The Wheelersburg Pirates will continue their attempt at a state championship repeat this Saturday night at Chillicothe High School’s Herrnstein Field where they will take on the Jamestown Greeneview Rams for a spot in the regional championship next Saturday night.
Coming off of their week ten and week eleven victories over county rival Portsmouth West by a combined score of 80-14, the Pirates will hope to continue their postseason winning streak of six games by getting a regional semifinal victory over Greeneview in Chillicothe.
This group of Pirates are no strangers to Herrnstein Field which is located just an hour north of Portsmouth on US Highway 23. During the 2017 campaign which resulted in Wheelersburg’s second football state championship and first since 1989, the Pirates played their regional semifinal game, their regional championship game, as well as their state semifinal game at Herrnstein field. In their regional semifinal game a season ago in Chillicothe, Wheelersburg defeated Columbus Academy 35-16.
Over the last week, the Southeast District Athletic Board named Pirates head coach Rob Woodward coach of the year in Division V, linebacker Evan Dahm was named co-defensive player of the year in Division V for the Southeast district, and a number of Wheelersburg players received all-district first team honors including quarterback Trent Salyers, wide receiver Tanner Holden, and running back and linebacker Evan Horlsey. The Pirates will ride a nine game winning streak into their week twelve contest with Greeneview with their last loss being in week two to Division III power Columbus Bishop Hartley.
As for Greeneview, the Rams have an identical records with Wheelersburg at 10-1 with their only loss being a home game in to Mechanicsburg in week four, meaning the Rams also are touting a winning streak of their own at seven games in a row. Greeneview has outscored their opponents this season 434-151 including a 7-1 record during conference play.
The Rams earned the right to play Wheelersburg thanks to their week eleven victory over Cincinnati Madiera thanks to a field goal in the last minute of play which propelled them to a 31-28 road victory over the Mustangs.
Greeneview’s player to watch will be running back Nick Clevenger who had a great game in the Rams first playoff game in 2018 vs. Madiera as he was able to rush for 208 yards on the ground accompanied by three rushing touchdowns.
It should be an exciting game between two teams with a lot on the line Saturday night at Herrnstein field. Whoever of those two teams walks away victorious will advance and play for a state semifinals berth next Saturday.
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