Preview: Wahama, Trimble to grapple for top spot in Hocking

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Not much is to be said about this week’s TVC-Hocking clash between Wahama and Trimble. Everyone knows what this game means: a rivalry, the league title potentially on the line, and a chance for Wahama to redeem itself after last year’s 12-7 loss to Trimble, the team’s sole conference loss.

In last season’s contest, it all came down to defense prowess; Trimble had just a little bit more of it. Wahama failed to reach double digits and was stunned for its first ever TVC-Hocking loss on their own home turf.

Wahama wide receiver Garrett Miller hasn’t forgotten.

“Last year they came in here and spoiled our season,” Miller said. “We’ve rebounded well and we’re going to go to Glouster and put it on them.”

Trimble clearly looks like the team to beat in the league so far. Wahama has strung together four wins, but the teams seems mortal. However, this game is for all the marbles, as the winner will be placed on the fast-track for the league crown.

If Wahama wants any chance at taking that step towards a league title, stopping, or at least containing, Justice Jenkins will be mandatory. Wahama coach Dave Barr had to chuckle when he was first asked about how to stop Jenkins. 

“I could take him out to dinner and make him late or something, I'm not sure,” Barr said. “He is a great player. I watched them in the state final last year and I noticed as the season wore on, he really got better.”

As dynamic as Jenkins has been all year, coach Barr has more worries on his mind than a one-man rushing attack.

“The great thing is, at least for Trimble fans, he's surrounded by a bunch of other good football players.” Barr noted. “They have a very versatile attack and I know that we're going to be very well prepared this week.”

The undefeated Tomcats host Wahama Friday at Glouster stadium with kickoff set for 7:30.