Wildcats host Bishop Donahue


By Alex Hawley - ahawley@civitasmedia.com



Hannan senior Chad Withers hustling down the field during the Wildcats’ loss to Montcalm on Aug. 28 in Ashton, W.Va.


Donald Lambert/OVP Sports

Bishop Donahue Bishops (6-2) at Hannan Wildcats (0-7)

Last Game: Bishop Donahue lost to Steubenville Central Catholic 42-14 in McMechen; Hannan lost to Tygarts Valley 65-0 in Mill Creek.

Five things to note:

1. Hannan is the lone Class A football program without a win this season, placing the Wildcats 38th in the latest small school rankings.

2. The Wildcats have dropped their last 17 decisions including eight on their home turf.

3. The Bishops won their first six games of 2015, but had lost back-to-back headed into their bye week. BDHS is currently ranked 13 in the race for the postseason.

4. Bishop-Donahue has outscored opponents by a 233-167 margin this fall, while Hannan has been outscored 372-54. No team in the state has scored fewer points than the Wildcats this season.

5. Hannan and BDHS have just one common opponent to this point, Paden City. The Bishops topped PCHS by a 30-20 tally, while Paden City claimed a 54-12 victory at Hannan.

Eastern Eagles (2-7, 2-5) at Southern Tornadoes (3-6, 2-5)

Last Week: Eastern lost to Belpre 46-6 in Tuppers Plains; Southern lost to South Gallia 48-21 in Mercerville.

Last meeting between the teams: November 1, 2014. Eastern won 28-26 in Tuppers Plains.

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

EHS offense last week: 104 rushing yards, 26 passing yards.

SHS offense last week: 170 rushing yards, 170 passing yards.

EHS offensive leaders last week: QB Jett Facemyer 2-8, 20 yards, INT; RB Cameron Richmond 5 carries, 74 yards, TD; WR Cameron Richmond 2 receptions, 20 yards.

SHS offensive leaders last week: QB Blake Johnson 10-21, 170 yards, TD, INT; RB Kody Greene 23 carries, 184 yards, 2TDs; WR Tommy Ramthun 5 receptions, 90 yards, TD.

EHS defense last week: 264 rushing yards, 80 passing yards.

SHS defense last week: 519 rushing yards, 53 passing yards.

Five things to note:

1. There’s nothing but bragging rights on the line, as both teams have been eliminated from postseason contention. Southern’s lone playoff apperence came in 2013, while EHS made trips in 2000 and 2001.

2. The last time EHS visited Roger Lee Adams Memorial Football Field was November 2, 2013 when the Purple and Gold claimed a 34-0 victory. The Eagles last won in Racine on October 29, 2011 by a 27-8 margin. Since 2000 Eastern holds an 11-4 record over Southern, including a 6-1 mark in Racine.

3. Both teams are looking to snap losing skids in the finale. Southern has dropped three straight games by an average margin of 21.3 points, while EHS has lost four in a row by an average margin of 39.8 points per game.

4. Eastern and Southern share seven common opponents to this point in the season. Both teams defeated Federal Hocking and lost to Miller, Belpre, Trimble and Waterford. Southern holds a 13-6 win over Wahama, which defeated Eastern 36-8, while the Eagles hold a 26-21 win over South Gallia, which defeated the Tornadoes 48-21.

5. Eastern is 1-3 on the road this season, and has been outscored 184-to-44 in games away from East Shade River Stadium. The Tornadoes are jus 1-3 in Racine this year and have been outscored 108-to-57 at Roger Lee Adams Field.

Gallia Academy Blue Devils (1-8, 1-1) at Jackson Ironmen (8-1, 2-0)

Last Week: Gallia Academy lost to Logan 48-13 in Gallipolis; Jackson defeated Talawanda in Jackson.

Last meeting between the teams: October 31, 2014 Jackson won 48-14 in Gallipolis.

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

GAHS offense last week: 88 rushing yards, 130 passing yards.

JHS offense last week: 222 rushing yards, 170 passing yards.

GAHS offensive leaders last week: QB Kole Carter 11-20, 130 yards, 2TDs; RB Kole Carter 13 carries, 75 yards; WR Devin Henry 3 receptions, 64 yards, TD.

