Tartans, Bobcats meet in Franklin Furnace

September 13, 2013

PDT Sports Report

Roughly separated by 11 miles, East and Green will lock horns for the first of two meetings Friday night as the two SOC I squads will play each other in Franklin Furnace.

Despite this contest not counting in the SOC I standings, the Bobcats will have the memories of the two meetings between the rivals from a year ago. The Tartans swept the two-game series, winning 40-20 in Sciotoville and 50-37 in the return game.

Green enters the game with a 1-1 mark after last weekend’s 41-28 win at Millersport. Levi Mollett racked up 204 yards on 15 carries in the win over the Lakers.

East dropped a 39-12 decision last week at Northwest. The Mohawks ground game gained 378 yards against the Tartans.

East is 5-1 in its last six trips to Franklin Furnace, with the exception coming in a 34-14 win for Green in 2010.

Rock Hill (0-2) at Oak Hill (2-0)

Oak Hill will look to continue its home field advantage Friday night as the Oaks entertain winless Rock Hill.

Dating back to Sept. 30, 2011, Oak Hill has won eight out of its last 10 games (including postseason) at Davis Stadium. The exceptions being a 28-0 shutout loss last year to Ironton and a 32-14 defeat in 2011 to Symmes Valley.

The Oaks started their home portion of the 2013 slate last week with a 32-7 win over Alexander. In the team’s two wins, tailback Willy Harris has 176 yards rushing.

The Redmen have been outscored 100-8 this season, including last week’s 60-2 setback at Gallia Academy. They are returning 16 starters from a 1-9 club that in 2012 was decimated by injuries and forced inexperienced players into the spotlight.

Despite last year’s 35-7 win in Pedro, Oak Hill will look to exact revenge from the last time Rock Hill visited Jackson County as the Redmen went home with a 33-7 triumph.

This game will also have extra motivation between the former Ohio Valley Conference foes. The series is at a 28-28-2 deadlock entering this meeting.

Chesapeake (0-2) at Symmes Valley (1-1)

Symmes Valley will look to bounce back Friday night after last week’s 28-13 loss to Chillicothe Southeastern as they host Lawrence County foe Chesapeake.

Not only did the Vikings surrender 399 yards of total offense to the panthers, 227 coming on the ground, they fumbled the ball eight times, losing it on two occasions. Symmes Valley’s run game was halted to 125 yards on 34 attempts with Tanner Mays’ 51 yards on 15 totes as the leading rusher.

This week’s foe, also with the Panther nickname, are smarting from a 63-7 home loss to Wayne (WV), which has won the Class AA state championship the last two seasons. The Pioneers held Chesapeake to 125 yards of total offense while gaining 409 yards of total offense, 315 coming through the run game.

The Vikings lost last year’s encounter 29-22 in Willow Wood. Despite being relegated to 10 road games because of stadium construction, the Panthers were the home team in the game.

Valley (2-0) at Coal Grove (0-2)

For the third time in as many weeks, Valley will be on the road, this time at Coal Grove.

The Indians swept both meetings between the two schools a year ago, a 34-18 win in Week Three and a 41-16 triumph in the Division V, Region 19 Quarterfinals. Both games took place in Lucasville.

Valley is coming off a 35-14 win over Van Buren last Saturday in a contest that took place at Hilliard Bradley High School. Alex Loop stole the show with 105 yards on 11 carries and three touchdowns. The Indians have been averaging 283 yards of total offense in their two games while holding opponents to a 202 average.

The Hornets will be in desperation mode Friday night after dropping their first two contests of the year, including last week’s 39-20 loss at Wheelersburg. With a win, Coal Grove’s hopes of its fourth playoff appearance in five seasons would take a big boost.

Not only does Valley’s 22-game regular season winning streak come into play, so will a four-game winning streak over the Hornets in the series when the two teams kick it off Friday night in Lawrence County.

Baltimore Liberty Union (2-0) at West (0-2)

West will look to avoid its second 0-3 start in as many seasons Friday as the Senators welcome Baltimore Liberty Union.

The Lions come into Scioto County after winning identical 52-0 contests over Sugar Grove Berne Union and Hebron Lakewood to start the season. Overall, Liberty Union has won 10 of its last 11 games dating back to last season. The streak includes a three-game sweep over SOC teams Wheelersburg, Oak Hill and Valley en route to the 2012 Division V, Region 19 championship.

