Waterford, Southern set for key TVC Hocking showdown
RACINE — The winner of Friday night’s Tri Valley Conference showdown between visiting Waterford and the Southern Tornadoes will put themselves in great position to earn a spot in the playoffs while the loser may well find themselves on the outside looking in.
Both teams come into the game with identical 5-2 records with Waterford currently ranked 7th in the Division VII, Region 27 standings with the Tornadoes just outside the top eight in 10th.
Waterford survived a huge scare last week in Wahama when they trailed the underdog White Falcons at halftime before rallying to a 28-22 win.
The Wildcats are led by senior quarterback Zane Heiss, who has passed for 545 yards and four touchdowns and senior receiver Nick Fouss who has tallied 422 receiving yards on 19 receptions.
In the backfield the Wildcats rely on sophomore Holden Daily, who is closing in on 500 rushing yards as well as junior Joe Pantelidis, who has 340 yards on the season on 49 carries.
The only two losses suffered by the green and white are to a pair of the best teams in the state in Trimble and Fort Frye.
Southern dropped a tough one last week to Ravenswood 42-35, their second loss in the past three weeks.
The Tornadoes are led by running back Trey McNickle, who scored four touchdowns last week against the Red Devils while carrying the ball 22 times for 122 yards.
Quarterback Gage Shuler nearly reached the 100-yard mark himself as he totaled 97 yards on 14 totes while completing 6-of-14 pass attempts for 61 yards.
Last year in Waterford the ‘Cats rolled to a 42-7 win.
(7-0) AT MARIETTA (4-3)
The Tigers open East Central Ohio League play with a tough one Friday night as they welcome the undefeated New Philadelphia Quakers to Don Drumm Stadium.
The Quakers are currently ranked number one in the Division III, Region 9 standings after last weeks 56-0 shellacking of Ellet.
New Philly was led by quarterback Baron May who completed 9-of-12 pass attempts for 182 yards and a pair of touchdowns.
Senior Jent Joseph had a big game as well as he caught eight balls for 159 yards and also returned a kick 94-yards for a score.
The orange and black got back over the .500 mark last week with a dominating 54-8 win over Magnolia.
After missing a pair of games due to injury, Marietta senior standout Chase Taylor returned to the lineup and picked up right where he left off by rambling 50 and 64 yards for touchdowns in the first half.
Tony Munos and Kory Science also ran for a pair of touchdowns while senior quarterback Corbin Alkire opened the scoring with a 25-yard run of his own.
Last year the Quakers blanked Marietta at home 33-0.
AT FORT FRYE (7-0)
BEVERLY — The Cadets will look to solidify their number one ranking in the Division VI, Region 21 standings when they play host to their former conference rival Caldwell Redskins.
Fort Frye has not been seriously threatened since back in week number four when they pulled out a 42-34 win over the Meadowbrook Colts.
Last week the Fort crushed Barnesville 55-7 as they pulled out to a 35-0 lead at halftime.
Sophomore quarterback Ian Ellis had his best game of the season as he completed all nine of his pass attempts for 182 yards and three touchdowns.
Senior Tyler Fisher ran the ball nine times for 112 yards and a pair of scores and also caught a pair of touchdown passes from Ellis.
Zane Wallace also had a huge game for the Fort as the senior rushed the ball four times for 79 yards and two touchdowns while catching a 25-yard touchdown pass from Ellis.
Caldwell narrowly missed pulling off an upset over Frontier before falling to the Cougars 12-10 last week.
Freshman quarterback Braxton Dudley accounted for the lone score of the game for Caldwell on a two-yard run in the third quarter while Caden Moore carried the ball seven times for 40 yards.
The Redskins own wins over Monroe Central (21-18) and Conotton Valley (27-6).
Last season at the Noble County fairgrounds, Fort Frye downed Caldwell 42-8.
FRONTIER (6-1) AT
VALLEY WETZEL (2-4)
PINE GROVE, W.Va — Last weeks come-from-behind win over Caldwell was a huge one for head coach Russ Morris and his Frontier Cougars.
The Vegas blue and gold will look to take one step closer to their first playoff appearance in 14 years when they visit Valley Wetzel, a team that has won two of their past three games.
Frontier is currently ranked sixth in the D7, region 27 standings.
Junior Noah Barnhart’s 11-yard touchdown with seven minutes to play proved to be the game winner as the Cougars rebounded from their first loss of the season the week before to Parkersburg Catholic.
Barnhart just missed reaching the 100-yard mark in rushing as he finished with 98 yards on 19 carries while senior Joel Lewis added 58 yards and a TD on just 13 touches.
