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No. 1 ‘Burg aims for win at Jackson

September 26, 2013

PDT Sports Report


Fresh off climbing to the top of the Associated Press Division V polls, Wheelersburg will play its first game with the ranking Friday night as the Pirates travel to Jackson for an encounter with the Ironmen.


Wheelersburg gained the spot with a 49-32 home win last week over Fairland coupled with a Dayton Chaminade-Julienne 12-9 loss at Cincinnati Purcell Marian. The Pirates are looking for their first 5-0 start since 2008.


With a balanced offense, Wheelersburg has rushed for 964 yards and thrown for 898. Quarterback Eddie Miller is responsible for 1,344 of his team’s 1,862 yards of total offense.


After starting the season with a 2-0 record, Jackson will look to stop the bleeding from a two-game losing streak. The Ironmen were shut out 49-0 a week ago at Athens. The defeat came six days after a 42-7 setback at West Jefferson.


Jackson quarterback Hunter Sexton is 26-of-51 passing for 265 yards with four touchdowns and four interceptions as his favorite target, Reagan Williams, has five catches for 87 yards and a touchdown. Williams, a junior, is being recruited by some MAC schools as an inside linebacker. Derek Rafferty leads the team in rushing with 218 yards on 32 carries with two rushing touchdowns.


The Pirates won last year’s meeting 40-14 at Ed Miller Stadium.


UNDER THE LIGHTS

South Point (4-0) at Valley (4-0)

Valley will look for its third-straight 5-0 start and to improve its 24-game regular season winning streak Friday night as the Indians host fellow unbeaten South Point.

After three weeks of being away from home, the Valley offense did not touch the ball against Chesapeake for the first 9:08 of the contest. The Indians took advantage of their possessions and sent the Panthers home with a 27-7 defeat. Valley comes into this contest ranked 17th in the latest AP Division VI poll.

Although the Pointers come into Lucasville with a similar 4-0 mark, their wins have come over opponents with a combined record of 1-16. In last week’s 42-22 win at Lincoln County (WV), Mason White had three rushing touchdowns (46, 44 and 38 yards) while Isaiah Jones had a punt return and a receiving touchdown over the Panthers.

When the Indians traveled to South Point a year ago, they left with a 61-19 win over a Pointers squad that finished with a 1-9 record.

West (1-3) at Chesapeake (0-4)

West will look to go into next week’s SOC II portion of the 2013 schedule with some momentum as the Senators travel to winless Chesapeake.

In last week’s 34-6 win at Rock Hill, Dylan Koons ran for 101 yards on nine totes and scored twice while the West defense held the Redmen to 166 yards of total offense. Despite holding onto the ball for the first 9:08 of last week’s game at Valley, the Panthers could not end Valley’s 23-game regular season winning streak in a 27-7 setback. However, Chad Meadows ran for 105 yards on 17 carries and was responsible for his team’s only score.

When these two teams met on the West Side a year ago, the Senators came away with a 21-12 victory.

Northwest (2-2) at Green (2-2)

Both Northwest and Green will look to shake off tough losses from a week ago as the two teams will set to clash Friday night in Franklin Furnace.

The Mohawks had their two-game winning streak halted last Friday in a 47-7 home loss to Notre Dame. Ben LaJoye had 116 yards on 11 rushes and scored his team’s only touchdown.

The Bobcats are coming off a short week in which they were shut out 38-0 at Dayton Jefferson Township. Green won last year’s meeting at Roy Rogers Field 33-15.

Coal Grove (0-4) at Waverly (2-2)

After putting up 590 yards of total offense in last week’s 56-48 shootout win over Alexander, Waverly looks to keep up the pace Friday night when Coal Grove pays a visit to Raidiger Field for Homecoming.

Amin Gilbert racked up 224 yards on 26 carries with a touchdown while Jake Henderson was 7-of-11 passing for 161 yards and three touchdowns in last week’s win over the Spartans. Despite a 42-33 loss last week to Raceland (KY), Isaiah Gunther finished with 140 yards on 14 rushing attempts with a touchdown for the Hornets.

The all-time series is tied 6-6, with Coal Grove winning the last meetings from 1995-1997. The Tigers’ last victory in this series came in 1994 when Waverly won a 20-14 home game.

Symmes Valley (3-1) at Racine Southern (4-0)

A week before starting SOC I play, Symmes Valley hits the road in hopes of giving Racine Southern its first loss of the year.

Thanks to 166 all-purpose yards and three touchdowns from Tyler Rowe, the Vikings were able to dispatch Lancaster Fisther Catholic 35-17 in last week’s contest. The Tornadoes have been on an offensive splurge this season as they chewed up 501 yards in last week’s 48-12 win at Federal Hocking, bumping Southern’s total to 1,498 through four games.

Symmes Valley has won the last six meetings in the series, including last year’s 62-18 win in Willow Wood. Since 2002, the Vikings have won 10 of 11 in the contest and in all of those contests, they have won by a minimum of 28 points.

Piketon (1-3, 1-0) at Westfall (1-3, 1-0)

A year ago, Piketon and Westfall opened up SVC play for the conference championship.

Despite being mired in a coaching scandal, the Mustangs traveled to Pike County and handed the Redstreaks a 42-14 loss, which turned out to be the difference for the 2012 SVC title. One year later and with many new faces to this rivalry, Piketon will make the trip to Williamsport.

In last week’s 42-8 win over Adena, John Bivens led the Redstreaks in rushing with 154 yards on 20 carries with a touchdown while teammate Ethan Fremder had eight carries and was a yard shy of the century mark. The Piketon defense will need to stop the running tandem of Taylor Salmons and Tommy Staten, who combined for 228 yards and three scores in last week’s 35-12 win over Chillicothe Huntington.

Westfall will look to improve on its 15-game SVC winning streak with a win. The last conference team to defeat the Mustangs were the Redstreaks with a 38-35 win that came in 2010 at Piketon.

Information from the Ironton Tribune, Pike County News Watchman, Jackson County Times-Journal, Gallipolis Daily Tribune and Circleville Herald contributed to the report.