GLOUSTER, Ohio — Another tough night against the Tomcats.
The South Gallia football team scored first and trailed 14-12 after one period of play, but host Trimble reeled off 30 unanswered points Friday night en route to a 44-12 victory in a Week 3 Tri-Valley Conference Hocking Division gridiron contest in Athens County.
The visiting Rebels (1-2, 1-1 TVC Hocking) started the game on a solid note after Isaiah Geiger capped the opening drive of the game with a five-yard scoring run, giving the Red and Gold their only lead of 6-0 with 9:33 remaining in the first quarter.
THS (2-1, 2-0) countered with consecutive scoring drives over the next six-plus minutes, as Kamron Curry and Justice Jenkins respectively scored on runs of six yards and one yard for a permanent lead of 14-6 with 3:02 left in the opening stanza.
Geiger added a second TD run — this time from three yards out — with 1:25 left in the first to whittle the lead down to 14-12. The Rebels were never closer the rest of the way.
Jenkins added a three-yard TD run with 8:27 showing on the second quarter clock for a 22-12 cushion, which proved to be the halftime score. Jenkins then tallied TD runs of seven yards and four yards in the third canto, allowing the Tomcats to secure a 38-12 edge with 5:50 left in the period.
Jacob Hardy hauled in a 28-yard scoring pass from Andrew Losey with 8:23 remaining in regulation, which ultimately wrapped up the 32-point outcome.
The Tomcats claimed a 17-6 advantage in first downs and punted only once in the triumph, compared to five punts by the guests. Neither team committed a turnover in the contest.
Trimble claimed a 345-132 overall advantage in total yards, including a 230-yard edge in rushing. The Rebels produced 68 rushing yards on 23 carries, while the hosts had 298 yards on 49 rushes.
SGHS was penalized six times for 52 yards and Trimble was flagged four times for 28 yards. This was also the Tomcats’ 25th consecutive victory over a TVC Hocking opponent, dating back to a Week 2 loss to Wahama in the 2012 campaign.
Geiger led the Rebels with 36 rushing yards on 10 carries, followed by Landon Hutchinson with 10 totes for 26 yards. Hutchinson was also 5-of-11 passing for 64 yards, with Kane Hutchinson leading the wideouts with four catches for 60 yards.
Jenkins led the Tomcats with 201 rushing yards on 27 carries, followed by Curry with six carries for 39 yards. Losey was 3-of-5 passing for 47 yards, with Curry leading the receivers with two catches for 19 yards.
South Gallia returns to action next Friday when it hosts Manchester in a non-conference contest at 7:30 p.m.
Bryan Walters can be reached at 740-446-2342, ext. 2101.