Blue Devils, Raiders on the road for Week 1

Last updated: August 28. 2014 5:31PM - 582 Views
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Southern runningback Paul Ramthun (4) breaks away from an Eastern defender during a 2013 Week 10 regular season football contest at Roger Lee Adams Memorial Football Field in Racine, Ohio.
Southern runningback Paul Ramthun (4) breaks away from an Eastern defender during a 2013 Week 10 regular season football contest at Roger Lee Adams Memorial Football Field in Racine, Ohio.
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Notre Dame Titans at Southern Tornadoes

Last Meeting: September 2, 2006, Southern won 24-6 in Portsmouth.

Current head-to-head streak: Southern has won 2 straight

Five things to note:

1. This is matchup between two 2013 playoff teams as Southern was the fifth seed in Region 25 and Notre Dame took the seven seed in Region 26. Both teams were eliminated in Week 1 of postseason play as Southern fell to Steubenville Central Catholic 35-7 and Notre Dame was bounced by Covington 46-0.

2. The Tornadoes won both non-conference regular season games last season, marking the first time since 2009 SHS has had multiple non-league wins.

3. Last season’s 33-0 win over River Valley was the Tornadoes first season opening win since 2006. The Titans have won six straight season openers.

4. Southern and Notre Dame played a three game series between 2004 and 2006, with the Titans winning 34-0 in Portsmouth in 2004 and Tornadoes winning in both 2005 (6-0 in double overtime in Racine) and 2006 (24-6 in Portsmouth).

5. The 2014 Tornadoes will have to replace three All-Ohioans off of last year’s squad as second team All-Ohio runningback Tyler Barton, third team All-Ohio defensive back Zac Beegle and All-Ohio special mention Hunter Johnson graduated from the history making team.

Sciotoville East Tartans at South Gallia Rebels

Last Meeting: August 30, 2012: South Gallia won 18-13 in Sciotoville.

Current head-to-head streak: South Gallia has won 1 straight.

Five things to note:

1. South Gallia has won three straight non-league games, and ended last season with a back-to-back wins.

2. The road team has won four consecutive meetings in the series. The Rebels haven’t defeated East in Mercerville since the current series began in 2004. The visiting team is 7-3 in the 10 prior meetings in the series.

3. Since opening the new stadium SGHS is 4-6 in Mercerville. The Rebels will host East, Trimble, Symmes Valley, Waterford and Miller this season.

4. The 2014 Rebels will have to replace 2013 All-TVC selections Ethan Spurlock, Seth Carpenter and Jacob White as well as 2013 All-Ohio third team defensive back Jared Northup.

5. East has finished with a losing record for two straight years, and went 1-4 against teams with a winning record in 2013.

Coal Grove Hornets at Meigs Marauders

Last meeting between the teams: August 30, 2013 Meigs won 46-44 in Coal Grove.

Current head-to-head streak: Meigs has won one straight.

Five things to note:

1. Meigs opens the season with Coal Grove for the seventh straight season and the Marauders are just 2-4 since the series resumed in 2008. The Hornets hold a 4-3 record over Meigs all-time.

2. Last year’s Marauders victory ended a four year losing skid to the Hornets. MHS will be looking to defeat Coal Grove in Meigs County for the first time since 2008.

3. Meigs is 4-6 at Holzer Field/Farmers Bank Stadium since its opening in 2012. The Marauders only home loss last year came to Division VII state runner-up Trimble.

4. The Marauders are just 16-30 in season openers all-time, but Meigs is 18-8 against Ohio Valley Conference competition over the last 10 seasons.

5. Coal Grove finished 5-5 last year, its worst record since the 1-9 season of 2003. The Hornets haven’t made the playoffs since 2010, while Meigs’ last postseason appearance came in 2008.

River Pilots at Eastern Eagles

Last meeting between the teams: None since 2001.

Current head-to-head streak: N/A.

Five things to note:

1. The Eagles will be looking to start the season with a win for the first time since the 2004 campaign.

2. The Eagles have just one non-conference win in the last three years. That win came on October 12, 2012 at Doddridge County.

3. Eastern was 1-4 at East Shade River Stadium last season with the Eagles lone home victory coming by a 28-0 count over Waterford in Week 3.

4. After making the postseason in 2012 River lost its first five games to begin the 2013 campaign.

5. River went 4-6 last season and finished eighth in the Ohio Valley Athletic Conference 2-A division. The Pilots defeated their lone non-OVAC opponent, Bishop Rosecrans, 41-0 in Week 6.

Gallia Academy Blue Devils at Athens Bulldogs

Last meeting between the teams: August 30, 2013 Athens won 62-19 in Gallipolis.

Current head-to-head streak: Athens has won 1 straight.

Five Things to note:

1. The Bulldogs’ last regular season loss came at the hands of GAHS on August 24, 2012 in The Plains by a 52-34 count. That game also marks the last time Athens lost on its home turf at R. Basil Rutter Field.

2. The Blue Devils stumbled to the finish line last season losing four of their last five games while getting outscored by 12.8 points per game.

3. In last season’s 43-point Athens victory Gallia Academy committed eight turnovers and was outgained 492-to-302 in total yardage.

4. The GAHS defense will have to deal with Bulldog quarterback Joe Burrow, who committed to The Ohio State University over the summer. Burrow threw for 3,721 yards with a 71.2 completion percentage in his junior year at Athens, while throwing 47 touchdowns and just seven interceptions.

5. The road team has won six consecutive times in the series and AHS has not defeated GAHS in Athens County in over 10 seasons. Gallia Academy is 44-38-3 against the Bulldogs all-time.

River Valley Raiders at Rock Hill Redmen

Last meeting between the teams: October 18, 2013 Rock Hill won 28-6 in Bidwell.

Current head-to-head streak: Rock Hill has won 5 straight.

Five things to note:

1. River Valley had won four consecutive season openers before dropping a 33-0 contest to visiting Southern in Week 1 of 2013.

2. During the Raiders’ 12-year tenure in the Ohio Valley Conference the Silver and Black managed a win over Rock Hill just once, a 46-13 home victory in the final week of the 2008 season.

3. Rock Hill’s last three victories have come against River Valley, including a 39-31 victory in Week 7 of 2013, a 28-6 victory in Week 7 of 2012 and a 48-14 victory in Week 8 of 2011.

4. River Valley’s last season with a winning record was 2003, when the Raiders went 6-4. Rock Hill’s 7-4 record in 2007 was the last time the Redmen had a winning record.

5. River Valley has won at least one non-conference game every year since 2002. Rock Hill’s last non-league came in 2011 when the Redmen topped Oak Hill 33-7 in Jackson County.

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