Tornadoes, Marauders home in Week 9


By Alex Hawley - ahawley@civitasmedia.com



Eastern senior Jeremiah Martindale (7) breaks away from Wahama defender Jacob Fisher following a second half catch during a October 7 football contest at Bachtel Stadium in Mason, W.Va.


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South Gallia Rebels (3-5, 2-4) at Southern Tornadoes (6-2, 4-2)

Last Week: South Gallia defeated Wahama 28-20, in Mason; Southern lost to Waterford 37-7, in Waterford.

Last meeting between the teams: October 23, 2015. South Gallia won 48-21 in Mercerville.

Current head-to-head streak: South Gallia has won 1 straight.

SGHS offense last week: 445 rushing yards, 0 passing yards.

SHS offense last week: 84 rushing yards, 125 passing yards.

SGHS offensive leaders last week: RB Johnny Sheets 33 carries, 264 yards, 2TDs.

SHS offensive leaders last week: QB Blake Johnson 7-of-16, 125 yards; RB Riley Roush 17 carries, 76 yards; WR Dylan Smith 6 receptions, 107 yards.

SGHS defense last week: 80 rushing yards, 120 passing yards

SHS defense last week: 378 rushing yards, 35 passing yards

Five things to note:

1. Last year’s South Gallia win over Southern ended the Tornadoes’ three-year winning streak over the Red and Gold. The Tornadoes are 10-9 against SGHS in all-time meetings, but each team has won three times over the other since South Gallia joined the TVC Hocking.

2. South Gallia’s last trip to Roger Lee Adams Memorial Field was on October 24, 2013 and resulted in a 20-12 SHS win. The Rebels haven’t won in Racine since September 3, 2010, when they earned an 8-6 victory.

3. To this point in the season, South Gallia and Southern have five common opponents. Both teams defeated Wahama and Federal Hocking, while both lost to Trimble and Waterford. However, Southern defeated Belpre 34-18, while the Golden Eagles topped the Rebels by a 30-20 margin.

4. Southern has outgained opponents by 1,005 yards so far this season. The Tornadoes have 2,776 yards, including 1,835 on the ground. SGHS has 2,534 yards including 2,461 rushing yards. Last week, SGHS senior Johnny Sheets — who now has 1,558 yards and 13 touchdowns on 187 carries — set a new school record for rushing yards in a season.

5. Despite back-to-back setbacks, the Tornadoes are fifth in the Region 27 playoff ratings. While South Gallia is still mathematically eligible for a postseason spot, the Rebels are 19th in the region. Region 27 contains 13 teams with a winning record and currently has three TVC Hocking teams in the postseason.

Wellston Golden Rockets (3-5, 1-3) at Meigs Marauders (3-5, 1-3)

Last Week: Wellston lost to Athens 36-14, in The Plains; Meigs lost to Jackson 63-7, in Jackson.

Last meeting between the teams: October 23, 2015. Meigs won 50-38, in Wellston.

Current head-to-head streak: Meigs has won 3 straight.

WHS offense last week: 281 rushing yards, 36 passing yards.

MHS offense last week: 126 rushing yards, 52 passing yards.

WHS offensive leaders last week: QB Michael Graham 3-of-11, 36 yards; RB Travis Jayjohn 35 carries, 157 yards, 2TDs; WR Hunter Robinson 2 receptions, 28 yards.

MHS offensive leaders last week: QB Zach Helton 7-of-11, 42 yards, INT; RB Lane Cullums 20 carries, 97 yards, TD; WR Jared Kennedy 3 receptions, 8 yards.

WHS defense last week: 89 rushing yards, 290 passing yards

MHS defense last week: 473 rushing yards, 104 passing yards

Five things to note:

1. Meigs holds a 25-18-1 record over Wellston in all-time meetings. Wellston’s last trip to Rocksprings was on October 24, 2014 and resulted in a 56-6 Marauders win. The Golden Rockets claimed victory in their only other game at Farmers Bank Stadium, defeating MHS by a 34-29 count on October 12, 2012. That game also serves as the Rockets’ last win over MHS

2. Both teams have been mathematically eliminated from postseason contention. The Rockets are rated 18th in Region 19, whle Meigs is 17th in Region 16.

3. To this point in the season, Wellston and Meigs have four common opponents. Both teams have lost to Nelsonville-York, Athens and Jackson, Meigs by an average of 40.3 points per game and Wellston by an average of 34.3 points per game. River Valley is the other common opponent, with the Marauders defeating RVHS 38-34, and the Raiders defeating WHS 14-6.

4. In the last 14 quarters, starting with the second half of the Marauders’ four-point win over RVHS, the Maroon and Gold have allowed 207 points, while scoring just 65. WHS — which is also on a three-game skid — has been outscored 88-to-20 in its last 12 quarters.

