Updated Thu, Oct 31, 2013 8:09 pm
With the playoffs right around the corner, the Trimble Tomcats (9-0) head to Stewart, Ohio, to take on the Federal Hocking Lancers (5-4) for the last game of the regular season.
Trimble has allowed just 33 points through 9 games, while the Lancers have allowed 243 points, the second most in the TVC-Hocking. The Tomcats allowed the most points they have all season (14) last Friday against Southern, but Trimble head coach Phil Faires said that it hasn’t affected his players in the least.
“Of course you want to get shutout every game but you know that is not likely,” Faires said. “I thought our defense played well the whole game.
“Entering the half up 21-14 [against Southern], our kids left the locker room with still a lot of confidence knowing that Southern had to score or we win the game,” he continued.
As a team that relies mostly on its offense, the Lancers will have to use their weapon in running back Delbert Crum and find a way to score against Trimble’s defense.
“If we let [Federal Hocking] hang around, it could be a good game,” Faires said. “We need to come out with a lot of fire like we did the second half against Southern, just play our game and I think we will be successful.”
Federal Hocking scores an average of 29 points per game (fourth in the Hocking), but the Lancers’ defense will have to step up on defense in order to slow down dual-threat quarterback Konnor Standley and a Tomcat offense that averages 41.7 points per game.
“We are real confident [in our offense],” said Faires. “We want to mix it up and I think the last two three games we have done that real well with the run and the past. We got Konnor running the ball a little bit more and when we can go out of the shotgun that just makes us more effective with his running ability.”
The Tomcats and the Lancers will face-off on the gridiron Friday night at 7:30.