RACINE, Ohio — A total of 21 points in just under five minutes of game time was all the scoring in what became a defensive and special teams battle between TVC Hocking teams Federal Hocking (2-2, 2-0 TVC Hocking) and Southern (1-3, 1-2 TVC Hocking) on Friday evening.
The visiting Lancers put the first points on the board at the 4:52 mark of the third quarter with a 50 yard pass play from Kyle Jackson to Romie Casey. Terrance Mayle added the extra point kick to give Federal Hocking the 7-0 lead.
A lead that would not last for long.
Southern’s Paul Ramthun took the resulting kick off and pitched the ball to Tyler O’Conner near the 25 yard line. O’Conner took the ball 75 yards down the home sideline for the score. A Trenton Deem extra point kick tied the score at seven.
As time expired in the third quarter Federal Hocking regained the lead on a 28 yard pass play from Jackson to Casey. Mayle once again added the extra point to give the Lancers the 14-7 lead.
Each team had a blocked punt in the game, resulting in good starting position on the next series, but would not score as a result. Jackson blocked the punt for the Lancers, while Austin Barton had the blocked punt and recovery for the Tornadoes.
Southern would fumble three times in the game, with Federal Hocking recovering two (Ivan Satiago and Delbert Crum). Federal Hocking fumbled three times, including their opening possession, losing one. Casey Pickens had the fumble recovery for the Tornadoes.
Tristen Wolfe was intercepted once, inside the 10 yard line, by Alex Nichols. Wolfe was sacked six times by the Lancer defense.
Southern was led offensively by Tyler Barton with 59 yards rushing on 19 carries. Trenton Deem added eight yards on four carries; Ryan Billingsley had three yards on two carries; Wolfe had 13 carries for a negative 35 yards.
Wolfe had two completion in nine pass attempts for 33 yards. Jack Lemley had one catch for 15 yards and Deem had one catch for seven yards.
Jackson led the Federal Hocking offense with 14 completions in 27 attempts for 201 yards. Casey was the team’s leading receiver with 104 in six catches. Satiago added 46 yards in two catches; Nichols had two catches for 25 yards; Andrew Smith had two receptions for 15 yards; and Peyton Seel had two catches for 11 yards.
On the ground, Seel has nine carries for 27; Andrew Smith had seven carries for 26 yards; Delbert Crum added 23 yards on eight carries; Jackson had one yard on six carries; and Satiago had four carries for negative five yards.
The Lancers had 11 first downs in the game and Southern had seven first downs. Southern did not gain a first down until 2:10 remaining in the second quarter.
Southern was penalized six times for 70 yards. Federal Hocking was penalized eight times for 85 yards.
The Tornadoes travel to Symmes Valley next Friday for a non-league contest against the Vikings. Federal Hocking will travel to face TVC Hocking opponent Belpre next week.