5. Four Marauders have received over 10 passes this season, they are Zach Bartrum (29), Bailey Caruthers (19), Zach Helton (14) and Jared Kennedy (14). MHS junior Lane Cullums leads the Maroon and Gold on the ground with 103 totes for 534 yards and four scores.

Eastern Eagles (4-4, 3-3) at Belpre Golden Eagles (3-5, 3-3)

Last Week: Eastern lost to Trimble 34-0, in Tuppers Plains; Belpre lost to Shenandoah 48-13, in Sarahsville.

Last meeting between the teams: October 23, 2015. Belpre won 46-6 in Tuppers Plains.

Current head-to-head streak: Belpre has won 3 straight.

EHS offense last week: 37 rushing yards, 69 passing yards.

BHS offense last week: 182 rushing yards, 26 passing yards.

EHS offensive leaders last week: QB Jett Facemyer 8-of-18, 69 yards, 2INTs; RB Josh Brewer 12 carries, 38 yards; WR Blaise Facemyer 4 receptions, 44 yards.

BHS offensive leaders last week: QB Brandon Simoniette 4-of-9, 26 yards, INT; RB Tojzae Reams 10 carries, 174 yards, 2TDs; WR Deijon Bedgood 3 receptions, 23 yards.

EHS defense last week: 392 rushing yards, 22 passing yards.

BHS defense last week: 335 rushing yards, 100 passing yards.

Five things to note:

1. In the six meetings between the Eagles of the TVC Hocking since BHS joined the league prior to the 2010 season, each team has won three games. Eastern won three in a row from 2010-12, but has since dropped three straight. No game in this current series has been decided by fewer than 20 points.

2. Eastern’s last trip to Belpre was on October 24, 2014 and resulted in a 63-8 BHS win. The Green and White haven’t defeated BHS since September 28, 2012, when the Green, White and Gold won by a 48-20 margin, in Washington County.

3. While neither team is mathematically eliminated from postseason contention, both are long shots to make the playoffs. In Region 27 — which contains 13 teams with a winning record — Eastern is rated 15th and Belpre is rated 17.

4. To this point in the season, both teams have played Miller, Trimble, Federal Hocking, South Gallia and Wahama. MHS and THS defeated both EHS and BHS, by averages of 20 and 31 points respectively. Both Eastern and Belpre have wins over FHHS, SGHS and WHS, Eastern winning by an average of 25.3 points and Belpre winning by an average of 21 points.

5. Eastern’s offense has posted 2,704 yards (1,383 passing, 1,321 rushing) 29 touchdowns (11 passing, 18 rushing) and 129 first downs this season. Jett Facemyer leads Eastern with all of the team’s passing statistics, along with a team-best 694 yards and 14 touchdowns on 140 carries.

Point Pleasant Big Blacks (7-0) at Man Hillbillies (4-3)

Last Game: Point Pleasant defeated Bluefield 45-24, in Point Pleasant; Man lost to Bluefield 24-21, in Man.

Last meeting between the teams: September 8, 2000. Point Pleasant won 41-14, in Man

Current head-to-head streak: Point Pleasant has won 2 straight.

PPHS offense last game: 337 rushing yards, 154 passing yards.

MHS offense last week: 201 rushing yards, 54 passing yards.

PPHS offensive leaders last game: QB Cason Payne 8-of-15, 154 yards, 2TDs; RB Grant Safford 23 carries, 203 yards, 2TDs; WR Keshawn Stover 3 receptions, 82 yards, 2TDs.

MHS offensive leaders last week: QB Cameron Simpson 4-of-9, 54 yards; RB Dylan Morris 22 carries, 103 yards, TD.

PPHS defense last game: 202 rushing yards, 154 passing yards.

MHS defense last week: N/A rushing yards, 167 passing yards.

Five things to note:

1. It’s been over four years since Point Pleasant last lost in the regular season. The Big Blacks’ have the state-best regular season winning streak, at 40 games.

2. Along with the 41-14 victory at MHS in 2000, the Big Blacks also defeated Man by a 43-19 clip the year before. Those are the only previous meetings between the teams in the last 20 seasons.

3. Since installing field turf at George A. Queen Stadium, prior to the 2015 season, the Hillbillies are 4-4 at home, including a post-season setback last fall. The Big Blacks have won 20 straight regular season road games.

4. One of three unbeaten teams in Class AA, the Big Blacks are tied for third in the playoff ratings, with Mingo Central. MHS is tied for 20th, with Petersburg, in the Class AA ratings.

5. PPHS and Man have four common opponents to this point in the season, they are Logan, Mt. View, Lincoln County and Bluefield. Point Pleasant went 4-0 against those teams with a 195-to-64 scoring advantage. Man lost to Logan (48-13) and Bluefield (24-21), while defeating Mt. View (45-44) and Lincoln County (25-10).

