NEW MADISON – Tri-Village scored early and often against Tri-County North to record a 56-0 shutout over the Panthers to run their record to 5-1 on the season and 4-1 in the Western Ohio Athletic Conference.
The Patriots featured a balanced attack totaling 379 totals yards: 231 in the air and 148 on the ground.
Reed Wehr led the way on the ground in the first half with 56 yards on 7 carries including the first two touchdowns in the game on runs of 4 and 5 yards to put TV up 14-0 early in the contest.
Joshua Randal ran for 76 yards on 5 carries and scored a TD in the second half on a 22-yard run.
Quarterback Braden Keating was 10-for-15 passing accounting for all 231 yards and 3 TD’s. He was able to connect with two 6’5” targets Josh Scantland and Justin Finkbine. Scantland had 6 catches for 103 yards and a TD and Finkbine had 3 grabs for 113 yards and 2 TD’s.
Keating and Finkbine connected on back-to-back possessions in the air one a 38-yard pass and then a 48-yarder to make the score 28-0 at the break.
“Offensively we were able to dictate the run early behind our o-line. North came out in a bear front and loaded the box and Braden Keating did a great job of being efficient going 10-15 for 231 yards. He was able to deliver the ball to Josh Scantland and Justin Finkbine who both went over 100 yds,” TV coach Robert Burk aid.
“Justin has been incredible for us and was lights out again Friday,” Burk praised.
Keating would also connect with Scantland on a 10-yarder in the 3rd quarter for a score as well.
Tri-Village scored on a 23-yard interception return by senior Jason Hale to start the 3rd quarter dictated from the pressure applied by their defense.
The Patriots felt like they could put pressure on Tri-County Norths quarterback and were successful in that effort which led to an interception by Jason Hale.
“We were able to blitz from the safety spot and play fire zone behind it, which led to the great interception by Jason Hale that he returned for a score. He came out this year as a senior and has earned a spot in our secondary and just makes plays for us and has played fantastic for us so far this year,” Burk bragged.
“Our defense has been lights out for us all year and kept us in the lead or close in games when our offense has struggled this year. We are really playing with a swagger on that side of the ball right now,” Burk said after the game.
“We have a couple of seniors who don’t get as much playing time, but I felt like that gave us a great effort,” Burk noted. Amos Weimer and Luke Drew played outstanding for us in the second half with Amos carrying the ball and Luke forcing a fumble and recovering it. Those kids work their tail off in practice and it was nice to see them succeed when they got an opportunity,” Burk commended.
“We’ve been outstanding against the run the last 2 weeks, and held North to 56 total yards, all rushing, and Ansonia to 2.6 yards per carry last week,” Burk added.
The Patriots capped the scoring on a Wilson Suggs a 15-yard TD run in the 4th quarter and a Braden Keating extra points kick, his 8th on the night to make the final score 56-0.
Leading the way on defense once again in tackles was Austin Rismiller with 13 tackles, Justin Finkbine had 10, Seth Wogoman 7 and Josh Randall 6 tackles.
The win against North keeps the Patriots hopes alive for an outside shot to still claim a share of the WOAC football title … but to do that they will need to beat Arcanum this week and then hope that Arcanum can knock off Preble Shawnee the following week.
“We challenged every kid on the roster to play 4 clean quarters up to our expectation level, and we were able to do that Friday night and we will be working hard this week with our rival coming to town. We’ve been stopping the run lately and they pose a different challenge for us,” Burk stated.
That challenge comes from an undefeated Arcanum football team led by junior quarterback Bryce Schondelmyer who leads the WOAC in passing with 1778 yards and 29 passing TD’s this year. Schondelmyer distributes the ball to a core of receivers led by Brennen Troutwine with 535 yards receiving and 10 TD’s, Zade Shank 421, 6 TD’s, Tyler Huber 308, Ian Baker 181, 7 TD’s and Garrett Garno 179 yards receiving.
“They are a very good football team, and we will need an even better effort next week to have a shot against them,” Burk concluded.