Eagles host Rebels, Marauders host Raiders


Tornadoes, Blue Devils on road in Week 5

By Alex Hawley - ahawley@civitasmedia.com



Gallia Academy sophomore Justin McClelland (7) scrambles out of the pocket, during the Blue Devil’s loss to Meigs, at Memorial Field on August 26.


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River Valley Raiders (3-1, 0-1) at Meigs Marauders (2-2, 0-1)

Last Week: River Valley lost to Nelsonville-York 46-6, in Bidwell; Meigs lost to Vinton County 41-29, in McArthur.

Last meeting between the teams: September 25, 2015. Meigs won 26-21 in Bidwell.

Current head-to-head streak: Meigs has won 12 straight.

RVHS offense last week: (-21) rushing yards, 211 passing yards.

MHS offense last week: 185 rushing yards, 206 passing yards.

RVHS offensive leaders last week: QB Patrick Brown, 18-of-28, 211 yards, TD, INT; RB Jacob Campbell 6 carries, 5 yards; WR Tre Craycraft 7 receptions, 127 yards, TD.

MHS offensive leaders last week: QB Zach Helton 15-of-31, 206 yards, 3TDs, INT; RB Zach Helton 14 carries, 78 yards; WR Zach Bartrum 4 receptions, 84 yards, TD.

RVHS defense last week: 298 rushing yards, 194 passing yards

MHS defense last week: 180 rushing yards, 189 passing yards

Five things to note:

1. The last time RVHS defeated Meigs was September 5, 2003 in Cheshire. In the 12 meetings since then, MHS has outscored the Raiders by a 473-to-153 margin. Meigs is 19-3 all-time against the Raiders.

2. The Raiders’ last trip to Rocksprings was on September 26, 2014 and resulted in a 49-28 Marauders’ win. River Valley’s only other trip to Farmers Bank Stadium was on September 13, 2013 and Meigs won that game by a 57-7 final.

3. Through four games, River Valley has been penalized 31 times for a total of 304 yards, while Meigs has been flagged 28 times for 279 yards. The Marauders have earned 71 first downs this season, while the Raiders have 62.

4. Both Meigs and River Valley have thrown for a majority of their yardage this season. Meigs has picked up 809 yards and nine touchdowns through the air, while the Raiders have 934 yards and nine passing scores.

5. The Marauder defense has surrendered 1,029 yards (310 passing, 719 rushing), 12 touchdowns (three passing, nine rushing) and 46 first downs this year. River Valley’s defense has given up 1,238 yards (644 passing, 594 rushing), 12 touchdowns (seven passing, five rushing) and 53 first downs through four games.

South Gallia Rebels (2-2, 1-1) at Eastern Eagles (2-2, 1-1)

Last Week: South Gallia defeated Manchester 40-0, in Manchester; Eastern defeated Federal Hocking 37-0, in Stewart.

Last meeting between the teams: September 25, 2015. Eastern won 26-21 in Mercerville.

Current head-to-head streak: Eastern has won 1 straight.

SGHS offense last week: 325 rushing yards, 19 passing yards.

EHS offense last week: 305 rushing yards, 132 passing yards.

SGHS offensive leaders last week: QB Colten Coughenour 1-of-2, 19 yards; RB Johnny Sheets 11 carries, 139 yards, 3TDs.

EHS offensive leaders last week: QB Jett Facemyer 10-of-16, 132 yards, TD, INT; RB Jett Facemyer 15 carries, 133 yards, 3TDs; WR Corbett Catlett 3 receptions, 58 yards, TD.

SGHS defense last week: N/A.

EHS defense last week: 10 rushing yards, 37 passing yards.

Five things to note:

1. South Gallia’s last trip to East Shade River was on September 26, 2014. The Rebels won that game by a 28-18 final. Eastern hasn’t defeated a visiting Gallia County team since 2012 when the Eagles beat SGHS by a 62-6 tally.

2. In the 17 all-time meetings between EHS and SGHS, the Eagles hold an 11-6 edge with a 502-to-267 scoring advantage. Eastern is 6-2 against SGHS when the game is played in Meigs County.

3. Both teams have a clear offensive leader. For South Gallia, its Johnny Sheets with 661 yards and six touchdowns, equaling 59.1 percent of the Rebels ground attack and half of their rushing scores. For Eastern, Jett Facemyer has thrown for 934 yards and five scores, while rushing for 336 yards and eight touchdowns. Jett Facemyer has been involved in all but four of the Eagle touchdowns this season, while accounting for all EHS passing yards and 44.7 percent of EHS rushing yards.

4. EHS is averaging 369.25 yards per game (181.5 passing, 187.75 rushing), while South Gallia averages 294.5 yards per game (15 passing, 279.5 rushing).

5. Eastern and South Gallia’s lone common opponent to this point is the season is Federal Hocking. The Eagles shutout FHHS last week, in Stewart, while the Rebels defeated the Lancers 42-24 in Week 2, in Stewart.

