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Week 4 Ohio Football Previews

Bryan Waltersbwalters@heartlandpublications.com

September 13, 2012

Miller Falcons (0-3, 0-2) at South Gallia Rebels (0-3, 0-2)


Last Week: Miller 49-13 loss vs. Crooksville; South Gallia 74-6 loss vs. Trimble.


Last Meeting: 2011, South Gallia won 52-6 at Miller.


Current head-to-head streak: South Gallia has won 4 straight. SGHS 6-1 since 2002.


MHS Offense Last Week: 207 total yards.


SGHS Offense Last Week: 104 rushing yds, 28 passing yds.


MHS Offensive Leaders Last Week: QB Garrett Sinift (70 rushing yard and 2 TDs).


SGHS Offensive Leaders Last Week: RB Landon Hutchinson (13-54), QB Landon Hutchinson (5-16-28, 2INT, TD), WR Jared Nolan (2-11).


MHS Defense Last Week: 384 total yards, including five players with TDs and four players with 50-plus yards rushing.


SGHS Defense Last Week: 341 rushing yds, 68 passing yds.


Notes: Someone is coming away from this game with its first overall and first league win of 2012, which is sorely needed by each program as both teams are allowing more than 43 points per game defensively. The Rebels have been outscored 134-48 in three games, while the Falcons have been beaten by a 130-33 clip through three weeks. Miller has surrendered at least 34 points in its three games against Waterford, Eastern and Crooksville — including at least 47 points in each of its last two outings. Conversely, SGHS has allowed at least 24 points in each of its three setbacks. The Rebels had amassed 697 yards of total offense in the first two weeks before struggling to reach 132 yards last week versus Trimble, and South Gallia is still looking for its first win at the new stadium. Miller’s last win over the Rebels came in a Week 5 contest in 2004, as the Falcons posted a 28-6 decision in Mercerville. The Rebels have never lost to Miller as a member of the TVC Hocking Division.


Federal Hocking Lancers (2-1, 1-0) at Southern Tornadoes (1-2, 1-1)


Last Week: Fed Hock 40-6 win at Hannan; Southern 48-13 loss vs. Belpre.


Last Meeting: 2011, Federal Hocking won 18-12 at Federal Hocking.


Current head-to-head streak: Federal Hocking has won 1 straight. FHHS 8-2 since 2002.


FHHS Offense Last Week: 342 rushing yds, 45 passing yds.


SHS Offense Last Week: 213 rushing yds, 14 passing yds.


FHHS Offensive Leaders Last Week: RB Delbert Crum (4-61 TD), QB Kyle Jackson (1-3-45, TD), WR Andrew Smith (1-45, TD).


SHS Offensive Leaders Last Week: RB Tyler Barton (20-183, 2TDs), QB Tristen Wolfe (1-9-11, 2 INTs), WR Trenton Deem (1-11).


FHHS Defense Last Week: 118 rushing yds, 0 passing yds.


SHS Defense Last Week: 194 rushing yds, 143 passing yds.


Notes: Southern has won 2 of the last 3 contests in this matchup, with the home team triumphing in the last two meetings. The Lancers last won back-to-back road games in 2009 and haven’t won three straight since Weeks 2-4 in 2008. Following a heartbreaking 22-21 setback to Alexander in the season opener, FHHS topped Waterford (16-14) before last weekend’s season-high 40-point effort on the road at Hannan. The Lancers had eight different ball carriers accumulate at least 20 yards of rushing and also had five different players score in the contest. Southern had five turnovers in last week’s loss against Belpre, the first win for the Golden Eagles in 14 games. The Tornadoes are 1-1 in home games and are outscoring visitors by a 36-27 margin in two contests at Roger Lee Adams Memorial Field. Fed Hock will be in the middle of a three-game road trip this weekend, with Belpre awaiting in Week 5.


Nelsonville-York Buckeyes (1-2) at River Valley Raiders (1-2)


Last Week: Nelsonville-York 62-21 win at Berne Union; River Valley 46-18 loss vs. Meigs.


Last Meeting: 2007, Nelsonville-York won 41-14 at River Valley, but later forfeited the win due to the use of an ineligible player.


Current head-to-head streak: River Valley has won 1 straight. NYHS 3-2 since 2002.


NYHS Offense Last Week: 424 rushing yds, 74 passing yds.


RVHS Offense Last Week: 137 rushing yds, 245 passing yds.


NYHS Offensive Leaders Last Week: RB Joey Young (5-159, 3 TDs), QB Joey Young 4-5-74, 2 TDs, WR Austin North (2-53, TD).


RVHS Offensive Leaders Last Week: RB Kyle Brown (27-146, TD), QB Dayton Hardway (8-10-138, INT, TD), WR Chris Clemente (9-110).


NYHS Defense Last Week: 132 rushing yds, 77 passing yds.


RVHS Defense Last Week: 269 rushing yds, 141 passing yds.


Notes: After an 0-2 start to the 2012 campaign, the Buckeyes made the most of their first road contest of the season last week — amassing 498 yards of total offense while scoring a season-high 62 points. NYHS had five different ball carriers accumulate 29 yards of rushing, and six different players scored at least one touchdown in the triumph. The Raiders — who unsuccessfully opened their new stadium last week against Meigs — accumulated a season-high 382 yards of total offense, almost matching their season output through the first two weeks of the season. RVHS also committed five turnovers last week and was minus-5 in turnover differential in their home opener. Minus the 2007 contest, River Valley last beat the Buckeyes on the field back in 2003 — an 18-7 Week 2 win at home. NYHS will be in the middle of a three-game road trip this Friday night.


