Marauders, Raiders host Week 1 games

By Alex Hawley -

Eastern quarterback Jett Facemyer drops back to pass during the Eagles’ loss at River Valley in Week 3 of the 2014 season.

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Gallia Academy Blue Devils at Meigs Marauders

Last meeting between the teams: August 26, 2005. Gallia Academy won 28-6 in Pomeroy.

Current head-to-head streak: Gallia Academy has won eight straight.

Five things to note:

1. This will be the 18th time Blue Devils and Marauders opened the season against each other. GAHS and Meigs played in 17 consecutive openers from 1989-to-2005. The only time the Maroon and Gold opened the season with a win over Gallia Academy was 1997.

2. The Blue Devils hold a 24-9 record over Meigs all-time. Meigs last win over GAHS was by a 12-0 count in 1997. Prior to that the Marauders hadn’t topped the Blue and White since 1980.

3. Meigs is 7-9 at Holzer Field/Farmers Bank Stadium since its opening in 2012. In that same stretch, Gallia Academy is 8-7 on the road.

4. Gallia Academy is the first of three Southeastern Ohio Athletic League opponents for Meigs this season, while GAHS will face two other Tri-Valley Conference Ohio Division foes. GAHS will face River Valley and Athens out of the TVC Ohio, while Meigs will oppose Logan and Jackson out of the SEOAL.

5. Second year Gallia Academy coach Josh Riffe spent two seasons as an assistant coach under Mike Bartrum at Meigs. The Marauders were an even 10-10 with Riffe on the coaching staff.

Rock Hill Redmen at River Valley Raiders

Last meeting between the teams: August 29, 2014. River Valley won 26-18 in Pedro.

Current head-to-head streak: River Valley has won 1 straight.

Five things to note:

1. River Valley has won five of it’s last six season openers, with Southern’s 31-0 victory in Bidwell on August 30, 2013 as the lone RVHS loss.

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

3. Prior to last season’s meeting, RHHS had claimed five straight wins over RVHS. In that span Rock Hill had outscored the Raiders 226-to-91

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 victory over Northwest last season was the first non-league victory for the Redmen since 2011.

Eastern Eagles vs. River Pilots

Last meeting between the teams: August 29, 2014. River won 16-12 in Tuppers Plains.

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

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 when EHS topped South Gallia 41-6 in Tuppers Plains.

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

3. Eastern was 3-2 away from East Shade River Stadium last season with road wins over Wahama, Federal Hocking and Waterford.

4. After defeating EHS last season, River lost six of its next seven games. The Eagles won two of their next three games after falling to the Pilots last season.

5. River went 4-6 last season and finished sixth in the Ohio Valley Athletic Conference 3-A division. The Pilots defeated their both of their non-conference opponents last season, topping Eastern in Week 1 and and Bishop Rosecrans in Week 6.

South Gallia Rebels at Sciotoville East Tartans

Last Meeting: August 29, 2014: South Gallia won 48-12 in Mercerville.

Current head-to-head streak: South Gallia has won 2 straight.

Five things to note:

1. South Gallia will attempt to win its third consecutive season opener, a feat the Rebels haven’t accomplished since 2005-07.

2. Since the current series between SGHS and the Tartans began in 2004, East holds a 6-5 record and a 249-to-211 scoring advantage.

3. The Rebels’ last trip to Sciotoville East resulted in an 18-13 SGHS victory on Week 1 of the 2013 season. The last time the Tartans beat a visiting South Gallia team was 2009, by a 19-6 count.

4. The 2014 Tartans were make-or-break on the offensive side of the ball. The Blue and Silver scored at least 40 in each of their five wins, while never scoring over 12 in any of their five losses.

5. The Rebels were 2-2 away from Mercerville last season. This is the first of five SGHS road games this season, which also include Trimble, Belpre, Waterford and Miller.

Southern Tornadoes at Notre Dame Titans

Last Meeting: August 29, 2014. Southern won 27-0 in Racine.

Current head-to-head streak: Southern has won 3 straight

Five things to note:

1. Southern’s shutout victory over Notre Dame last season was the Tornado defense’s best performance of the season. The Purple and Gold held a their guests to just four first downs and 83 total yards.

2. The Tornadoes went 1-1 in non-conference games last season, defeating Notre Dame in Week 1, before falling at Frontier in Week 2.

3. The Titans had won six straight season openers prior to last season. Southern has now won back-to-back season openers for the first time in over 20 years.

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 Purple and Gold went 0-5 away from Roger Lee Adams Memorial Football Field last season. This is the first of five road games for the Tornadoes. SHS will also travel to play Trimble, Federal Hocking, South Gallia and Miller.

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Eastern quarterback Jett Facemyer drops back to pass during the Eagles’ loss at River Valley in Week 3 of the 2014 season. quarterback Jett Facemyer drops back to pass during the Eagles’ loss at River Valley in Week 3 of the 2014 season. Alex Hawley/OVP Sports

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