JHS offensive leaders last week: QB Hunter Sexton 8-16, 142 yards, TD, INT; RB Blake McCoy 8 carries, 71 yards; WR Austin Leach 3 receptions, 85 yards, TD.

GAHS defense last week: 199 rushing yards, 264 passing yards.

JHS defense last week: 72 rushing yards, 108 passing yards.

Five things to note:

1. Since 1925 Gallia Academy football has been a staple of the Southeastern Ohio Athletic League. Friday night will be the final SEOAL football game for the Blue Devils, who hold a 325-221-20 all-time league record. GAHS has won 17 SEOAL football titles, including 11 outright.

2. Jackson has already clinched a share of its 24th league championship. The only way the Ironmen will share the title is if they lose and Logan defeats Warren. Jackson has 14 outright championships and holds a 335-208-22 all-time SEOAL record.

3. The Blue Devils are 42-39-5 against Jackson all-time, but the Ironmen have a 1284-1191 scoring advantage.

4. Gallia Academy has posted 1,026 yards and 12 touchdowns through the air this season, while rushing for 840 yards and seven scores. GAHS senior Kole Carter has accounted for 748 yards and seven touchdowns on the ground, while completing 76-of-187 pass attempts for 909 yards and 11 touchdowns.

5. This season, Gallia Academy has been outscored 104-to-31 in the first quarter, 91-to-34 in the second quarter, 59-to-19 in the third quarter and 69-45 in the fourth quarter.

South Gallia Rebels (5-4, 4-3) at Miller Falcons (6-3, 4-3)

Last Week: South Gallia defeated Southern 48-21 in Mercerville; Miller lost to Wahama 39-21 in Mason.

Last meeting between the teams: October 31, 2014. South Gallia won 20-6 in Mercerville.

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

SGHS offense last week: 519 rushing yards, 53 passing yards.

MHS offense last week: 58 rushing yards, 158 passing yards.

SGHS offensive leaders last week: QB Landon Hutchinson 7-15, 53 yards, TD; RB Isaiah Geiger 19 carries, 352 yards, 2TDs; WR Kane Hutchinson 7 reception, 53 yards, TD.

MHS offensive leaders last week: QB Cole Geil 9-15, 158 yards, TD, 2INTs; RB Zach Waldrop 15 carries, 49 yards, TD; WR Garrett Bartley 5 receptions, 70 yards, TD.

SGHS defense last week: 170 rushing yards, 170 yards.

MHS defense last week: 334 rushing yards, 109 passing yards.

Five things to note:

1. The winner of this game sets themselves up for a postseason berth. SGHS hasn’t qualified for the playoffs since 2011, while Miller hasn’t made it since 2000. For more information on the Rebels’ playoff chances go to http://mydailytribune.com/sports/2680/raiders-on-verge-of-history

2. The Rebels hold an 8-3 record over Miller since 2001. SGHS has outscored the Falcons 223-to-145 in that time period.

3. Miller has been led all season by senior Kody McKinniss, who has 1,630 yards and 23 touchdowns on 172 carries. The rest of the Falcons combined for just 766 rushing yards and 10 touchdowns. McKinniss was held to just 10 yards on four carries in last week’s MHS loss.

4. South Gallia has won three consecutive season finales, while Miller hasn’t ended the season with a victory in over a decade.

5. SGHS and MHS have both defeated Waterford, Federal Hocking and Southern this season, while both have lost to Trimble and Belpre. The Rebels defeated Wahama 54-19, but lost to Eastern 26-21, while The Falcons topped the Eagles 28-0, but fell to WHS by a 39-21 count.

Alexander Spartans (8-1, 5-0) at Meigs Marauders (6-3, 4-1)

Last Week: Alexander defeated Trimble 42-13 in Albany; Meigs defeated Wellston 50-38, in Wellston.

Last meeting between the teams: October 31, 2014 Meigs won 38-7 in Albany.

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

AHS offense last week: 315 rushing yards, 104 passing yards.

