Southeast Ohio Huddle: Zane Trace ends Westfall’s 29-game SVC win streak


Southeast Ohio Huddle

What a week in Southeast Ohio. We had muddy football fields that provided some wild finishes including an incredible streak going down in the SVC, a first-time outcome in the TVC and a marathon of a game in the PVC. There was plenty more too – in all sports…

What a week in southeast Ohio. We had muddy football fields that provided some wild finishes including an incredible streak going down in the SVC, a first-time outcome in the TVC, and a marathon of a game in the PVC. 

In golf, most areas have decided who will represent the southeast at this year’s state tournament, and we will take a look at several qualifiers – both team and individual – who will make up the elite field.

Speaking of postseason, volleyball had their sectional draw this past weekend. We will take a look at where Adena and Eastern Pike will start what they hope is a road to this year’s Final Four in their respective divisions.

All this plus some news from cross country, bowling, and tennis, so let’s get started. We go late into this past Friday night to find our Team of the Week, and then we head to Athens County to where a player helped lift a four-decade sized monkey off his school’s back.


Caldwell Football: Our top team this week comes from the top game. Caldwell and Frontier needed three overtimes to decide things Friday night, but in the end, it was Caldwell that survived the rain and their opponent to claim an 18-12 win.

In the third overtime, Frontier had possession first but turned it over with a fumble. With Caldwell in possession, senior Bobby Snodgrass ran for 15 yards on the first snap. Snodgrass carried again on the second play and he appeared to be stopped short of the goal line, but an unsportsmanlike conduct penalty against the Cougars set up a one-yard run by Dylan Sayre for the game-winning play.

In the win, Caldwell was led by Sayre. The signal caller threw for 174 yards and a score while running for two more touchdowns including the game-winner. Cody Morris caught four balls for 101 yards and a touchdown.


Cody Lawson, Alexander Football: Alexander’s Cody Lawson was running Friday night with four decades of frustration on his back. His high school – Alexander High School in Albany – had NEVER beaten the Buckeyes from Nelsonville-York in football, but this year’s 21-0 win was arguably the biggest in school history, and Lawson had a lot to do with it. Lawson scored on three short touchdown runs and blocked a punt to lead the Spartans to the victory.


Dynasty Continued: The Adena volleyball team wrote another chapter in the tradition-rich novel that now reads 19 Scioto Valley Conference championships in the last 20 years. The Lady Warriors defeated both Piketon and Paint Valley to secure the outright title and extend the incredible SVC match winning streak to 68 straight games. Also, with both wins coming at home, Adena has now won 124 straight in the friendly confines in Frankfort.

Georgia on My Mind:
Chillicothe Junior Georgia Bennett has been named SEOAL Girls Tennis Player of the Year. It’s her second All-SEOAL selection. Bennett is 11-4 in her singles matches this season.

On the team side, Marietta earned the SEOAL Girls Tennis Championship. Tigers coach Mike Miller and Portsmouth’s Amy Keating share SEOAL Coach of the Year honors.
The rest of the All-SEOAL Girls Tennis Team reads as follows: Cassie Dye, Halen Hall-Cisler and Lindsay Mullen of Marietta and Crystal Carpenter, Leda Daehler, Caroline Khoury, Ashleigh Link and Kalyn Purdy of Portsmouth.

These teams and players were also into tournament action late last week. Chillicothe’s Bennett defeated Sam Hirschfield of Marietta, Kelsey Navin of Pickerington North, and Pickerington’s Sruti Brahmandam to stay alive in this year’s state tournament.

The tournament continues at Hilliard Davidson on Friday, October 16th and Saturday, October 17th beginning at 9 a.m.

First Time for Everything:
Rock Hill football picked up its first win Friday night with a 34-7 win over Chesapeake. I did have a mistake in last week’s On Tap section. I had stated this was a battle of two teams looking for their first win; however, Chesapeake entered with one win. Therefore, after Friday’s win for Rock Hill, both RH and the ‘Peake stand at 1-6.

Championship Lanes:
The 2010 Ohio High School Athletic Association Boys and Girls State Bowling Tournaments have been awarded to “Shawnee Lanes” in Chillicothe.

The OHSAA Board of Control approved “Shawnee Lanes” proposition during their meeting in Columbus this past Thursday. The state tournament will be played on March 5th-6th. 

Pat Highland has done so much for the growth of high school bowling. It was his bowling alley – Shawnee Lanes – which hosted a state high school “club team tournament” a few years ago, which served as the foundation for what is now an OHSAA sanctioned sport.

Ground Game:
The Valley Indians out-gained Waverly 264-25 on the ground, getting rushing touchdowns from Zach Utley and Brice Crabtree in a 23-6 victory on the road. The Indians ground game was led by Utley and Alex Holcomb as Valley’s leading rushers, each gaining 98 yards. Utley also hit Blake Yates, for a 22-yard scoring strike to improve Valley to 6-1 overall and 2-0 in SOC play.

In other key SOC games, Minford beat Portsmouth West 27-6 in a game that was moved to Saturday night because of weather issues on Friday night. Minford improves to 6-1 overall and 2-0 in league play. Wheelersburg also picked up a win beating Portsmouth Northwest 39-6.

