A five-touchdown performance, remaining undefeateds and a record score on the golf course are just a few highlights from Southeastern Ohio this past week. For those stories and more, read on…
Week 4 on the football field saw some conference play around the southeast get started while it was still more non-conference action for some. As the weeks go by less and less stay on the unbeaten list. Some undefeated teams stayed that way thanks to blowout wins, but there were a few that needed every second of their Week 4 game to record their winning totals. Our top team this week found themselves in this situation, and was forced to call on what I believe is the most underrated weapon in high school football – their field-goal kicker.
The southeast also had plenty of news in other sports. There is a defending state champion in volleyball preparing to go to work with an interim coach this week. As our On Tap section explains, the new coach will try to help her team avenge an earlier season loss. Volleyball also had a co-leader in the MVL tuning up for a big showdown next week by playing some elite competition over the weekend.
On the cross country scene, nearly 20 schools from the southeast were at Southeastern this past Saturday, and the News, Notes, and Nuggets has the results. That section also contains various football recaps, a sensational sophomore on the soccer field, and plenty of golf news including a new record at one school and a repeat champion in the OVAC.
Plenty to get to so let’s get started; we begin with an instant-classic win in Scioto County as well as a “King” like performance in the Scioto Valley Conference.
TEAM OF THE WEEK
Jackson Football: The Ironmen are now 4-0 thanks to a dramatic 27-26 win at Portsmouth this past Friday night. In a game played at the Trojan Coliseum, Portsmouth came back from a 17-point deficit to take a 26-24 lead; however, Jackson’s Ryan Mullins delivered a 31-yard FG to lift Jackson to the one-point win.
In the win, Mullins was responsible for nine points as he made good on three PATs, a first-quarter, 43-yard FG, and then of course the game-winner. Quarterback Kruize Wandling accounted for all three Jackson touchdowns. He threw two – one to Kip Winchester and one to Nathaniel Haller – and ran for another to help keep the Ironmen unbeaten.
Jackson will host Gallia Academy in Week 5.
PLAYER OF THE WEEK
Kirk Maxwell, Zane Trace, Football: The Zane Trace quarterback enjoyed a great game in Week 4 – the opening week of Scioto Valley Conference football. Maxwell was 12/19 for 178 yards and three touchdowns, and ran for 69 yards, including two TD runs of 1 and 23 yards. This five touchdown performance came on a night where Maxwell was named Homecoming King. Zane Trace beat Adena 45-14 and will travel to Piketon for a key SVC game in Week 5.
NEW, NOTES, & NUGGETS
Under the Radar: With an SOC that includes Wheelersburg, Minford, Oak Hill, Portsmouth West, and Waverly, Lucasville Valley is now 3-1 and kind of entering league play under the radar somewhat. In their latest win, the Indians used a 28-point second quarter to roll to a 44-14 win over Chesapeake on Friday night. Alex Holcomb ran for two touchdowns and caught a touchdown pass for the Indians. He totaled 81 yards rushing and quarterback Zach Utley completed five of eight passes for 112 yards.
Lucasville Valley has surpassed 40 points twice and is averaging 32 points per game. The Indians are home next Friday against South Point – their final non-league game.
Warfield Wins: Barnesville’s Bailey Warfield won his second consecutive OVAC individual title, but his first in 2-A after the Shamrocks dropped down from 3-A. The senior carded a 2-over round of 38 on the front side; however, on the back nine, Warfield posted a 2-under 33 for the even par round.
Aaron Reed Memorial Cross Country Invitational at Southeastern: This great event contains representation from nearly 20 schools from around southeast Ohio. The team winners Saturday were the boys from Paint Valley and the Westfall girls. For PV, it was their fifth invite title of the year.
Individually, Zane Trace’s Taylor Hatfield won the girls with a time of 19:50. Host Southeastern’s Danielle Ball finished second at 21:55. On the boys’ side, McClain’s Jon McDonald (16:59) held off teammate Caleb Mootispaw to win the title. Paint Valley’s team win was led by Nick Gardner’s third-place finish at 17:33.
In the field Saturday was all the before mentioned schools as well as Adena, Huntington, Piketon, Jackson, Waverly, West Union, Fairfield, Washington Court House, Vinton County, Western, and Eastern.
Late Blue Devil Drive: A 46-yard FG by Buckeye-bound Drew Basil and two safeties had Chillicothe leading 7-6 late in Friday’s game with Zanesville, but the Blue Devils still had a chance. The Cavs pinned the Blue Devils at their own 25 yard line, but in just 45 seconds, Kyle Gladden reeled off a 39 yard run and a play later, fullback Richard Simpson went 35 yards for the go-ahead score. A two-point conversion finished out the scoring to give Zanesville the 14-7 win.
