Starting today the JJHuddle Regional Huddles begin once again. Every week day throughout the course of the school year we’ll release a new regional huddle dedicated to focusing on the big news, notes and nuggets that happened in that particular part of the state. Today it’s Southeast Ohio’s turn.
High school sports are back, and what better way to get going than Week 1 on the gridiron. The southeast had bragging rights on the line all over the area as many nearby neighbors made the short trips to kick-off the new year. Trimble and Nelsonville-York, Piketon and Waverly, Wheelersburg and Ironton headline a long list of key match-ups. We had two year long losing streaks snapped, blowouts, barn-burners, incredible momentum swings, and even Mother Nature got involved.
Not all the excitement in the southeast sports world took place on the football field this week. There was a runner from the southeast who traveled north to run against several schools from around the Buckeye state and her performance earned her our top individual honor. There was golf results, soccer news, and a look at what to expect next week including volleyball getting started all over the southeast.
TEAM OF THE WEEK
Unioto Football: The Shermans had been losers of 22 straight games entering Friday night’s trip to Vinton County in McArthur, but despite six…yes six turnovers, Unioto recorded a 21-7 victory to throw the proverbial monkey from their back. In the win, quarterback Quentin Detillion was outstanding. The senior completed 75-percent of his passes while throwing for 116 yards, and he ran it 21 times for 105 yards and three touchdowns.
PLAYER OF THE WEEK
Zane Trace’s Taylor Hatfield, Cross Country: Last year in her first year, Zane Trace’s Taylor Hatfield stormed on to the state cross country scene, and now she’s up to her winning habits again as she posted a win at the Pickerington North Invitational on Saturday.
Hatfield placed first out of 292 runners in the Girls Tiger division race in a time of 20:14.
The next meet for the Zane Trace Cross Country team will be the Canal Winchester Invitational on Wednesday.
*NOTE: Thank you to all the fans that nominated Taylor this week. If you would like to nominate players and/or teams, or simply have some ideas for any of the other sections please email me.
NEWS, NOTES, & NUGGETS
Pike County Pair: A year ago the Waverly and Piketon opening night thriller truly did come down to a shootout, whoever had the ball last wins marathon. This year, the defenses shined a little brighter, but it in the end, the final score – 21-7 – made Waverly the winner for the second straight season.
Waverly quarterback Derek Roback threw a touchdown and ran for another to lead the Tigers in the victory. In the loss, Piketon’s incredibly gifted tailback Tyler Tackett rushed 23 times for 139 yards, and he scored the Redstreaks only touchdown.
Perennial Powers: It is hard to talk about high school football in southeast Ohio without starting with Wheelersburg and Ironton. The two got together in Week 1 as Ironton beat the ‘Burg 24-8. This obviously gives the Tigers the bragging rights, but more importantly, it could deliver them several computer points throughout the year – especially if the Pirates go on to have their normal successful year.
Daily Jeffersonian/Trophy Case Invitational: John Glenn is off to a winning start in 2009. Connor Reinbeau’s 80 led the Muskies to a win at this event held Monday at Cambridge Country Club. Reinbeau earned co-medalist honors with Meadowbrook’s Matt Miller, as the Muskies totaled 337. Meadowbrook was second at 348, followed by Cambridge (362) and Buckeye Trail (377).
50-PLUS: Three scores that jumped out in this week’s southeast scoreboard came from three offenses that posted half-a-hundred or better. Warren posted 55 points in their shutout win over nearby rival Belpre and Marietta – despite giving up 20 points themselves – posted 59 points to start the ’09 campaign with a win. Finally, Union Local defeated Meadowbrook 50-0. In the win for UL, Brandon Nicholes had a hand in three touchdowns while racking up 148 yards.
Bridgeport Baseball Names New Coach: Tom Pasco was named the new baseball coach at Bridgeport High School this week. Pasco was a standout during his prep days at Wheeling Park High School before taking his skills to Mercer University in Georgia. Pasco has served as an assistant coach to Steve Wojcik at Bridgeport for the past three seasons and as manager of the Wheeling Post 1 American Legion team, which has compiled a 79-43 mark and was state runner-up in 2008.
Unanswered Onslaught: The Adena Warriors were enjoying a 20-6 lead in Friday’s second-quarter at Greenfield McClain before they watched the home Tigers explode for 33 points in the second quarter and 40 total unanswered to win it 46-20. McClain quarterback Jared Loftis was outstanding in his first career start. The junior completed 7-of-9 passes for 33 yards and two touchdowns, and rushed for 175 yards on 18 carries and two touchdowns
Bragging Rights for the Buckeyes: In staying with the rivalry theme, Week 1 in the Tri Valley Conference had a crossover game with Nelsonville-York from the Ohio Division and Trimble from the Hocking Division. Offense was tough to come by in this one, but after 48 minutes of tough, hard-hitting football it was the Buckeyes of Nelsonville-York who found themselves on the friendly side of a 7-6 final.
Lightening Strikes: Following a 57-minute lightening delay at Herrnstein Field Friday night, the Chillicothe Cavaliers sent the home crowd home happy scoring 10 unanswered points to post a Week 1, 17-9 victory over Hamilton Township. In the win, the highly touted Chillicothe kicker Drew Basil delivered a third-quarter 40-yard FG – a kick that proved to be the game-winner.
Fairland Runners Win the Early Bird: Both the Proctorville Fairland boys and girls cross country teams won the Early Bird two-miler cross country run held at The Old Locks. The Dragons were the host of this event.
Golden Anniversary: John Glenn had won 27 of the first 49 meetings in the history of its rivalry with Barnesville, but in Friday night’s golden meeting it was Barnesville winning by the score of 21-14. Barnesville finished with 252 total yards, including 140 passing and 112 rushing. Quarterback Dalton Smith completed 8-of-14 passes with one INT, including three catches for 28 yards by sophomore Jesse Stoudt; however, it was a 69-yard scoring strike to junior Tyler Kurtz with 4:25 remaining that proved to be the game winner.
From Hardwood to Gridiron: Many of the same athletes who cut down the nets in the final weekend of last year’s basketball season are now the reason for a lot of hype on the football field this fall at Oak Hill. In Friday’s opener, Oak Hill avenged last year’s loss by posting a 37-14 win over Chesapeake.
Football Friday Night. Week 2 (September 4)
Non-league or not – even in just the second week – here are some games that proved to be huge in the playoff picture last season and should be again this season.
Big Walnut at Chillicothe
Coal Grove at Paint Valley
South Point at Wheelersburg
Piketon at Nelsonville
Russell at Ironton
Amanda Clearcreek @ Zane Trace
Waverly @ Jackson
Most leagues get going this week! Check next week’s Southeast Huddle Recap to see the key headlines from the first week of action.
Scioto Valley Conference League Match #4, Golf. Wednesday, September 2 at Running Fox Golf Course in Chillicothe. So far this season it has been all Unioto, but keep in mind the Shermans were in this spot a year ago and let it slip away. Will this be the round the cements the title or will Unioto let the league back in it?
Canal Winchester Invitational, Boys/Girls Cross Country. Wednesday, September 2. Even though Canal Winchester is to the north of the southeast huddle area, this event will have some of the better runners from the southeast part of the state and should prove to be one of the toughest tests for these elite runners.
Chillicothe vs. Warren, Boys Soccer, Thursday, September 3, Warren High School. JV starts at 5 p.m. High hopes for this year’s Chillicothe team. This road test early in the season should be a gauge on where they are at in the early going.