Prep football roundup: Cadets, Eagles tangle
The Belpre Golden Eagles (1-0) host the Fort Frye Cadets (1-0) with a measure of revenge in mind Friday night after being beaten by the Cadets 28-13 and 45-20 the past two seasons respectively.
Both squads came out of the gate strong last week as the Fort opened at home with a 23-17, Pioneer Valley Conference victory over the River Pilots, while the Golden Eagles demolished Zanesville Rosecrans 54-0 in Zanesville.
The Eagles compiled 361 total yards against the Bishops including 243 on the ground.
Junior tailback Manny Tulius led the way for Belpre with 129 yards on seven carries while scoring touchdowns of 2, 5, and 30 yards in the season opener.
Golden Eagle sophomore quarterback Tavian Miller completed 4-of-9 pass attempts for 118 yards, including a 48-yard touchdown toss to freshman Dijon Bedgood, while also carrying the ball five times for 47 yards and a score.
As impressive as the Greg Adams-led Eagles were on offense, they may have been even more impressive on the other side of the ball as they limited Rosecrans to just 45 total yards in the shutout victory.
Chandler Lang paced the Cadets in their opener by completing 12-of-20 passes for 150 yards and a touchdown while tallying a team high 96 yards rushing to go along with a key 9-yard fourth quarter touchdown run.
C.J. Huck and Terren Huck both hauled in four of Lang’s passes for 68 and 41 yards respectively, while senior Zach Prichard accounted for 17 points in the game with a rushing touchdown, a receiving score, while also booting a 25-yard field goal and making good on a pair of extra points.
A win over head coach Eric Huck’s Cadets would be a huge step in the right direction for the young Eagles, who quietly have now won their past three games by a combined margin of 135-14 dating back to last season.
STEUBENVILLE CATHOLIC CENTRAL (1-0) AT FRONTIER (1-0)
The Frontier Cougars played about as well as a football team can play in the opening half of their season opening 39-14, Pioneer Valley Conference victory over the Shenandoah Zeps last Friday night.
The Cougars would like nothing better than to repeat that performance at home this Friday night when they host the Steubenville Catholic Crusaders in a non-conference match up of 1-0 teams.
Head coach Todd Bradford’s Cougars jumped out to a 27-0 halftime lead over the Zeps, getting first half rushing touchdowns by Donavon Boley, Dakota Welker, and Jared Howell.
The Cougars tallied 278 rushing yards in the game including 131 by Howell on just 12 carries and a pair of touchdowns.
Junior Rodney Barnes, who returned to the Cougars for the 2013 season after spending last year with the Warren Warriors, added 74 rushing yards, 47 receiving yards, scored a pair of touchdowns while also returning a punt 44-yards to set up another Frontier touchdown.
Defensively the Cougars started the season solidly as they allowed Shenandoah just 175 total yards in the game while yielding a poultry six first downs.
Catholic Central makes the trip to New Matamoras fresh off of an impressive 55-35 victory of their own over the Bellaire Big Reds in their season opener.
The Crusaders actually trailed Bellaire by a pair of touchdowns in the third quarter before rallying to score 34 unanswered points in the second half to win going away.
Central will rely heavily on their new “Loaded Pistol” offense, something the Cougar defense will have to adjust to.
The Crusaders totaled just under 400 yards of total offense in the game with 254 of those coming on the ground.
Key Crusaders to keep an eye on figure to be quarterback Brenton Colabella, running back Khalil Jones, as well as receivers Stone Romano, Ryan Fletcher, and Johnny DiCarlantonio.
FEDERAL HOCKING (0-1) AT WATERFORD (1-0)
The Federal Hocking Lancers travel to Waterford to battle the Wildcats in an early Tri -Valley Conference Hocking Division contest Friday night.
The Phil Hoffman led Lancers struggled in their season opener as they came out on the short stick of a 38-14 decision to Alexander.
Key players for the Lancers figure to be quarterbacks Phillip Hoffman and A.J. Cobb and running backs Peyton Seel, Delbert Crum, and Ivan Santiago.
The Wildcats opened their season with a 20-12 TVC conference victory over the Miller Falcons.
Senior running back Austin Lang scored a pair of rushing touchdowns, including one with just over three minutes to play to extend the Wildcat lead to eight points.
Lang carried the ball 19 times for 59 yards in the game while Jaret McCutcheon added 41 yards on 15 carries of his own.
