Chesapeake Panthers (3-0, 0-0) at Gallia Academy Blue Devils (1-2, 0-0)
Last Week: Chesapeake defeated Symmes Valley 38-0, in Willow Wood; Gallia Academy lost to Jackson 34-0, in Gallipolis.
Last meeting between the teams: Sept. 16, 2016. Chesapeake won 48-6 in Chesapeake.
Current head-to-head streak: Chesapeake has won 1 straight.
CHS offense last week: 248 rushing yards, 0 passing yards.
GAHS offense last week: 31 rushing yards, 98 passing yards.
CHS offensive leaders last week: RB Austin Browning 2 carries, 50 yards, 1TD.
GAHS offensive leaders last week: QB Justin McClelland 14-21-0 98 yards; RB Justin McClelland 13 carries, 12 yards; WR Jacob Campbell 3 receptions, 22 yards.
CHS defense last week: 46 rushing yards, 0 passing yards.
GAHS defense last week: 309 rushing yards, 89 passing yards.
Five things to note:
1. After a 1-2 non-conference record, it’s time for the Blue Devils to get to work in the Ohio Valley Conference. Gallia Academy was seventh in the eight-team league last fall, and was picked to finish seventh in the 2017 OVC preseason media poll.
2. Chesapeake was second in the league last year and was picked to finish runner-up again in the preseason poll. The Panthers are riding an eight-game regular season winning streak and have won 20 of their last 23 regular season contests.
3. This is Chesapeake’s first trip to Gallia Academy since Sept. 5, 2014, when the Blue Devils defeated their then non-conference guest by a 30-0 count.
4. The Blue Devils have excelled running the football this fall, rushing for 728 of their 926 total yards. Of Gallia Academy’s eight touchdowns, seven have come on the ground. GAHS has been led by a trio of ball carries, Jacob Campbell with 283 yards and five touchdowns, Justin McClelland with 181 yards and one rushing score, and Boo Pullins 155 one touchdown.
5. The GAHS defense has allowed 923 yards so far this fall, 484 on the ground and 439 through the air. The Blue Devil defense has picked off a pass in each of its first three games. Gallia Academy has also recovered three fumbles from opposing teams through three games.
River Valley Raiders (2-1, 0-0) at Nelsonville-York Buckeyes (3-0, 0-0)
Last Week: River Valley defeated South Point 25-8, in Bidwell; Nelsonville-York defeated Minford 50-33, in Nelsonville.
Last meeting between the teams: Sept. 16, 2016. Nelsonville-York won 46-6 in Bidwell.
Current head-to-head streak: Nelsonville-York has won 1 straight.
RVHS offense last week: 137 rushing yards, 118 passing yards.
NYHS offense last week: 411 rushing yards, 106 passing yards.
RVHS offensive leaders last week: QB Patrick Brown 11-21-2 118 yards, 1TD; RB Patrick Brown 18 carries, 104 yards, 1TD; WR Layne Fitch 3 receptions, 52 yards, 1TD.
NYHS offensive leaders last week: QB Garrett Maiden 8-17-1, 106 yards, 1TD; RB Keegan Wilburn 20 carries, 179 yards, 2TDs; WR Levi Wickmann 2 receptions, 37 yards.
RVHS defense last week: 79 rushing yards, 73 passing yards.
NYHS defense last week: N/A.
Five things to note:
1. The Buckeyes have defeated the Raiders in eight of their last nine meetings, with the lone RVHS victory coming by a 23-12 count in on Sept. 18, 2015, at Boston Field.
2. NYHS has won 10 consecutive regular season games and six straight in the TVC Ohio. The Buckeyes were picked to finish second in the league in a preseason media poll. In that poll, River Valley was picked fifth. RVHS was tied for third in the league last fall.
3. The Buckeyes didn’t have just one rusher with over 100 yards last week, they had three, and all three had two touchdowns on the ground as week. Along with Wilburn, Colt Yinger had 118 yards on 13 carries, while Maiden gained 104 yards on nine tries.
4. The Raider offense has 708 yards, seven touchdowns and 46 first downs to their credit so far this fall. RVHS has rushed for 426 yards and four touchdowns, while throwing for 382 yards and three scores. The Silver and Black have turned the ball over nine times through three games.
5. The Buckeyes have 1,123 total yards of offense through three games, with 740 of those yards coming on the ground. Of Nelsonville-York’s 13 touchdowns, 11 have been rushing scores. Wilburn, a sophomore leads all NYHS ball carries with 300 yards and five touchdowns on 43 totes.
Manchester Greyhounds (1-2) at South Gallia Rebels (1-2)
Last Week: Manchester defeated Hannan 42-6, in Ashton; South Gallia lost to Trimble 51-3, in Glouster.
Last meeting between the teams: Sept. 16, 2016. South Gallia won 40-0 in Manchester
Current head-to-head streak: South Gallia has won 3 straight.
MHS offense last week: 271 rushing yards, 56 passing yards.
SGHS offense last week: 124 rushing yards, 0 passing yards.
MHS offensive leaders last week: QB Shaun Gould 3-8-1 56 yards, 1TD; RB Mason Bilyeu 8 carries, 104 yards; WR Marcus Neely 2 receptions, 34 yards.
SGHS offensive leaders last week: RB Jeffrey Sheets 20 carries, 78 yards.
MHS defense last week: 193 rushing yards, 3 passing yards.
SGHS defense last week: 220 rushing yards, 157 passing yards.
Five things to note:
1. The Rebels have won all three previous meetings with the Greyhounds and have won at least one non-conference game in each of the last six seasons.
2. Manchester’s only previous trip to Mercerville was on Sept. 18, 2015 and resulted in a 49-28 SGHS victory.
3. The Rebels have 626 yards of total offense this season, including 615 on the ground. Jeffrey Sheets has been the work-horse running back for SGHS this season, chalking up 323 yards and three touchdowns on 48 carries.
4. Last week’s 36-point Manchester win is the Greyhounds’ largest margin of victory since their 40-point win in Week 1 of 2015.
5. The Rebels have scored eight touchdowns so far this fall, four on each side of halftime. Still, South Gallia has been outscored 81-28 in the first half, while holding a 31-to-22 scoring advantage after the break.
Alex Hawley can be reached at 740-446-2342, ext. 2100.