TVC-Hocking Power Rankings: Week 9

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With just two weeks to play, the TVC-Hocking title race includes three teams: Trimble, Wahama and Southern.

The three giants at the top of the conference have a combined record of 18-2 in league play this season. Trimble clocks in at No. 1 in the standings with an unblemished 8-0 record and a No. 4 ranking in the most recent state AP poll.

Trimble takes on Southern Friday, Oct. 25 in Gridiron Glory's week 9 Game of the Week.

1. Trimble Tomcats (8-0, 6-0 TVC-Hocking)

A 54-0 thrashing of Belpre had the Tomcat fans roaring again after somewhat of a hiccup in week seven versus Eastern. Coach Phil Faires’ defense allowed 12 points to a struggling Eastern squad. Eastern scored the first points on Glouster’s finest since a week two 12-7 victory against the Wahama White Falcons. Trimble has a tough test coming up in Southern, which could end up being one of the toughest tests all year for the Tomcats.

Week 9: vs. Southern (7-1, 6-1)

2. Wahama White Falcons (7-1, 6-1 TVC-Hocking)

The White Falcons did not look their best in a 46-28 win at South Gallia. It was the most points given up in a game all season by the White Falcons, but it does not warrant them moving down in the power rankings. They are still putting up an impressive 45.9 points per contest. Kane Roush broke the school’s all-time rushing record while going over 1000 yards on the season (1,130). He romped for 258 yards on the ground with three rushing touchdowns and a receiving touchdown.

Week 9: BYE

3. Southern Tornadoes (7-1, 6-1 TVC-Hocking)

The Tornados blew right through Waterford in an abusive 33-0 win against the Wildcats. Southern held Waterford to 99 yards of total offense and Tyler Barton ran for 190 yards on 19 carries while scoring three touchdowns. Barton has 1,146 yards and 15 rushing touchdowns. Up next is the biggest game of the year for Southern – a road trip to Tomcat country with a chance to knot things up between three teams at the top of the TVC-Hocking.

Week 9: at Trimble (8-0, 6-0)

4. South Gallia Rebels (4-4, 3-4 TVC-Hocking)

Even after a discouraging performance in a week 7 loss to Belpre, South Gallia stood to improve their fortunes when they played an Ed Cromley-less Wahama team and managed to put 28 points on the board. That in itself was an impressive performance, as Jacob White bulldozed his way to 187 yards and three touchdowns on the ground. The Rebels finish up their season with very winnable games at Waterford and against Van (W.Va.) at home.

Week 9: vs. Waterford (2-6, 1-5)

5. Federal Hocking Lancers (4-4, 3-3 TVC-Hocking)

The Lancers’ rushing attack willed its way through the Miller Falcons’ defense all night Friday, as they ran for 387 yards on the ground. Delbert Crum and Peyton Seel both went over 160 yards and both ran in three touchdowns. Fed Hock now owns middle of the road records of 3-3 in the TVC-Hocking and 4-4 overall.

Week 9: at Eastern (2-6, 2-4)

6. Belpre Golden Eagles (3-5, 2-4 TVC-Hocking)

A surprising 21-8 victory over South Gallia left those in Belpre with a good deal of optimism. But following that defensive performance up with a huge loss at the hands of the always on-their-game Trimble Tomcats does little for the Golden Eagles’ confidence. Tavian Miller struggled, going 4-for-14 passing for 15 yards, though he does have over 600 yards passing and 200 yards rushing on the season.

Week 9: at Miller (2-6, 0-6)

7. Eastern Eagles (2-6, 2-4 TVC-Hocking)

Eastern was not able to improve their fortunes, falling to Doddridge (W.Va.) 15-6. The Eagles continue to have a hard time moving the ball, having only scored 37 points in their last four games. They might have hoped scoring 12 points against Trimble last week was a good sign, but it didn’t translate over into week 7. Eastern has still yet to score more than 13 since a week four victory over Waterford.

Week 9: vs. Fed Hock (4-4, 3-3)

8. Waterford Wildcats (2-6, 1-5 TVC-Hocking)

Riding high after a 44-6 victory against Green High School two weeks ago, the Wildcats came back down to earth last week when they lost to the Southern Tornadoes 33-0. Coach Tom Tucker’s squad could have built off a strong performance against a much more inferior opponent in Green, but could find no footing against Tyler Barton and the Tornados.

Week 9: vs. South Gallia (4-4, 3-4)

9. Miller Falcons (2-6, 0-6 TVC-Hocking)

The Falcons scored 20 points against a Federal Hocking, somewhat surprising considering Miller’s inability to put points together this season. QB Garrett Sinift was able to pass for 236 yards on 13 completions. Miller has yet to win a Hocking game, with their two wins coming against Millersport and Hannan. Things won’t get much easier as they still have Belpre and Wahama remaining on the schedule.

Week 9: vs. Belpre (3-5, 2-4)