Eagles, Raiders, Blue Devils hit the road

Last updated: October 30. 2013 3:49PM - 1640 Views
By - ahawley@civitasmedia.com

Southern senior Tyler Barton (11) dives into the endzone between South Gallia's Landon Hutchinson (5) and Ethan Spurlock (10) during the Tornadoes 34-6 victory in Mercerville.
Southern senior Tyler Barton (11) dives into the endzone between South Gallia's Landon Hutchinson (5) and Ethan Spurlock (10) during the Tornadoes 34-6 victory in Mercerville.
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Eastern Eagles (2-7, 2-5) at Southern Tornadoes (7-2, 5-2)
Last Week: Eastern lost to Federal Hocking 20-14, in Tuppers Plains; Southern lost to Trimble 42-14, in Glouster.
Last meeting between the teams: October 27, 2012 Southern won 21-14 in Tuppers Plains.
Current head-to-head streak: Southern has won one straight.
EHS offense last week: 109 rushing yards, 138 passing yards.
SHS offense last week: 54 rushing yards, 91 passing yards.
EHS offensive leaders last week: QB Chase Cook 8-of-15, 138 yards, TD, 2INTs; RB Zack Scowden 16 carries, 58 yards, TD; WR Zack Scowden 2 receptions, 75 yards, TD.
SHS offensive leaders last week: QB Tristen Wolfe 7-of-18, 91 yards, TD, INT; RB Tyler Barton 12 carries, 48 yards; WR Hunter Johnson 4 receptions, 63 yards, TD.
EHS defense last week: 177 rushing yards, 41 passing yards.
SHS defense last week: 203 rushing yards, 207 passing yards.
Notes: For the first time in school history the Southern football team is headed to the postseason, but before the Tornadoes embark on their playoff journey they will have to face archrival Eastern. The Eagles, which has lost five straight games, will be looking to end its season in style. The Tornadoes were held to a season-low 54 rushing yards last week, the only time Southern had been held under 150 rushing yards this season. Southern was held to 14 points for the third time this season; matching a season-low. Southern's defense has shutout five teams this season, and held opponents to an average of 10.4 points per game. Over the last five games the Eagles have been outscored 140-to-51 and have been outgained 1,366-to-926. Last week SHS runningback Tyler Barton was held out of the endzone for the first time all season. Barton has rushed for 1,194 yards this season, just 97 yards less than the entire EHS team. Eastern holds a 9-3 record and a 345-to-145 scoring advantage over Southern since 2001. Southern snapped a three game losing streak to the Eagles last year with a 21-14 win at East Shade River Stadium. That game ties the 2009 21-14 EHS victory as the closest game over the last 10 times these teams have met. Eastern's 27-0 victory over SHS in the 2004 season remains the lowest scoring game between these rivals in the last 10 years. The last time Eastern traveled to Southern was 2011, where Eastern took a 27-8 triumph. This is the first time Eastern has played in November since facing Trimble in the 2001 postseason. If SHS were to win and Federal Hocking could upset Trimble then the Torndaoes, White Falcons and Tomcats would tie for the TVC Hocking title.
Gallia Academy Blue Devils (5-4, 1-2) at Jackson Ironmen (5-4, 2-1)
Last Week: Gallia Academy lost to Logan 35-21, in Gallipolis; Jackson defeated McClain 27-0, in Jackson.
Last meeting between the teams: October 26, 2012 Gallia Academy won 30-27 in Gallipolis.
Current head-to-head streak: Gallia Academy has won one straight.
GAHS offense last week: 102 rushing yards, 136 passing yards.
JHS offense last week: 357 rushing yards, 90 passing yards.
GAHS offensive leaders last week: QB Wade Jarrell 13-of-22, 136 yards, 2TDs; RB Wade Jarrell 14 carries, 40 yards, TD; WR Logan Allison 6 receptions, 45 yards.
JHS offensive leaders last week: QB Hunter Sexton 5-of-11, 90 yards, TD; RB Gabe Griffiths 10 carries, 89 yards, TD; WR Johnny Farley 1 reception, 49 yards, TD.
GAHS defense last week: 265 rushing yards, 81 passing yards.
JHS defense last week: 94 rushing yards, 14 passing yards.
