Second round playoff sites set

‘Burg, East, West to play in Chillicothe, Kingston, Athens

By Kevin Colley -

One couldn’t have asked for a better start if he or she tried.

Three playoff games. Three victories.

It truly is a dream scenario for Scioto County football lovers.

But for the East Tartans, the West Senators, and the Wheelersburg Pirates, all three programs don’t want to see their seasons end in losses. And that will make each of the three playoff affairs that will take place on Friday evening a must-see.

On Sunday morning, each of the three Scioto County football programs still playing in 2017 found out where they will be playing in the second round of the OHSAA Football Playoffs as part of the site releases that were made official on the OHSAA website throughout the morning.

Division V, Region 19

No. 1 Wheelersburg (11-0) vs. No. 5 Columbus Academy (9-2) (Chillicothe HS, Friday, 7:30 p.m., Herrnstein Field)

After putting up its 11th running clock victory in 12 affairs, the Wheelersburg Pirates will attempt to continue its roll when Rob Woodward’s program takes on Columbus Academy on Friday evening.

Wheelersburg, who defeated Bishop Ready by a 34-0 tally, obtained another special performance from Trent Salyers, who threw for 237 yards and two touchdowns against the Silver Knights and broke the school record for passing yards in a season with 2,872 tallies. Salyers also tied the school mark for passing touchdowns during the contest as the 6-1, 175-pound junior has 30 total scores through the air this year. Cole Lowery and Tanner Holden combined for 176 yards receiving and a touchdown on 13 catches in the win.

Columbus Academy, who defeated Belmont Union Local by a 13-6 tally to advance to the regional semifinals, holds a 31-14 victory over Division II opponent Whitehall-Yearling. The Vikings defeated Bishop Ready, 31-0, in its season-opener.

The contest sits exactly an hour and 11 minutes from both schools.

No. 2 West (10-1) vs. No. 3 Johnstown-Monroe (9-2) (Zane Trace HS, Friday, 7:30 p.m.)

With a 10-6 victory over Johnstown-Monroe in the bag, West will look to continue the momentum gained from its opening round victory against Martins Ferry (10-6) against the Johnstown-Monroe Johnnies on Friday evening at Zane Trace High School in Kingston.

West, who scored its first playoff victory since 2008 by pulling out the 10-6 victory, got 159 yards rushing out of Garrett Hurd on 26 carries as the Senators won the time of possession battle once again. Dylan Bradford found Caleb Journey from eight yards out on the opening drive of the second half, and Drew Cassidy’s 27-yard field goal closed out the scoring in West’s favor.

Johnstown-Monroe, who has defeated Division II Licking Heights, Division III Granville, and Division V Johnstown Northridge in 2017, defeated Oak Hill, 35-0, to move on to the regional semifinals.

The drive sits an hour and three minutes away from West’s home base while Johnstown-Monroe will make a one hour, 19 minute trip to the facility.

Division VII, Region 27

No. 7 East (9-2) vs. No. 6 Hannibal River (7-4) (Athens HS, Friday, 7:30 p.m., R. Basil Rutter Field)

After scoring its first 2017 victory over Waterford, 16-8, in Waterford, East will travel to Athens when the Tartans face the Pilots of Hannibal River on Friday evening at R. Basil Rutter Field in Athens.

East will look to continue the strong balance that it displayed offensively, with Ethan Carver running for 109 yards and two touchdowns and Brady Douthat throwing for 106 more in the victory. Ethan Gifford picked off a pass while Douthat added a forced fumble in the win. River defeated Lucas, 30-27, in Week 9 of the regular season and claimed a first round upset victory over Harvest Prep (39-34) to get to the second round matchup with the Tartans.

East sits an hour and 28 minutes from the field while River will make the one hour, 44 minute trip on Friday evening.

‘Burg, East, West to play in Chillicothe, Kingston, Athens

By Kevin Colley