Eagles host Trimble in Week 8


By Alex Hawley - [email protected]



Meigs junior Lane Cullums (right) gets a lead block from senior Jared Kennedy (center) during the Marauders’ win at Gallia Academy, on August 26.


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Southern Tornadoes (6-1, 4-1) at Waterford Wildcats (6-1, 5-0)

Last Week: Southern lost to Trimble 42-14, in Racine; Waterford defeated South Gallia 54-8, in Mercerville.

Last meeting between the teams: October 16, 2015. Waterford won 30-20 in Racine.

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

SHS offense last week: 117 rushing yards, 111 passing yards.

WHS offense last week: 235 rushing yards, 78 passing yards.

SHS offensive leaders last week: QB Blake Johnson 4-of-16, 111 yards, TD, INT; RB Riley Roush 5 carries, 47 yards; WR Crenson Rogers 2 receptions, 59 yards.

WHS offensive leaders last week: QB Isaac Huffman 3-of-6, 78 yards, TD, INT; RB Braden Bellville 12 carries, 77 yards, TD; WR Tyler McCutcheon 2 receptions, 60 yards, TD.

SHS defense last week: 368 rushing yards, -1 passing yards

WHS defense last week: 181 rushing yards, 0 passing yards

Five things to note:

1. Southern’s last trip to Waterford was on October 17, 2014. The Wildcats won that game 18-7 for one of only two victories that season. Southern last won at Waterford on October 12, 2012, by a 21-0 count.

2. The Wildcats are 15-5 against SHS in the last 20 meetings between the teams, but just 2-2 in the last four meetings.

3. Waterford has replaced Southern at the top rated team in the Region 27 playoff ratings. SHS is now third in the Region. The Wildcats are ranked ninth in the AP Division VII poll, while the Tornadoes are 11th.

4. To this point in the season, Waterford and Southern have four common opponents. Both teams have defeated Miller, Frontier and Wahama, with SHS winning by an average of 33.7 points per game and Waterford winning by an average of 43. The other common opponent it Trimble, which Waterford defeated 28-14 in Week 4 and Southern lost to 42-14 last week.

5. Southern is unbeaten away from home this season and is guaranteed to have its fourth winning mark on the road in the last 11 years. Waterford is 3-0 at home this year.

Meigs Marauders (3-4) at Jackson Ironmen (5-2)

Last Week: Meigs lost to Athens 62-46, in Rocksprings; Jackson defeated Logan 46-14, in Jackson.

Last meeting between the teams: October 16, 2015. Jackson won 47-6 in Rocksprings

Current head-to-head streak: Jackson has won 4 straight.

MHS offense last week: 259 rushing yards, 312 passing yards.

JHS offense last week: 208 rushing yards, 334 passing yards.

MHS offensive leaders last week: QB Zach Helton 16-of-33, 298 yards, 3TDs, INT; RB Lane Cullums 17 carries, 140 yards, TD; WR Bailey Caruthers 6 receptions, 84 yards.

JHS offensive leaders last week: QB Bryce Hall 12-of-17, 334 yards, 5TDs, 2INTs; RB Johnny Farley 24 carries, 134 yards, TD; WR Blake McCoy 5 receptions, 152 yards, TD.

MHS defense last week: 249 rushing yards, 371 passing yards

JHS defense last week: 99 rushing yards, 89 passing yards

Five things to note:

1. The Ironmen hold a 9-7 record all-time against the Marauders. JHS holds an all-time scoring advantage of 319-to-263 in the series. Meigs last defeated the Red and White in 1978, by a 23-14 final.

2. In last Friday’s game, Meigs junior Lane Cullums surpassed the 100-carry plateau for the season. Cullums now has 534 yards and four scores on 103 carries. Zach Helton is second in carries for Meigs with 63, while Zach Bartrum is second in rushing yards with 236.

3. Meigs is 1-2 away from home this season and will be on the road in two of its final three games. Jackson — which is in the third game of its five-game home stand to end the season — is 4-0 in the Apple City this fall.

