Raiders host Alexander

By Alex Hawley - [email protected]

Gallia Academy senior Eric Ward runs the football during the Blue Devils’ 26-12 loss at Meigs, on August 28.

Gallia Academy senior Eric Ward runs the football during the Blue Devils’ 26-12 loss at Meigs, on August 28.

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Alexander Spartans (5-1, 3-0) at River Valley Raiders (5-1, 2-1)

Last Week: Alexander defeated Vinton County 21-0 in Albany; River Valley defeated Wellston 15-0 in Wellston.

Last meeting between the teams: October 10, 2014. Alexander won 20-0 in Albany.

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

AHS offense last week: 125 rushing yards, 4 passing yards.

RVHS offense last week: 120 rushing yards, 55 passing yards.

AHS offensive leaders last week: QB Taylor Kimbrough 1-4, 4 yards; RB AJ Marks 3 carries, 48 yards; WR Lukas Thompson 1 reception, 4 yards.

RVHS offensive leaders last week: QB Dayton Hardway 5-7, 55 yards; RB Justin Arrowood 25 carries, 105 yards, TD; WR Kirk Morrow 4 receptions, 59 yards.

AHS defense last week: 192 rushing yards, 49 passing yards.

RVHS defense last week: 137 rushing yards, 12 passing yards.

Five things to note:

1. This is River Valley’s annual homecoming game. The Raiders last homecoming win came by a 29-7 count over Alexander in 2007.

2. River Valley, which hasn’t allowed a point in the first quarter so far this year, has pitched three shutouts in six games. RVHS hadn’t shutout multiple teams in a season since 2002.

3. Both RVHS and AHS hold a win over Wellston this season, with the Raiders topping the Rockeys by a 15-0 count last week and the Spartans defeating WHS by a 33-20 count in Week 5.

4. If the postseason began today, Alexander and River Valley would be the fifth seed and sixth seed respectively in Region 17. At this time, nine teams in Region 17 have a winning record.

5. Alexander’s last trip to Bidwell resulted in a 40-29 RVHS victory. The home team has won three straight times in the head-to-head series, with AHS claiming the last road victory in Week 5 of 2011.

Gallia Academy Blue Devils (0-6) at Minford Falcons (3-3)

Last Week: Gallia Academy lost to Athens 35-0 in Gallipolis; Minford lost to Portsmouth West 12-9 3OT in West Portsmouth.

Last meeting between the teams: First Meeting.

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

GAHS offense last week: 87 rushing yards, 20 passing yards.

MHS offense last week: 228 rushing yards, 0 passing yards.

GAHS offensive leaders last week: QB Kole Carter 3-14, 20 yards, 2INTs; RB Kole Carter 30 carries, 87 yards; WR Eric Ward 2 receptions, 10 yards.

MHS offensive leaders last week: RB Tyler Compton 8 Carries, 92 yards.

GAHS defense last week: 252 rushing yards, 81 passing yards.

MHS defense last week: 106 rushing yards, 68 passing yards.

Five things to note:

1. The Gallia Academy football team is off to its worst start since 2009 when the Blue and White also started 0-6. The Blue Devils haven’t started a season 0-7 this millennium.

2. This is the third home game of the season for the Falcons, who currently sit 1-1 in Minford. GAHS, which hasn’t had a road game since Week 3, is 0-3 away from Memorial Field this season.

3. The Falcons have suffered back-to-back overtime losses, falling to Bishop Ready by a 12-6 single overtime final in Week 5, and dropping a 12-9 triple overtime tilt to Portsmouth West in Week 6.

4. Last week, GAHS was held scoreless for the first time all season. The Blue Devils were shut out twice last season. Minford has pitched one shutout this season, and hasn’t been held scoreless in a game since October 26, 2012.

5. The Blue Devils’ last trip to Scioto County resulted in a 55-49 victory over Portsmouth on October 11, 2013. GAHS hasn’t lost in Scioto County since 2009.

South Gallia Rebels (2-4, 1-3) at Waterford Wildcats (3-3, 2-2)

Last Week: South Gallia lost to Belpre 44-0 in Belpre; Waterford defeated Eastern 35-7 in Tuppers Plains.

Last meeting between the teams: October 10, 2014. South Gallia won 14-12 in Mercerville.

Current head-to-head streak: South Gallia has won 4 straight.

SGHS offense last week: 155 rushing yards, 6 passing yards.

WHS offense last week: 179 rushing yards, 79 passing yards.

SGHS offensive leaders last week: QB Johnny Sheets 1-11, 6 yards, 2INTs; RB Johnny Sheets 19 carries, 108 yards; WR Owen Bevan 1 reception, 6 yards.

WHS offensive leaders last week: QB Isaac Huffman 7-12, 79 yards, TD; RB Tyler McCutcheon 13 carries, 75 yards; WR Braden Bellville 2 receptions, 15 yards.

SGHS defense last week: 278 rushing yards, 25 passing yards.

WHS defense last week: 72 rushing yards, 73 passing yards.

Five things to note:

1. These two teams seemingly headed in different directions, as SGHS has dropped back-to-back games and Waterford has won two straight. Prior to last week, the Wildcats hadn’t won back-to-back games since 2011.

2. Dating back to last season, the Rebels have lost five straight road games, while the Wildcats have lost four consecutive home games.

3. Both Waterford and South Gallia have suffered defeat at the hands of Trimble this season. The Tomcats claimed a 29-18 triumph over WHS in Week 4, while topping the Rebels 44-12 in Week 3. Eastern, which is the only other common opponent at this point in the season, defeated SGHS 26-21 in Week 5 and lost to the Wildcats by a 35-7 last week.

4. Last week’s shutout loss was the first for South Gallia since Week 3 of the 2013 season. The SGHS defense hasn’t recorded a shutout since Week 6 of 2011. Waterford, which shut out Wahama in Week 2, failed to score in a Week 3 loss to Fort Frye.

5. The Rebels’ last trip to Waterford was October 25, 2013 and resulted in a 33-12 SGHS victory. South Gallia has won two straight games at WHS, with the last Wildcat home victory over the Rebels coming on October 22, 2009, by a 25-6 tally.

Gallia Academy senior Eric Ward runs the football during the Blue Devils’ 26-12 loss at Meigs, on August 28. Academy senior Eric Ward runs the football during the Blue Devils’ 26-12 loss at Meigs, on August 28. Alex Hawley/OVP Sports

By Alex Hawley

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