Notes: GAHS will look to rebound from its disappointing past two games and defeat arch rival Jackson. The Blue Devil defense has given up 27 points per game this season, while scoring 39.1 points per game. The Last time GAHS lost three games in a row and three SEOAL games in a row was 2009. Jackson committed 10 penalties in last week's shutout win. JHS senior Alan Parana recorded the longest touchdown in Ironmen history last week with a 99-yard run. The Blue Devils are on pace to give up the most points per game since 2009. Jackson's three-game winning streak over the Blue Devils was snapped last season with a 30-27 GAHS win at Memorial Field. GAHS is led by quarterback Wade Jarrell with 799 rushing yards and 1,841 passing yards with 15 rushing touchdowns and 22 passing scores. The Blue Devils are 42-37-5 against Jackson all-time, but the Ironmen have a 1209-1170 scoring advantage. Last season JHS lost back-to-back SEOAL games for the first time since 2008. The Blue Devils haven't won in the Apple City since 2004. That remains the lone win for the Blue Devils at Alumni Stadium. This is Gallia Academy's first road game since traveling to Portsmouth on October 11. This is the third straight home game for Jackson to finish the regular season. Both GAHS and Jackson are mathematically eliminated from playoff contention, marking the first year since 2008 neither the Ironmen or Blue Devils will not play in Week 11. Jackson, which is missing the postseason for the second straight year, has secured its 11th consecutive non-losing season. Gallia Academy will be playing for its' third consecutive winning season. If Warren were to defeat Logan and Jackson were to defeat Gallia Academy the Ironmen and Chiefs would share the SEOAL crown. Only two SEOAL teams are still eligible for the postseason, Portsmouth and Warren, and both are long shots. The 1997 season was the last time the SEOAL wasn't represented in postseason play. This will be the first time since 2005 the SEOAL champion won't be in the postseason.
Van Bulldogs (3-5) at South Gallia Rebels (5-4, 4-4)
Last Week: South Gallia defeated Waterford 33-12, in Waterford; Van lost to Clay-Battelle 50-22, in Blacksville.
Last meeting between the teams: First Meeting.
Current head-to-head streak: N/A
VHS offense last week: 63 rushing yards, 232 passing yards.
SGHS offense last week: 227 rushing yards, 119 passing yards.
VHS offensive leaders last week: QB Brandon Elswick 8-of-13, 190 yards, 2TDs, INT; RB Brandon Elswick 8 carries, 39 yards; WR Justin Lambert 5 receptions, 78 yards, 2TDs.
SGHS offensive leaders last week: QB Ethan Spurlock 6-of-11, 119 yards, 2TDs, INT; RB Jacob White 17 carries, 164 yards, TD; WR Kane Hutchinson 1 reception, 46 yards.
VHS defense last week: N/A.
SGHS defense last week: 126 rushing yards, 100 yards.
Notes: With the playoff window still open the Rebels will host their final regular season game and hope for more. South Gallia will need a win Friday night over Van and a loss by Fairfield Christian Academy on Saturday in order to advance into the post season for the second time in three seasons. South Gallia's win over Waterford last week marked the first SGHS win since defeating Federal Hocking in week 6. SGHS runningback Jacob White has now rushed for over 100 yards in five consecutive games. In that span White has seven rushing touchdowns and 711 yards on 86 carries. The Rebels have been outscored 229-to-204 this season. Since defeating Hannan 40-6 on August 24, 2007 South Gallia is 0-9 against teams from West Virginia. The Bulldogs finished with a losing record last season for the first time since 2009. This is Van's first trip to Ohio since winning back to back games in the Buckeye state in 2007. Van defeated Eastern 21-14 in Tuppers Plains in week four and St. John Central 58-12 in Week five that season. The Bulldogs last game against an Ohio school was September 26, 2008 when they defeated visiting St. John Central 29-28. This is Van's second of three consecutive road games to end the season. A total of 105 miles separate the two schools, making this Van's longest road trip of the season. Last week was the longest road game of the year for the Bulldogs, as they traveled 217 miles one way to face Clay-Battelle. Since joining the TVC Hocking in 2010 South Gallia is 3-5 in non conference games including the 2011 postseason loss to Buckeye Central. The Bulldogs are led by Brandon Elswick with 1,102 yards on 52-of-92 passing with 15 touchdowns and four interceptions to go along with 1,130 yards and 13 scores on 140 carries. The Bulldogs receiving core is led by Justin Lambert with 474 yards and 10 touchdowns on 31 receptions and Logan Crouse with 439 yards and three touchdowns on 20 receptions. The Rebels haven't won both regular season non-conference games as a member of the TVC Hocking. Last season's 34-14 victory over Manchester is the first time since 2003 that SGHS ended the year on a victory. The Rebels won their final regular season game in 2005 but lost in the postseason.
Alexander Spartans (1-8, 0-4) at Meigs Marauders (6-3, 3-1)
Last Week: Meigs lost to Athens 61-13, in The Plains; Alexander lost to Wellston 20-0, in Albany.
Last meeting between the teams: October 26, 2012 Meigs won 26-14 in Albany.
