Miller, Trimble Battle for Hocking’s Top Spot

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The battle for the top spot in the TVC-Hocking will commence on Friday night when the Miller Falcons and Trimble Tomcats collide in Glouster.

After last year’s 62-6 Trimble win over Miller, it would have been difficult to predict this year’s week five match-up would hold so much significance. Miller’s resurgence should result in a much closer contest this time around.

Trimble head coach Phil Faires understands Miller is not the same team and containing running back Cody McKinnis and the Falcons will be easier said than done.

“They’ve got an identity in McKinnis. They do a good job of getting him the ball in different ways,” Faires said. “He’s a difference maker and they know how to use him. We only gave up one score last year and he’s the one who did it.”

Though McKinnis presents a threat, Trimble also finds itself in the midst of a re-build and Faires remains focused on building up his own players.

Those players, Faires said, continue to gain more and more confidence.

“We need to keep getting better. Offensively we need to take what the other team gives you,” Faires stated, “This week we need to mix it up a little bit and get the whole offense involved.”

By involving other players, it will take more than shutting down Justice Jenkins to subdue Trimble’s offense. Based on what he’s seen this week in practice, Faires insisted the team is ready and excited for a crucial game.

“I think enthusiasm has made our practices better this week.  We are trying to find our new identity,” Faires said. “These younger kids are wanting to make their own legacy now,”