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Vikings face big challange in unbeaten Trimble

Symmes Valley Vikings’ Dillon McFann (11) runs behind a block by teammate Collin Webb (22) as he gains yardage in last week’s game against Danville. The Vikings play at Trimble Saturday at 7 p.m. in the Division VII Region 25 quarterfinals.  (Kent Sanborn of Southern Ohio Sports Photos)

Symmes Valley Vikings’ Dillon McFann (11) runs behind a block by teammate Collin Webb (22) as he gains yardage in last week’s game against Danville. The Vikings play at Trimble Saturday at 7 p.m. in the Division VII Region 25 quarterfinals. (Kent Sanborn of Southern Ohio Sports Photos)

Jim Walker

jim.walker@irontontribune.com

 

WILLOW WOOD — Remember the Miracle on Ice at the 1980 Winter Olympics when the USA shocked Russia to win the gold medal?

That will be the story line for the Symmes Valley Vikings as they face the unbeaten Trimble Tomcats at 7 p.m. Saturday in the Div. VII Region 25 quarterfinals at Glouster.

The Tomcats posted a second straight 10-0 regular season to follow up on last year’s state runner-up campaign.

Vikings’ coach Rusty Webb knows his team has a daunting challenge ahead.

“They’re good. They’re very balanced. They’re good on the offensive and defensive side of the ball,” said Webb.

Symmes Valley (6-4) must focus its attention on junior tailback Justice Jenkins (6-1, 190), senior wide receiver Austin Downs (6-1, 165) and junior quarterback Andrew Losey (6-1, 165).

“Justice ran for over 1,300 yards, Downs is fifth on their all-time receiving touchdown list and their offense set a school record for scoring,” said Webb.

“But we’re going to practice hard and do what we do best and do what we need to do. Our kids will play hard.”

Also in the backfield are Caullin Lunsford (5-11, 180) and Dakota Smathers (5-9, 155). The other wide receivers are Jacob Hardy (6-2,170) and Terry Simerly (5-6, 140).

Up front the Tomcats have T.J. Spears (6-0, 240) at center, Jacob Stevens (5-11, 245) and Jonathon Roback (6-1, 240) at the guards, Tanner Koons (6-5, 290) and Micah Couch (6-6, 220) at the tackles and Bryce Guthrie (6-5,2 20) at tight end.

“Their offensive line is strong and they have a lot of kids back off their state runner-up team,” said Webb.

While the Trimble offense was scoring a record 507 points, the defense allowed a mere 62 points with three shutouts. They gave up one touchdown in four other games.

Symmes Valley has scored 225 points and given up 190.

“They’re small but quick,” said Webb. “They are very aggressive and they really run to the ball well. They’re very skilled in the secondary.”

The Tomcats’ defensive line had Cody Carroll (6-0, 185) at nose guard, Stevens and Spears the tackles and Couch and Guthrie the ends.

Lunsford leads an quick and active linebacking corps that includes Simerly and Smathers. The secondary has Jenkins and Downs at the corners with Cody Jones (5-10, 125) at safety.

