Fayetteville Pirates at Wahama White Falcons
Last Meeting between the teams: August 24th 2012, Wahama wins 35-7 at Pirates.
Current head-to-head streak: Wahama has won two straight
Notes: Wahama has won 31 straight regular season games, while Fayetteville finished the 2012 season without a victory. FHS last defeated Wahama in the opening round of the playoffs in 2009. That was the last year Wahama lost a regular season contest (Athens in week 10 & Williamstown in week 8). The Pirates begin the year with three straight road games, while Wahama has two games at Bachtel Stadium to start the season. Bachtel Stadium last saw its White Falcons lose on October 30th, 2009; a 36-20 loss to Athens. This is Ed Cromley’s 19th year as head coach of the White Falcons. Bachtel Stadium is now able to host postseason football games with the addition of new home and away bleachers that will seat over 2,000 people.
Athens Bulldogs at Gallia Academy Blue Devils
Last meeting between the teams: August 24th, 2012 Gallia Academy won 52-34 in The Plains.
Current head-to-head streak: Gallia Academy has won one straight.
Notes: A matchup of 2012 playoff winners hits Memorial Field Friday night. Athens’ last trip to Memorial field resulted in a 15-10 AHS win. The last time the Blue Devils defeated Athens in the Old French City was 2006 by a count of 52-0. GAHS is 44-37-3 against the Bulldogs. Gallia Academy’s first four games of the season are at home, the Blue Devils longest home stand in over 10 years. Athens plays two of its first three games on the road this season. GAHS is 11-2 against Tri-Valley Conference Ohio Division opponents over the previous 10 seasons. Since leaving the Southeastern Ohio Athletic League following the 2007 season Athens is 7-5 against SEOAL teams. The visiting team has won in this series for five seasons in a row.
Lincoln County Panthers at Point Pleasant Big Blacks
Last Meeting between teams: This is the first meeting
Current head-to-head streak: N/A
Notes: The Panthers failed to win last season, while PPHS ended finished the year with a 8-3 record. LCHS starts with three road games, while Point Pleasant has its first two games at home. Lincoln County’s last win was over host Sherman 66-0 on November 4th 2011. The Panthers’ last victory over a class AAA school 26-21 over host St. Albans on October 20th 2011. Point Pleasant made its fifth consecutive playoff appearance last season. All-state mentions Chase Walton and Aden Yates are returning to PPHS for their senior and junior seasons respectively.
Southern Tornadoes at River Valley Raiders
Last meeting between the teams: August 24th, 2012 River Valley won 13-12 in Racine.
Current head-to-head streak: River Valley has won three straight.
Notes: River Valley has won four consecutive season openers, while Southern has not started the season with a win since the 2006 season. The Raiders have defeated a TVC Hocking school each of the last three seasons. RVHS is 7-3 against the TVC Hocking since 2001. The Tornadoes haven’t won a non-conference game since September 25th, 2009 when they defeated Green 25-16 in Franklin Fernace. Over the last 10 seasons Southern is 3-9 against Gallia County schools, while the Raiders are 4-10 against Meigs County teams. The last time SHS was victorious in Gallia County was 2009 when the Tornadoes took a 28-6 decision over host South Gallia.
Meigs Marauders at Coal Grove Hornets
Last meeting between the teams: August 24th, 2012 Coal Grove won 24-8 in Rocksprings.
Current head-to-head streak: Coal Grove has won four straight.
Notes: For the sixth consecutive year the Marauders open the season against the Hornets of Coal Grove. Meigs has came up short in its last four games against CGHS, losing by an average of 24.5 points. The Marauders last defeated Coal Grove on August 22nd, 2008 by a count of 18-7 in Pomeroy. That season was remains the only time Meigs has made the postseason. Meigs’ September 2nd, 2011 win over Fairland is the last time the Maroon and Gold were victorious in Lawrence County. Meigs begins the season with two games on the road and three games against Ohio Valley Conference opponents. MHS is 16-9 against OVC teams in the last 10 seasons. Coal Grove’s 6-4 record last year is its worst since the 2008 season when it also finished 6-4. The Hornets have had nine consecutive seasons above .500.
South Gallia Rebels at Sciotoville East Tartans
Last Meeting: August 24, 2012: East won 36-28 in Mercerville
Current head-to-head streak: East has won 1 straight
Notes: East finished last season with a 4-6 record, while the Rebels were 2-8 a year ago. The best news for the Rebels may very well be that the Tartans 2012 QB Justin Crager graduated. Crager accounted for 364 of the Tartans 402 yards of total offense last season in the week one victory. The first team all-district quarterback, Crager accounted for all of East’s points with five rushing touchdowns and three two-point conversion runs. The Rebels last trip to Portsmouth resulted in a 37-18 SGHS victory. This is the Rebels closest road game at just under 55 miles away.
Eastern Eagles at Symmes Valley Vikings
Last meeting between the teams: August 24, 2012 Symmes Valley won 28-13 in Tuppers Plains.
Current head-to-head streak: Symmes Valley has won one straight.
Notes: The Vikings are coming off their fourth consecutive playoff trip, while the Eagles haven’t made the playoffs since 2001. Symmes Valley ran for 364 yards against EHS last season, the second most yards the Eagles gave up last year. Eastern begins the year with two straight road games, while SVHS is home for three of its first four contests. Symmes Valley used a big play attack to defeat the Eagles in the 2012 campaign, scoring three of its four touchdowns on plays of over 45 yards. 60 miles separate the two schools, making this the longest road trip of the season for EHS.
Hannan Wildcats at Valley Lumberjacks
Last Meeting: August 29th 2009: Valley won 46-0 at Hannan
Current head-to-head streak:Valley has won 2 straight
Notes: Last time Hannan played in Pine Grove was 2008. a game that resulted in a 42-6 Lumberjacks triumph. Valley begins the year with three straight at home, while Hannan has four consecutive road games to begin the season, including its first two in Wetzel County. Hannan will travel to Wetzel County again next week to play Hundred for the first of two meetings with Hornets this season. 139 miles seperate these two schools.