Sophomore quarterback J.D. Schmidt has his first off-game of the season as he completed 5-of-16 passes for 61 yards.
Valley blasted Hundred last week 42-6 and also owns a win over Beallsville (38-35), a team that the Cougars downed 47-13 in the seasons second week.
Key players for the Lumberjacks include running back David Sell and receivers Levi Anderson and Matt Arnette.
Last year in New Matamoras, the Cougars trounced Valley 34-8.
AT BERNE UNION (4-3)
SUGAR GROVE — The Zeps continue their march to winning a postseason berth when they make the long trek to Sugar Grove Friday night to take on Berne Union.
Shenandoah picked up it’s sixth win of the season last week in Woodsfield as they pulled out a 21-6 win over Monroe Central.
The Zeps are currently ranked number three in the D-7, Region 27 standings while Berne Union is within striking distance as the Rockets are ranked 12th.
The Shenandoah defense was outstanding last week as they limited the Seminoles to 57 yards of total offense.
Junior Briar Portman grinded out 108 yards last week on 31 carries while Kendall Sherman added 47 yards on nine touches.
Big six-foot-eight junior receiver Shakur Payton hauled in six pass receptions for 94 yards and a score.
Berne Union comes into the game on a three-game winning streak after last weeks 44-19 win over Windham.
The two non-conference schools did not meet in 2018.
MONROE CENTRAL (3-4) AT BARNESVILLE (3-4)
BARNESVILLE — The Shamrocks will look to snap a four-game losing streak and possibly salvage their season when they welcome the rival Monroe Central Seminoles Friday night.
After winning their first three games of the season, things have went south for Barnesville including last weeks 55-7 loss to Fort Frye.
The Seminoles gave Shenandoah a battle last week before falling 21-6 to fall under the .500 mark for the first time this season.
Running back Alex Kilburn has led the Monroe Central offense all season long and the junior went over 700 yards on the season last week against the Zeps.
Quarterback Malachi Rose-Burton connected with Wyatt Young on a 27-yard touchdown pass for the lone Seminole score of the game.
MC owns wins on the season over Union Local, Bridgeport and Magnolia.
Last year in Woodsfield, Barnesville roughed up the Seminoles 47-7.
LOGAN ELM (2-5)
AT MORGAN (0-7)
CIRCLEVILLE — Morgan will celebrate their homecoming Friday night when they play host to Logan Elm and the Raiders would like nothing more than to capture their elusive first win of the season.
Last week the Raiders proved to be no match at all for John Glenn as the Muskies rolled to a 42-7 win.
The Raiders struggled once again to move the football as their rushing attack was limited to just 34 yards in the game.
Junior Lucas Waters accounted for the lone score of the game for Morgan with a five yard touchdown run while junior quarterback Gabe Altier completed 6-of-23 passes for 75 yards.
Logan Elm snapped a five-game losing streak of their own last week with a 27-7 win over Fairfield Union.
The two teams did not meet in 2018.
PARKERSBURG CATHOLIC (5-2) VS. PENDLETON (6-0)
FAIRMONT W.Va. — If the Crusaders are going to stretch their winning streak to five games in a row, they will have to knock off the number one ranked team in the state in undefeated Pendleton County.
Catholic picked up its fourth straight win last week when they beat up on Calhoun County (45-16).
Senior Jeb Boice has gained over 1,100 yards on the season including 197 last week on 23 carries in the win over the Devils.
The Wildcats have scored 40 or more points in four consecutive games including last weeks 41-6 win over previously unbeaten and number four ranked Tygarts Valley.
Junior quarterback Isaiah Gardiner scored six rushing touchdowns last week as he ran for 133 yards and passed for 163 more.
The two teams did not play each other last season.
AT ST. MARYS (4-2)
ST. MARYS, W.Va — The Blue Devils will look to make it three wins in four tries Friday when they host the winless Blue Eagles of Magnolia.
St. Marys took care of business last week with a 26-7 win over Wirt County to get back on track after a tough loss to Williamstown the week before.
The Devils used the big pass play to secure their win last week as William Steele caught a pair of long touchdown passes (47 and 53 yards) while Lucas Lipscobb hauled in a 90-yard pass from Brennan Boron.
Magnolia dropped their sixth straight game of the season when the Marietta Tigers rolled to a 54-8 win.
Key performers for Magnolia include receivers Silas McKeever and Gavin Postlethwait and lineman Mikey Hamrick.
The Devils will be looking to gain a measure of revenge after last years 41-7 loss in New Martinsville.