Current head-to-head streak: Meigs has won one straight.
AHS offense last week: -20 rushing yards, 132 passing yards.
MHS offense last week: 130 rushing yards, 161 passing yards
AHS offensive leaders last week: QB Brody McGrath 15-of-36 132 yards, 3INTs; RB Joe Barnes 3 carries, 5 yards; WR Lukas Thompson 4 receptions, 45 yards.
MHS offensive leaders last week: QB Cody Bartrum 8-of-24, 104 yards, TD; RB Michael Davis 18 carries, 64 yards; WR Devon Cundiff 3 receptions, 62 yards.
AHS defense last week: 211 rushing yards, 103 passing yards.
MHS defense last week: 314 rushing yards, 218 passing yards.
Notes: The Marauders' four-game winning streak was snapped last week when they ran into Athens but the Maroon and Gold will look to end the regular season on a high note with a win over Alexander. The Spartans have lost eight consecutive games, following their season opening win over Federal Hocking. AHS did not allow a play longer than 30 yards in last week's loss to Wellston. The Spartans were shutout last week for the first time since October 21, 2011 when NYHS blanked the Alexander 53-0. Meigs was held to just 13 points last week, the lowest the Maroon and Gold have scored in a TVC Ohio contest since last season's 54-8 loss to NYHS. Since being inserted into the lineup Cody Bartrum has thrown for at least 100 yards in every game. Michael Davis has been the Marauders main offensive weapon this season gaining 1,071 total yards (663 rushing, 408 receiving). Davis is averaging 5.6 yards per carry and 14.6 yards per catch. Kaileb Sheets has done it all for the Marauders this season, rushing for 399 yards on 79 attempts with three scores, passing for 841 yards and 11 touchdowns, and catching for 280 yards and three scores on 15 receptions. The Marauders snapped a two season losing streak to the Spartans last season. Meigs' win last season is the 30th all-time for the Maroon and Gold over Alexander. The Spartans last trip to Meigs resulted in a 14-0 victory in the final game at Bob Roberts Field. Alexander is 4-4 in Meigs County over the past 10 seasons. This is the first home game for Meigs since October 11. The Spartans have been home three of the past four weeks. Meigs is looking for its best record and league record since 2008.
River Valley Raiders (1-8, 0-4) at Fairland Dragons (6-3, 4-0)
Last Week: River Valley lost to South Point 47-28, in South Point; Fairland defeated Rock Hill 27-0 in Proctorville.
Last meeting between the teams: October 26, 2012 Fairland won 47-19 in Bidwell.
Current head-to-head streak: Fairland has won 10 straight.
RVHS offense last week: -36 rushing yards, 297 passing yards.
FHS offense last week: 127 rushing yards, 235 passing yards.
RVHS offensive leaders last week: QB Dayton Hardway 17-of-35, 297 yards, 2TDs, 2INTs; RB Justin Arrowood four carries, 12 yards; WR Austin Bradley eight receptions, 123 yards.
FHS offensive leaders last week: QB Chance Short 14-of-27, 127 yards, TD; RB Evan Maddox 13 carries, 99 yards, TD; WR Derrick Willis 4 receptions, 36 yards.
RVHS defense last week: 236 rushing yards, 265 passing yards.
FHS defense last week: N/A.
Notes: The River Valley football team will attempt to pull off the upset Friday night when the Raiders travel to Proctorville to take on Fairland. The Dragons have already clinched a share of the Ohio Valley Conference title and a playoff spot. This is the first playoff appearance for Fairland since 2003 when the Dragons lost to Martins Ferry 56-6 in the opening round. The shutout by the FHS defense last week marks the only time the Dragons have given up less than 20 points this season. RVHS gave up 501 total yards last week, the most since surrendering 567 yards to Meigs in Week 3. RVHS senior Austin Bradley surpassed 1,000 total yards for the season in last week's game and he now sets at 1,055. Raiders quarterback Dayton Hardway has thrown for 1,470 yards this season in five games. The Raiders are 2-8 in season finales over the last 10 seasons but 0-10 against Fairland. The Dragons have only finished with a winning record two of the last 10 seasons, 2009 and 2003. The Raiders last trip to Proctorville resulted in a 31-7 Dragon victory. River Valley's last win over Fairland came on October 15, 2002 by a count of 19-0 in Cheshire. Since then the Dragons have outscored River Valley by an average of 30.2 points per game. The 69 points the Dragons posted in 2008 and the 66 points they scored remain the most points RVHS have given up in a game in the last 10 years. RVHS finishes its season and its three game road trip with this game, while this is the second of back-to-back home games for Fairland.

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