Waterford visits South Gallia; Cadets travel to Northridge

RON JOHNSTON The Marietta Times Waterford senior quarterback Peyten Stephens (12) runs onto the field before last Friday’s game against Sciotoville East.

WATERFORD — After opening their season with a dominating 55-0 victory over a Sciotoville East team that eliminated them from the postseason last year, the Waterford Wildcats will open Tri-Valley Conference play Friday night when they visit the South Gallia Rebels.

The Eric McCutcheon-coached Wildcats wasted little time putting away the Tartans as they scored 22 points in the first half and led 41-0 at halftime.

The Cats piled up 402 total yards of offense led by senior running back Braden Bellville who rambled for 158 yards and three touchdowns on just 13 carries and senior quarterback Peyten Stephens who made the most of five pass attempts by completing four for 94 yards and a pair of touchdowns to junior Zane Heiss.

The white and green offense was equally as impressive as they limited Sciotoville to just 49 total yards and four first downs.

South Gallia opened the season with a 14-12 loss on the road at Symmes Valley.

The Rebels dug themselves a 14-0 hole before coming to life led by running back Kyle Northup who carried the ball 17 times for 121 yards.

Jeffrey Sheets added 90 yards on 12 carries for SG while freshman quarterback Tristan Saber completed seven-of-19 pass attempts for 50 yards.

Last season in Waterford, the Wildcats cruised to a 56-8 victory over the Rebels.


Since senior Tate Engle took over the reigns as starting quarterback as a freshman at the beginning of the 2015 campaign, the Fort Frye Cadets have won 30-of-31 regular season games.

The Cadets will get the opportunity to revenge that lone loss Friday night when they travel to Northridge to take on a (D-5) Vikings squad that defeated them 6-0 in week number two last season.

Fort Frye opened their season last week with a 42-14 win over Belpre in a game that saw them score on their first four possessions while limiting the Golden Eagles to just 71 total yards of offense.

Engle completed seven-of-13 pass attempts for 78 yards and a pair of touchdowns while Evan Schob ran for 122 yards and a pair of scores to lead a balanced Fort Frye attack.

Northridge dropped their opener to River View (30-13).

Dylon Parman accounted for one of the Vikings scores with a 28-yard run while quarterback Brandon Workman connected with Ashton Dick on a 65-yard pass for the other.


Frontier head coach Russ Morris will coach his first home game in more than a dozen years Friday night and the Cougars would like nothing more than to put up their first win of the season when they host the Blue Devils.

The Vegas blue and gold got off to a bit of a rocky start last week as they fell to Shenandoah 60-14 in Sarahsville.

The Cougars were in the game early on as they trailed 19-14 midway through the second quarter before the Zeps erupted for 41 unanswered points.

Frontier quarterback Lane Snyder had a solid outing by completing 13-of-23 pass attempts for 138 yards including a 24-yard scoring toss to Matthew Lang in the second quarter.

Joel Lewis led the Cougars in rushing with 37 yards on 10 carries and scored the second Frontier touchdown in the second quarter on a seven-yard run.

Things didn’t go a whole lot better for Beallsville in their opener as they were drubbed 69-8 by Zanesville Bishop Rosecrans.

James Schnegg got Beallsville off to a great start by returning the opening kick-off 90 yards for a score but that would be the only points the Devils would score against the Bishops.

The two teams did not meet in 2017.

EASTERN (0-1) AT CALDWELL (0-1) (Thursday)

The Grant Gaydos-led Caldwell Redskins will look to even their record at 1-1 tonight when they welcome a team trying to do the same in the Eastern Eagles.

Caldwell dropped their opener on the road at Buckeye Trail (28-13) last week in a game that saw them turn the football over six times.

Sophomore quarterback Tanner DeVolld passed for over 200 yards while Drew Ivey returned a kick-off 85 yards for a touchdown to lead the Caldwell offense.

Zeke Liston and Robbie Cool appear to be the two leading targets for DeVolld as they combined to account for 168 receiving yards.

Eastern was blanked 35-0 by Huntington Ross in their opener as they could never recover from allowing 28 second quarter points.

The Pat Newland-coached Eagles were paced by quarterback Isaiah Fish who rushed for 47 yards and passed for 32 more.

The two schools did not meet last season.


Shenandoah figures to face a pretty fair test Friday night when they welcome (D-5) Bellaire to Sarahsville in a match-up between a pair of teams that rolled to opening week wins.

