Frontier looking to build off first win of season
CAMERON, W.Va. — The Cougars would like nothing more than to make it two- in-a-row against West Virginia schools as they travel to Cameron to take on the Dragons.
Frontier broke into the win column last week with a 22-6 win at home over Ritchie County.
The Cougars got strong performances by a pair of young backs as freshman Noah Barnhart scored a pair of touchdowns and sophomore Logan Brookover added another while accumulating 77 yards of offense.
Senior quarterback Eric Tidd completed 2-of-5 pass attempts for 32 yards and rushed for 45 more on 16 carries.
Cameron has came away victorious in their first two games of the season as they own wins over Hundred (62-22) and Valley Wetzel (28-0).
The Dragons win over Valley last week extended their regular season winning streak to 12 games.
Last year in New Matamoras, Cameron drilled the Cougars by a final score of 42-7.
WEST MUSKINGUM (0-3) AT MORGAN (0-3)
MCCONNELSVILLE — The Morgan Raiders will look to break into the win column Friday evening when they play host to a West Muskingum Tornado team that they have beaten soundly the past two seasons.
The 2017 campaign has been a struggle for fourth-year Raider head coach Derek Bragg and his Morgan team as they have dropped their first three games of the season to Marietta, Tri-Valley and New Lexington by a combined total of 112-20.
Last week the Raiders fell on the road 33-13 to New Lex to fall to 0-2 in Muskingum Valley League play.
Morgan is led by quarterback Dakota Leopold, who completed 9-of-18 passes last week including a touchdown pass to Cole Earich, who hauled in four pass receptions for 41 yards in the game.
Senior Griffin Burkhart intercepted a pass and also scored a 25-yard rushing touchdown to provide Morgan with their other score.
West Muskingum has struggled just as badly as the Raiders as they have dropped their first three games to East Knox, New Lexington and Philo by a margin of 25-159.
Morgan downed The Tornadoes 48-0 in last year’s season finale after doubling up on them 28-14 in 2015.
MONROE CENTRAL (0-3) AT CALDWELL (1-2)
CALDWELL — A pair of Pioneer Valley Conference rivals will do battle Friday evening when the winless Monroe Central Seminoles travel to Caldwell to battle the 1-2 Redskins.
Much like last season when they finished the season at 1-9, the ‘Noles are off to an uncharacteristically slow start as they have fallen to Union Local (40-23), Shadyside (40-8) and River (41-25), three schools that have a combined record of 8-1.
Senior quarterback Ryan LaFollette has been a bright spot for the Jay Circosta-coached Seminoles as he has rushed for 232 yards and four touchdowns on 61 carries while completing 17-of-35 pass attempts for 190 yards and a pair of touchdowns.
Robert Bigler and Zac Jones both have a touchdown reception for Monroe Central.
Caldwell’s season got off to a great start when the Redskins went on the road and shellacked Fairfield Christian 54-14 but things have gone south since as they have lost their next two games to Bellaire (35-6) and Bishop Rosecrans (34-0).
Junior quarterback Drew Ivey is off to a fast start as he has rushed for 312 yards on 39 carries for four touchdowns in the first three weeks of the season.
Robbie Cool has been Caldwell’s best receiver while Michael Gerard leads the Redskin defense in tackles.
Last season in Woodsfield, Caldwell scored their first win of the season with a 36-8 victory over the Seminoles.
SHENANDOAH (3-0) AT BARNESVILLE (1-2)
BARNESVILLE — The red-hot Zeps will look to stay perfect on the season and dish out a bit of revenge on a Barnesville team that beat them soundly in 2016.
Shenandoah has rolled to wins to open the 2017 campaign over Frontier (51-6) River (44-12) and Salineville Southern (28-0) using a tenacious defense along with a very balanced offense.
Senior running back Nick Miller had his third straight outstanding game of the season last week against Southern as he accounted for nearly 200 total yards for the third straight week.
Miller ran for 156 yards on 18 carries while hauling in three passes for 26 more yards.
Quarterback Boone Jones completed 9-of-18 pass attempts for 88 yards and receiver Hunter Graham caught four passes for 37 yards.
Barnesville got off to a strong start with a 35-7 win over Newcomerstown but has struggled since, dropping games to Meadowbrook (50-7) and Buckeye Trail (43-12).
Quarterback Cade Hannahs completed 10-of-22 pass attempts against Trail for 164 yards and a pair of touchdowns.
Gage Hannahs hauled in four passes for 32 yards and a score while Jacob Galloway caught three balls for 83 yards and a touchdown.
Last season in Sarahsville the Shamrocks blasted the Zeps 50-16.
WAHAMA (0-3) AT BELPRE (1-2)
BELPRE — One week after scoring their first win of the season, the Belpre Golden Eagles will look to hold off a team looking for their first Friday night as they play host to the winless Wahama White Falcons.
Belpre took out the frustration of losses in week one and two to Fort Frye (42-21) and Trimble (44-7) respectively by pounding winless Federal Hocking 51-0 last Friday.
Five different Belpre players scored at least one touchdown against the Lancers with Tojzae Reams leading the way with both a rushing touchdown and an interception return for a score.
Reams, Connor Baker, Logan Adams, Isaac Tullius and Ryan Simonette all scored for the Greg Adams-led Eagles against the Lancers.
Wahama dropped a heartbreaking, double- overtime decision to Southern (27-21) last week after being defeated by Ravenswood (27-12) and Waterford (27-0) in their first two games.
Christian Thomas led the Falcons with 117 yards and three touchdowns on 26 carries last week against Southern while quarterback Bryton Grate completed 4-of-10 pass attempts for 29 yards.
Last year in Mason, Belpre came away with a 28-20 win over Wahama.
WIRT COUNTY (2-1) at CATHOLIC (0-2)
PARKERSBURG — The Tigers look to make it three-out-of-four when they travel to Parkersburg to take on the Crusaders Friday night.
Catholic, who was forced to cancel last weeks game against St. Marys due to a lack of healthy players, will look to be well enough to challenge a solid Wirt County team.
The Tigers own victories in week one and week three respectively over Calhoun County (38-0) and Gilmer County (36-28) sandwiched around a loss to defending state champion St. Marys (39-0) in week two.
Last season in Elizabeth, Catholic routed Wirt County 41-0.
FEDERAL HOCKING (0-3) AT EASTERN (1-2)
REEDSVILLE — After being blanked for the first eight quarters of the season, Eastern decided to do the blanking themselves last week as they captured their first win of the season by shutting out Green (41-0).
Friday night visiting Federal Hocking will look to follow suit and break through for their first 2017 win when they travel to Reedsville.
Eastern was held scoreless in week one against River Valley (27-0) and Miller (30-0) before busting through in a big way over Green.
Josh Brewer ran for 142 yards on 18 carries for four touchdowns to pace Eastern while signal caller Nate Durst competed half of his 14 pass attempts for 80 yards.
Federal Hocking will look to get untracked offensively as the Lancers have scored just 12 points in their first three games in losses to Alexander, South Gallia and Belpre.
The Lancers will be looking to snap a regular season losing streak that now has stretched to 24 games.
Last season in Stewart, Eastern shutout Federal Hocking 37-0.