Here are the top moments for the Trimble Tomcats for the 2018-19 school year.
1. Conner Wright powers Tomcats to regional championship, November 17
Conner Wright never stopped churning his legs, and the result was the Tomcats’ third trip to the Final Four in program history.
Wright’s 9-yard run with 17.6 seconds left broke a 14-14 tie, leading Trimble to a 21-14 win over Lucas in a Division VII, Region 27 championship game.
The win allowed Trimble to defeat Lucas in the playoffs for the second season in a row.
It was a back-and-forth game all the way, tied at 7-7 after one quarter and 14-14 after three quarters.
Trimble put together a 71-yard drive, using bruising runs out of the wishbone formation to get the job done.
The drive lasted 14 plays and ate 4 minutes and 41 seconds off the clock. Wright had 49 yards on eight carries on the drive.
The Tomcats faced second-and-goal from the nine-yard line with 26.7 seconds left, out of timeouts.
That was when Wright got the ball up the middle, dragging Lucas defenders with him into the end zone.
A wild celebration followed, as Max Hooper’s PAT made it 21-14.
The Tomcats then stopped a throw to the end zone on the final play of the game, advancing to the state semifinals.
Trimble held Lucas’ standout senior Jeb Grover to 97 yards on 21 carries. He entered the game with 2,413 yards rushing, but was held to 16 second-half yards on the ground.
2. Trimble advances to state championship game, November 24
Max Hooper and the Trimble Tomcats knew they were facing a tough challenge during their state semifinal matchup against Cuyahoga Heights.
Hooper and the Tomcats turned the game into a sweet rout, however, advancing to the program’s second state championship game.
Hooper’s career-high 290 yards rushing led to a 47-21 win over Cuyahoga Heights in a game played at Covrett Stadium.
Hooper had touchdown runs of 46, 62 and 56 yards to allow Trimble to pull away for the emphatic win. Quarterback Cameron Kittle added four rushing touchdowns and 130 yards, while Conner Wright had 74 yards on 20 carries.
The game was tied at 14-14 at halftime, but Trimble won the second half 33-7 to improve to 13-1 on the season. The Tomcats put an exclamation point on the win in the fourth quarter, as Kittle rushed for three of his touchdowns to put the game away.
3. Trimble wins OT thriller in the Convo, March 3
The Trimble Tomcats were able to exceed most people’s expectations on the hardwood during the 2018-19 season.
Trimble, despite graduating All-Ohio shooting guard Randy Hixson, was still able to win an outright TVC-Hocking title during the regular season.
Trimble then backed up the regular season success with postseason victories.
The Tomcats advanced to the Division IV district tournament for the sixth season in a row, and won an overtime thriller, 57-55, over Peebles.
It was Trimble’s first tournament win at Ohio University’s Convocation Center since 2016.
Brayden Weber paced Trimble with a 24-point effort. He was 9 of 13 shooting, adding nine rebounds, five steals and two assists. He scored 11 points in the opening quarter.
Blake Guffey added 11 points, while Jeremiah Brown scored 10 points.
The Tomcats had to sweat out the game until the final buzzer. Peeble’s Oakley Burba took a 3-point shot from the right wing as time expired.
The ball hit off the rim and bounced away, allowing Trimble to advance to the district finals for the 10th time in program history.
Trimble built up an early lead, surging ahead 32-16 after consecutive layups by Conner Wright.
Peebles would rally though, and lead 45-43 early in the fourth quarter. The game went back and forth the rest of the way, with Weber missing a 3 at the end of regulation to send the game into overtime.