(4-3) Symmes Valley @ (2-6) East
Senior night for the Tartans means bringing in conference foe Symmes Valley in the final home game of head coach Matt Miller’s first season as the head man on East’s sideline. While this has been a transition year in some ways for the historic program, they have showcased their abilities at various points throughout the season. To ensure a senior night victory, the Tartans will need to execute Miller and his coaching staff’s game plan to a tee.
(2-6) Manchester @ (1-7) Notre Dame
Notre Dame has had a number of close calls this season and have also been plagued with a various number of injuries, but the Bob Ashley coached Titans will look to ground and pound a Manchester team who has already suffered losses to Green and East this season by a combined score of 94-6. Staying sound on defense and executing offensively will allow the Titans to leave Spartan Stadium Friday night with their second win of the year.
(7-1) Green @ (1-7) Northwest
By far the most intriguing matchup of the week is between these two SOC I schools. The “1” in Green’s loss column and the “1” in the Mohawks win column are both against the same team, Notre Dame. The Bobcats lost their only game of the season to the Titans on a road game while Northwest is coming off their first victory of the season in their week eight home matchup with the Titans. Green’s different offensive weapons will need to find holes their offensive line will open up for them to steal a road victory at Roy Rogers field Friday night which would also almost certainly clinch the school’s first playoff bid since 1990.
(5-4) Greenup County @ (2-6) Boyd County
A week after getting mauled by the number one team in class 4A, Ashland, Greenup will try and close out their season with a winning record in a trip to face the Lions of Boyd County. If they are able to defeat Boyd County and finish the regular season with 6 wins, the Scott Grizzle led Musketeers will hope to carry that momentum from the end of the regular season into the first week of the Kentucky high school playoffs in two weeks after their upcoming bye week.
(5-3) Portsmouth @ (0-8) South Point
Portsmouth’s Talyn Parker is having one of the more special seasons in Scioto County football history and has led the Trojans to a 5-3 record in their first year under head coach Bruce Kalb. Through their first eight games, Parker has rushed for 1957 yards, good enough for best in the OVC by 953 yards. If he is able to lead the Trojans to a victory and run all over a winless Pointers defense, he very well could set up a scenario where he is rushing for his preseason goal of 2500 yards in the Trojans senior night matchup with Ironton.
(7-1) Waverly @ (6-2) Minford
Waverly was able to rebound off their week seven drumming by Wheelersburg to handle a sound Portsmouth West team on their home field and looked very impressive on offense in that SOC II battle. Minford’s two losses this season have been against Wheelersburg and Portsmouth West, but in SOC II football, you can almost throw out the record books when these two high powered offenses play each other. It would almost seem poetic that whoever possesses the ball last, and whoever commits the least number of turnovers, will come out on top in this potential shootout.
(3-5) Valley @ (7-1) Wheelersburg
The Pirates are playing like an absolute buzzsaw as we near the end of the regular season. In their first two SOC II games of the year, Wheelersburg defeated Waverly and Minford by a combined score of 98-0. Playmaker Makya Matthews, quarterback Trent Salyers, and wide receiver Tanner Holden are playing at an extremely high level. As for Valley, their impressive offensive weapons will need to have a career performance if they hope to be the first team in SOC play to score on a very impressive defense and take down the Pirates.
(6-2) Portsmouth West vs. (7-0) Wheeling Central Catholic
In the rare neutral site high school football game, the Portsmouth West Senators will travel to Lakewood High School, just east of Columbus in Hebron, to face the undefeated Wheeling Central Catholic (WV) Maroon Knights. The Senators looked less than stellar in their road trip to face Waverly last Friday night as they dropped their first SOC game. West will need to step up defensively and win both sides in the trenches to win their seventh game of the season and ensure they don’t fall farther down in the computer points rankings.
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