PDT Sports Editor
The Notre Dame Titans travel to Franklin Furnace to take on the Green Bobcats.
Green (2-5) is looking to bounce back from a 44-6 loss against Waterford. The Bobcats turned the football over more than five times in the loss. Against the Titans, Green coach Dan McDavid knows his offense has to be more proficient.
“We have to eliminate our mistakes,” McDavid said. “We’ve got to protect the football and we have to stay on time. We don’t have many second and 17 plays drawn up. The offense has struggled but at times this year, the offense has looked pretty good.”
McDavid would like to play ball control against the 5-2 Titans but acknowledged his willingness to take a shot down the field if the opportunity presented itself.
“We are hopefully going to take advantage of what Notre Dame’s defense gives us,” McDavid said. “Obviously, we’d like to keep the ball until next Tuesday but if something’s there, we are going to take a shot at it.”
Defensively, the Bobcats have to slow down the two-headed rushing attack of Jack Kayser and Dakota Smith for the Titans.
According to McDavid, Green’s defense has to play with more consistency.
“We have to try to look at our defense and look at what our strengths are, and then make adjustments from there,” McDavid said. “We have to concentrate really on us and play the best we can play. It’ll be a good challenge against Notre Dame. We’ve made a few adjustments and we’ve got guys that are willing to work and hustle.”
Despite the Titans’ ability to run the ball, McDavid plans on playing situational football.
“They haven’t had to throw the ball that many times but when they have thrown the ball, the quarterback throws it pretty well,” McDavid said. “We are going to play down and distance. If the situation calls for 10 men in the box, then we are going to put 10 in the box. If the situation calls for a nickle defense, then we are going to play a nickle defense.”
Despite the Xs and Os of the matchup, McDavid said Green needs to block and tackle to be competitive in the game.
UNDER THE LIGHTS
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Symmes Valley at Oak Hill
Oak Hill returns home to face Symmes Valley after a Saturday night affair at Spartan Stadium against the Notre Dame Titans.
The 6-1 Oaks held the two-headed rushing attack of Jack Kayser and Dakota Smith in check as the Duo rushed for 95 yards on 28 attempts for the Titans en route to a 14-6 victory by Oak Hill.
The Oak offense was led by Garrin Stillner who threw two touchdown passes for Oak Hill.
The 5-2 Vikings are looking for their first road win of the season. Symmes Valley has not scored more than 13 points away from home this season.
Northwest at Valley
With back-to-back road contest looming against Wheelersburg and Minford, Valley is facing the inevitable trap-game against Northwest Friday night.
The 7-0 Indians are coming off a 49-0 home win over West who defeated the Minford Falcons the week before. In its previous two games, Valley has outscored its opponent 83-0.
The Mohawks are 3-4 on the season after going winless in their previous campaign, but Northwest is coming off back-to-back losses against both Wheelersburg and Minford. The Mohawks have given up 116 points over their last two contests.
Portsmouth at Jackson
The Portsmouth Trojans travel to Jackson on the first of a two-game road trip.
Portsmouth (2-5) is coming off a 55-49 loss to Gallia Academy. It’s the second straight week the Trojans have given up 50 points or more. Quarterback Sky Oliver threw four touchdown passes in his second consecutive start under center, replacing injured starter Brandon Wedebrook who returned to action for the first time since injuring his lower back against Minford.
Wedebrook played multiple positions on offense and played in the secondary on defense.
The 3-4 Ironmen return home after a two-game road stint, which saw Jackson split the contests. The Ironmen are coming off of a 28-21 loss at Logan.
Piketon at Unioto
Piketon looks to reach the .500 mark with a victory against Unioto.
The Redstreaks are 3-4 on the season with all three wins coming in SVC play. Last time out, Piketon defeated Zane Trace 36-35 in the final seconds after Shawn Collier caught a 39-yard touchdown pass from Devon Brewster which was followed by the game-winning run on the ensuing two-point try by Brewster. Piketon has won three out of its last four contests.
Like the Redstreaks, the Sherman Tanks are on a two-game winning streak after beating Huntington 53-22 a week ago.
East at Bellaire St. John Central
East completes its three-game road trip by visiting winless Bellaire St. John Central.
The 1-6 Tartans have been outscored 101-18 during the first two games of the trip.
East will finish the season with home dates against Green and Notre Dame.
Ironton at Columbus Bishop Hartley
The Ironton Fighting Tigers travel Friday to Columbus for the second-straight week.
Ironton lost to Columbus St. Charles 38-14 a week ago. The 2-5 Fighting Tigers will finish out the season with a home date against Oak Hill before traveling to Raceland to take on the Rams.
The 6-1 Hawks have outscored their opponent 248-116 on the season. Columbus Bishop Hartley is currently on a five game winning streak and is currently ranked as the leader in the Division V, Region 17 computer rankings.
Information from the Chillicothe Gazette was used in this report.