Gallia Academy Blue Devils (0-4, 0-1) at Portsmouth Trojans (3-1, 1-0)

Last Week: Gallia Academy lost to Chesapeake 48-6, in Chesapeake; Portsmouth defeated Rock Hill 33-32, in Portsmouth.

Last meeting between the teams: October 10, 2014. Gallia Academy won 24-15 in Gallipolis.

Current head-to-head streak: Gallia Academy has won five straight.

GAHS offense last week: 41 rushing yards, 74 passing yards.

PHS offense last week: 210 rushing yards, 134 passing yards.

GAHS offensive leaders last week: QB Justin McClelland 11-of-25, 74 yards, TD, INT; RB Justin McClelland 13 carries, 21 yards; WR John Stout 4 receptions, 31 yards.

PHS offensive leaders last week: QB Luke Purdy 5-of-15, 134 yards, 2TDs, 2INTs; RB Luke Purdy 11 carries, 81 yards, 2TDs; WR Ryan Williams 3 receptions, 105 yards, TD.

GAHS defense last week: 435 rushing yards, 142 passing yards.

PHS defense last week: 308 rushing yards, 0 passing yards.

Five things to note:

1. After a one-year hiatus, former Southeastern Ohio Athletic League foes will meet on the gridiron as Ohio Valley Conference opponents. During its most recent stent in the SEOAL (2006-2014) Portsmouth went just 2-7 against GAHS.

2. The Blue Devils’ last trip to Portsmouth resulted in a 55-49 GAHS victory, on October 11, 2013. GAHS also escaped Scioto County with a 10-7 victory over the Trojans on October 14 2011, but lost in Portsmouth in both 2009 and 2007.

3. GAHS is 17-10-1 against PHS in all-time meetings, but have only outscored the Trojans by an average of 2.1 points in those 28 games.

4. Portsmouth trailed Rock Hill 20-0 in last week’s PHS victory. The Trojans also claimed the game’s final three scores, holding the previously undefeated Redmen scoreless for the final 22 minutes of regulation.

5. GAHS has been outgained 1,980-to-634 in total offense this season. Through four games, the Blue Devils have scored five touchdowns, while allowing 25. GAHS has also allowed 82 first downs, while earning just 39.

Southern Tornadoes (4-0, 2-0) at Belpre Golden Eagles (2-2, 2-1)

Last Week: Southern defeated Miller 41-0, in Racine; Belpre defeated Wahama 28-20, in Mason.

Last meeting between the teams: September 25, 2015. Belpre won 42-6 in Racine.

Current head-to-head streak: Belpre has won 2 straight.

SHS offense last week: 286 rushing yards, 186 passing yards.

BHS offense last week: 192 rushing yards, 12 passing yards.

SHS offensive leaders last week: QB Blake Johnson 5-of-7, 186, 2TDs, 1INT; RB Jaylen Blanks 10 carries, 97 yards; WR Ike Akers 2 receptions, 75 yards, TD.

BHS offensive leaders last week: QB Issac Tullius 1-of-1, 9 yards; RB Tojzae Reams 12 carries, 88 yards; WR Logan Adams 1 reception, 9 yards.

SHS defense last week: 114 rushing yards, 40 passing yards.

BHS defense last week: 244 rushing yards, 0 passing yards.

Five things to note:

1. Since joining the TVC Hocking, Belpre is 3-3 against Southern. However, BHS has outscored the Tornadoes by a 134-87 clip, despite the Golden Eagles being on the losing end of the only two shutouts in the series.

2. Southern last won at Belpre on September 10, 2010, by a 16-0 count. Since then the Purple and Gold are 0-2 at BHS, falling by counts of 20-13 and 48-13.

3. The Tornadoes are trying for their first 5-0 start since the playoff season of 2013. An SHS win will also match the programs’ longest winning streak of the last 20 years at six. The Purple and Gold won their final game of last season, just like in 2012.

4. The Tornado defense has been top-notch this season, allowing just 587 yards (105 passing, 482 rushing) and four touchdowns (all rushing). Southern has forced nine turnovers and allowed just 34 first downs through four games.

5. Southern is averaging 364.75 yards of total offense (126.75 passing, 238 rushing) this season. The Purple and Gold have earned 55 first downs and scored 20 touchdowns (six passing, 14 rushing). However, Southern has been penalized 29 times for 279 yards.

Gallia Academy sophomore Justin McClelland (7) scrambles out of the pocket, during the Blue Devil’s loss to Meigs, at Memorial Field on August 26.
http://mydailysentinel.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/09/web1_9.23-GA-McClelland.jpgGallia Academy sophomore Justin McClelland (7) scrambles out of the pocket, during the Blue Devil’s loss to Meigs, at Memorial Field on August 26. Alex Hawley/OVP Sports
Tornadoes, Blue Devils on road in Week 5

By Alex Hawley

ahawley@civitasmedia.com

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