By: Alex Hawley email@example.com
October 9, 2013
Coal Grove Hornets (2-4, 1-0) at River Valley Raiders (1-5, 0-1)
Last Week: Coal Grove defeated Rock Hill 41-13 in Pedro; River Valley lost to Chesapeake, 28-16 in Bidwell.
Last meeting between the teams: October 5, 2012 Coal Grove won 56-14 in Coal Grove.
Current head-to-head streak: Coal Grove has won 9 straight.
CGHS offense last week: 328 rushing yards, 110 passing yards.
RVHS offense last week: 58 rushing yards, 257 passing yards.
CGHS offensive leaders last week: QB Jesse Rigsby 3-of-7, 110 yards; RB Sidney Tucker 21 carries, 205 yards 2TDs; WR Connor Markins 3 catches, 110 yards.
RVHS offensive leaders last week: QB Dayton Hardway 15-of-38, 2TDs; RB Justin Arrowood 14 carries, 60 yards; WR Kirk Morrow 9 catches, 107 yards TD.
CGHS defense last week: 242 rushing yards, 15 passing yards.
RVHS defense last week: 223 rushing yards, 80 passing yards.
Notes: The air raid will look to come big for the River Valley as they look to knock off defending Ohio Valley Conference champion Coal Grove, Friday night in Bidwell. In two games back from injury Raiders signal caller Dayton Hardway is 39-of-76 for 521 yards with seven touchdowns and an interception. In the four games Hardway missed RVHS was 10-of-22 through the air for 98 yards with three interceptions and no touchdowns. Coal Grove scored all six touchdowns last week on the ground. The Hornets scored 20 unanswered points in the fourth period last week.The lone Ohio Valley Conference team to finish above .500 on the year last season the Hornets recorded their ninth consecutive winning season. The Raiders are 0-9 against CGHS in that time. Over that span Coal Grove has outscored RVHS 359-97. The Hornets last lost an OVC game on October 29, 2010 to the Panthers by a count of 25-22 in Chesapeake. Over the last six seasons Coal Grove is 24-2 in OVC games, with three playoff appearances in that span. This is the final game of the Hornets three-game road trip, while this marks River Valley’s final home game before ending the regular season with a trio of road games. Coal Grove is the only Division 6 team in the OVC with the other five schools residing in Division 5.
Gallia Academy Blue Devils (4-2, 0-0) at Portsmouth Trojans (2-4, 0-1)
Last Week: Gallia Academy lost to Belfry 41-19 in Belfry; Portsmouth lost to Logan 54-27 in Logan.
Last meeting between the teams: October 5, 2012 Gallia Academy won 49-21 in Gallipolis.
Current head-to-head streak: Gallia Academy has won 3 straight.
GAHS offense last week: 121 rushing yards, 143 passing yards.
PHS offense last week: 153 rushing yards, 232 passing yards.
GAHS offensive leaders last week: QB Wade Jarrell 16-of-27, 143 yards, TD; RB Wade Jarrell 20 carries, 101 yards, 2TDs; WR Logan Allison 10 catches, 56 yards, TD.
PHS offensive leaders last week: QB Sky Oliver 22-of-34, 232 yards, TD, 5INTs; RB Sky Oliver 10 carries, 132 yards TD; WR Austin Hollins 7 catches, 83 yards.
GAHS defense last week: 426 rushing yards, 90 passing yards.
PHS defense last week: 562 rushing yards, 27 passing yards.
Notes: A pair of teams looking to rebound from blowout losses meets Friday night in Portsmouth, when the Blue Devils face the Trojans. The Blue Devils hold a 15-10-1 all-time against the Trojans, with a 485-441 scoring advantage. The Trojans are just 1-3 at home this season, while GAHS comes in with a 1-1 road record. The Blue Devils escaped with a 10-7 victory in their last trip to Gallia Street, in 2011. This is the first Southeastern Ohio Athletic League game for the Blue and White this season and GAHS will hope for a similar campaign to last season. Gallia Academy went undefeated in the league last year and outscored opponents by an average of 16.8 points per game. The Blue Devils haven’t lost an SEOAL contest since their 2011 loss to Jackson in the Apple City. GAHS has already clinched being the only SEOAL team with a winning non-league record this season. Quarterback Wade Jarrell led GAHS in non-conference play with 476 rushing yards and eight touchdowns on 87 attempts and 87-of-141 passing for 1,241 yards with 17 touchdowns and three interceptions. Logan Allison scored his 10th touchdown of the season last week on a 20 yard pass reception.
South Gallia Rebels (4-2, 3-2) at Belpre Golden Eagles (2-4, 2-2)
Last Week: South Gallia defeated Federal Hocking 57-34 in Mercerville; Belpre defeated Eastern, 35-6 in Tuppers Plains.
Last meeting between the teams: October 5, 2012 Belpre won 21-6 in Mercerville.
Current head-to-head streak: Belpre has won 1 straight.
SGHS offense last week: 443 rushing yards, 85 passing yards.
BHS offense last week: 146 rushing yards, 98 passing yards.
SGHS offensive leaders last week: QB Landon Hutchinson 2-of-6, 85 yards, TD; RB Jacob White 16 carries, 185 yards, 4TDs; WR Kane Hutchinson 1 catch, 43 yard.
BHS offensive leaders last week: QB Tavian Miller 5-of-8 58 yards, TD; RB Manny Tullius 23 carries, 81 yards, 3TDs; WR Dejon Bedgood 3 catches, 64 yards TD.
SGHS defense last week: 74 rushing yards, 205 passing yards.
BHS defense last week: 54 rushing yards, 87 passing yards.
Notes: For the second straight week South Gallia is in a pivotal matchup with possible playoff implications on the line. The Rebels are currently sixth in region 25, a full point ahead of ninth place. The Rebels will travel to Belpre this week, and meet a Golden Eagle team that gave up just 141 yards of total offense to Eastern last week. South Gallia and Federal Hocking combined for 91 points last week, the most in a Rebel bout since 2002. Jacob White found paydirt five times for the Red and Gold last week, while fellow runningback Ethan Spurlock scored twice. Belpre has given up just 46 points in the second half this season, 27 to Fort Frye and 19 to Wahama. Last season’s 4-4 league record was Belpre’s best since 2007 when the Golden Eagles finished 4-1 in the TVC Ohio. The last time SGHS visited Belpre the Rebels won 62-7. In its three seasons in TVC Hocking South Gallia holds a 2-1 record and a 116-49 scoring advantage over the Golden Eagles. This is the shortest league road game for South Gallia. This is the first of back-to-back home games for the Golden Eagles, their first multi-game home stand of the season.