Scoring Machine: Unioto sophomore Erin Bane scored four times to help lift the Lady Shermans’ soccer team to a 6-1 win over Athens this past week. Unioto is now 6-1-1. In the Athens win, Lydia Simpson and Liza Elliott added the other scores while Elliott and Cassidy Gray each added an assist and Morgan Gumm dished out three assists. Bane’s performance marked the third time that she has recorded a hat trick or better this season.
Sea of Red: The Big Red and Red Devils got together in soccer earlier this week for a typical, low-scoring affair. Kyle Gaughan scored for Steubenville in the first half with a header off a corner kick and Xavier McAllister scored from about 25 yards out with 10:02 left in the game for the all-important insurance goal for Big Red’s 2-0 victory Thursday at Harding Stadium. The win improved Steubenville’s record to 5-3-1, while the St. Clairsville Red Devils dropped to 3-3-2 – both of the ties being 0-0 to Oak Glen and Cambridge.
Non-League Not Good to League Leader: John Glenn dropped all three of their matches in a quadrangular Saturday at Heath High School. John Glenn slipped to 7-5 overall entering Tuesday’s showdown at Tri-Valley, the team the Lady Muskies are tied with for the Muskingum Valley League lead at 6-0.
Claire Adams had seven kills and six blocks in a 25-22, 25-18 loss to Plain City Jonathan Alder in the first match. Adams then had five kills in a 25-23, 25-19 setback to Liberty Union. She added four kills and two aces in a 25-15, 25-17 loss to unbeaten Heath. Regan Buchanan had a total of 22 assists in three matches Saturday.
Records Falling: Zane Trace’s Michele Schambs fired a 34 Wednesday night at Running Fox Golf Course in Chillicothe to set a new Zane Trace High School Golf record for girls. Schambs then added a 45 for the boys’ squad in their second-place SVC Match #6 finish, and then on Saturday, it was back to the girls’ competition as her round of 83 on the Par 74 course was good enough to earn her match medalist at the Zane Trace Invitational at Jaycees Golf Course in Ross County.
Final Quarter Frenzy: Buckeye Local (4-0) scored 28 points Friday night in the fourth quarter including more than 20 points within a five minute span that changed the complexion of the game and resulted in a 34-28 victory against Oak Glen (1-3). Joe Rine, Nick Piergallini, Bobby Spence, and Josten Dear all had a hand in fourth-quarter touchdowns to lead the comeback.
Bishops Win Small-School Battle: Rosecrans Austin Craig had three of the Bishops’ four interceptions and also returned a punt 53 yards for a touchdown in a 13-0 victory over visiting Portsmouth Notre Dame Saturday at John D. Sulsberger Memorial Stadium. Quarterback Vincent Joseph was 9-of-13 for 152 yards with a touchdown. Craig also caught four passes for 57 yards and Luke Lepi caught two balls, one for a touchdown, for 56 yards. Rosecrans is now 3-1.
Scioto Valley Conference Match #7 & Match #8, Golf, Thursday, September 24, 2009, Foxfire Golf Course, 8 a.m. Adena, Huntington, Paint Valley, Piketon, Southeastern, Unioto, Westfall, and Zane Trace all get together at this beautiful venue. The 18-hole round counts as two separate rounds as the front nine is Match #7 and the back nine is Match #8. On the team side of things, Unioto is going to be the league champion, but the rest of the league will try to keep them from finishing their perfect conference season. Individually, it is Huntington’s Duane Irvin’s title to lose. Unioto’s Drew Nichols and Zane Trace’s Jordan Long will need two great rounds and some help to catch Irvin.
Alexander vs. Athens, Volleyball, Thursday, September 24, 2009, Athens High School, approximately 7 p.m. The 2008 D-III State Champions – the Lady Spartans of Alexander – have fallen on some tougher times this season, yet they are still in the hunt in the Tri Valley Conference Ohio Division race. The Lady Spartans are even going through an in-season coaching change as Jamie Welsh has been named the interim coach replacing Amber Haver. Alexander travels to Athens for a key TVC match where the Spartans hope to avenge an earlier season loss.
Logan vs. Ironton, Football, Friday, September 25, 2009, Ironton High School, 7:30 p.m. Huge early-season showdown in the SEOAL as the passing attack of Logan and the ground assault of Ironton clash. Many think the weather could be a factor in this one because of the different styles. Nonetheless, it should be a good one, and I will recap it for you on next week’s Southeast Ohio Huddle.
Minford vs. Oak Hill, Football, Friday, September 25, 2009, Oak Hill High School, 7:30 p.m. Big game in the SOC as well as playoff implications as two teams with high expectations do battle at the season’s halfway point. Oak Hill’s high-powered offense comes in posting 34.5 ppg., but Minford’s defense allows less than five ppg.
Washington Court House and Jamestown at Adena, Volleyball Tri-Match, Saturday September 26, 2009, Adena High School, 11 a.m. The Lady Warriors are not only currently protecting a 62-straight SVC match winning streak, but they also have a home winning streak of well over 100 and Washington Court House is probably the toughest home opponent remaining for Adena in 2009.