Tomcats shut out Eastern, 31-0

By Alex Hawley -

GLOUSTER, Ohio — No offense, no hope.

The Eastern football team was held to 123 yards of total offense, an average of just 2.46 yards per play, as the Eagles dropped a 31-0 decision to Tri-Valley Conference Hocking Division host Trimble on Friday night at Glouster Memorial Stadium in Athens County.

The Eagles (3-5, 2-4 TVC Hocking) were clicking on defense to start the game, holding Trimble (6-2, 6-1) scoreless through the first quarter of play.

The Tomcats broke through for the first time just 45 seconds into the second quarter, however, as Cameron Kittle tossed a screen pass to Max Hooper, who went 28 yards for the score and then kicked in the extra-point.

The hosts scored again with 6:24 left in the first half, as Kittle broke a 20-yard run for six points. The Tomcats managed one more touchdown before the half, as Hooper ran into the endzone from 10 yards out with just 19 seconds left. Bryce Richards then caught a two-point conversion pass from Kittle, making the THS lead 21-0 at the break.

The Tomcats added seven points to their lead with 24 seconds to go in the third quarter, when Kittle rumbled into the endzone from 55 yards out and Hooper added the point-after.

With 3:47 left in regulation, Trimble’s Noah Rossiter made a 36-yard field goal, putting the finishing touches on the Tomcats’ 31-0 victory.

For the game, the hosts held a 337-to-123 advantage in total offense, including 161-to-24 on the ground. Trimble earned a 12-to-7 edge in first downs and won the turnover battle by a 3-1 tally. Eastern punted four times, twice as many as the hosts. The Tomcats were penalized four times for 30 yards, while EHS was flagged three times for 25 yards.

Eastern freshman Conner Ridenour was 6-of-13 passing for 89 yards to lead the Eagle offense. Nate Durst was 1-of-4 passing for 10 yards, while earning 28 total yards on 10 carries with two receptions.

Sharp Facemyer led all receivers with four grabs, totaling a team-best 62 yards. Josh Brewer led the guests on the ground with 26 yards on 13 carries. Dylan Creath hauled in one eight-yard pass for the Eagles, while Matt Blanchard had one two-yard run.

Kittle was 9-of-19 passing for 176 yards and one score for THS, while leading the ground charge with 98 yards and two scores on 13 totes. Hooper added 110 yards and two scores, combining 11 carries with two receptions.

Trimble has now claimed 18 straight decisions over Eastern.

Next Friday the Eagles play at East Shade River Stadium for the final time this year, as Belpre visits for a battle of 3-5 teams. Trimble will travel to Alexander on Friday in non-league play.

By Alex Hawley

Alex Hawley can be reached at 740-446-2342, ext. 2100.

Alex Hawley can be reached at 740-446-2342, ext. 2100.