Under the lights: Week three


West at Coal Grove

It’s been a rough start to the 2015 season for Portsmouth West. Back-to-back losses to Newark Catholic and rival Portsmouth leave the Senators 0-2 for the first time since 2013.

The Senators came out strong last week against the Trojans, building an early 7-0 lead on Friday evening. But a 24-hour lightning delay took the wind out of West’s sails, and Portsmouth outscored the Senators 18-6 down the stretch to grab the win.

Things won’t get any easier for West this week, as they travel to face a perennial OVC contender in Coal Grove. The Hornets are also 0-2 on the early season after losses to Marion Pleasant and Valley. Dual-threat quarterback Daniel Rutherford (140 total yards last week against Valley) has proven to be the Hornets’ biggest offensive weapon so far this season.

Minford at Paint Valley

Minford coach Brent Daniels couldn’t ask more out of his defense in his team’s first two games. In back-to-back wins over South Point and Oak Hill, the Falcons (2-0) have forced 10 turnovers and allowed only 13 defensive points.

But Minford will face a difficult task this week, as Paint Valley (2-0) enters Friday’s game averaging 30 points a contest. The Bearcats are also undefeated on the season, having handled Fisher Catholic and Williamsburg.

Cain Madden, Eli Daniels and the rest of the Minford defense will need to keep an eye on 2014 SVC Back of the Year Teagen McFadden. He rushed for 108 yards on 12 carries last week against Williamsburg.

Last season, Minford rallied late for a 42-35 home win over Paint Valley.

East at Conotton Valley

Using the momentum from a stunning fourth-quarter comeback victory over South Gallia in week one, the East Tartans blew past Fisher Catholic with a 40-28 victory last weekend.

East (2-0) trailed early on in last week’s matchup, falling behind 7-0 before the game was suspended due to Lightning. But when the contest resumed on Saturday, the Tartans opened up a sizable lead and cruised down the stretch for the victory.

Last season, the Tartans defeated Conotton Valley 50-13 at Allard Park. In that game, the Tartans ran for 258 yards and forced four turnovers on their way to their first victory of the season.

The Rockets (0-2) will be seeking their first win since Sept. 7, 2013.

Hannan (W. Va.) at Green

The Green Bobcats only won two games in 2014 — but one of those wins came against the Hannan Wildcats. In week three of last season, Green made the most of the hour-long drive and came away with a 30-24 victory.

This season, Hannan will make the trek to Green (0-2). The Bobcats are looking for their first win at home since beating West Union in week five last year.

The Bobcats enter this weekend’s game at 0-2 after losses to Manchester and Millersport. Hannan sits at 0-1 and is coming off a bye after falling to Montcalm (W. Va.) in week one.

Oak Hill at Rock Hill

For the first time since 2011, the Oak Hill is 0-2 after the first two weeks of the season.

The Oaks have suffered losses to Chesapeake and Minford to open the year, but are poised to turn their season around on Friday when they travel to face Rock Hill.

The Redmen are coming off a huge home win over Northwest, a game which was delayed for over 12 hours due to lightning. Rock Hill (1-1) jumped out to an early 8-0 lead and hung on for a victory on Sunday.

If Oak Hill wants to notch its first win of the season, it will need to find a way to jump start its offense. Through two games, the Oaks have scored just 15 offensive points and recorded just 24 rushing yards on 42 carries.

Chesapeake at Symmes Valley

Last Friday was a rough day for the Symmes Valley Vikings (1-1). After enduring a lengthy lightning delay, the Vikings battled back to force overtime with Buffalo (W. Va.). However, the Bison rallied in the extra period and held on to defeat Symmes Valley 18-12.

Friday’s game ended at 12:06 a.m. Saturday morning and took over five hours to complete.

This week, the Vikings host perhaps the hottest team in Lawrence County in Chesapeake. The Panthers have rolled to a 2-0 record in the early season after walloping Oak Hill 50-6 in week one and surviving Alexander 9-3 in week two.

Chespeake’s option-heavy offense has already generated 638 rushing yards in their first two games, led by 152 yards from junior quarterback Casey McComas.

Unioto at Waverly

Unioto marks Waverly’s third SVC opponent in as many games this season, but the Tigers (1-1) are hoping Friday’s contest turns out more like week one than week two.

After stealing a 9-8 victory over Piketon in the season opener, the Tigers dropped a 35-6 road contest with Zane Trace last weekend. Waverly trailed by one early in the second quarter, but the Pioneers outscored the Tigers 28-0 over the final half of the game. Waverly starting quarterback Logan Kottenbrook left last Friday’s game with an ankle injury.

This week, the Tigers are tasked with slowing down a Sherman Tank offense that’s generated 75 points in two short weeks. Last week, Unioto (2-0) racked up 504 rushing yards in 54-26 win over Greenfield McClain. Running back Andrew Oyer scored three touchdowns for the Tanks and picked up 307 yards on just 16 rushes.

Beechwood (Ky.) at Ironton

It’s not often you see an Ironton football team with an 0-2 record. It’s even rarer to see an Ironton football team fall to rival Russell (Ky.).

That’s what happened last weekend, as the Red Devils came away with a 18-14 win over the Fighting Tigers when Russell RB Nick Conley scored with 1:16 remaining in the game.

The Red Devils’ win was their first in the rivalry since 1977. This season also marked the first in which Ironton has started 0-2 since 2007.

Ironton running back D’Angelo Palladino missed the second half of Saturday’s game with an injury. With him sidelined, the Red Devils scored 19 unanswered points over the final two quarters of the game.

This week, the Fighting Tigers face a Beechwood (2-0) offense that is averaging 48 points a contest in 2015.

Greenup County (Ky.) at Raceland (Ky.)

The Greenup County Musketeers (2-1) have put northern Kentucky on notice — they’re ready to play with the big boys.

Last week, Greenup traveled to Fleming County and shocked the Panthers, winning in dominant fashion 25-8. Fleming’s only score in last weekend’s game came on a 95-yard fumble return for a touchdown, and quarterback Jared Hunt threw for over 200 yards in the win.

The Musketeer’s difficult schedule continues this week against a Raceland team that’s coming off a 42-12 victory over East Carter last weekend. The Rams’ offense is averaging 33 points a game so far in 2015.

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