GLOUSTER, Ohio — Simply outmatched.
The Eastern football team surrendered 563 yards to Tri-Valley Conference Hocking Division host Trimble on Friday night, as the Tomcats rolled to a 75-12 victory.
The Tomcats (7-1, 7-0 TVC Hocking) — who clinched at least a share of their third straight conference title with the win — scored less than one minute into the game when THS senior Andrew Losey found junior Jacob Hardy for a 38-yard touchdown pass. Trimble added another score at the 7:53 mark of the first, when Justice Jenkins punched into the endzone from one yard out. Max Hooper hit both extra point kicks and the Red and Silver led 14-0.
Eastern (2-6, 2-4) had an answer at the 7:22 mark of the first, as junior signal caller Jeremiah Martindale connected with Jett Facemyer for a 25-yard scoring pass. The point after kick was missed and the Eagles trailed 14-6.
Jenkins found paydirt for the second time in the first quarter with 19 seconds left, this time he broke a 22-yard run for the score. Trimble increased its lead even farther less than two minutes into the second quarter, when Losey found Kamron Curry for a 7-yard touchdown pass. Hooper again made both kicks and Trimble held a 28-6 advantage.
The EHS offense put six more points on the board with 8:19 remaining in the first half, as Martindale found paydirt from three yards out.
The Tomcats went back to the air for their next score, with Losey connecting with Hardy for six points from 11 yards out with 4:59 left in the half. Jenkins’ first half wasn’t over yet, as the senior scored on a 10-yard run at the 1:53 mark and again on a 41-yard pass from Losey with 45 seconds left on the clock. Hooper converted on one extra point kick, while THS was 1-for-2 on two-point conversions and led 49-12 at halftime.
After the break, Trimble picked up right where it left off, as Curry scored his second touchdown of the game, this time on a 32-yard pass from Jenkins. Less than three minutes later the Tomcats were in the endzone again, this time it was senior Mitchell Campbell on the receiving end of Losey’s 18-yard scoring pass. Hooper hit both extra point tries in the third and the Red and Silver led 63-12.
The hosts scored twice in the final stanza, first it was sophomore Dominic Pickett with a 3-yard touchdown run at the 8:42 mark. The final score was posted by freshman Brandon Goble, who broke a 60-yard touchdown run with two seconds remaining in the game. THS failed to convert either of its point after attempts in the fourth and the Tomcats claimed victory by a 75-12 final.
The Tomcats held a 15-to-8 advantage in first downs and a 563-to-154 advantage in total offense, including a 261-to-4 edge on the ground. Trimble was penalized seven times for a total of 71 yards, while EHS was flagged once for five yards. The Eagles punted three times and committed five turnovers in the loss, while THS committed one turnover and didn’t punt.
EHS senior Cameron Richmond caught eight passes for 110 yards and led all Eagle ball carriers with 14 yards on six tries. Jett Facemyer caught two passes for 40 yards and a score, while rushing twice for a total of two yards. Martindale was 10-of-24 passing for 150 yards and a score for the Green and Gold, while Trenton Delacruz ran three times for a total of four yards.
Losey completed 15-of-23 passes for 270 yards and five touchdowns in the win, while rushing for 15 yards on three carries. Jenkins — who completed 1-of-4 pass attempts for 32 yards and a touchdown — ran 13 times for 123 yards and three scores, while catching four passes for 73 yards and one score. Curry caught five passes for 112 yards and two touchdowns, while Hardy caught four passes for 69 yards and two touchdowns.
The Tomcats, who have won 30 straight TVC Hocking games, have now claimed 16 straight wins over the Eagles.
Eastern will look to snap its three-game losing skid on Friday when Belpre visits East Shade River Stadium. The Golden Eagles have won five games in a row and will try to spoil Eastern’s senior night celebrations.
Alex Hawley can be reached at 740-446-2342, ext. 2100.