Warren looks to bounce back; Frontier seeks 3-0 start
VINCENT — The Warren Warriors hope to get back on track Friday night when they host the Meigs Marauders in a battle of teams who have both split their first two contests.
The Warriors opened their season with a 33-20 win over Crooksville but came out on the short end of a Don Drumm Stadium shootout in week two as they were out-pointed 52-34 by the undefeated Marietta Tigers.
Warren junior Evan Gandee had a huge game against the Tigers as he hauled in touchdown passes of 50 and 41 yards while also breaking a 99-yard kickoff return for the Warriors first score of the game.
Gandee isn’t the only big play threat the Warriors have as junior quarterback Kurt Taylor fired scoring strikes of 73 and 74 yards to senior receiver Brandon Simoniette, who also completed a touchdown pass to Gandee.
Taylor completed 15-of-23 pass attempts for the Matt Kimes-led Warriors for 265 yards and three touchdowns.
While the Warriors were able to come up with several big plays against the Tigers, they will need to do a much better job of not allowing the big play on defense after the Tigers scored on three plays of 50 yards or longer.
After being blanked in their season opener against Gallia Academy, Meigs rallied last week to down Rock Hill 44-28 to even their record.
Jake McElroy led the way for the Marauders with 130 yards on 10 carries while Abe Lundy tallied 56 yards on just nine touches.
Quarterback Coulter Cleland passed for three touchdowns and ran for two more while Landon Acree returned a punt 63-yards for a score.
The two teams did not play one another in 2018.
BRIDGEPORT (0-2) at FRONTIER (2-0)
NEW MATAMORAS — Easily off to their best start in five seasons, the Frontier Cougars will look to make it three in a row Friday night when they host the Bulldogs of Bridgeport.
The Russ Morris-coached Cougars have not been seriously challenged through the first eight quarters of football in 2019 as they opened with a 61-6 win over Paden City before traveling to Beallsville last week and returning to New Matamoras with a 47-13 win.
The Cougars used a very balanced offense to steam-roll the Devils as they ran for 235 yards and passed for 207 more while allowing Beallsville to gain just 195 total yards.
Sophomore quarterback J.D. Schmidt was outstanding once again as he completed 14-of-21 pass attempts for 163 yards and a pair of scores.
Schmidt shared the wealth as Kaylb McQueary (4-57), Noah Barnhart (4-49) and Logan Brookover (4-35) each hauled in four pass receptions while Barnhart led the blue and gold with 114 yards rushing on 14 carries.
The Bulldogs were edged by Madonna (21-18) in their season opener before being blanked by Monroe Central (48-0) in week number two.
Bridgeport, which committed four turnovers in last week’s loss to the Seminoles, was led by freshman Joe Bugaj who carried the rock 14 times for 83 yards.
The two teams also did not meet in 2018.
BELPRE (0-2) at
CORNING — After opening the season with punishing losses to power-houses Fort Frye (34-12) and Trimble (46-0) the Golden Eagles look to get things heading in the right direction Friday night when they travel to Corning to take on the Miller Falcons in a Tri-Valley Conference battle.
The Eagles were unable to get any kind of offense going last week against the Tomcats as they totaled just 56 yards of offfense.
The Mike DeVol-coached Eagles are led by junior quarterback Connor Baker and the backfield tandem of seniors Logan Adams and Nick Godfrey.
Godfrey carried the ball 9 times for 42 yards to lead Belpre in rushing last week.
Miller has been in a pair of nail-biters in the first two weeks as they edged Beallsville 28-25 in week on before falling to Wahama 24-20 last Friday night.
Key players for Miller include quarterback Colby Bartley, who completed 8-of-23 pass attempts for 102 yards last week while carrying the ball 25 times for 194 more and receiver Hunter Wellspring who caught six balls for 57 yards.
Last season Belpre notched their first win of the year with a 36-19 win over the Falcons.
REIGNING SPORTS ACADEMY (1-1) at SHENANDOAH (2-0)
SARAHSVILLE — It’s been “so far so good” so far for the Shenandoah Zeps as they have adapted very well to a 2019 schedule that has seen them down a pair of brand new quality opponents in Malvern and Northridge.
The Zeps will look to extend their season-opening streak to three Friday night when they host Reigning Sports Academy out of Columbus in a game that will not count in the OHSAA standings.
Shenandoah used a thrilling fourth quarter drive to down Malvern (36-33) in week one before doubling up on Northridge (28-14 ) last week in their home opener.
Zep running back Briar Portman put together his second straight big game as he tallied 144 yards and scored three more times, duplicating his three-touchdown performance in week one.
Junior signal-caller Ayden Smith was solid once again as he completed 9-of-15 pass attempts for 150 yards and two touchdowns while senior Kendal Sherman (13 carries for 46 yards) and junior Cade Denius (6 receptions for 86 yards) had big games as well.
Reigning Sports has split their first two games of the season.
Even though the game will not count in the OHSSA playoff point standings it could still help the Zeps chances as it reduces their divisor to 90.
(2-0) at RIVER (0-2)
HANNIBAL — Second-year Seminole head coach Josh Ischy has the Seminoles rolling as they look to extend their winning streak to five games when they travel to Hannibal to battle rival River.
After winning their final two games to close out the 2018 campaign, the Seminoles have kept right on going as they have not allowed a single point yet this season with shutout wins over Union Local 21-0 and Bridgeport 48-0.
