SCIOTOVILLE – Turnovers and struggling with execution were the mishaps that caused the East Tartans to fall behind 47-0 at half time against the Symmes Valley Vikings Friday in their final non-league game before conference play begins next week.
Prior to the season, East and Symmes Valley, both member schools of the SOC I, agreed to play a non-conference game in Sciotoville in addition to their regular season game in Willow Wood later in the season.
In addition to Friday’s game being pee-wee night for the East School District youth-football teams, it was also military appreciation night, meaning the Tartans donned their camo jerseys provided to them by the Ohio National Guard in support of our nation’s armed forces.
East head coach and navy veteran Matt Miller enjoys any time his team can honor those who have served to defend our country.
“Military appreciation night is special to me being a vetera,” Miller said. “There’s a special bond and honor that comes from serving in the military. My time is something I will never forget and cherish forever.”
The game itself was not kind to East, from Symmes Valley’s first drive and on, ultimately resulting in a 47-6 home non-league loss and dropping East’s record to 1-3.
“It seems like the first half of games we can’t get out of our own way,” Miller said. “We know we’re prepared offensively and defensively, but something seems to happen and we can never recover. Instead, our heads drop and we are not handling adversity well. We have to find a way to learn to fight better and strive through adversity instead of backing down from it.”
Symmes Valley scored their first touchdown on a Jack Leith touchdown pass to a wide open Caleb Mullins for 19 yards to make it 7-0 Vikings with 5:01 left in the first quarter.
On their next drive, East freshman quarterback Austin Baughman threw a 36 yard interception returned for a touchdown to Leith to make it 13-0 Vikings with 3:04 left in the first quarter after a missed PAT.
A promising drive by the Tartans aided by Vikings penalties was ultimately stopped, giving Symmes Valley the ball on the six. Here’s where the flurry of scores comes for Symmes Valley.
With 6:40 left in the second quarter, Leith found Mullins for the second time in the end zone, this time a 23 yard pitch and catch for the duo to put the Vikings ahead 20-0.
A fumble on the Tartans ensuing drive meant another opportunity for the Symmes Valley offense. On their first play since the East turnover, Leith dropped back and found brother Luke Leith for a 27 yard touchdown pass to put Symmes Valley aead 27-0 with 6:22 left in the second quarter.
Just a few plays later after another East turnover, Symmes Valley’s Josh Ferguson found the end zone for a 26 yard touchdown rush to put the Vikings ahead 34-0 with 4:51 left in the first half.
Leith had his fifth overall touchdown of the night Friday when on their next drive he kept it for a one yard quarterback sneak touchdown to put his team ahead 40-0 with 15.5 seconds left in the first half after the missed PAT.
On the next kickoff with barely enough time to run a play, Symmes Valley kicker Gavin Yates stripped the ball from an East returner and found his way into the end zone for a fumble recovery for a touchdown. Yates made the impending PAT to put the Vikings ahead 47-0 in what would be their final score of the game.
The game’s final score came on a Chase Coyle four yard touchdown run in the late fourth quarter to give East their first points and cementing what would later be the final score at 47-6.
East, 1-3, will host SOC I rival Eastern Pike next Friday for their homecoming night. For Miller and his staff, a new start and clean slate along with each of their conference opponents might be the fire that kickstarts their chances.
“The biggest thing going forward is that we just have to work to get better every day,” Miller said. “We have to learn to handle adversity and push forward. We’re young, but we have to do a better job going forward. We’re sitting at 1-3 right now, but we still have a goal in front of us. Just like everyone else in the league right now we haven’t lost a league game. We can still go get that gold ball, but it’s up to us whether we want it or if we want to play out the season. I look forward to see what our mindset is next week.”
Symmes Valley – 13 34 0 0 – 47
East – 0 0 0 6 – 6
SV – Caleb Mullins, 19 yard pass from Jack Leith (Yates PAT good), 5:01 1Q (7-0 SV)
SV – Jack Leith, 36 yard INT return for touchdown (PAT no good), 3:04 1Q (13-0 SV)
SV – Caleb Mullins, 23 yard pass from Jack Leith (Yates PAT good), 6:40 2Q (20-0 SV)
SV – Luke Leith, 27 yard pass from Jack Leith (Yates PAT good), 6:22 2Q (27-0 SV)
SV – Josh Ferguson, 26-yard touchdown run (Yates PAT good), 4:51 2Q (34-0 SV)
SV – Jack Leith, 1-yard touchdown run (PAT no good), 15.5 2Q (40-0 SV)
SV – Gavin Yates, fumble recovery for touchdown (Yates PAT good), 3.1 2Q (47-0 SV)
E – Chase Coyle, 4-yard touchdown run (PAT no good), 6:46 4Q (47-6 SV)
|Team Statistics||Symmes Valley||East|
|Yards (Rushing-Passing)||269 (200-69)||125 (74-51)|
|Penalties||6 for 70 yards||2 for 20 yards|
|Time of Possession||24:50||23:10|
Rushing – Symmes Valley: Ethan Patterson 7-63, Luke Leith 2-55, Josh Ferguson 3-38, Levi Niece 4-27, Levi Ross 4-6, Jack Leith 2-3, Derek Crum 3-3, Wyatt Owens 2- (-5)
East: Chase Coyle 15-72, Baughman 7-8, Gavin Johnson 1-0, Braidan Haney 2- (-2) Leviticus Justice 1- (-4)
Passing – Symmes Valley: Jack Leith 3/3 69 yards 3 TDs, Luke Leith 0/1
East: Austin Baughman 6/10 51 yards 2 INTs
Receiving – Symmes Valley: Caleb Mullins 2-42 yards 2 TDs, Luke Leith 1-27 TD
East: Leviticus Justice 2-26, Landehn Pernell 1-16, Chase Coyle 2-8, Gavin Johnson 1-1
Reach Jacob Smith at (740) 353-3101 ext. 1930, by email at [email protected], or on Twitter @JacobSmithPDT © 2019 Portsmouth Daily Times, all rights reserved