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East, Northwest look to get back on track

September 5, 2013

PDT Sports Report


A battle of future SOC I foes will take place Friday night as East comes into McDermott for the 2013 home opener for Northwest.


Both teams will be going into the game with the same goal as the Tartans and Mohawks are both 0-1 after close setbacks. East lost its home opener 18-13 to South Gallia while Northwest dropped a 19-17 contest at Chillicothe Southeastern.


The Tartans have won eight of the last 10 meetings, including the previous two encounters. Last year’s 36-19 meeting in Sciotoville went to East.


The Mohawks have not won a game at home in the rivalry since the 20-6 victory in the 2005 season.


Coal Grove (0-1) at Wheelersburg (1-0)

Wheelersburg will look to keep its high-powered offense going Friday night as the Pirates play their home opener against Coal Grove.

In last week’s 49-12 victory at Ironton, Wheelersburg amassed 394 yards of total offense while holding the Fighting Tigers to 216 yards. Eddie Miller was 11-of-16 passing for 213 yards and four touchdowns. Two of Dylan Miller’s five catches for 120 yards went for scores.

The Hornets lost a 46-44 thriller to Meigs despite gaining 574 yards of total offense, 222 rushing and 352 passing, against the Marauders. Quarterback Jesse Rigsby was 13-of-19 passing while running back Isaiah Gunther had 81 yards on 20 carries. Friday night will mark the addition of D.J. Miller to the Coal Grove lineup as the former Symmes Valley Viking served a one-game suspension after transferring.

The Pirates won last year’s meeting 28-22 in Lawrence County.

While orange, black and white are the predominant colors for the teams on the field, fans will be asked to wear green in a “Green Out” at Ed Miller Stadium to honor memory of Boston Schwamberger, who died from a rare form of cancer earlier this week.

Waverly (1-0) at Jackson (1-0)

For the first time in four seasons, Waverly enters the second week of the season with a 1-0 mark.

The Tigers, who scored all 14 of their points in a 14-7 win over Pike County rival Piketon, go on the road Friday night at Jackson. Waverly’s Amin Gilbert carried the ball 17 times against the Redstreaks for 103 yards and a touchdown.

The Ironmen won the 100th all-time meeting against Wellston last Saturday 54-18 at Alumni Stadium, being the only SEOAL team to win on opening weekend.

The Tigers will be looking to avenge a 28-7 loss to Jackson last year in Pike County. The last time Waverly started 2-0 came in 2007 when the Tigers defeated the Ironmen 42-7 in Jackson County. The win was a part of the 10-2 season that ended in the Division IV, Region 15 semifinals.

Green (0-1) at Millersport (0-1)

Green will travel to the eastern edges of Fairfield County Friday night to play Mid-State League Cardinal Division member Millersport.

Despite 125 yards on the ground from Levi Mollett and 186 yards in the air from Clay Applegate, the Bobcats lost their opener 21-13 at Manchester. The Lakers will be coming into their home opener searching for their first victory after being shut out last week at Johnstown Northridge.

Green claimed last season’s meeting in Franklin Furnace 38-26, which turned out to be closest game for Millersport in its 0-10 campaign. The Lakers are in the midst of a 39-game regular season losing streak.

Alexander (1-0) at Oak Hill (1-0)

A pair of unbeatens will collide Friday night at Davis Stadium as Oak Hill plays its home opener against Alexander.

The Oaks spoiled the much-anticipated home opener last Friday for Chesapeake by using 188 yards of total offense in a 14-0 victory. Garrin Stiltner threw for a touchdown and ran for another for Oak Hill, which kept the shut out despite six Panther drives that reached the Red Zone and three of them penetrated the Oaks 10-yard line.

The Spartans enter Jackson County coming off a 38-14 triumph over Federal Hocking. Oak Hill won last year’s encounter 21-7 in Albany.