Last Saturday on the road the Seminoles used five different ways to find the end zone in the first 24 minutes alone.
Junior Alex Kilburn scored a pair of rushing touchdowns and quarterback Malachi Rose-Burton connected with Wyatt Young on a touchdown pass while Dillon Lincoln (kickoff), Talin Babcock (interception) and Young (punt return) all scored in the first half alone.
The opening two games have been a bit of a struggle for the Pilots who have been beaten by both Bellaire (28-6) and Southern (27-6).
Last season River picked up a 28-7 win over the Seminoles.
MORGAN (0-2) at
NEW LEXINGTON (2-0)
NEW LEXINGTON — The Raiders hope the third time is the charm Friday when they travel to New Lexington to take on a red-hot Panther squad.
The first two weeks have not been kind to second-year Morgan head coach Chase Bowman and his Raiders as they have been beaten soundly by Marietta (56-14) and Tri-Valley (44-13).
Last week Morgan allowed 37 points in the opening half and totaled just 128 yards of offense in the loss to the Scotties.
Junior quarterback Lucas Waters accounted for both Raider touchdowns as he scored on runs of one and five yards in the second and fourth quarters respectively.
Waters completed 8-of-20 pass attempts for 130 yards including two each to Karsen Mayle, Colton Young and Adam Niceswanger.
The Panthers will look to remain perfect on the season after lop-sided wins over Fairfield Union (48-6) and West Muskingum (62-0).
Last year in McConnelsville, New Lex crushed the Raiders 42-7.
CALDWELL (0-2) at TUSC. CENTRAL CATHOLIC (1-1)
NEW PHILADELPHIA — Perhaps if things would have bounced their way, the Caldwell Redskins could well have a pair of wins under their belts as they travel to Tuscarawas Central Catholic Friday night.
Unfortunately for fourth-year head coach Grant Gaydos and his Redskins they are still searching for their first win after tough losses to Buckeye Trail (12-7) in their season opener and to Eastern (20-14) in week two.
Against Eastern the Redskins carried a 14-7 lead into the fourth quarter before allowing the Eagles to score 13 unanswered points to sustain the loss.
Freshman quarterback Braxton Dudley scored both Caldwell touchdowns while rushing for 80 yards on nine carries while junior Caden Moore added 71 yards on 16 touches.
TCC dropped their season opener to Fisher Catholic 28-14 before rebounding for a 41-7 win last week over Grove City Christian.
Last year at the Noble County Fairgrounds, the Redskins downed the Saints 46-19.
FEDERAL HOCKING (1-1) at S. GALLIA (0-2)
CROWN CITY — After snapping a 40-game in week one with a win over Hundred, the Lancers hope to rebound from a week two loss to Southern (31-0) when they travel to South Gallia in a TVC tilt.
The Federal Hocking offense was silenced last week as they gained just 103 yards led by Donnie McCain who gained 37 yards on 10 touches.
Other key players for the Lancers include running back Mason Brown and receiver Elijah Lucas.
The Rebels have yet to taste victory in 2019 after losses to Symmes Valley (14-12) and Waterford (40-8).
Kyle Northrop accounted for their lone touchdown last week with an 85-yard kickoff return for a score and also led the Rebels in rushing with 40 yards on 10 carries.
South Gallia notched a 41-6 win last year in Stewart.
EASTERN (2-0) at
GLOUSTER — The only thing standing between the Eagles and a 3-0 start is one of the top teams in the state in Trimble.
Eastern will make the trip to Glouster Friday night looking to upset a Tomcat team that has yet to be scored upon in 2019.
Eastern rallied late last week to down Caldwell 20-14 and also owns an opening week victory over Huntington-Ross (39-25).
Steve Fitzgerald carried the ball 13 times for 110 yards last week against Caldwell while Blake Newland added 74 yards on 20 carries.
Quarterback Brady Yonker completed 4-of-12 pass attempts for 38 yards as the Eagles scored 13 points in the final quarter to pull out the win.
Trimble has looked unstoppable in the first two weeks of the season with dominating wins over Nelsonville-York (35-0) and Belpre (46-0).
The Tomcat defense held Belpre to just 56 total yards while quarterback Cameron Kittle fired four touchdown passes to lead the offense.
Kittle put the ball in the air just seven times completing five for 103 yards while Conner Wright led a 294-yard rushing performance with 240 yards and a touchdown on 18 touches.
Last season in Reedsville, the Tomcats blanked the Eagles 35-0.
CATHOLIC (1-1) at SOUTH HARRISON (0-2)
LOST CREEK, W.Va. — The Crusaders need a win over South Harrison to get back on track after last weeks tough loss to Ritchie County.
Parkersburg Catholic had no trouble at all with Hannan (58-0) in their season opener but came up short in a disappointing loss to the Rebels last Friday night.
Key players for the Lance Binegar-coached Crusdaers include quarterback Xavier Collie as well as running back Jeb Boice and receiver Eli Gardner.
South Harrison comes into the game looking for it’s first win after suffering losses to Doddridge County (49-6) and Liberty (36-6).
Key players for the Hawks include quarterback Noah Bumgardner and running backs Landon McFadden and Parker Bunch.
The Crusaders cruised to a 36-21 win over South Harrison in 2018.