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As the postseason continues, so do the No. 2 seed Trimble Tomcats’ hopes at another D-VII State Finals appearance.
After mulling through No. 7 seed Symmes Valley 55-8, in the first-round of the playoffs, Trimble has their sights set on their next target: the No. 3 seed Caldwell Redskins.
The Redskins defeated No. 6 seed Harvest Prep Saturday night by a score of 48-25 to seal their first home playoff victory in school history.
Quarterback Tanner Clark and running back Bricker Lori take the reigns for Caldwell. They supply two dynamic rushing attacks that led their squad to a 2014 undefeated season.
Trimble head coach Phil Faires is aware of the impact these two juniors have on the gridiron.
“We have to know where those two are at all times. They can break at any time,” he said.
The Redskins also bring a sound defensive unit to Saturday’s matchup. Against Harvest Prep, Caldwell held their running backs to less than four yards a carry. With those numbers, the Redskins were able to hold Harvest Prep to their second lowest point total all season.
But Faires is focused more on what his Tomcats can control rather than what Caldwell can do.
“I hope we can mix it up a lot better than Harvest Prep did. I’m hoping that causes some problems for Caldwell,” he said.
The Tomcats are looking to throw a lot of formations at the Redskins, something they’ve been working with all year. Faires acknowledged how fortunate he and his staff are to have a group of kids that he can do that with.
“Everyone thinks they have the best athletes. We will take the ones we have against anyone. Hopefully our defense comes out on top,” said Faires.
Caldwell and Trimble will collide in the D-VII Region 25 Semifinals this Saturday at New Lexington High School.
New Lexington supplies an artificial turf field, which puts Faires at ease.
“As long as we don’t have to worry about muddy conditions, we will be fine. We had some cold playoff games last year. I don’t think the cold will bother them too much,” said Faires.
The winner of the 7 p.m. matchup will face the victor of No. 1 Shadyside and No. 4 Paint Valley next Saturday.
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