Football matchups: Week 2

By Kevin Colley - [email protected]

The following is a preview of all of the remaining football matchups that are occurring on Friday night. The Green-Hannan (W. Va.) contest was moved to Saturday afternoon at 1 p.m. and will be covered by Daily Times sports reporter Ben Spicer.

Week 2 matchups:

East (1-0) at Danville (1-0)

2016 result (playoffs): Danville 55, East 27

Last week’s result: East 46, South Gallia 14

After getting their initial playoff bearings until them against a traditionally strong Danville ballclub at home, East head coach James Gifford will be looking to rewrite the script in a marquee Week 2 matchup between two Division VII, Region 27 powers.

Brady Douthat will look to carry over his strong start to the season into the second week of the year, where the signal-caller went 8-of-13 for 168 yards and four touchdowns to go along with a rushing score. Kyle Flannery, who collected 124 all-purpose yards (70 receiving, 54 rushing), and JD Hatcher, who took both of his receptions to the house en route to catching two passes for 66 yards, head up a strong offensive attack.

East will need every bit of that offensive output against Danville, who defeated Dayton Ponitz last weekend, 31-6, especially in what will be the second of three straight road trips for the Tartans.

Eastern (1-0) at Clermont Northeastern (1-0)

2016 result: DNP

Last week’s result: Eastern 22, Millersport 6

Eastern, who dealt with injuries across its line that limited its effectiveness against Millersport, will travel to Clermont County to face off with a battle against Clermont Northeastern. Expect Parker and Logan Clemmons, along with Ocie Jennings and Cody Weaver, to be key factors at the skill positions behind a line that includes Division I-level recruit Dalton Tomlison. Clermont Northeastern defeated Clark Montessori 42-6 last week.

Fairfield Christian Academy (0-1) at Symmes Valley (1-0)

2016 result: DNP

Last week’s result: Symmes Valley 39, Paden City (W. Va.) 18

With their first test in the books, Symmes Valley will use the momentum garnered from its passing test against Paden City into a tough matchup against Fairfield Christian Academy.

Expect backs Derik Brace and Austin Waugh to contribute heavily for the Vikings, who will need to establish its running attack early and often against an FCA unit who went 7-3 in 2016, but lost by 40 points to Caldwell in Week 1.

Fairland (0-1) at Wheelersburg (1-0)

2016 result: Wheelersburg 42, Fairland 6

Last week’s result: Wheelersburg 48, Ironton 3

The powerful freight train that is the Wheelersburg Pirates will look to continue their dominance against OVC opponents on Friday evening when Wheelersburg plays host to Fairland.

Expect Tanner Holden, who caught five passes for 159 yards and four touchdowns, and Trent Salyers, who threw for 280 yards and five touchdowns while completing 61 percent of his passes on the evening, to be one of the many figures who will star early and often. Xander Carmichael, Cole Lowery, Evan Dahm, and Bryson Keeney, among many others, will prove to be critical on both sides of the football.

Fairland, who is coached by Melvin Cunningham, will rely on Keedrick Cunningham, who carried the football 18 times for 65 yards and a touchdown last week. Cunningham, along with Joel Lambiotte, make for an impressive one-two punch in the offensive backfield. Fairland was defeated by West on the road, 20-18, last Friday.

Northwest at Rock Hill

After falling by a 35-6 count to Rock Hill on Friday evening, Northwest will attempt to get back on the right track when the Mohawks face Rock Hill on Friday evening in Pedro.

Northwest will have to use the leadership of Kyle Leslie, along with the abilities of Austin Hall, Garrett Rowe, and Bruce South to create positive momentum against the Redmen.

2016 result: Rock Hill 56, Northwest 12

Last week’s result: Chillicothe Southeastern 35, Northwest 6

Notre Dame at Millersport

2016 result: DNP

Last week’s result: Racine Southern 41, Notre Dame 6

With the Millersport Lakers looming on Friday evening, Notre Dame will simply look for improvement out of its unit as the season goes forward.

Expect Ben Mader and Logan Emnett to play a key role in the Pirates’ attack going forward — the pair combined for 118 yards on 18 carries in Saturday evening’s contest against a strong Racine Southern unit. Millersport fell to Eastern by a 22-6 tally.

Russell (Ky.) at Ironton

2016 result: Russell (Ky.) 13, Ironton 6

As Week 2 approaches, Ironton will continue to ride Gage Salyers, Garrett Carrico, and Tanner Wilson as the trio and their fellow Fighting Tiger teammates look to dethrone Russell (Ky.) on Saturday after falling to the Red Devils in consecutive years.

To end a two-game skid against Russell, Ironton will have to stop Austin Church and Malakai Anderson, two explosive playmakers who are more than sound athletes at the quarterback and running back spots. Russell fell to Greenup County, 34-28, in double overtime last Saturday.

Last week’s result: Wheelersburg 48, Ironton 3

Vinton County at Piketon

2016 result: Piketon 36, Vinton County 26

Last week’s result: Waverly 28, Piketon 13

A much improved Piketon squad, who played Waverly to a closer-than-it-looks score of 28-13, will play host to an opponent for the first time this season. As a Division III school, Vinton County brings a ton of points to the table, so winning this contest — as the Redstreaks did in 2016 — could be huge for Piketon’s playoff hopes as the year goes on. Vinton County fell to Unioto, 30-13.

Waverly at Zane Trace

2016 result: Waverly 42, Zane Trace 0

Last week’s result: Waverly 28, Piketon 13

As has been developed during Chris Crabtree’s tenure at Waverly, the Tigers will look to continue to play disciplined football when Waverly travels to Zane Trace on Saturday evening. Waverly will look to ride the backs of Drew Kritzwiser, Clayton Howell, Easton Wolf, and a strong Tigers’ defense on Saturday.

By Kevin Colley

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Reach Kevin Colley at (740) 353-3101 ext. 1930 OR on Twitter @ColleyKevin7

Reach Kevin Colley at (740) 353-3101 ext. 1930 OR on Twitter @ColleyKevin7