High School Football: Trimble blanks Eastern to pick up 4th win


The bulbs on the home side of Glouster Stadium’s scoreboard have been getting some serious work lately.

All it took was an opening kickoff return by Trimble High School sophomore Konnor Standley for the Tomcats to get on the board Friday against Eastern.

Trimble (4-2) put up 49 points while blanking the Eagles and racked up yardage at will in the first half, in which quarterback Justin Jewell threw for three touchdowns and averaged more than 15 yards per completion.

The passing game was the key to the Tomcats’ success. Coach Phil Faires stressed throughout the week that his team needed to develop a more rounded attack.

“Justin throws the ball pretty good deep, we just have to get him some confidence on short (plays),” he said. “He was throwing really good at the beginning of the year and he has had games where he has not needed to throw, so we’ll try to get him more involved that way.”

A primary reason why Jewell has not been pressured to use his arm has been the running of senior back Austin Keith, who has provided a stable ground presence this season.

But as the Tomcats learned tonight, a multi-dimensional offense will benefit both parties.

“It helps the run game that we can feed off each other,” Keith said. “We have confidence that we can throw the ball and make yardage and get that first down without depending on the running game.”

Keith and his backfield partner, sophomore Bryce Smathers, were without a key piece of their offensive framework against the Eagles (2-5), though.

Senior lineman J.D. Chasser will be confined to the sidelines for the rest of the season because of a broken foot he suffered in last week’s contest at Waterford.

“We had a lot of holes open,” Keith said, referencing the offensive line’s good blocking. “Everyone was doing their jobs. We had a couple of new offensive plays and different things that we were throwing at these guys and they handled it real well. I’m real proud of them.”

As well as the Trimble offense performed, racking up over 400 yards, the defense was equally impressive.

Late in the game, the Tomcats’ defense held Eastern on a four-play goal line stand, swarming the Eagles’ backs before swatting down a pass intended for a receiver in the corner of the end zone.  

“We made a few changes. We didn’t think our ends were playing the way we wanted them to, so we moved some people around,” Faires said. “We’ve got some guys that are playing good. We’ve got some new blood in there.”

Trimble will head to Belpre next week. The team will face off with the 0-7 Golden Eagles, who lost 62-7 to South Gallia this week.  

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