Symmes Valley Vikings
OFFENSIVE LINEUP
No.    Player    Pos.    Ht.    Wt.    Gr.
11    Dillon McFann    TE    6-01    175    Sr.
48    Curtis Lybrand    TE    5-06    170    Jr.
54    Dakota Watson    T    6-05    240    Jr.
56    Travis Gates    G    5-11    190    Jr.
50    Jonah Graybeal    C    5-11    175    Sr.
53    Tyler Dement    G    6-00    205    Jr.
52    Blake Bowen    T    6-00    220    Jr.
29    Cameron Meadows    TE    5-11    200    Jr.
7    Derrek Smith    QB    5-09    185    Jr.
24    Brandon Craft    RB    5-11    160    Jr.
23    Tanner Mays    RB    5-11    200    Sr.
22    Collin Webb    RB    5-11    165    Jr.
8    Payton Hayes    FB    5-06    160    So.
82    Tyler Ferguson    PK    5-07    145    Sr.
DEFENSIVE LINEUP
No.    Player    Pos.    Ht.    Wt.    Gr.
48    Curtis Lybrand    DE    5-06    170    Jr.
56    Travis Gates    DE    5-11    190    Jr.
52    Blake Bowen    DT    6-00    220    Jr.
54    Dakota Watson    DT    6-05    240    Jr.
12    Jarod Sheppard    DT    5-11    185    So.
29    Cameron Meadows    DE    5-11    200    Jr.
7    Derrek Smith    OLB    5-09    185    Jr.
53    Tyler Dement    ILB    6-00    205    Jr.
50    Jonah Graybeal    ILB    5-11    175    Sr.
24    Brandon Craft    OLB    5-11    160    Jr.
22    Collin Webb    CB    5-11    165    Jr.
11    Dillon McFann    CB    6-01    175    Sr.
23    Tanner Mays    S    5-11    200    Sr.
22    Collin Webb    P    5-11    165    Jr.
Glouster Trimble Tomcats
DEFENSIVE LINEUP
No.    Player    Pos.    Ht.    Wt.    Gr.
34    Bryce Guthrie    DE    6-05    220    Jr.
74    Tanner Koons    T    6-05    290    Sr.
22    Cody Carroll    NG    6-00    185    Sr.
62    Jacob Stevens    DT    5-11    245    Jr.
72    T.J. Spears    DT    6-00    240    Jr.
65    Micah Couch    DE    6-06    220    Sr.
1    Terry Simerly    LB    5-06    140    Sr.
40    Caullin Lunsford    LB    5-11    180    Sr.
45    Dakota Smathers    LB    5-09    155    Jr.
20    Justice Jenkins    CB    6-01    190    Jr.
10    Austin Downs    CB    6-01    165    Sr.
25    Cody Jones    S    5-10    125    Jr.

OFFENSIVE LINEUP
No.    Player    Pos.    Ht.    Wt.    Gr.
80    Jacob Hardy    WR    6-02    170    So.
1    Terry Simerly    WR    5-06    140    Sr.
65    Micah Couch    T    6-06    220    Sr.
68    Jonathon Roback    G    6-01    240    Jr.
72    T.J. Spears    C    6-00    240    Jr.
62    Jacob Stevens    G    5-11    245    Jr.
74    Tanner Koons    T    6-05    290    Sr.
34    Bryce Guthrie    TE    6-05    220    Jr.
10    Austin Downs    WR    6-01    165    Sr.
8    Andrew Losey    QB    6-01    165    Jr.
40    Caullin Lunsford    FB    5-11    180    Sr.
45    Dakota Smathers    FB    5-09    155    Jr.
20    Justice Jenkins    TB    6-01    190    Jr.

Symmes Valley Vikings
2014 Results
Symmes Valley    26    Huntington Ross    16
Symmes Valley    12    Alexander    21
Symmes Valley    18    Chesapeake    21
Symmes Valley    19    South Gallia    12
Symmes Valley    21    Northwest (OT)    24
Symmes Valley    42    Green    0
Symmes Valley    16    Sciotoville East    0
Symmes Valley    31    Oak Hill (OT)    28
Symmes Valley    34    Portsmouth Notre Dame    14
Symmes Valley    6    Danville    54
Record: 6-4 (Seventh in Region 25 of Division VII)
Glouster Trimble Tomcatrs
2014 Results
Glouster Trimble    34    Nelsonville-York    14
Glouster Trimble    57    Belpre    0
Glouster Trimble    41    South Gallia    12
Glouster Trimble    69    Waterford    0
Glouster Trimble    62    Corning Miller    6
Glouster Trimble    42    Wahama, W.Va.    0
Glouster Trimble    40    Racine Southern    6
Glouster Trimble    65    Reedsville Eastern    6
Glouster Trimble    37    Alexander    6
Glouster Trimble    60    Federal Hocking    12
Record: 10-0 (Second in Region 25 of Division VII)