Portsmouth prepared for Warren

October 18, 2012

PDT Sports Report

The brief 2012 home portion of the Portsmouth schedule concludes Friday night as the Trojans welcome Warren for an SEOAL battle on Senior Night.

Since 1996, Portsmouth has won at least one home game in every season. Both teams are looking for their first league win of the season as the Trojans try to shake off a 35-7 defeat to Jackson while the Warriors want to rebound from a 52-21 loss to Gallia Academy.

Last season, Warren won a 51-21 contest between the two schools in Vincent.

Ironton (5-3) at Oak Hill (7-1)

It’s a good news, bad news situation for the Ironton football team.

Actually, there’s more bad than good. On the bright side, the Fighting Tigers have clinched a playoff spot and will have a bye week next Friday before heading into the postseason.

Now onto the bad news. Ironton is in the midst of a three-game losing streak after Columbus Bishop Hartley ventured into Tanks Memorial Stadium last Friday and giving the hosts an education on Senior Night. The Hawks, ranked No. 1 in essentially every Associated Press poll this season, left Lawrence County with a 62-6 win.

Friday night will not get any easier for the Fighting Tigers as they travel to Oak Hill. The Oaks are looking to clinch a playoff berth with a win.

East (3-5) at Green (3-5)

They already head into this week’s contest with at least a share of the SOC I wrapped up after defeating Symmes Valley 28-14. The outcome of Saturday night’s Symmes Valley-Notre Dame game will not give Oak Hill the title outright but a win next week at Green or a loss by the Vikings Saturday and the Titans next week will.

When Green (3-5) and East (3-5) met Sept. 7 in Sciotoville, the Tartans doubled up the Bobcats 40-20.

Six weeks later, the two teams have one victory between them as they meet Friday night for a second time this season, this time in Franklin Furnace. That win was by Green in a 33-15 outcome over Northwest.

Both programs will be looking for their first SOC I win of the season as the first contest this season counted as a nonconference game. The Tartans are coming off a 51-26 loss to Grove City Christian on Senior Night at Allard Park. For the Bobcats, they are trying to rebound from a 47-12 loss last Saturday at Notre Dame.

From the latest projections according to JoeEitel.com, both teams are still mathematically alive for the playoffs as East is 16th and Green stands at 23rd place in Division VI, Region 23. The last time this game was played in Franklin Furnace, the host Bobcats came away with a 34-14 win.

Symmes Valley (6-2, 2-1) at Notre Dame (6-2, 1-1)

An elimination from the SOC I race will take place Saturday night at Spartan Stadium as Symmes Valley comes in to play Notre Dame.

The Vikings are coming of a 28-14 loss last week to Oak Hill, their first loss in conference play this season. The Titans took care of Green 47-12 last Saturday but the 30-7 loss two weeks ago in Jackson County has them in the tie with Symmes Valley.

The winner of this game will need help nonetheless to share the SOC I. This is the final conference game for the Vikings so a win Saturday night and a loss next Friday by the Oaks to Green will need to take place for the share. The road is more complicated for Notre Dame, which needs to win out and an Oak Hill loss next Friday to clinch a tie.

Currently, both games in this current match-up are projected into the playoffs if it was to start today. Symmes Valley is sixth while the Titans are seventh.

Waverly (1-7, 0-3) at Minford (7-1, 2-1)

A week after suffering its first loss of the season, Minford will look to avoid back-to-back defeats when Waverly comes into town.

The Falcons are looking to rebound from a 35-7 loss at Wheelersburg, their first defeat of the season. On the other side of the field, the Tigers are searching for their first SOC II win after their third try, last week’s game against West, came one point short in a 29-28 heart breaker.

Minford, which is third in Division IV, Region 15, are trying to avoid the upset bug known as Waverly for a second-straight year. Last season, the Tigers won a 35-31 shocker at home to end an eight-game conference losing skid.

Northwest (0-8, 0-3) at West (3-5, 1-2)

West starts a two-game home stand to close the 2012 regular season as Northwest travels South on State Route 104 for an SOC II game.

The Senators are looking to finish the season with a three-game winning streak. Step one was last Friday as West left Waverly with a thrilling 29-28 victory.

For the Mohawks, they will try to end a 14-game losing streak as they fell last Friday 49-12 to Valley. Northwest has not won a conference game since a 30-27 decision against Waverly to end the 2010 season was in the Mohawks favor.

West — which currently sits in 20th place in Division V, Region 19 — defeated Northwest last season 18-12. The Senators need to win out and help to get into the playoffs.

Piketon (6-2, 4-1) at Chillicothe Southeastern (1-7, 0-5)

Piketon’s chances of clinching its second playoff berth in school history are simple.

Win out, and the Redstreaks are in. Currently, they are fifth in Division IV, Region 15 and will look to take the next step as they travel to Chillicothe Southeastern for an SVC contest.

Since leaving Northwest with a 23-21 win on the opening week of the season, the Panthers are searching for their first win since. When Southeastern came into Piketon last season, the Redstreaks came away with a 22-14 victory.

Piketon sits a game behind Westfall for the SVC lead. The Mustangs can clinch at least a share of the title with a win at Adena or a Redstreak loss.

Greenup County (0-8) at Ashland Boyd County (3-5)

It’s the final road game of the season for Greenup County as the Musketeers travel to Ashland Boyd County.

Greenup County lost last week 56-8 to Ashland Paul Blazer. The Lions won a 35-8 decision over Salyersville Magoffin County.