Improvements were made for West from the opening weekend to last week as the team rushed for 198 yards, 111 coming from Austin Bricker, but a 35-21 loss last week at Portsmouth has the Senators searching for their first win. A big key to victory will be slowing down senior tailback Jacob Basso, who recorded five of his team’s seven touchdowns in last week’s game over the Lancers.

Chillicothe Huntington (0-2) at Northwest (1-1)

Northwest will look for its first two-game winning streak since the third and fourth weeks of the 2011 season as the Mohawks entertain Chillicothe Huntington.

The 17-game losing streak for Northwest was snapped last week in an emphatic way last week with a 39-12 win over East. Micah Campbell (155 yards) and Ben Lajoye (114) accounted for 269 of the Mohawks’ 378 rushing yards.

This is not the first trip to Scioto County this season for the Huntsmen as they were shut out 59-0 in the opener at Notre Dame. Huntington was doubled up in a 24-12 home loss last week to Manchester. In last season’s 5-5 campaign, the Huntsmen sent Northwest back to McDermott with a 39-6 setback.

Waverly (1-1) at Washington Court House (1-1)

Visiting Waverly will look to put last week’s 68-0 defeat at Jackson in the rear view mirror Friday night as the Tigers travel to Fayette County to take on Washington Court House.

Although it’s early, Waverly is unofficially tied with Adena and Portsmouth for 13th in the Division V, Region 17 playoff race according to JoeEitel.com’s latest projections. A win over the Blue Lions, which are a Division III, Region 9 squad, could come in handy should the Tigers make a run for the postseason.

Waverly will also look to get back into the running game after being held to minus 23 yards on the ground in 31 attempts in last week’s loss.

Washington Court House will play its second home game of the season after returning last Friday from Circleville with a 56-13 defeat. The Blue Lions took care of once and future South Central Ohio League opponent Wilmington 35-28 in the opener.

Amanda-Clearcreek (1-1) at Ironton (1-1)

A pair of traditional Southeastern Ohio powerhouses will set to clash Friday night at Tanks Memorial Stadium when Amanda-Clearcreek visits Ironton.

Under current Chillicothe coach Ron Hinton, the Aces won state championships in 1999 and 2000 while finishing as state runner up in 1997, 2003 and 2004. Amanda-Clearcreek’s last playoff appearance came in 2011 when the Fighting Tigers ventured to The Pit and left Fairfield County with a 12-9 win in a defensive struggle.

Both teams are entering the game having won their previous week’s contest. Ironton defeated Russell (Ky.) 35-14 while the Aces shut out Zane Trace 24-0 in Kinnikinnick.

Greenup County (1-2) at Raceland (2-1)

The nightmare known as the Greenup County losing streak was finally halted last week when the Musketeers went to Flemingsburg and left with a 22-20 victory over Fleming County thanks to Ryan Byrd’s 124 yards on 24 rushing attempts.

The next task will be to extend the winning streak as Greenup County goes to Raceland. The Rams are coming off a 47-7 win at Boyd County.

Raceland claimed a 59-15 decision in last year’s meeting held in Lloyd. The last win for the Musketeers came in 2010 with a 60-34 win. It was also the last time in which Greenup County had a two-game winning streak.

Saturday night

Grove City Christian (0-2) at Notre Dame (2-0)

The Notre Dame Titans will look for their second 3-0 start in three seasons Saturday night as they host Grove City Christian.

Notre Dame will look to avoid the upset as the Eagles have 55-20 losses at Columbus Academy and 41-39 last week to Rittman. The Titans pitched its second-straight shutout of the season last Saturday with a 34-0 win over Canal Winchester Harvest Prep. The tandem of Jack Kayser and Dakota Smith combined for 304 yards on the ground against the Warriors.

Grove City Christian is no stranger to SOC I teams, specifically those in Scioto County. The Eagles are coming off a home-and-home series from the last two seasons with East as the road team won each meeting.

Information from the Ironton Tribune, Jackson County Times-Journal, Pike County News Watchman and Lancaster Eagle-Gazette contributed to the report.