The Big Reds cruised to a 42-16 win over River while the Jesse Wells-led Zepplins cruised to a 60-14 Pioneer Valley Conference win over Frontier.

Bellaire piled up 253 rushing yards against the Pilots led by Cole Porter who rushed for 175 yards and a pair of touchdowns on 30 carries.

Shenandoah rolled up 435 total yards of offense against Frontier led by quarterback Boone Jones, who was near perfect by completing 11-of-12 pass attempts for 285 yards and six touchdowns.

Aden Laipply was on the receiving end of three of those scores while Kendal Sherman, Ethan Wiley and Cade Denius each hauled in one scoring strike.


The Seminoles hit the road to Shadyside looking to capture the first career coaching win for first-year head coach Josh Ischy.

Monroe Central struggled offensively in their opener as they were blanked 31-0 by Union Local as the ‘Noles totaled just 108 total yards of offense.

Key players for the Seminoles include quarterbacks Wyatt Young and Malachi Rose-Burton and running backs Alex Kilburn and Jagger Keylor .

The Tigers were able to move the ball in their opener but still dropped a 14-7 decision to East Liverpool.

Quarterback Anthony Coggins completed 27-of-42 pass attempts for 255 yards and accounted for the lone Tiger score with a four-yard run.

Last year Shadyside rolled to a 40-8 win over the Seminoles in Woodsfield.

BELPRE (0-1) VS. TRIMBLE (1-0)

Belpre will look to play like the second half team that opened the season last week against Fort Frye instead of the first half one when they open TVC Hocking Division play Friday night vs. Trimble. The game will be played at Athens.

The Eagles allowed 28 unanswered first half points to the Cadets before playing much better in the second half en route to a 42–14 loss. Running back Jesse Collins was a workhorse in the opener as he carried the ball 17 times for 67 yards.

Logan Adams rambled 85 yards for a touchdown for one Eagle touchdown and quarterback Connor Baker connected with Foster Brand on a 4-yard score for the other.

Trimble opened their season with a dominating 34-7 win over Nelsonville-York.

Quarterback Cameron Kittle is a player to watch for the Tomcats.

Last season Trimble rolled to a 44-7 win in Belpre.

SCOTT (0-1) AT ST. MARYS (0-0)

While almost every other team in the area opened their respective seasons last week, the Jodi Mote-led St. Marys Blue Devils got one more week of preparation as they began the year with their bye week.

The young and inexperienced Devils will look to get in the win column when they host a Scott Skyhawks squad that will be looking to make amends after a 47-0 opening week loss to Herbert Hoover.

Among players to keep an eye on for St. Marys are quarterback/defensive back Brennan Boron, receiver/defensive back Anthony Wince and lineman William Snodgrass.

The two squads did not meet in 2017.


The Raiders will look to rebound from a tough, 41-0 opening week loss to Marietta when they open Muskingum Valley League play on the road against an always tough Tri-Valley squad.

Morgan managed to gain 174 yards of offense against the Tigers but were unable to find the end zone despite 139 rushing yards on 28 carries by Wes Pauley.

The Raiders defense will need to tighten things up after allowing Marietta to tally over 300 total yards.

Tri-Valley rolled to a 48-7 seasoning opening win against Logan.

For the Raiders to have any chance at scoring a win they will need to stop the passing game of the Scotties as quarterback Luke Fargus was a perfect 10-for-10 in the first half for 138 yards and a pair of scores while receiver Blayze Taylor hauled down seven passes in the game for 144 yards and three touchdowns.

Last season in McConnelsville, Tri-Valley blanked the Raiders 53-0.

RITCHIE (1-0) AT CATHOLIC (1-0) (Saturday)

A pair of teams coming off huge opening week wins will try to continue their momentum Saturday evening when Ritchie County battles Parkersburg Catholic at Stadium Field.

The Rebels gave head coach Rick Haught his first win in a thrilling 24-22 win over Tyler Consolidated.

An interception by Blaine Bowie in the closing minutes sealed the deal for RC and thwarted Tyler’s comeback bid.

Trey Moss rushed for 175 yards on 24 touches while Garrett Owens carried the rock 22 times for 120 yards to lead the Rebels.

After a winless 2017 campaign, the Crusdaers presented second-year head coach Lance Binegar with his first win as well in a dominating 47-14 victory over Paden City.

Catholic also had a pair of 100-yard rushers in Ty Strum (14-121) and Jeb Boice (9-104).

Last season in Ellenboro, Ritchie County blanked the Crusaders 26-0.