4. Both teams are on the outside looking in at the postseason. JHS is 12 in Region 11, and one of eight teams in the region with a 5-2 record. Meigs is currently rated 17th in Region 16, which has 15 of its 27 teams with a winning record.

5. The Maroon and Gold offense has 2,538 yards (1,224 passing, 1,314 rushing), 29 touchdowns (13 passing, 16 rushing) and 120 first downs. Meigs has allowed 2,298 yards (768 passing, 1,530 rushing), 34 touchdowns (9 passing, 22 rushing, 3 defensive) and 97 first downs. MHS is minus-2 in turnover differential this season.

Trimble Tomcats (5-2, 5-1) at Eastern Eagles (4-3, 3-2)

Last Week: Trimble defeated Southern 42-14, in Racine; Eastern defeated Wahama 34-20, in Mason.

Last meeting between the teams: October 16, 2015. Trimble won 75-12 in Glouster.

Current head-to-head streak: Trimble has won 16 straight.

THS offense last week: 368 rushing yards, (-1) passing yards.

EHS offense last week: 256 rushing yards, 166 passing yards.

THS offensive leaders last week: QB Gary Brooks 1-of-3, minus-1 yard; RB Kameron Curry 15 carries, 149 yards, 3TDs; WR Kameron Curry 1 reception, minus-1 yard.

EHS offensive leaders last week: QB Jett Facemyer 14-of-18, 166 yards, TD, INT; RB Josh Brewer 22 carries, 132 yards, TD; WR Jeremiah Martindale 7 receptions, 101 yards, TD.

THS defense last week: 117 rushing yards, 111 passing yards

EHS defense last week: 174 rushing yards, 116 passing yards

Five things to note:

1. Eastern last defeated Trimble in Week 6 of the 2000 season, by a 34-6 final. The Tomcats are 16-0 against EHS since then, including a 2001 postseason matchup.

2. Trimble is currently second in the Region 27 playoff ratings and one of three 5-2 teams in the region. Eastern is 13th in the latest ratings and is one of seven 4-3 teams in the region. Exactly half of the 28 teams in Region 27 have a winning record.

3. Eastern is 4-0 against teams with a losing record at this point of the season, while the Eagles are 0-3 against teams with a winning mark. The combined record of the teams Eastern has defeated is 7-22, while the teams that have defeated EHS are a combined 15-6.

4. To this point in the season, Trimble and Eastern have four common opponents. Both teams have defeated South Gallia and Wahama, while losing to Waterford. The fourth common opponent is Miller, which Trimble topped 24-14 in Week 5 and Eastern lost to 20-14 in Week 2.

5. So far this season, Eastern’s offense has posted 2,598 yards (1,314 passing, 1,284 rushing) 29 touchdowns (11 passing, 18 rushing) and 122 first downs. The Eagle defense has allowed 1,663 yards (708 passing, 955 rushing), 21 touchdowns (9 passing, 12 rushing) and 76 first downs. EHS is minus-1 in the turnover category and has allowed one defensive touchdown, as well.

South Gallia Rebels (2-5, 1-4) at Wahama White Falcons (2-5, 1-5)

Last Week: South Gallia lost to Waterford 54-8, in Mercerville; Wahama lost to Eastern 34-20, in Mason.

Last meeting between the teams: October 16, 2015. South Gallia won 54-19 in Mercerville.

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

SGHS offense last week: 181 rushing yards, 0 passing yards.

WHS offense last week: 174 rushing yards, 116 passing yards.

SGHS offensive leaders last week: RB Johnny Sheets 21 carries, 92 yards.

WHS offensive leaders last week: QB Bryton Grate 3-of-9, 116 yards, 2TDs, 2INTs; RB Wyatt Edwards 21 carries, 89 yards; WR Christian Thomas 2 receptions 86 yards, 2TDs.

SGHS defense last week: 235 rushing yards, 78 passing yards

WHS defense last week: 256 rushing yards, 166 passing yards

Five things to note:

1. Last year was South Gallia’s first-ever gridiron victory over Wahama. The White Falcons were 14-0 against SGHS in all-time meetings, prior to last year.

