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The Trimble Tomcats will take on Springfield at a location TBA in week twelve

GLOUSTER, Ohio (WKBN) – In the only battle between two 10-0 teams in the state of Ohio Friday night Southern Local fell 26-14 to the Trimble Tomcats. Cameron Kittle scored four total touchdowns, three rushing and one passing, for the Tomcats in the victory.

Despite their first perfect regular season in school history, the Southern Indians faced a tall task in the first round with a three hour drive to face the reigning Division VII State runner-up in Trimble. The Tomcats also came into the game with a 10-0 record boasting a defense that had given up just six points in the entire regular season.

Southern faced a 4th in 1 on the opening possession and opted to go for it, but a fumbled snap led to a turnover on downs and gave the Tomcats premium field position on their opening drive.

Cameron Kittle scored the opening points of the game a few plays later with a one yard touchdown run.

Southern drove the ball right down the field on their second possession, culminating in a three yard touchdown run by quarterback Jayce Sloan. A two-point conversion attempt failed.

In a critical moment in the game, Trimble faced a 4th and 23 from the Southern 39 yard line with just under a minute to go in the first half. Instead of punting the Trimble coaching staff opted to go for it and were rewarded with a 39 yard touchdown pass from Kittle to Guffey to give the Tomcats a 13-6 lead after a missed PAT going into the locker room.

Following a scoreless third quarter from both teams, the Indians drove down the field in the fourth quarter and appeared to tie the game, but a touchdown was called back due to a holding penalty and the Indians would end up turning the ball over on downs. That led to Kittle’s second touchdown run of the game (40 yards) with 7:21 remaining in the game to extend the Tomcats lead to 20-6.

A Cameren Grodhaus touchdown pass with just under four minutes remaining in the game pulled the Indians within just six points after a successful two point conversion.

Unfortunately for Southern, Kittle’s third touchdown run of the game would come on the ensuing drive, giving the Tomcats a 26-14 lead in the final minutes of the game.

Southern finishes their season at 10-1.

The Trimble Tomcats will take on Springfield at a location TBA in week twelve.

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