‘Burg preps for SOC I foe

Michael Hamilton

PDT Sports Contributor

Ed Miller Stadium will be the site of a Week 6 showdown between the undefeated (5-0) Wheelersburg Pirates and the (2-3) Oak Hill Oaks. The Pirates will look to continue their five-game winning streak, while the Oaks look to pull the upset and shock the Pirates to bring their record even with three wins and three losses.

The Pirates will enter Friday’s matchup with a blast of momentum, having defeated the Jackson Ironmen 28-7 in a Week 5 matchup. The win over the Ironmen gave Jackson their first loss of the season, as well as giving Wheelersburg retribution for the 27-0 loss to Jackson last season.

Oak Hill had a slow start to the 2015 season, losing its first three games to Chesapeake, Minford, and Rock Hill. Since those losses, the Oaks have only given up a total of 12 points to their competitors, and are currently on a two-game winning streak after defeating Symmes Valley at home, and then going on the road to defeat the Notre Dame Titans in Week 5.

“Oak Hill is a well coached team that is fundamentally sound,” said Wheelersburg Head Coach Rob Woodward. “From what I’ve seen on tape, I’m very impressed with their offensive line and the ability they have to come off the football and really work the battle on the line of scrimmage.”

Woodward said his team will have to take the talent of the Oaks’ offensive line into account and make sure the Pirate defense is prepared.

The Oaks will face a dominating defense in the Pirates, which has yet to yield anymore than eight points in a game thus far into the season, and only 28 cumulative points all season.

Woodward said he likes the way his defense plays.

“From our front line to our linebackers to our secondary positions, I think our guys are tackling well,” said Woodward. “Last week, we saw a run strong offense and I feel like we’re going to get a lot of that again at Friday night’s game.”

The Pirate offense is always dangerous to any competitor’s defense. This season has already seen three games where the Pirate offense has scored at least 40 points.

“Our offense is really clicking and gelling together,” said Woodward. “Our offensive line is doing well up front.

Last season’s matchup between the Pirates and the Oaks, which took place in Oak Hill, saw the Pirates come out as victors as they defeated Oak Hill 54-7. The Pirates have won three out of the last four meetings between the two teams. Oak Hill last defeated Wheelersburg 29-22 in 2010.

“If we can continue to work to control the line of scrimmage from our side, and tackle well with our linebackers and secondary, I think we will do well,” said Woodward.

The Pirates are currently tied for first place in the Southern Ohio Conference (SOC) Division II standings, alongside the Valley Indians.

Oak Hill leads the SOC Division I standings due to their 2-0 conference record. Oak Hill has dominated the SOC I in recent years, claiming the SOC I title in six of the past seven seasons.

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