MHS offense last week: 287 rushing yards, 308 passing yards

AHS offensive leaders last week: QB Mason Chapman 3-5, 39 yards, 2TDs; RB Mason Chapman 17 carries, 168 yards, 3TDs; WR Jake Weaver 3 receptions, 64 yards, 2TDs.

MHS offensive leaders last week: QB Cody Bartrum 18-24, 308 yards, 2TDs; RB Lane Cullums 21 carries, 125 yards, TD; WR Colton Lilly 7 receptions, 81 yards, TD.

AHS defense last week: 90 rushing yards, 133 passing yards.

MHS defense last week: 296 rushing yards, 43 passing yards.

Five things to note:

1. Alexander has already clinched a share of the Tri-Valley Conference Ohio Division title and a home playoff game. Meigs, which even with a win is a long shot to make the playoffs, can earn a share of its fifth TVC Ohio crown with a win. MHS last won a league title on the gridiron in 1998.

2. Meigs holds a 26-4-1 all-time record over Alexander and haven’t lost to the Spartans since 2011. The last time AHS visited Rocksprings was November 1, 2013. The Marauders claimed a 40-7 victory in that game.

3. The Marauders have allowed 1,986 yards and 24 touchdowns on the ground this season, while surrendering 761 yards and eight scores through the air. Meigs has 1,523 yards and 22 touchdowns on the ground this season, led by Kaileb Sheets with 610 yards and six scores on 101 carries.

4. This season the Maroon and Gold have been led by junior quarterback Cody Bartrum. Bartrum has completed 138-of-234 pass attempts for 1,997 yards and 15 touchdowns, with just four interceptions. Bartrum has also run for 270 yards and eight scores this year.

5. Colton Lilly and Kaileb Sheets are the only two MHS receivers to catch at least one pass in every game this season. Lilly leads the Meigs receiving corps with 711 yards and seven touchdowns on 46 receptions, while Sheets has 628 yards and five scores on 51 grabs.

River Valley Raiders (7-2) at Shadyside Tigers (3-6)

Last Week: River Valley defeated Athens 35-21 in Bidwell; Shadyside defeated Bridgeport 54-8 in Shadyside.

Last meeting between the teams: None since 2001.

Current head-to-head streak: N/A.

RVHS offense last week: 147 rushing yards, 177 passing yards.

SHS offense last week: 65 rushing yards, 236 passing yards.

RVHS offensive leaders last week: QB Dayton Hardway 14-21, 177 yards, 3TDs, INT; RB Mark Wray 19 carries, 95 yards, 2TDs; WR Kirk Morrow 7 receptions, 120 yards, 2TDs.

SHS offensive leaders last week: QB Johnson 8-10, 231 yards, 5TDs, INT; RB Cain 7 carries, 36 yards, TD; WR Cline 4 receptions, 117 yards, 3TDs.

RVHS defense last week: 127 rushing yards, 211 passing yards.

SHS defense last week: 2 rushing yards, 89 passing yards.

Five things to note:

1. River Valley has all but secured its first ever postseason berth, and a Raiders victory will guarantee it. For more information about the RVHS postseason pursuit go to http://mydailytribune.com/sports/2680/raiders-on-verge-of-history

2. River Valley is going for its eighth win of the season, which would match the RVHS win total for the past three seasons. The Silver and Black have posted a school record for wins in a season with seven.

3. The Raiders have felt right at home away from Bidwell this season, winning all-four road games. RVHS has outscored opponents 125-to-24 on the road, while recording two road shutouts.

4. These two started the season in completely different directions. RVHS won four straight to start the year, while the Tigers lost their first four. Since then both teams are 3-2.

5. Even at 3-6 the Tigers are still eligible for the postseason, but they must win. Shadyside has made the playoffs 14 of the last 15 seasons, including 10 consecutive.

Hannan senior Chad Withers hustling down the field during the Wildcats’ loss to Montcalm on Aug. 28 in Ashton, W.Va.
http://mydailyregister.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/10/web1_10.30-HAN-Withers.jpgHannan senior Chad Withers hustling down the field during the Wildcats’ loss to Montcalm on Aug. 28 in Ashton, W.Va. Donald Lambert/OVP Sports

By Alex Hawley

ahawley@civitasmedia.com

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