Gallia Academy Blue Devils (1-2) at Marietta Tigers (1-2)


Last Week: Gallia Academy 14-13 loss at Ironton; Marietta 26-21 loss vs. Parkersburg.


Last Meeting: 2011, Gallia Academy won 31-8 at Gallia Academy.


Current head-to-head streak: Gallia Academy has won 3 straight. GAHS 21-4 alltime.


GAHS Offense Last Week: 196 rushing yds, 104 passing yds.


MHS Offense Last Week: 136 rushing yds, 220 passing yds.


GAHS Offensive Leaders Last Week: RB Ty Warnimont (2-60), QB Wade Jarrell (11-23-104, TD), WR Nick Clagg (4-48, TD).


MHS Offensive Leaders Last Week: RB Anthony Kimbrough (20-82), QB Anthony Kimbrough (16-39-220, 3 TDs), WR Grae Setterstrom (4-62).


GAHS Defense Last Week: 91 rushing yds, 60 passing yds.


MHS Defense Last Week: 102 rushing yds, 253 passing yds.


Notes: After coming away with Week 1 wins, both Gallia Academy and Marietta now find themselves looking to snap a two-game losing skid headed into this Week 4 contest. Both teams are 1-1 on the road and 0-1 at home so far this season, although GAHS has played a much tougher schedule thus far. All three of the Blue Devils’ previous opponents have a combined record of 8-1, while Marietta’s first three opponents have combined record of 4-5. Gallia Academy had outscored opponents by a narrow 72-69 margin thus far, while the Tigers are being outscored by a 69-96 clip through three weeks. MHS was plus-1 in turnover differential last week against the Big Reds and also had eight different wideouts catch a pass in the setback. Gallia Academy hasn’t lost three straight games under fourth-year coach Mike Eddy since losing six straight in his first year back in 2009.


Meigs Marauders (1-2) at Trimble Tomcats (2-1)


Last Week: Meigs 46-18 win at River Valley; Trimble 74-6 win at South Gallia.


Last Meeting: 1994, Trimble won 25-6.


Current head-to-head streak: Trimble has won 3 straight. Meigs 7-5 alltime.


MHS Offense Last Week: 269 rushing yds, 141 passing yds.


THS Offense Last Week: 341 rushing yds, 68 passing yds.


MHS Offensive Leaders Last Week: RB Dillon Boyer (17-130), QB Kaileb Sheets (6-10-87, TD), WR Austin Welch (2-62).


THS Offensive Leaders Last Week: RB Konner Standley (4-114), QB Konner Standley (4-7-67, 2 TDs, INT), WR Wyatt Deak (2-12, TD).


MHS Defense Last Week: 137 rushing yds, 245 passing yds.


THS Defense Last Week: 104 rushing yds, 28 passing yds.


Notes: After a 17-year hiatus, Meigs and Trimble will renew a series that ran consecutively from 1983 until 1994. Both teams are coming off season-highs in points and offensive yardage, and both teams are both unbeaten on the road and winless at home this year. Meigs is being outscored by opponents by a 68-72 clip through three weeks, while THS has managed a 107-45 edge in points against opponents during that same span. Both teams have faced a 4-5 overall strength of schedule through three games. Trimble had four rushers gain over 34 yards last week and also had two punt returns for touchdowns, a field goal and a safety. THS also seven different players score a touchdown in last week’s win over South Gallia. Meigs is coming off its first win under first-year coach Mike Bartrum.


Eastern Eagles (1-2, 1-1) at Waterford Wildcats (1-2, 1-1)


Last Week: Eastern 47-7 loss at Wahama; Waterford 63-13 loss at Fort Frye.


Last Meeting: 2011, Waterford won 20-12 at Eastern.


Current head-to-head streak: Waterford has won 1 straight. Waterford leads series 6-4 since 2002.


EHS Offense Last Week: 127 rushing yds, 303 passing yds.


WHS Offense Last Week: 204 rushing yds, 18 passing yds.


EHS Offensive Leaders Last Week: RB Joey Scowden (23-55), QB Joey Scowden (20-34-303, TD, 3 INTs), WR Max Carnahan (6-85).


WHS Offensive Leaders Last Week: RB Andrew Lang (12-64), QB Brian Moore (2-8-18), WR Wyatt Porter (2-18).


EHS Defense Last Week: 391 rushing yds, 70 passing yds.


WHS Defense Last Week: 263 rushing yds, 212 passing yds.


Notes: The home team in this series has lost the last two contests, and the Eagles have won two of the last three overall. The Wildcats will be making their home debut after playing three straight road games to start the 2012 campaign, which included a win at Miller (34-14) and losses to both Federal Hocking (16-14) and Fort Frye. WHS has been outscored 61-93 overall this fall, which includes a season-worst 63 points allowed last week at Fort Frye. Waterford did have four different ball carriers amass at least 29 rushing yards last week, but it also committed the only turnover in last week’s contest. Eastern dropped a 28-13 decision at home to Symmes Valley in the opener, then rebounded with a convincing 47-6 win over visiting Miller in Week 2 before falling last week in its first road game. EHS has been outscored 67-81 by its opponents, who have a combined record of 5-4. Waterford’s current strength of schedule sits at 4-5 overall. Despite an impressive 430 yards of total offense last week at Wahama, the Eagles committed the only four turnovers in that contest.