Fort, Waterford, Frontier seek 2-0 starts
Belpre hosts Trimble in key TVC matchup
BELPRE — To say the Belpre Golden Eagles have as tough a schedule as anyone to open the 2019 campaign would be a major understatement.
Belpre opened things up last week at Fort Frye and gave the reigning regional champion Cadets all they wanted for the first 24 minutes of the game before dropping a 34-12 decision.
Things won’t get much easier at all for the Mike DeVol-led black and orange as they open their home and Tri-Valley Conference schedule Friday night by hosting last year’s state-runner up Trimble Tomcats at Ralph Holder Stadium.
Belpre got a huge game from senior Logan Adams, whose 34-yard kickoff return set up a Nick Godfrey touchdown for Belpre’s first touchdown of the game while his 80-yard touchdown scamper pulled the Eagles to within a point late in the first half.
Adams accounted for 148 yards rushing on 13 carries against Fort Frye while quarterback Connor Baker completed 6-of-13 pass attempts for 48 yards.
Trimble picked up right where it left off last week by rolling to a 35-0 win over Nelsonville-York in a game that saw the Tomcat defense allow the Buckeyes just 70 yards of total offense.
The Phil Faires-coached Tomcats have beaten Belpre 11 consecutive times including a 35-0 win in last year’s second game in Glouster.
Trimble is led by quarterback Cameron Kittle and the backfield tandem of Connor Wright and Sawyer Koons.
NELSONVILLE YORK (0-1) AT FORT FRYE (1-0)
BEVERLY — One would have to imagine that revenge is on the minds of the Fort Frye Cadets when they host Nelosnville-York in a non-conference showdown Friday night.
Back in November of 2017, the Buckeyes spoiled a great Fort Frye fourth-quaarter comeback by dealing the Cadets a heart-breaking 26-20 loss in a regional semifinal thriller in New Lexington.
Fort Frye trailed 20-0 heading into fourth quarter before rallying to tie the game only to watch the Buckeyes win in overtime.
The Cadets kicked off the 2019 campaign in grand fashion last week by scoring 21 unanswered point in the second-half to down Belpre 34-12.
Fort Frye was led by senior running back Tyler Fisher with 123 yards and a pair of touchdowns on 18 carries.
Junior Brian Adkins also scored a pair of touchdowns while carrying the ball 10 times for 85 yards while sophomore quarterback Ian Ellis also found the end zone in his first varsity start with a 10-yard scramble in the third quarter.
Nelsonville-York could not get on track offensively in a 35-0, season opening loss to Trimble.
Key players for the Buckeyes include quarterback Mikey Seal and running backs Keegan Wilburn, Brandon Phillips and Dalton Flowers.
SOUTH GALLIA (0-1) AT WATERFORD (1-0)
WATERFORD — The Eric McCutcheon-coached Wildcats will look to make it two in a row when they welcome South Gallia Friday night in their home and conference opener.
Waterford got off to a great start last week by crushing Sciotoville East 40-0.
The young Wildcats led 34-0 at the intermission led by senior quarterback Zane Heiss, who scored touchdowns both on the ground and through the air in the first 16 minutes.
Waterford was led in rushing by junior Joe Pantelidis with 74 yards and a touchdown on just four touches while senior receiver Nick Fouss hauled in three pass receptions for 93 yards and a touchdown.
Sophomore Holden Daily added a pair of touchdown runs for the green and white.
South Gallia came up on the short end of a 14-12 decision against Symmes Valley.
First-year Rebel head coach Vance Fellure saw his team blow a 12-point lead in the final quarter despite a 149 yard performance by running back Kyle Northup.
Last season Waterford clawed its way to a 41-6 win over the Rebels.
FRONTIER (1-0) AT BEALLSVILLE (0-1)
BEALLSVILLE — After a very impressive first game showing, the Frontier Cougars will look to make it two in a row when they travel to Beallsville Friday night.
The Cougars crushed Paden City 61-6 in their opener, led by the strong right arm of sophomore quarterback J.D. Schmidt.
Schmidt completed 12-of-16 pass attempts for 309 yards and five touchdowns while also running for a score and kicking five extra points.
Sophomore reciever Tanner Bills caught a piar of touchdowns from Schmidt while Noah Barnhart, Logan Brookover and Kaylb McQueary each caught one.
Barnhart led the vegal blue and gold with 105 yards and a pair of touchdowns on 10 carries.
The Devils, who lost a tough 28-25 decision in their opener to Miller are led by quarterback Dakota Phillips and running back Wyatt Moore.
Last year’s matchup was all Cougars in New Matamoras as they rolled to a 61-6 win over Beallsville.