Symmes Valley (1-0) at Chillicothe Southeastern (1-0)

Symmes Valley makes its first of four road trips Friday night as the Vikings venture to Ross County to face Chillicothe Southeastern.

The Panthers already have a win over SOC competition under their belt as Dezmond Perkins’ nine carries for 128 yards and two touchdowns helped defeat visiting Northwest 19-17 in last weekend’s opener. Symmes Valley’s rushing attack, led by Tyler Rowe’s 103 yards on the ground on 11 touches and a score, helped the Vikings to a 20-0 victory last weekend over Reedsville Eastern.

Symmes Valley handed Southeastern a 67-32 loss a year ago in Willow Wood.

Vinton County (1-0) at Piketon (0-1)

Piketon will look to avoid its first 0-2 start since 1999 as the Redstreaks entertain Vinton County in their home opener.

Despite holding a 7-0 lead at halftime, Piketon’s three-game winning streak over Pike County rival Waverly came to an end when the Tigers scored twice to post a 14-7 win. John Bivins rushed for 150 yards on 23 carries in the loss.

The Vikings are coming off a 33-20 win over visiting Unioto. The rushing duo of Tim Ousley and J.T. Hayes each eclipsed the century mark on the ground.

The Redstreaks left McArthur last season with a 26-12 decision.

Russell (KY) (1-0) at Ironton (0-1)

A rare position faces Ironton Friday night, starting the season 0-1.

The Fighting Tigers were held to 216 yards of total offense in last weekend’s season-opening 49-12 home loss to Wheelersburg, ending Ironton’s four-game winning streak over the Pirates in the season. If there is a positive omen for the Fighting Tigers, they won their next three games by a combined 114-18 margin and made the playoffs that season.

Ironton has had its way with Russell, leading the all-time series 24-3-1. The 15-game winning streak over the Red Devils includes the 47-21 victory last year in the commonwealth.

Russell survived a 14-8 scare last week against Greenup County.

Greenup County (0-2) at Fleming County (0-2)

Progress to the first win since 2010 for Greenup County continued last Friday as the Musketeers fell short 14-8 at Russell.

Greenup County will look to break a 22-game losing streak Friday night with a trip to Flemingsburg to face winless Fleming County. The Panthers fell 20-14 at South Point a week ago.

SATURDAY NIGHT:

Valley (1-0) vs. Van Buren (1-0)

Valley will bring its 21-game regular season winning streak to Hilliard Bradley High School for a Saturday night affair against Van Buren.

The Indians took advantage of four Portsmouth turnovers in last week’s contest and turned them into 21 points in a 28-19 victory over the Trojans. Valley rushed for 177 yards on the night, led by Nate Arnett’s 88 yards on 22 carries and a touchdown.

In his first career start, Bryan Rolfe threw for 66 yards on 4-of-11 passing with two touchdowns and no turnovers in the win.

The Black Knights are coming off a 70-7 drubbing of Toledo Ottawa Hills. Although Van Buren has yet to record a winning season since 1996, the 386 yards of rushing and 555 yards of total offense were a good start to the season.

Running back Ross Adolph had 15 carries for 185 yards and five touchdowns while Adam Endicott was 8-of-12 through the air for 156 yards and a touchdown against the Green Bears.

Canal Winchester Harvest Prep (0-1) at Notre Dame (1-0)

Notre Dame fans will be back to their normal viewing schedule of the Titans at home this Saturday night as they welcome Canal Winchester Harvest Prep.


In a rare Friday night home game because of the River Days festivities, Notre Dame blanked Chillicothe Huntington 59-0 at Spartan Stadium. Dakota Smith ran for 168 yards on 11 totes and four scores in the victory over the Huntsmen.


The Warriors are coming off a 28-7 loss a week ago at Bexley. The Titans will search for their second 2-0 start in three seasons.


Information from the Ironton Tribune, Pike County News Watchman, Jackson County Times-Journal, Athens Messenger and Findlay Courier contributed to the report.