Licking Heights Hornets (1-0) at Gallia Academy Blue Devils (1-0)
Last Week: Licking Heights 13-12 win vs. Watkins Memorial; Gallia Academy 52-34 win at Athens.
Last Meeting between teams: 2011, Gallia Academy won 17-7 at Licking Heights.
LHHS Offense Averages: 13.0 ppg, 231 rushing ypg, 47 passing ypg.
GAHS Offense Averages: 52.0 ppg, 320 rushing ypg, 185 passing ypg.
LHHS Defense Averages: 12.0 ppg, 161 rush ypg, 80 passing ypg.
GAHS Defense Averages: 34.0 ppg, 93 rushing ypg, 227 ypg.
Notes: The Hornets trailed Watkins Memorial 12-0 headed into halftime, but answered with 13 consecutive points in the fourth quarter to rally for a one-point victory. Junior tailback Ron Carruthers-Kimball accounted for 12 of Licking Heights 13 points last week, scoring on both a fumble recovery in the endzone and a 1-yard TD run with 14 seconds left in regulation. Carruthers-Kimball finished the night with a team-high 84 rushing yards on 15 carries. Sophomore Kendall Bradley added 65 rushing yards on 12 attempts. Senior quarterback Taylor Curtiss went 4-of-9 passing for 47 yards and one interception and also had 42 rushing yards on 17 tries. Senior Jake Foley led the Hornet wideouts with two catches for 39 yards. After scoring just 137 points last year offensively, the Blue Devils posted their highest single-game scoring output since putting 63 points on the board against Portsmouth in a Week 8 matchup in 2010. GAHS had five different running backs accumulate 20 or more rushing yards against Athens, including a monster effort of 153 yards on nine carries from junior Ty Warnimont. Gallia Academy, which averaged more than 10 yards a play last week on offense, did not have a turnover and also finished the game plus-2 in turnover differential.
River Valley Raiders (1-0) at Adena Warriors (0-1)
Last Week: River Valley 13-12 win at Southern; Adena 24-18 loss vs. Greenfield McClain in double OT.
Last Meeting between teams: N/A (Have not played since 2002)
RVHS Offense Averages: 13.0 ppg, N/A rushing ypg, N/A passing ypg.
AHS Offense Averages: 18.0 ppg, 231 rushing ypg, 47 passing ypg.
RVHS Defense Averages: 12.0 ppg, N/A rushing ypg, N/A passing ypg.
AHS Offense Averages: 24.0 ppg, 231 rushing ypg, 47 passing ypg.
Notes: The Warriors led 9-0 early into the third quarter last week before McClain reeled off consecutive third quarter scores to take a 12-9 edge into the fourth. Adena answered with a 39-yard FG with seven minutes left to tie the contest and led 18-12 in the first overtime, but the Tigers came up with the final two TD scores in two OT chances to rally back for the win. Ryan Wells connected on field goals of 30 and 39 yards, but he missed the only extra point attempt tried by AHS in the first overtime. Wells, a running back, also accounted for 12 of the Warriors’ 18 points and added 44 yards on 14 carries. Cade Harper had a 20-yard TD run for Adena, which forced three first-half turnovers in the setback. River Valley, which has four wins in its last six season openers, hasn’t won a Week 2 contest since beating Nelsonville-York 18-7 back in 2003.