Football: Week 3 outlook


Editor’s Note: This is a condensed print version of the matchups occurring around the area. For more information, check out the Daily Times at www.portsmouth-dailytimes.com or check out Facebook for more information regarding each contest.

East at Albany Alexander

With several strong two-way players who are bound to be All-Southeast District selections at the end of the year, the East Tartans will look to rebound in fine fashion on Friday evening when East makes the trip to Albany to face Alexander.

Look for Brady Douthat, Kyle Flannery, J.D. Hatcher, Ethan Gifford, and Ethan Carver, among others, to be around the football plenty for the Tartans, who took an early 6-0 lead against Danville last week and trailed by just a touchdown in the third quarter before eventually falling by a 42-6 margin. East will have three of its next four contests at home following Friday evening.

Minford at Nelsonville-York

After falling to Oak Hill in overtime last week, the Minford Falcons will look to rebound when Minford faces off against Nelsonville-York on Friday evening in Nelsonville.

Expect Brayden Tilley to receive the football in a variety of ways as Minford will look to establish the all-purpose presence early and often during the affair. Casey Gaines and Mason Brisker will also be key factors throughout the contest from the backfield and the linebacking core.

Minford will have four of its next five affairs at home following Friday evening’s contest.

Portsmouth at Galion

With last week’s loss against West behind them, the Portsmouth Trojans will look to get back on the right track when Portsmouth takes on Galion in a road bout on Friday evening.

As with its prior bouts, the Trojans will have to continue to rely on the abilities of Isaac Kelly, who has put up 462 yards of total offense and six total touchdowns for Portsmouth. The Trojans will also have to clean up the penalties that haunted them in last week’s affair against West — the Trojans were flagged 10 times in the contest — if Portsmouth hopes to collect its second win of the year.

Reedsville Eastern at Green

With a 12-0 victory over Hannan (W.Va.) behind them, the Green Bobcats will look to obtain their second victory in as many ways when Green hosts Reedsville Eastern in a nonconference bout in Franklin Furnace.

The story of the Bobcats’ winning efforts on Friday evening was the effort of its defense, who allowed 41 points against West Union in Week 1 but came back to hold Hannan to a goose egg in Week 2. Green will look to do the same in Week 3 against the Eagles, who have been goose-egged twice in losses to River Valley (27-0) and Miller (30-0).

West at Coal Grove

After collecting a huge victory over Portsmouth by scoring 29 points in the fourth quarter, West will look to make their record 3-0 against OVC opponents and in the regular season in the Senators’ first road trip of the year — a visit to Coal Grove.

West will look to continue to ride the abilities of Dylan Bradford, Garrett Hurd, and Josh Berry, who have each excelled throughout the first two weeks of the season. So far, Bradford has completed 16 of his 25 passes for 212 yards and two scores, Hurd has rushed for 252 yards on 41 carries for an additional score, and Berry, who has caught both of Bradford’s touchdown passes, has accumulated 118 yards receiving on seven catches.

They’ll follow behind a big offensive line that includes Jakeb Guilkey and Gabe Staggs, who have each collected 19 tackles apiece on the defensive side of the football in 2017. Berry and Cody Staggs each have two picks, with the former adding a sack, to round out a strong collective effort.

Wheelersburg at Heath

After collecting another standout defensive performance on Wednesday evening, the Wheelersburg Pirates will look to keep the ball rolling on Friday when the Pirates travel to Heath to face the Bulldogs, a regular in the Division V playoff realm.

Wheelersburg will continue to ride a standout defense that has only allowed nine points (4.5 per game) in 48-3 and 37-6 victories over Ironton and Fairland. The Pirates allowed just 26 rushing yards on 29 carries last week against the Dragons.

Offensively, Trent Salyers, who has thrown for 419 yards and five touchdowns in 2017, along with Tanner Holden, who has caught nine passes for an amazing 220 yards and four touchdowns, will be two of the many standouts who will obtain touches in the contest.

By Kevin Colley

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