mason County School.
The Tomcats utilized a steady barrage of Justice in opening a comfortable first half lead before coasting to the one-sided victory. The win was the third in succession by Trimble over the White Falcons as the Tomcats improved to 5-1 overall on the 2015 gridiron season and 5-0 inside the TVC Hocking. Coach Dave Barr’s Wahama gridders dropped its fourth decision in five games to fall to 2-4 overall and 1-4 in Hocking Division action.
While the visitors dominated the game’s final statistics the White Falcons actually made some progress defensively in actually stopping the Trimble offense on numerous occasions. The WHS defense would penetrate the Tomcat interior line for two or three plays before surrendering a back-breaking long gain which ultimately proved to be the locals ruin.
Justice, one of the most talented runners in the surrounding area, would be the Tomcats game breaker in scoring five times and rushing for 261 yards in 27 carries. Senior quarterback, Andrew Losey, completed nine of 13 passes on the night for 121 yards and a touchdown with Kameron Curry catching seven of Losey’s aerials for 109 yards and a score.
Trimble jumped out to an early 33-8 halftime lead when Justice scored from one, six and 23 yards with Curry reaching the end zone on a 45 yard pass reception and a 43 yard punt return. Wahama recorded its lone score of the opening half when Rickie Kearns recovered a Bryton Grate fumble in the end zone following a 42 pass reception from Philip Hoffman to Grate late in the first quarter.
Despite being down by a 33-8 deficit at the intermission break, Wahama tried to make a comeback in the second half but Jenkins added two more scores on runs of 15 and 54 yards to thwart the Bend Area teams possibilities. Jared Nutter provided the White Falcons with its only second half touchdown when he picked off a Losey pass and returned the interception 30 yards for a White Falcon six points in the final 1:34 of the third canto.
Wahama was led offensively on the ground by sophomore running back, Colton Arrington, who finished the night with 49 tough yards in 10 carries. Sophomore, Bryton Grate, enjoyed his first starting assignment of his football career with 10 yards rushing and two receptions for 46 yards while Jared Nutter continued his productive senior outing with one pass completion for 11 yards and three catches for 51 yards. Junior quarterback, Philip Hoffman connected on 8-of-19 passes for 113 yards for the Bend Area eleven.
The White Falcons will try and salvage a winning season beginning with its next gridiron encounter at Eastern on Friday. Trimble hosts Southern next week as the Tomcats race towards its third consecutive Tri-Valley Conference Hocking Division title.
Gary Clark is a sports correspondent for Ohio Valley Publishing.