Updated Tue, Oct 2, 2012 4:03 pm
The Wahama White Falcons find themselves in the drivers seat of the TVC-Hocking yet again in 2012, but they aren't the only team with star-level players turning heads. The Trimble Tomcats have ridden the play of quarterback Konnor Standley who has made the adjustment from running back to quarterback with ease, putting up big numbers under center. The Federal Hocking Lancers have also surprised many teams this year, and running back/linebacker Delbert Crum has been a big reason why. Let's take a closer look at the three candidates from the TVC-Hocking.
Trenton Gibbs: By Blaine Carragher
After Wahama’s first round playoff disappointment in 2009, the team strived to fire up for next season’s competition. Trenton Gibbs, a 6-foot-0, 160 pound sophomore, is the young man who brought the heat.
Flash forward to 2012. Mr. Gibbs now stands at 6-foot-2 and weighs in at 195 pounds. Going into this season, some questioned how Gibbs would fare without star receiver Isaac Lee to connect with.
Gibbs quieted these rumors by putting up three touchdowns during his 2012 season opener. One of these was a 61-yard run, boasting the strength and speed that comes with an additional 2 inches and 35 pounds. Gibbs has continued throughout the season to pound the run game. Rushing for 111 yards, Trenton Gibbs put on a rushing clinic during the White Falcon’s win over Belpre. In his most recent win, Gibbs compiled 223 total yards, showing he has no intention of slowing down.
Trenton Gibbs’ leadership and hard work for the White Falcon’s is evident in this squad’s undefeated record, and his versatility with his legs and arm include him in the candidates for Player of The Year.
Konnor Standley: By Eli Burris
Konner Standley may not be the biggest player on the football field size-wise, but the junior quarterback from Trimble makes some of the biggest plays. Konner “Stan the Man” Standley has helped lead the Tomcats to a 5-1 start and a 3-1 record in the TVC-Hocking, with their only loss coming to an undefeated Wahama team.
Standley has been the definition of a true dual-threat quarterback so far this season. He has connected on 32-of-61 passes for a 53 percent completion rate with 505 yards and seven touchdowns. Not to be outdone by his arm, his legs have accounted for 538 yards and five touchdowns on 85 rushing attempts. He is on pace to be a 1,000+ yard passer and rusher, a very impressive feat for a high school player.
Standley and the rest of the talented Tomcat offense have scorched defenses for a total of 257 points after six weeks of the season, with many more points and highlights to come in the second half of the season.
Standley is yet another example of the old mantra that it’s not about the size of the dog in the fight, but rather the size of the fight in the dog, or in this case, the Tomcat.
Delbert Crum: By Michael Drapcho
After six weeks of games, Federal Hocking is 5-1 (4-0 in the TVC-Hocking), and there is no doubt that Delbert Crum has played a huge role in the Lancers’ success.
Crum has been deadly on the ground all season for the Lancers. In Federal Hocking’s 56-0 victory over the rebels of South Gallia, he rushed for 96 yards and two touchdowns on only four carries. Crum also turned in an impressive performance against Hannan. He carried the ball four times for 61 yards and a touchdown.
In addition to being an explosive runner, Crum has been a force on the defensive side of the ball this season. In the Lancers’ game against Alexander, he racked up 18 tackles and a fumble recovery for a touchdown.
With several impressive performances so far this season it is clear why Delbert Crum is receiving serious consideration for the player of the year in the TVC-Hocking.