Wahama White Falcons (2-6, 1-6) at Miller Falcons (5-3, 3-3)

Last Week: Wahama lost to South Gallia, 28-20, in Mason; Miller defeated Federal Hocking 35-8, in Hemlock.

Last meeting between the teams: October 23, 2015. Wahama won 39-21 in Mason.

Current head-to-head streak: Wahama has won 6 straight.

WHS offense last week: 80 rushing yards, 120 passing yards.

MHS offense last week: 310 rushing yards, 48 passing yards.

WHS offensive leaders last week: QB Bryton Grate 8-of-13, 120 yards, 2TDs; RB Wyatt Edwards 14 carries, 60 yards; WR Colton Arrington 3 receptions, 32 yards.

MHS offensive leaders last week: QB Cole Geil 4-of-9, 48 yards, TD; RB Zach Waldrop 14 carries, 151 yards, 3TDs; WR Carson Starlin 4 receptions, 48 yards.

WHS defense last week: 445 rushing yards, 0 passing yards

MHS defense last week: 103 rushing yards, 26 passing yards

Five things to note:

1. The Red and White look to remain perfect in all-time meetings with Miller, having won all six previous tilts by an average of 46.5 points per game. The 2015 season was the only year that Miller stayed within 40 of the Bend Area team.

2. During the White Falcons’ current three-game losing skid, they’ve been outgained by an average of 234.3 yards per game. WHS senior running back Wyatt Edwards — who surpassed the century mark on the ground in three of the team’s first five games — has been held under 100 yards in each of the last three games.

3. Wahama’s defense has allowed 2,668 yards (510 passing, 2,158 rushing) 35 touchdowns (5 passing, 30 rushing) and 106 first downs this season. Conversely, The White Falcon offense has posted 1,679 yards (372 passing, 1,307 rushing), 15 touchdowns (5 passing, 10 rushing) and 86 first downs.

4. WHS junior quarterback Bryton Grate has posted season-highs in passing yards in each of the last two games. Grate — who completed 17-of-39 passes for 129 yards and zero touchdowns through the first six games of the year — has completed 11-of-22 passes for 236 yards and two touchdowns over the last two games.

5. Wahama is currently rated 30th in the WVSSAC Class A playoff ratings. Miller is rated 14th in the Region 27 ratings and one of 13 teams within the region with a winning record.

Gilmer County Titans (7-0) at Hannan Wildcats (1-6)

Last Week: Gilmer County defeated Calhoun County 61-6, in Glenville; Hannan lost to Paden City 43-20, in Paden City.

Last meeting between the teams: October 18, 2013. Gilmer County won 64-8 in Glenville.

Current head-to-head streak: Gilmer County has won 2 straight.

GCHS offense last week: 461 yards of total offense.

HHS offense last week: 242 yards of total offense.

GCHS offensive leaders last week: QB Trey Shuff 9-of-10, 210, 3TDs; RB Joey Frame 15 carries, 101 yards, TD; WR Hunter Self 4 receptions, 114 yards, 2TDs.

HHS offensive leaders last week: N/A.

GCHS defense last week: N/A.

HHS defense last week: 335 yards allowed.

Five things to note:

1. After a two-year hiatus, the Titans and Wildcats renew their series. HHS and GCHS played eight consecutive years from 2006-2013. Gilmer County held a 6-2 record over Hannan in that time frame.

2. Hannan last defeated Gilmer County on November 4, 2011, by a 68-48 count, in Glenville. That game still stands as the Wildcats’ highest scoring game in over a decade.

3. Gilmer County’s last visit to Ashton was on November 2, 2012 and resulted in a 56-6 Titans win.

4. The Titans are off to their best start to their best start in school history at 7-0. GCHS is one of six undefeated teams in Class A and one of 10 unbeaten teams in the state.

5. The Titans are seventh in the latest WVSSAC Playoff ratings, while Hannan is 37th. The Wildcats have been outscored 281-to-79 so far this season, while GCHS has outscored opponents 268-to-52.

Gallia Academy Blue Devils (0-8, 0-5) at Ironton Fighting Tigers (5-3, 5-0)

Last Week: Gallia Academy lost to Rock Hill 51-13, in Gallipolis; Ironton defeated Coal Grove 14-12, in Ironton.

Last meeting between the teams: September 7, 2012. Ironton won 14-13 in Ironton.

Current head-to-head streak: Ironton has won 6 straight.

GAHS offense last week: 70 rushing yards, 103 passing yards.

IHS offense last week: 243 rushing yards, 41 passing yards.

