Raiders host Meigs in stadium opener
by Alex Hawley and Bryan Walters
Meigs Marauders (0-2) at River Valley Raiders (1-1)
Last Week: Meigs 30-12 loss vs. Fairland; River Valley 34-12 loss at Adena.
Last Meeting: 2011, Meigs won 22-0 at Meigs.
Current head-to-head streak: Meigs has won 8 straight. MHS 15-3 alltime.
MHS Offense Last Week: 28 rushing yds, 106 passing yds.
RVHS Offense Last Week: 29 rushing yds, 160 passing yds.
MHS Offensive Leaders Last Week: RB Andrew Burt (8-28), QB Kaileb Sheets (10-23-106-TD-INT), WR Jordan Hutton (2-58-TD).
RVHS Offensive Leaders Last Week: Individual stats were not received last week.
MHS Defense Last Week: 240 rushing yds, 139 passing yds.
RVHS Defense Last Week: 200+ rushing yds, N/A passing yds.
Notes: Despite consecutive home games, the Marauders have started the 2012 season winless through two weeks for the first time since the 2009 campaign. Meigs lost a pair of road games to Coal Grove and Fairland that year. The Marauders are averaging just nine points offensively while allowing 27 points as a defense, and MHS has lost multiple starters to injury over the first two weeks. River Valley is averaging 12.5 points offensively through two weeks while allowing 23 points defensively. The Raiders haven’t owned a winning record through three weeks of the regular season since 2003, which also happens to be the last time RVHS defeated Meigs in head-to-head competition (14-12). It will also be the first game ever played at River Valley’s new football facility.
Trimble Tomcats (1-1, 0-1) at South Gallia Rebels (0-2, 0-1)
Last Week: Trimble 25-12 loss vs. Wahama; South Gallia 24-14 loss at Southern.
Last meeting between the teams: 2011 Trimble won 18-14 at Trimble.
Current head-to-head streak: Trimble has won 2 straight.
THS Offense Last Week: 68 rushing yards, 132 passing yards.
SGHS Offense Last Week: 239 rushing yards, 99 passing yards.
THS Offensive Leaders Last Week: RB Bryce Smathers (8-43 TD). QB Konner Standley (9-18 127 2 INT’s), WR Wyatt Deak (3-58).
SGHS Offensive Leaders Last Week: RB Jacob White (21-191 TD), QB Landon Hutchinson 5-15 99 INT), WR Jared Northup (1-44).
THS Defense Last Week: 128 rushing yards, 147 passing yards.
SGHS Defense Last Week: 300 rushing yards, 61 passing yards.
Notes: This is a battle of two playoff teams from a year ago. Trimble only had 2.1 yards per carry last week against Wahama. 2007 was the last time Trimble has lost a TVC Hocking game to a team besides Wahama. The Tomcats were 0-2 on extra point trys a week ago. South Gallia was 1-for-2 on two point conversion trys last week against Southern. South Gallia committed five turnovers a week ago, compared to three for Trimble. Each team had three fumbles last week.
Gallia Academy Blue Devils (1-1) at Ironton Fighting Tigers (2-0)
Last Week: Gallia Academy 21-7 loss vs. Licking Heights; Ironton 47-21 win at Russell (Ky).
Last Meeting: 2011, Ironton won 6-0 at Gallia Academy.
Current head-to-head streak: Ironton has won 5 straight. IHS 43-13-1 alltime.
GAHS Offense Last Week: 107 rushing yds, 114 passing yds.
IHS Offense Last Week: 518 rushing yds, 37 passing yds.
GAHS Offensive Leaders Last Week: RB Cody Russell (7-56-TD), QB Wade Jarrell 7-13-78, WR Logan Allison (3-36).
IHS Offensive Leaders Last Week: RB Patrick Lewis 12-245-3TDs, QB Tanner Dutey 3-3-37, WR Patrick Lewis 2-21.
GAHS Defense Last Week: 115 rushing yds, 106 passing yds.
IHS Defense Last Week: 161 rushing yds, 107 passing yds.
Notes: Bob Lutz was not on the sideline as Ironton’s head coach in 2006, which was the last time the Blue Devils came away with a win in this series. Lutz — Ohio’s winningest football coach who resigned after last season — owned a 27-2 record alltime against the Blue Devils. Ironton — which has won 16 of the last 17 head-to-head matchups — is now coached by Mark Vass. The Fighting Tigers have outscored opponents by a 79-48 margin and also have a total of 746 rushing yards in their two wins. After allowing just one opponent to score more than 20 points a year ago, the Blue Devils have allowed at least 21 points in each of their two contests this fall. GAHS has amassed 726 yards of total offense in two games, but has also allowed 541 yards in that same span. Gallia Academy is 7-1 overall in its last eight road games.
Southern Tornadoes (1-1, 1-0) at Belpre Golden Eagles (0-2, 1-0)
Last Week: Southern 24-12 win vs. South Gallia; Belpre 45-20 loss at Fort Frye.
Last meeting between the teams: 2011 Southern won 20-14 at Southern.
Current head-to-head streak: Southern has won 2 straight.
SHS Offense Last Week: 300 rushing yards, 61 passing yards.
BHS Offense Last Week: 204 rushing yards, 81 passing yards.
SHS Offensive Leaders Last Week: RB Tyler Barton (19-173 TD), QB Tristen Wolfe (2-8 61 TD INT), WR Trenton Deem (2-61 TD).
BHS Offensive Leaders Last Week: RB Manny Tullins (15-128 TD), QB Tavian Miller (5-18 81), WR Nate Teeters (3-63).
SHS Defense Last Week: 239 rushing yards, 99 passing yards.
BHS Defense Last Week: 372 rushing yards, 104 passing yards.
Notes: Belpre has struggled on the defensive side of the ball this year, giving up an average of 49.5 points per game in their two games this season. Southern has only given up 13.5 points per game this season. Belpre’s Manny Tullins had a 65 yards interception return for a TD a week ago, while Southern’s Tyler O’Conner returned an interception 95 yards for a TD last week. Southern will be attempting to start off TVC Hocking play 2-0 for the first time in over 10 years. The Golden Eagles gave up five touchdowns from outside the redzone last week. BHS was 2-for-3 on extra point attempts last week. Southern has yet to score on a point after touchdown this season.
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