TRI-VALLEY (1-0) AT MORGAN (0-1)
McCONNELSVILLE — Morgan opens Muskingum Valley League play Friday night as they host the always tough Tri-Valley Scotties in their home opener.
Tri-Valley was led by junior Jordan Pantaleo as it easily downed Logan 35-7 to open the 2019 campaign.
Morgan traveled to Marietta and came home on the wrong side of a 56-14 loss to the Tigers.
Morgan actually scored first on a 14-yard touchdown pass from Lucas Waters to Colton Young before Marietta reeled off 49 unanswered points.
Brady White recovered a fumble in the end zone in the final quaarter to account for the other Raider score.
Last season the Scotties plowed the Raiders 71-6 on their way to a 10-2 season.
CALDWELL (0-1) AT EASTERN (1-0)
REEDSVILLE — The Redskins kicked the local high school football season off last Thursday night as they dropped a tough 12-7 decision to Buckeye Trail at the Noble County Fairgrounds.
A very young Caldwell team will likely have their hands full with the Eagles who scored an impressive 47-20 win over Huntington-Ross last week in their opener.
Eastern tallied 439 rushing yards in that game led by Blake Newland (30-181) and Steve Fitzgerald (19-125).
The Redskins lone score in their opener came when freshman Braxton Dudley returned a punt 95 yards for his first varsity touchdown.
Junior Caden Moore led the ‘Skins in rushing with 57 yards on 21 carries.
Last season at home Caldwell downed Eastern 38-6.
MONROE CENTRAL (1-0) AT BRIDGEPORT (0-1)
BRIDGEPORT — In perhaps one of the biggest surprises of the opening week, the Monroe Central Seminoles blanked Union Local 21-0 thanks to an outstanding defensive effort to capture their third win in a row dating back to last season.
The Josh Ischy-coached ‘Noles intercepted Union Local passers six times including one that was returned 15 yards for a score by Michael Bunning.
Junior fullback Alex Kilburn led the way for Monroe Central offensively as he totaled 124 rushing yards on 24 carries.
Bridgeport lost a tough one in its opener as it fell to Madonna 21-18.
The two teams did not meet in 2018.
NORTHRIDGE (0-1) AT SHENANDOAH (1-0)
SARAHSVILLE — If Shenandoah goes on to have a good football campaign in 2019 the Zeps can likely look back to week one, when a long drive in the closing minutes of the game resulted in a thrilling 36-33 win over Malvern.
The Zeps found themselves trailing by three points with only three minutes to play and the ball deep in their own territory and promptly drove 95 yards to take the go-ahead score en route to the win.
Junior Briar Portman scored three touchdowns, including the game-winner in the closing minutes, while junior quarterback Ayden Smith completed 15-of-28 pass attempts including five to junior Cade Denius for 87 yards.
Northridge fell to East Knox 41-0 in its season opener and will look to even its record when it travels to Sarahsville.
The two teams did not meet in 2018.
SOUTHERN (1-0) AT FEDERAL HOCKING (1-0)
STEWART — It had sure been a long time coming for Federal Hocking.
The Lancers snapped a 40-game losing streak last week with a 28-20 victory over Hundred and will now set their sights on two in a row Friday night when they host the Southern Tornadoes in a Tri-Valley Conference tussle.
Key players for Federal Hocking include signal-caller Donnie McCain, running back Mason Brown, receiver Elijah Lucas and lineman Damien Snedden.
Southern, a playoff team a season ago, kicked off its 2019 campaign with a 34-6 trouncing of Notre dame.
Key players for Southern include quarterback Gage Shuler, running back Trey McNickle and receiver Gage Barrett.
Last season in Racine, the Tornadoes routed the Lancers 57-6.
CATHOLIC (1-0) AT RITCHIE COUNTY (1-0)
ELLENBORO, W.Va. — A pair of rivals fresh off of great first week wins do battle when the Crusaders travel to Ellenboro, W.Va., to take on the Rebels.
Ritchie County opened with a big 58-20 win over Tyler Consolidated as it scored early and ofter to hold the Knights at bay.
Tre Moss and Garrett Owens scored three time apiece and each went over 100 yards rushing for a Ritchie County team that scored in every single quarter of the game.
The Crusaders were equally impressive in their opener at home as they blanked Hannan 58-0.
Catholic scored 39 points in the first quarter alone.
Jeb Boice had a huge game for PC third-year head coach Lance Binegar as he rushed for five touchdowns while also hauling in a 52-yard pass from quarterback Xavier Collie.
Last year’s game was a thriller as Parkerburg Catholic edged the Rebels 32-28.