2. To this point in the season, SGHS and WHS have five common opponents. Both teams have defeated Federal Hocking — SGHS by a 42-24 count in Week 2 and Wahama by a 20-0 margin in Week 5 — but both teams have lost to Waterford, Eastern, Trimble and Belpre. In those four losses, the Rebels were outscored by an average of 30.75 points per game, while Wahama was outscored by an average of 31.5 points per game.

3. Wahama’s 116 yards through the air last Friday is the most the White Falcons have for this season. Only 252 of Wahama’s 1,479 yards of total offense have been passing this season. WHS has scored 14 touchdowns this year, three passing, 10 rushing and one defensive.

4. Of South Gallia’s 2,089 yards of total offense this season, 2,016 have been on the ground. The Rebel offense has found paydirt 19 times this season, with 18 touchdowns rushing and one passing.

5. Johnny Sheets has been the featured rusher in the SGHS offense this season, as he has 1,294 yards and 11 touchdowns on 154 carries. Jeffery Sheets has the second most carries for South Gallia, with 34 rushes and 176 yards. Wyatt Edwards has carried the balk of the load for WHS, rushing 126 times for 640 yards and six touchdowns. Colton Arrington is next for WHS with 363 yards and two touchdowns on 93 carries.

Hannan Wildcats (1-5) at Paden City Wildcats (1-5)

Last Week: Hannan lost to Phelps 38-0, in Ashton; Paden City lost to Clay-Battelle 47-16, in Blacksville.

Last meeting between the teams: October 16, 2015. Paden City won 54-12 in Ashton.

Current head-to-head streak: Paden City has won 1 straight.

HHS offense last week: N/A.

PCHS offense last week: 220 rushing yards, 17 passing yards.

HHS offensive leaders last week: N/A.

PCHS offensive leaders last week: QB Aaron Hesley 3-of-8, 9 yards; RB Hayden Hizer 23 carries, 92 yards; WR Wesley Smith 2 receptions, 13 yards.

HHS defense last week: N/A.

PCHS defense last week: N/A.

Five things to note:

1. Last year was the first-ever meeting between Paden City and Hannan with the visiting Wildcats winning 54-12 at HHS.

2. Both Hannan and Paden City have their lone victory of the season over Hundred. HHS defeated the Hornets 39-22, in Week 4 in Ashton, while PCHS defeated Hundred 59-0 in Paden City in Week 5.

3. These two teams are tied with Montcalm, Tygarts Valley and Wirt County for 33rd in the latest WVSSAC Class A playoff ratings. A total of 11 teams in Class A have one win on the season.

4. Paden City trailed 47-0 in last week’s loss at Clay-Battelle. The Cee-Bees are one of seven unbeaten teams in Class A.

5. The Hannan Wildcats have lost 15 consecutive road games, having not won away from Ashton since September 7, 2013, when they defeated Hundred 56-0 in Wetzel County.

Rock Hill Redmen (5-2, 2-2) at Gallia Academy Blue Devils (0-7, 0-4)

Last Week: Rock Hill lost to Ironton 33-14, in Pedro; Gallia Academy lost to Coal Grove 67-13, in Coal Grove.

Last meeting between the teams: October 6, 2013. Gallia Academy won 60-2 in Gallipolis.

Current head-to-head streak: Gallia Academy has won 2 straight.

RHHS offense last week: 250 rushing yards, 30 passing yards.

GAHS offense last week: 78 rushing yards, 58 passing yards.

RHHS offensive leaders last week: QB Mason Darby 3-of-7, 30 yards, TD, INT; RB Logan Haskins 18 carries, 86 yards; WR Tanner Martin 2 receptions, 19 yards, TD.

GAHS offensive leaders last week: QB Justin McClelland 4-of-18, 54 yards, TD; RB Justin McClelland 10 carries, 52 yards; WR Colton Campbell 2 receptions, 26 yards, TD.

RHHS defense last week: 372 rushing yards, 29 passing yards

GAHS defense last week: 423 rushing yards, 84 passing yards

Five things to note:

1. Rock Hill has only defeated Gallia Academy once in the last 40 years, as the Redmen claimed a 43-0 victory in 1978. The Blue Devils won 21-0 the following year and 60-2 the next time they played, in 2013.

