Updated Wed, Nov 9, 2011 10:36 am
The Trimble Tomcats had to fight every game and had a little luck on their side to obtain the eighth seed in region 23 division six football. But they had to travel to Symmes Valley, the top seed in order to move on. But Symmes Valley ruined Trimble’s playoff run tonight in a 28-19 victory for the Vikings.
It was a defensive struggle in the first half. Symmes Valley looked to continue their “ground n pound” wishbone offense, but Trimble’s defense was well prepared for the Vikings ground attack.
The tomcats were the first to get on the scoreboard with a Justin Jewel two-yard quarterback sneak. Tomcats missed the extra point so they led 6-0. But before the half Symmes Valley’s Alec Herrell scored from 9 yards out, and the extra point gave the Vikings a one point lead.
But the second half was truly the story of the game. Symmes Valley opened the second half hot as DJ Miller added six more points to the board with a 16 yard touchdown rush to lead the tomcats 14-6. Alec Herrell would add another touchdown for the Vikings with a 54-yard touchdown run to give them a 21-6 lead.
But the Tomcats brought a fight in the fourth quarter. Justin Jewel brought the tomcats closer with a nine yard touchdown run the extra point was once again missed so the Tomcats trailed 21-12.
Then Konner Standley took over the Tomcats offense and led a wildcat style offense down the field and it was capped off with a Jewel to Wyatt Deak 15-Yard touchdown to bring the Tomcats within one score.
Late in the fourth quarter the Tomcats’ defense once again stepped up and forced a Viking punt. But a Justin Jewel interception seemed to be the gagger in the hearts of all the tomcat fans, players and coaches. The Vikings crushed the hopes of any miracle with a 17-yard touchdown pass from Cody Myers to DJ Miller.
As the Vikings win the first round playoff game, it was surely an incredible showing from the Tomcats.
Konner Standley finished 1-2 passing with 44 yards, seven rushing attempts for 65 yards and five receptions for 65 yards as a stand out for Trimble while senior running back Austin Keith gained just 47 yards on 15 carries.
But the strong play of Symmes Valley’s Alec Herrell with 12 rushing attempts for 102 yards and two touchdowns proved to be too much for Trimble.
Trimble finishes the year with a 7-4 record.