GAHS offensive leaders last week: QB Justin McClelland 10-of-20, 103 yards, 2TDs, INT; RB Justin McClelland 16 carries, 51 yards; WR Cory Call 4 receptions, 52 yards, TD.

IHS offensive leaders last week: QB Jake Isaac 3-of-7, 41 yards, TD; RB Garrett Carrico 19 carries, 101 yards.

GAHS defense last week: 559 rushing yards, passing yards

IHS defense last week: 293 rushing yards, 38 passing yards

Five things to note:

1. These schools first met on the gridiron in 1923 and Ironton holds the edge in the series by a 44-12 clip. The Blue Devils last defeated the Fighting Tigers on October 6, 2006 in Ironton, by a count of 14-7, in Lawrence County. Prior to that, GAHS hadn’t defeated IHS since 1984.

2. Ironton — which joined the OVC prior to last season — has yet to drop a game in the eight-team league, holding an 11-0 record. This is Gallia Academy’s first year in the OVC and the Blue Devils are still searching for their first league win.

3. While Gallia Academy is mathematically eliminated from postseason contention, the Fighting Tigers are currently just one spot away. IHS is the ninth rated team in Region 19, which contains 16 teams with a winning record.

4. Both Ironton and Gallia Academy have played Fairland, Chesapeake, Rock Hill and Coal Grove this season. Against those teams, IHS is 4-0 with a 106-to-38 scoring advantage, while GAHS is 0-4 and has been outscored 215-to-66.

5. GAHS sophomore quarterback Justin McClelland — who leads the team in rushing with 405 yards on 125 carries — has completed 78-of-182 passes for 741 yards, with nine touchdowns and nine interceptions. Wyatt Sipple and Cory Call each have 18 receptions to lead GAHS, while Colton Campbell and Garrett Burns have each caught 14 passes.

River Valley Raiders (6-2, 3-2) at Athens Bulldogs (6-2, 4-0)

Last Week: River Valley defeated Vinton County 41-6, in Bidwell; Athens defeated Wellston 36-14, in The Plains.

Last meeting between the teams: October 23, 2015. River Valley won 35-21 in Bidwell.

Current head-to-head streak: River Valley has won 1 straight.

RVHS offense last week: 204 rushing yards, 303 passing yards.

AHS offense last week: 89 rushing yards, 290 passing yards.

RVHS offensive leaders last week: QB Patrick Brown 18-of-23, 303 yards, 3TDs, INT; RB Jacob Campbell 8 carries, 59 yards; WR Tre Craycraft 10 receptions, 189 yards, TD.

AHS offensive leaders last week: QB Brendan Sano 11-of-15, 290 yards, 5TDs; RB Tyler Roback 5 carries, 41 yards; WR Treyce Albin 4 receptions, 171 yards, 3TDs.

RVHS defense last week: 175 rushing yards, 66 passing yards

AHS defense last week: 281 rushing yards, 36 passing yards

Five things to note:

1. Athens had won four straight over River Valley prior to last season’s Raiders victory. The last time River Valley visited The Plains was October 24, 2014, when eventual Division III runner-up Athens toppled the Raiders by a 77-14 count.

2. Both teams are on the outside looking in at the postseason, but neither have been mathematically eliminated. AHS is ninth in Region 11, which has 13 teams with a winning record. RVHS is 14th in Region 19, which has 16 teams with a winning record.

3. During River Valley’s three-game winning streak, the Raiders have outgained opponents 1,187-to-536, including 644-to-406 on the ground. In their last 14 quarters — starting with the second half of their loss to Meigs — River Valley has outscored opponents 139-to-25.

4. Athens is led by senior quarterback Brendan Sano, while junior quarterback Patrick Brown leads the Raiders. Sano is 72-of-135 passing for 1,020 yards, with 14 touchdowns. Brown has completed 92-of-138 passes for 1,502 yards and 17 touchdowns. On the ground, Sano has 295 yards and four scores, while Brown has 233 yards and one TD.

5. AHS and RVHS have played four common opponents to this point in the season. Both team have wins over Wellston, Alexander and Vinton County, Athens by a total margin of 87 and River Valley by a total margin of 86. Meigs is the fourth common opponent. The Bulldogs defeated Meigs 62-46, while the Marauders claimed a 38-34 victory over River Valley.

Eastern senior Jeremiah Martindale (7) breaks away from Wahama defender Jacob Fisher following a second half catch during a October 7 football contest at Bachtel Stadium in Mason, W.Va.
http://mydailysentinel.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/10/web1_10.21-EHS-Martindale.jpgEastern senior Jeremiah Martindale (7) breaks away from Wahama defender Jacob Fisher following a second half catch during a October 7 football contest at Bachtel Stadium in Mason, W.Va. Bryan Walters/OVP Sports

By Alex Hawley

ahawley@civitasmedia.com

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