2. This is Gallia Academy’s annual Hall of Fame game. GAHS will induct six new members into its athletic hall of fame, at halftime of Friday night’s game.

3. While Gallia Academy has already been mathematically eliminated from playoff contention, the Redmen still have an outside shot of making it to the postseason for a second straight year. Rock Hill is currently rated 13th in Region 19 and it one of 16 teams with a winning record.

4. To this point in the season, GAHS and Rock Hill’s only common opponents are Fairland and Portsmouth. Both teams lost to the Trojans, Gallia Academy falling 45-14 and Rock Hill losing by a 33-32 edge, while RHHS defeated Fairland 48-6 and GAHS lost to the Dragons 49-34.

5. Gallia Academy’s offense has produced 1,392 yards (642 passing, 750 rushing) 13 touchdowns (8 passing, 5 rushing) and 82 first downs. However, the Blue Devil defense has allowed 3,404 yards (996 passing, 2,434 rushing) 48 touchdowns (15 passing, 33 rushing) and 142 first downs.

Vinton County Vikings (3-4, 2-1) at River Valley Raiders (5-2, 2-2)

Last Week: Vinton County defeated Federal Hocking 41-0, in Stewart; River Valley defeated Alexander 50-7, in Albany.

Last meeting between the teams: October 16, 2015. River Valley won 30-12 in McArthur.

Current head-to-head streak: River Valley has won 2 straight.

VCHS offense last week: 54 rushing yards, 427 passing yards.

RVHS offense last week: 224 rushing yards, 142 passing yards.

VCHS offensive leaders last week: QB Naylan Yates 23-of-31, 427 yards, 5TDs; RB Nevin Yates 3 carries, 24 yards; WR Jayden Spires 5 receptions, 143 yards, 3TDs.

RVHS offensive leaders last week: QB Patrick Brown 9-of-11, 142 yards, 3TDs; RB Cole Young 4 carries, 78 yards, TD; WR Tre Craycraft 5 receptions, 125 yards, 2TDs.

VCHS defense last week: 12 rushing yards, 99 passing yards

RVHS defense last week: 17 rushing yards, 57 passing yards

Five things to note:

1. Vinton County last visited Bidwell on October 17, 2014, for a game that RVHS won 21-18. That win served as the Raiders’ first-ever TVC Ohio victory. River Valley is now 7-9 in league games since joining the seven-team league, prior to the 2014 season.

2. Both VCHS and RVHS have some work to do if they want to make the postseason. The Vikings are 19th in Region 11, which contains 14 teams with a winning record. The Raiders — who made their first-ever playoff appearance last fall — are currently 15th in Region 19, which has 16 teams with a winning record.

3. With a near flawless game last week at Alexander, RVHS quarterback Patrick Brown has now completed 74-of-115 passes for 1,199 yards with 14 touchdowns and just four interceptions. The River Valley junior has also rushed 79 times this fall, gaining 179 yards with one TD.

4. To this point in the season, River Valley and Vinton County have two common opponents. Both teams hold a win over Alexander — RVHS by a 50-7 margin and VCHS by a 37-20 margin — but VCHS claimed a 41-29 win over Meigs, which held off River Valley for a 38-34 win.

5. The Raiders have produced 2,148 yards (1,199 passing, 949 rushing) 31 touchdowns (14 passing, 14 rushing, 3 defensive) and 107 first downs. RVHS is plus-2 in turnover differential and has allowed 1,903 yards (799 passing, 1,104 rushing) 22 touchdowns (8 passing, 12 rushing, 1 defensive, 1 special teams) and 95 first downs.

Meigs junior Lane Cullums (right) gets a lead block from senior Jared Kennedy (center) during the Marauders’ win at Gallia Academy, on August 26.
http://mydailytribune.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/10/web1_10.14-MHS-Cullums.jpgMeigs junior Lane Cullums (right) gets a lead block from senior Jared Kennedy (center) during the Marauders’ win at Gallia Academy, on August 26. Alex Hawley/OVP Sports

By Alex Hawley

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