Prep football roundup: Cougars need a victory
Frontier High (4-4) travels to Woodsfield tonight to take on Monroe Central (5-3) in a huge Pioneer Valley contest that has playoff implications for both schools.
The Seminoles, who are currently ranked seventh in the Division VI Region 21 standings, would advance to the playoffs as the top eight ranked teams in each region qualify for the postseason.
Frontier currently finds itself on the outside looking in as the Cougars are the ninth ranked team in the Division VII, Region 25 rankings.
An upset win over the Seminoles would be big for Coach Todd Bradford and his Cougars.
Monroe Central comes into the game undefeated in the Pioneer Valley Conference, including wins over playoff hopefuls such as Fort Frye (48-20) and Caldwell (48-21).
Last week the Noles rolled to a 44-0 win over the Barnesville Shamrocks in a game in which quarterback Curtis Nixon ran for three touchdowns and threw for another.
Monroe Central running back Levi Brown has racked up just shy of 900 total yards on the season with 749 rushing yards on 105 carries while catching nine passes for 144 more.
The Cougars come into the game with just one conference win against three losses but fresh off of a 27-12 road victory over Valley Wetzel.
Running back Rodney Barnes seemed to excel as the new featured back in the Cougars offense as the junior rambled for 184 yards and a pair of touchdowns on 19 carries against Valley.
Quarterback Mitch Reynolds fired a 21-yard touchdown strike to Damon Metheney, while Nick Camino hauled in three Reynolds passes for 80 yards.
Last year in New Matamoras, Monroe Central blanked the Cougars 46-0.
FORT FRYE (6-2) AT SHENANDOAH (1-7)
Fort Frye will battle its second straight Noble County foe this week when it travels to Sarahsville to take on Shenandoah.
Last week the Cadets were defeated in a thriller by the Caldwell Redskins 20-19 in a game that came down to the final play for the second straight season between the two teams.
The loss to the Redskins put the Fort right on the bubble in the Ohio Division 6, Region 21 standings as the Cadets hold down the eighth and final playoff spot.
Chandler Lang had a big game for the Cadets last week as the senior quarterback rushed for 137 yards on 24 carries while finding the end zone for the 15th and 16th times on the 2013 season.
Running back Colten Shuster has become a nice complement to Lang in recent weeks as the 5-foot-9, 137-pound, all-purpose back has rushed for 484 yards while catching 10 passes for 146 more.
Shenandoah narrowly missed grabbing its second victory of the season last season as it dropped a 40-34 shootout to the River Pilots.
Quarterback Tanner Moore had his best game of the season as he completed 8-of-12 pass attempts for 113 yards and his first three touchdown passes of the season.
Ryan Lovette, Dakota Hornack and Jacob Rossiter each hauled in a touchdown catch against River, while sophomore running back Michael Vanfossen racked up his fifth 100-yard game of the season.
Last season in Beverly, it was all Cadets as the they thumped the Zeps 60-14.
CALDWELL (6-2) AT WEST MUSKINGUM (0-8)
Pardon the Caldwell Redskins when they travel to Zanesville tonight to take on the winless West Muskingum Tornadoes with a little extra hop in their step one week after a very emotional 20-19 win over the Fort Frye in Beverly.
The Redskins now sit comfortably in the No. 5 spot in the Division VII, Region 25 standings with only a pair of very winnable games against West Muskingum and Shenandoah remaining on their schedule.
A pair of year-ending wins, coupled with a loss to one of the four teams in front of them in the rankings, and the Skins could legitimately find themselves hosting a first-round playoff game at the Noble County Fairgrounds .
Bricker Lori continues to develop into one of the area’s top running backs as he rushed for 217 yards on 18 carries against Fort Frye including a huge 76-yard fourth-quarter touchdown to give the Skins the lead for good.
Lori has rushed for 936 yards on the season while fellow sophomore quarterback Tanner Clark has rushed for over 800 yards while throwing for almost 600 more.
The 2013 season has been a true struggle for the Tornadoes as they are allowing 56 points per game while scoring just under 12.
The two non-conference teams did not meet last year but West Muskingum did play one common Caldwell opponent this season as it dropped a 53-28 decision last week to Buckeye Trail, a team that the Redskins defeated 21-13 in Week 2.
SOUTH GALLIA (4-4) AT WATERFORD (2-6)
Waterford will take on visiting South Gallia tonight in a Tri-Valley Conference Hocking Division clash.
The Rebels come into the game looking to snap a two-game losing streak after winning their three previous contests.
Key players for South Gallia figure to be running backs’ Ethan Spurlock, Jacob White, and quarterback Landon Hutchinson.
The Wildcats were shut out last week by a very tough Southern Tornado team one week after snapping a five-game losing streak with a 44-6 victory over Franklin Furnace Green.
