(2-4) East @ (3-3) Eastern
Are the East Tartans beginning to find their stride? Their last three games have been close games that could have went either way, beginning three weeks ago against Green, and in there two game winning streak against Manchester and Northwest. If East wishes to continue their winning streak in a road trip to Beaver to face the Eastern Eagles, they will need to continue to limit turnovers and play sound defense.
(2-4) Manchester @ (5-1) Green
I’m not sure anyone knows what to make of last week’s game between the Bobcats and Notre Dame. It appeared as if Green would be potentially starting their year 7-0 before a big game with Eastern, but the Bobcats dropped a shocker to the winless Notre Dame Titans last Friday night. Fortunately for them, Green’s playoff chances were not hurt by their most recent loss as they were still ranked #6 in the Division VII Region 27 computer playoff rankings. For Green to get back on track and in the win column, they’ll need to clean up some of the mistakes that plagued them last Friday night.
(5-2) Greenup County @ (5-1) Johnson Central
This marks the last season that Greenup County and Johnson Central will face each other as regular season opponents prior to this upcoming off-season’s district realignment in Kentucky. For the Musketeers to pull off the upset in their last regular season trip to Paintsville for the foreseeable future, junior quarterback Eli Sammons will have to rely on Dalton Halstead and Patrick Kelly to make plays in space to give their team a chance.
(5-1) Minford @ (1-5) Vinton County
Minford lost their home opener of SOC play a week ago against Portsmouth West and are looking to rebound off that game in a road trip to McArthur this Friday night. For the Falcons to get a game back in the win column, they’ll need to get back to their bread and butter of feeding junior running back Ty Wiget and finding playmakers Ethan Slusher, Matthew Risner, and Elijah Vogelsong in hopes they are able to make plays against the Vikings defense.
(0-6) Northwest @ (4-2) Oak Hill
The Northwest Mohawks dropped a heartbreaking loss a week ago against East in a contest that came down to the wire and if things had turned out differently, would have meant their first win on the season. Things don’t get easier in their week seven game as they will travel to Oak Hill to face the SOC I favorite Oaks in what will surely be a physical game. A strong game plan and execution from head coach Doug Montavon and his players is what it will take to pull off this upset.
(2-3) Symmes Valley @ (1-5) Notre Dame
The biggest upset of last week came from the winless Notre Dame Titans a week ago when they defeated an undefeated Green Bobcats team. There are still playoff hopes for Bob Ashley’s Titans, but they will need to win the remainder of their games starting with Symmes Valley, and they may need some help from the teams ahead of them in the Division VII Region 27 rankings. First, the Titans must win Friday night against the Vikings before dreams of a potential’s postseason berth fills their heads.
(3-3) Portsmouth @ (2-3) Chesapeake
The Portsmouth Trojans were this close to stealing a road victory from Coal Grove a week ago as they couldn’t convert their attempted two point conversion that would have tied the game in the final minute. The Trojans are still in the playoff hunt as well, but they also will need to win out in their final four games to potentially make the postseason in head coach Bruce Kalb’s first season. First, they’ll face the Chesapeake Panthers, an OVC opponent that the Trojans must not overlook if they wish to extend their season past their final game against Ironton.
(2-4) Valley @ (5-1) Portsmouth West
There isn’t much that hasn’t already been said about these two teams. Head coach Darren Crabtree’s Indians team finds a way to be in every game they play for a large portion of each contest, which was again the case last Friday night when they kept an undefeated Waverly team on the ropes but just weren’t able to finish them off. Portsmouth West, who rebounded very strongly following their week five home loss to Raceland with a big road victory on an undefeated Minford’s home field last week, has shown they are very resilient and a tough team to put away as they prepare for their second straight SOC game this Friday night.
(5-1) Wheelersburg @ (6-0) Waverly **game of the week**
Again, not much to say about this monumental matchup in the SOC II race. Waverly narrowly escaped Lucasville a week ago with a 35-28 victory over Valley to extend their undefeated season into this week seven contest with Wheelersburg. For the Pirates, they have been on a tear since their week two loss to Bishop Hartley. Their offense has been firing on all cylinders lead by Trent Salyers, Ashton Clevenger, Makya Matthews and Tanner Holden. For Wheelersburg to be able to control their own destiny in this highly contentious SOC II race, they have to be able to move the ball on a Waverly defense who has given up the fewest amount of points on average through their first six games, while also being able to stop the Tigers four headed monster of Haydn Shanks, Easton Wolf, Phoenix Wolf, and Peyton Shoemaker.
Reach Jacob Smith at (740) 353-3101 ext. 1930, by email at [email protected], or on Twitter @JacobSmithPDT