Tanner Printz carries for Tri-Village. (Chris Tilton photo)

Patriots Rebound Against Panthers

Tri-Village Patriots easy winners over Twin Valley South Panthers

NEW MADISON – After losing a close game against Preble Shawnee, the Tri-Village Patriots were anxious to bounce back and get back to their winning ways.  They hosted the Twin Valley South Panthers and after trading scores in the first quarter, the Patriot offense got into high gear and it was all Tri-Village for the remainder of the game.  They went on to dominate in all three phases of the game: offense, defense, and special teams. The final score was 48-6.

Coach Hopkins,“I thought it was a really great game by the team. We worked all week long on the game plan, and they executed it just like we asked them to. I am really proud of how we bounced back from last week. We got better this week – and us coaches got better too and good things happened.”

The Patriots made it look easy as they opened the game with two straight Braden Keating to Tanner Printz passes – a combination that would be seen throughout the night. The scoring drive took all of 32-seconds. South would answer – thanks in part to a roughing the kicker penalty that kept South’s opening drive alive. Panther Caden Bishop would connect with his brother, Cole Bishop for a 42-yard TD catch. So at the midpoint of the quarter, it was 7-6 game in favor of the Patriots.

“Braden and Tanner are best friends and they work out together in the off season and after practice. And they work on their skills – this is what happens when you put the time in. They are great kids and great students, I am happy that things are happening for them.”

But then the Patriots began to assert themselves. Braden Keating picked off a TVS pass and had a nice 37-yard return.  He soon found Reed Wehr in the endzone and completed about a 20-yard TD pass. Now it was time for the Patriot special teams to atone themselves.  Jayden Hollinger blocked a TVS punt and able to recover it in the endzone for a touchdown. South would end the quarter staring at a 21-6 deficit.

“Special teams played really big tonight. We thought that this was one of the phases that needed to get better and to contribute. And tonight we had Jayden Hollinger block a punt and played it well where he let it roll in the endzone and then dove on it. Anytime you score on special teams it’s a big deal. Coach Parks heads that up and they played well tonight.”

South did themselves no favors – the Patriots were clearly the better team, but South was plagued with penalties the whole night. They were even offsides on the opening kickoff – an omen of things to come. They opened the second quarter with four penalties in a row.  So it was hard for TVS to mount any sort of a comeback when they kept digging themselves into a hole.

The Patriot defense acquitted themselves well after giving up the first quarter touchdown. South began to get a little traction with their wildcat formation, late in the second quarter.  But after a timeout and some adjustments, South’s drive sputtered out. They would not come close to endzone the remainder of the game. South did try a fake punt shortly before halftime, but the Patriot special teams sniffed it out and the pass was incomplete.

“Coach Sloan, coach Ostello, and coach Parks had the defense zoned in tonight. They put together a good game plan. The kids bought in, they knew exactly what to do and they executed.”

Meanwhile the Patriot offense continued to mount up the passing yards. South was mostly able to contain the run, but their secondary had no answer for the Patriot passing game. Wehr would score from 53-yards and about 20-yards. Justin Finkbine would score a 7-yard TD.  In the second half there was a running clock. Kasyn Hollinger would tack on a rushing touchdown from the 3-yard line in the final minute of the game. His score was set up by Jaiden Beam who a partially blocked punt.

So all in in all it was a solid performance by Tri-Village. Next week they travel to Mississinawa Valley to take on the 1-2 Blackhawks.

“We are 1-0 on Saturday, but next week is a new week. We will watch film on this team, wipe it clean, and then go get ready for Mississinawa.”

Tri-Village football Coach Hopkins talks with players during timeout. (Chris Tilton photo)
Tri-Village Patriots Marching Band. (Chris Tilton photo)
Braden Keating goes for a Patriots block. (Chris Tilton photo)
(Chris Tilton photo)
Jace Lipps goes up for a Tri-Village pass. (Chris Tilton photo)

Chris Tilton / Correspondent

Chris Tilton has covered sports in Southwest Ohio for the past 23 years and has lived in Southwest Ohio most of his life. He is mostly retired and continues to enjoy travel in the USA and hs been to Asia and Europe. Chris continues to work as a freelance writer. His Hobbies include fishing and computer gaming. Chris lives on a 32 acre farm in the Camden area. He has 10 grandchildren the he enjoys spending time with when he is not covering sports or traipsing around the country.

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