Freshman quarterback Isaac Huffman has completed 37-of-107 passes for 416 yards and a pair of touchdowns on the season for the Cats, while senior running back Austin Lang has racked up 442 yards on 115 carries.
Last season in a thriller in Crown City, South Gallia scored a 20-14 overtime triumph over the Wildcats.
BELPRE (3-5) AT MILLER (2-6)
Belpre will look to rebound from a 54-0 thumping at the hands of Trimble when it travels to Corning tonight to take on Miller in a TVC Hocking Division match up.
The loss to Trimble snapped a mini two-game winning streak for the Eagles, who now have their sights on finishing the season at .500.
Junior running back Manney Tulius was contained last week by the Trimble defense as he was held to just 42 yards on 15 carries.
Tulius has rushed for 630 yards on 102 carries on the season while missing two full games and the bigger portion of a third due to a leg injury.
Quarterback Tavian Miller struggled as well last week as he completed just 4-of-14 pass attempts for a poultry 19 yards.
The sophomore quarterback has passed for over 600 yards on the season for six touchdowns, while freshman receiver Dijon Bedgood owns 17 pass receptions for 324 yards.
Miller, who owns victories on the season over Hannan (26-20) and Millersport (20-0), was defeated 48-20 last week by the Federal Hocking Lancers.
Key players for Miller are QB Garrett Sinift as well as running backs’ Trevor Chilcote and Aaron Waldorp.
Last season Belpre rolled to a 54-14 victory over the Falcons in the battle of the birds at Ralph Holder Stadium.
MORGAN (0-8) AT PHILO (7-1)
Things won’t get any easier for Morgan this week as once again it attempts to get that elusive first victory of the 2013 campaign when it makes the short trip to Duncan Falls to take on Philo in a Muskingum Valley League contest tonight.
The Electrics come into the game looking for their sixth consecutive win of the season.
Only a Week 3 28-21 loss to Maysville stands between the Electrics and a perfect season.
Last week in a 44-14 win over New Lexington, quarterback Zak Sheridan fired three touchdown strikes, two to Hunter Smith, while running back Nathan Decozer rambled for 126 yards rushing and a pair of touchdowns.
Morgan has struggled mightily the past three weeks as the Raiders have been blanked by the likes of John Glenn (58-0), Maysville (63-0) and Crooksville (55-0).
Running backs’ Jerome Mayle, Kody Driggs and quarterback Michael Apperson will need to have big games against Philo if the Raiders are to pull off the upset.
Last season in McConnelsville, Philo shut out the Raiders 35-0.
FEDERAL HOCKING (4-4) AT EASTERN (2-6)
Federal Hocking travels to Reedsville tonight looking for a bit of revenge after dropping a heart-breaking 25-23 decision to the Eastern Eagles one season ago.
The Lancers will look to build on the momentum they gained in last week’s 48-20 TVC Hocking Division victory over the Miller Falcons.
Peyton Seel led the way for Fed Hock last week with 173 rushing yards on 15 carries while also reeling in three pass receptions for 53 yards.
Seel scored three touchdowns as did running back Delbert Crum who totaled 166 rushing yards on just 10 touches.
Eastern comes into the game in the midst of a four-game losing streak after dropping a 15-6 decision last week to Doddridge County.
The Eagles have victories over Miller (28-12) and Waterford (28-0) on the season.
QB Dylan Bresciani has completed 21-of-62 passes on the season for 386 yards and a pair of touchdowns while running back Zack Scowden leads Eastern in rushing with 316 yards on 73 carries.
Federal Hocking, which currently sits in the No. 12 spot in the Division VI, Region 25 standings, would need a pair of year-ending wins and several teams in front of them to lose to have any chance at all of advancing to the postseason.
SOUTH HARRISON (2-5) AT ST.MARYS (7-0)
The undefeated St. Marys Blue Devils will look to take another step into locking up the homefield advantage throughout the W.Va. Class A playoffs when they host the South Harrison Hawks at Imlay Field.
Last week the Devils survived a scare against a very tough Magnolia team as a 27-yard field goal by Garrett Furr was the difference in an 11-9 St. Marys win.
The top-ranked Blue Devils are loaded with weapons including quarterback Michael Stout, who has thrown for 639 yards and six TDs and running back David Gray, who has rushed the ball 78 times for 496 yards.
Jeremy Pratt (61-493) and Noah Spitzer (89-407) have also had big seasons thus far for head coach Jodi Mote and his team.
South Harrison will be looking to halt a two-game lslide as it has been beaten by both Parkersburg Catholic (37-14) and Tyler Consolidated (39-12) the past two weeks.
Key players for the Hawks figure to be quarterback Ian Riggleman and running backs Christian Marin and Chase Jenkins.
South Harrison continues to play with heavy hearts after the tragic loss of teammate Dylan Jeffries, who passed away from head injuries he suffered in a September 27th game.
Last season the Devils blanked the Hawks, 19-0.