Quarterback Isaac Huffman was quite impressive in his debut for head coach Tom Tucker’s Wildcats as the freshman completed 10-of-15 pass attempts for 91 yards, while scoring his first prep touchdown on a 1- yard plunge just before the end of the third quarter.
Last year Federal Hocking nipped Waterford 16-14 in Stewart.
TRI -VALLEY (0-1) at MORGAN (0-1)
The Tri-Valley Scotties, who saw a 14-game home winning streak come to an end in their season opener, travel to McConnelville Friday night to take on the Morgan Raiders in a Muskingum Valley League contest.
The Scotties blew an 11-point lead in the final quarter as they dropped a 17-14 decision to the Licking Valley Panthers.
Licking Valley scored a touchdown with just 26 ticks remaining in the game to spoil the Scotties season opener.
Tri-Valley was paced by Daniel Scott’s 170 yards rushing on 25 carries, while quarterback Brock Fargus completed a 15-yard touchdown pass to Hunter Mohler.
The Raiders also struggled in their season opener as they were handed a 41-28 loss by the Marietta Tigers.
The Morgan defense will look to regroup after yielding 372 total yards to the Tigers.
Offensively, the Raiders struggled as well as they accumulated just 126 total yards in the game.
A bright spot for Morgan in the opener was the performance of head coach Nate Smith’s special teams as they got a 90-yard kickoff return in the first quarter by Levi Barkhurst and an 80-yard kickoff return by Bruce Thompson in the final period.
Both Mason Edgell and Michael Apperson took snaps behind center for the Raiders in the opener.
Last Season the Scotties rolled to a 62-7 victory over the Raiders in Dresden.
CALDWELL (0-1) AT BUCKEYE TRAIL (0-1)
Head coach Josh Perkins and his Redskins will make the trip to Lore City Friday night to take on the Buckeye Trail Warriors as both teams will be looking to even their records at 1-1.
The ‘Skins opened the season a day earlier than most area teams last Thursday at the Noble County Fairgrounds and suffered a tough 7-0 loss at the hands of the Newcomerstown Trojans.
Caldwell had the ball deep in Trojan late in the game with the chance to tie but failed to get the ball into the end zone.
The Redskins turned the ball over three times and were assessed 90 penalty yards against Newcomerstown, two things they will need to correct this week to compete against the always tough Warriors.
Sophomore quarterback Tanner Clark had a nice game for the Redskins as he rushed for a team high 65 yards on 12 carries, while completing 6-of-8 passes for 69 yards.
Buckeye Trail opened the season with a tough loss of their own as they dropped a 27-21 decision to the Ridgewood Generals in West Lafayette.
The Warriors trailed 21-7 early on before battling back to knot the game at 21-21 only to allow Ridgewood to retake the lead in the final quarter.
Much like Caldwell, Trail had opportunities late in the game to tie the score or take the lead but the Warriors came up empty.
Quarterback Morgan Dougherty completed 9-of-18 passes for 168 yards and a pair of scores for Buckeye Trail.
The game will be the PVC opener for both teams.
SHADYSIDE (1-0) AT MONROE CENTRAL (1-0)
The Monroe Central Seminoles will look to rebound from a dissapointing opening week loss when they play host to the Shadyside Tigers Friday night in a non-conference battle.
The ‘Noles came up short in a heart breaking 14-13 week one loss to the Union Local Jets in a game that they led in the final quarter.
Junior Levi Brown produced both MC scores in the game with a 92-yard touchdown run in the opening quarter and a 32-yard touchdown reception on a pass from quarterback Zach Jorris.
Brown made the most of his four carries in the game as he totaled 104 yards, while Jorris completed 5-of-12 passes in the game for 64 yards.
If head coach Jay Circosta’s Seminoles are to even their record Friday night they will need to play their very best football as Shadyside comes to Woodsfield sporting a 14-game regular season winning streak.
The Tigers narrowly escaped the upset minded Meadowbrook Colts in their opener as they used a huge defensive play by Eric Howell to force a fumble late in the game to preserve a 22-20 victory in Byesville.
Key players for head coach Mark Holenka’s Tigers are quarterback Austin Dorris who rushed for 93 yards and a pair of touchdowns against the Colts and running back Chris Littell.
It was all Shadyside in the 2012 battle between the two as the Tigers rolled to a 35-7 win.
