Three Scioto County teams playoff bound


‘Burg, Minford, Portsmouth earn right to play in week 11

By Jacob Smith - jsmith@aimmediamidwest.com



Wheelersburg’s Hunter Ruby with the ball during the Pirates’ 41-7 week ten win over rival West.

Wheelersburg’s Hunter Ruby with the ball during the Pirates’ 41-7 week ten win over rival West.


Courtesy of Joey Shupert

PORTSMOUTH — For the third consecutive year, three of Scioto County’s nine football programs will be playing past their 10-game regular-season schedule after clinching berths in the 2019 OHSAA Football Playoffs.

The Wheelersburg Pirates clinched the No. 3 seed in the Division V Region 19 computer-point rankings after finishing the regular season with a 7-3 record (5-0 SOC II).

Since their week-five loss to undefeated Jackson, Wheelersburg finished the regular season on a five-game winning streak to claim its sixth straight outright SOC II championship. During SOC II play, Wheelersburg outscored its conference opponents 201-55.

The Pirates’ No. 3 seed in Division V Region 19 means that for the EIGHTH straight year, Wheelersburg will host its week-11 playoff game at Ed Miller Stadium in Wheelersburg. During their seven previous week-11 home games during this stretch, the Pirates are 6-1 as the higher-seeded team in their region.

Wheelersburg will play host to rival and No. 6 seed Minford (7-3, 2-3 SOC II) in its opening-round regional quarterfinal matchup this Saturday, Nov. 9 at 7 p.m.

The Minford Falcons are making their first playoff appearance since 2012 when they hosted Piketon as a No. 4-seed.

Minford clinched their first postseason berth since 2012 by starting the regular season undefeated at 5-0 and finishing SOC II play with a win over rival Valley, 33-0.

Of course, the game this Saturday between Minford and Wheelersburg is a rematch of their week-six game which saw the Pirates victorious in overtime at Minford 21-20 — after the Falcons’ two-point try was stopped short of the goal line.

This will be the second straight year Wheelersburg will face an SOC II opponent for the second time in a season after the Pirates defeated rival West twice in 2018 by a combined margin of 80-14.

Scioto County’s third postseason bound team is the No. 7 seed in Division V Region 19, the Portsmouth Trojans (8-2, 5-2 OVC).

The Trojans are postseason bound for the second straight year after having a 10-year drought in between playoff appearances (2007-17).

Portsmouth’s well-equipped offense featuring reigning Division V Southeast District Offensive Player of the Year Talyn Parker, talented sophomore quarterback Drew Roe, and senior wide receivers Bryce Wallace and Eric Purdy should create for a highlight-filled opening-round game against #2 West Lafayette Ridgewood (10-0).

Portsmouth will travel to face the Generals of Ridgewood Saturday, Nov. 9 at 7 p.m.

Stay tuned for previews and game coverage of each of these opening-round playoff games later in the week — both online and in our print editions.

A full list of the regional quarterfinal games during the first week of the OHSAA playoffs can be found here: https://ohsaa.org/sports/football

Other Southeast District Playoff Games:

Division III Region 11

#3 Jackson vs. #6 Columbus Centennial

#2 Jonathan Alder vs. #7 Thornville Sheridan

Division IV Region 16

#3 Waverly vs. #6 Gallia Academy

Division V Region 19

#1 Ironton vs. #8 Wellston

Division VI Region 21

#4 Trimble vs. #5 Salineville Southern

Division VI Region 24

#1 Southeastern vs. #8 Miamisburg Dayton Christian

#2 Paint Valley vs. #7 Grandview Heights

#3 Adena vs. #6 Mechanicsburg

Division VII Region 27

#2 Newark Catholic vs. #7 Eastern Meigs

#3 Shadyside vs. #6 Symmes Valley

#4 Waterford vs. #5 Sarahsville Shennandoah

Wheelersburg’s Hunter Ruby with the ball during the Pirates’ 41-7 week ten win over rival West.
https://www.portsmouth-dailytimes.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/28/2019/11/web1_Wheelersburg-Hunter-Ruby-_-Joey-Shupert.jpgWheelersburg’s Hunter Ruby with the ball during the Pirates’ 41-7 week ten win over rival West. Courtesy of Joey Shupert
‘Burg, Minford, Portsmouth earn right to play in week 11

By Jacob Smith

jsmith@aimmediamidwest.com

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