October 10, 2013
PDT Sports Contributor
When all of the teams in the Southern Ohio area are compared with one another, it is not out of the realm of reason to say the performances that the Green Bobcats have put together this season have varied more from week-to-week, more so than any other team in the area.
The 2-4 Bobcats will have a chance to show that they can play a complete game on both sides of the ball as Green will host the Waterford Wildcats in what will be each team’s final nonconference game before they hit the homestretch of their conference slates.
Green started off the season with two wins in their first three games, which included a 41-38 victory against East after the Bobcats fell behind by as much as 16 points with less than three quarters left to play in the ballgame.
However, Green has dropped its last three games by an average of 36 points per contest, including a 49-6 loss to Symmes Valley last week. The Bobcats turned the ball over four times to the Vikings and were outgained 427-114 in total yardage by Symmes Valley. Trent Marcum accounted for 80 of the 114 yards gained by the Bobcats on an 11 carry effort.
The one thing that has been fairly consistent for Green this season is the offense. The Bobcats are averaging 22.5 points per game on the strength of a balanced attack.
Clay Applegate’s arm has helped with that aforementioned attack. Applegate has been effective this season, including a 320-yard, two touchdown effort against Northwest two weeks ago.
Levi Mollett has also performed well. Mollett tallied 147 yards and three total touchdowns in the comeback win over East.
However, while Green’s offense has been productive throughout the majority of the season, the Bobcat defense has struggled throughout the year.
Green has given up 236 points in the first six games – an average of over 39 points per contest – and the Bobcats have not held an opponent to under 21 points all season.
Green will be facing a Waterford team that has only scored 26 points all season, with 20 of those points coming in the Wildcats’ season opening win against the Miller Falcons.
Since that season-opening win, Waterford has managed to score only six points in their last five games and the Wildcats have been shutout four times in that same five game span.
Waterford’s defense has not fared much better as the Wildcats are giving up an average of 37.5 points per game and have allowed their opponents to score 40 or more points in four out of the last five contest.
UNDER THE LIGHTS
Waverly at Wheelersburg
The Wheelersburg Pirates put their No. 1 ranking in the Associated Press Division V poll on the line as Waverly comes to town.
Wheelersburg (6-0) is coming off a two-game road trip. The Pirates outscored their opponents 105-14 during that span. Following the Waverly contest, Wheelersburg travels to Minford before returning home to face an unbeaten Valley squad.
The Waverly Tigers are 2-4 on the season and winless in two road games. During the road contests, the Tigers have been outscored 92-14, including a 68-0 defeat at the hands of Jackson.
East at Symmes Valley
The East Tartans travel to Symmes Valley in search for their second victory of the season.
East (1-5) is playing the second game of a three-game road trip. Last week, the Tartans fell to Oak Hill 46-6. The three-game trip concludes with a matchup against St. John Central. The Tartans won their only game of the season against Manchester, a 22-20 victory at home.
The Vikings have are playing their fifth game at home Friday. Symmes Valley has only played two-road contests this season on its way to a 4-2 record.
Northwest at Minford
The Minford Falcons look to rebound after suffering their first loss of the season when Northwest comes to town.
Minford is coming off a three-game road trip against Portsmouth, Oak Hill and West. The Falcons won the first two games of the trip before falling to the Senators 35-28 last week. Minford begins the first game of a two-game home stand against the Mohawks Friday and concludes next week with a matchup against Wheelersburg.
Northwest lost last week against the aforementioned Pirates 56-0 at home. The loss drops the Mohawks to 3-3 on the season.
Zane Trace at Piketon
Piketon welcomes Zane Trace to town in the battle of 2-4 teams.
The Redstreaks are coming of a 55-26 victory against Huntington. The last home contest for Piketon came on Sept. 20, when Adena fell to the Redstreaks 42-8. Piketon has played 3 out of its last four games on the road.
The Pioneers are coming off a 41-15 victory against the aforementioned Adena Warriors.
Ironton at Columbus St. Charles
The Ironton Fighting Tigers embark on a two-game road trip with the first contest taking place in Coumbus.
Ironton (2-4) has lost three-straight games, the last two at home, with the latest defeat coming at the hands of Johnson Central by a score of 56-14. The first home game saw the Fighting Tigers lose a contest to the Portsmouth Trjoans 33-20.
Columbus St. Charles (4-2) is coming of a 36-0 shutout victory against St. Francis De Sales. The Cardinals have won four out of their last five games.