NEWCOMERSTOWN (1-0) AT SHENANDOAH (0-1)
The Newcomerstown Trojans will continue their tour of Noble County Schools when they travel to Sarahsville Friday evening to take on the Shenandoah Zeps.
The Trojans edged the Caldwell Redskins 7-0 last Thursday night as they got a third quarter touchdown run from Jibril Dansby and then stopped the Redskins deep in their own territory with minutes to go in the game to secure the victory.
Dansby ran for a game high 128 yards on 20 rushes while Cody Hall carried the rock 18 times for 60 yards.
The Zeps will be looking to snap an 11-game losing streak dating back to last season and hope to build on a strong second half performance in their 39-14 week one loss to the Frontier Cougars.
Shenandoah was dominated by Frontier 27-0 in the first half before playing much better in a second half that saw them outscore the Cougars by a 14-12 margin.
Sophomore running back Michael Vanfossen sparked the Zep offense with a 60-yard touchdown run, while Etan McKee added an 8-yard touchdown run of his own in the third quarter.
Vanfossen ran for 133 yards on 15 carries in the game, while McKee totaled 20 yards on six attempts.
Jacob Rossiter started at quarterback for second year Zeps head coach Kaleb Lawrence, while Tanner Moore and Ryan Lovette also took snaps behind center.
EASTERN (0-1) AT MILLER (0-1)
A pair of TVC Hocking Division schools will do battle Friday night when the Eastern Eagles travel to Corning to take on the Miller Falcons in a battle of the birds.
Both teams got off to a fowl start last week as Eastern was shutout 20-0 by Symmes Valley, while the Falcons opened conference play with a 20-12 loss to the Waterford Wildcats.
Junior quarterback Dylan Bresciani struggled in the opener for Eastern as he completed just 6-of-24 passes for 102 yards and an interception.
Senior running back Zack Scowden led the Eagles with 60 yards rushing on 12 carries, while Bresciani tallied 32 yards on six attempts.
Miller got an early score by a pair of Garrett’s as Garrett Bartley hauled in a 65-yard touchdown strike from quarterback Garrett Sinift to take the early 6-0 lead.
After allowing 14 unanswered points to the ‘Cats, Dakota Wilson’s one- yard touchdown midway through the final quarter closed the lead to two but that would be as close as the Falcons would get.
Last season Eastern drilled the Falcons 47-6 in Reedsville.
ST.MARYS (1-0) AT WIRT COUNTY (0-1)
The St. Marys Blue Devils will look to pick up right where they left off in week one when they travel to Elizabeth Friday night to battle the Wirt County Tigers.
The Devils broke open a close one with a 15-point fourth quarter on their way to a 32-10 win over Ritchie County in their season opener.
St. Marys led 17-10 heading into the final period before a pair of touchdown runs by Noah Spitzer put the game out of reach for good.
The Blue Devils accumulated a whopping 321 yards rushing in the game including a team high 92 from Spitzer on 17 carries.
David Gray added 76 yards on 13 carries while Ryan Miller ran the ball twice for 66 yards.
The St. Marys defense allowed Ritchie County just 123 total yards in the game.
Wirt County will be looking to even their season record at 1-1 as they dropped a 14-8 decision to Valley.
The Tigers turned the ball over four times in their week one loss including a fumble in the final minute of the game with the ball deep in Valley territory.
To contain the Tigers the St. Marys defense will need to stop quarterback Damian Rhodes who rushed for a team-high 85 yards on 16 carries in the opener.
Last season in St. Marys, head coach Jodi Mote and the Devils fell to Wirt 35-22 for what proved to be their only regular season loss of the season.
PARKERSBURG CATHOLIC (1-0) AT POCAHONTAS COUNTY (Sat. 1:30)
Last season the Parkersburg Catholic Crusaders were dominated by Buffalo 45-0 in their season opener.
What a difference a season makes as this year the Crusaders returned the favor with a 42-12 shellacking of Buffalo in a game played at Jackson Middle School in Vienna.
Catholic took a 22-6 lead into intermission and then scored 14 unanswered points in the third period to route the Bisons.
Catholic featured a very balanced running attack in week one as Payton Sturm, 10 rushes for 86 yards, Ryan Schriner (14-68), Jake Boice (12-67) and Kyle Bronski (5-42) all had productive games.
Pocahontas County, who dropped their season opener to Tucker County by a 21-7 margin, will look to reverse last year’s 20-14 loss to the Crusaders.