OVAC Cross Country:
St. Clairsville and St. John Central proved to be the best in the OVAC Cross Country Championships Saturday at Byesville. The Fighting Irish boys won the AA-A crown as well as the overall boys’ title. St. C. swept the boys’ and girls’ Class AAA titles as Alex Thornburg and Kelly Perzanowski were the overall individual champions. Wheeling Park swept the 4-A championships while Wheeling Central was the AA-A girls’ champions.

A Streak Maxed Out:
The Westfall Mustangs had won a Scioto Valley Conference best-ever 29 straight league games entering Friday night, but quarterback Kirk Maxwell and his Zane Trace Pioneers put a stop to it all. Maxwell rushed 21 times for 130 yards while throwing for another 104. Ben Jones rushed for three touchdowns, and place-kicker Nick Ganus added two field goals and an extra point.

In the loss, Westfall’s Vinnie Williamson was 16 of 27 for 324 yards. Westfall got a touchdown run from Seth Sias while Williamson ran for a touchdown, hit Jake Cantrell for a touchdown, and threw two-point conversions to Matt Near and Cantrell.

Zane Trace is now 4-0 in conference play, and they have a one-game lead over Westfall, Piketon, and Adena at 3-1.

A Look at the Links: In boys D-II district golf action this week at the Pickaway Country Club, southeast district member Ironton qualified for the state tournament. The Tigers were just one stroke behind Logan Elm – the district champs, but were four ahead of SVC champion Unioto to take the final spot in next week’s field. Individually, Jackson’s Morgan Dobbins carded a 72 and West Union’s Corey Richmond shot a 77 to earn a chance to play at state even though their teams failed to qualify. Teams failing to qualify were as follows: Unioto (335), New Lexington (342), West Union (344), Gallia Academy (348), Westfall (350), Chesapeake (352), Jackson (363), and McClain (365).

In D-III boys play at Pataskala, Wellington, Sugarcreek Garaway, Strasburg, and Columbus Academy all got out while Fairfield Christian duo Tyler Alexander (73) and Kyle Burgess (76) will join Tree of Life Christian’s Mark David Wright (76) and Troy Lemke (78) of Centerburg as individual qualifiers.

In girls’ action, the Division II teams advancing were Logan Elm, Minerva, and West Muskingum while individually it was a pair of teammates from Peebles High School – Emily Hoop and Emily Greene – punching their tickets to the state.

Finally, Division I just finished up their sectional play at Valley View in Lancaster earlier this week. Marietta took the title shooting a team total of 308. They will be joined by Athens (329) in the team competition as well as individuals Jacob Berry and Chris Cummings of Logan. Berry carded a 74 while Cummings fired an 80. Teams failing to qualify were Logan, Warren, Hillsboro, Sheridan, and Chillicothe.

Free Football:
Many fans around the southeast watched football games Friday night that could not be decided in regulation. In the SCOL, Miami Trace defeated London 24-21 in two overtimes. Fort Frye slipped past Buckeye Trail 15-14 in one overtime. Barnesville beat Edison 13-7 with a score in the first overtime, and Caldwell and Frontier played the longest game of the night as it took them triple overtime to get to an 18-12 final in the favor of Caldwell.

Volleyball’s Selection Sunday:
Sunday was “seeding day” for volleyball programs around southeast Ohio. Division III top seeds are Adena, defending state champ Alexander, and Wheelersburg. Division II top seed goes to Logan Elm while the Division IV top seeds are Eastern Pike. In next week’s On Tap section we will take a look at some of the intriguing match-ups in sectional play.

Perfection Watch:
There were several teams that had little trouble staying perfect on the season as Logan dominated Marietta 48-3, Athens shutout Wellston 26-0, and Clinton Massie recorded a 40-0 win over McClain to improve themselves to 7-0.

The same wasn’t true for a few others previously unbeaten. Jackson was defeated by Ironton 26-7, Nelsonville-York lost to Alexander 21-0, and Portsmouth beat Warren 28-7. This was the first loss for Jackson, Nelsonville, and Warren dropping all of them to 6-1. The win improved Alexander to 6-1 – their only loss came to Athens last week, and Portsmouth and Ironton improved to 5-2.


Friday, October 16th & Saturday, October 17th
Boys Division III – The Ohio State University Scarlet Golf Course, Columbus
Boys Division II – North Star Golf Resort, Sunbury
*NOTE: Division I is a week behind. Their district play is this week, and their state tournament is next weekend at The Ohio State University Scarlet Golf Course

Friday, October 16th & Saturday, October 17th
Girls Division II – The Ohio State University Gray Golf Course, Columbus
*NOTE: Division I is a week behind. Their district play is this week, and their state tournament is next weekend at The Ohio State University Gray Golf Course

Nelsonville-York vs. Athens, Football, Friday, October 16th, Athens High School, 7:30 p.m. What many thought would be a battle of perfect teams was ruined by Alexander, who beat Nelsonville this past week. Nonetheless, this is still a huge game. If Athens wins, it looks like the Bulldogs will have a chance to run the table for a perfect season and take the TVC Ohio division title for themselves. If Nelsonville wins, it looks as if Athens, NY, and Alexander could make-up a tri-championship in the Tri Valley Conference.

Huntington vs. Paint Valley, Football, Friday, October 16th, Paint Valley High School, 7:30 p.m. This is a great rivalry between two schools separated by only Copperas Mountain. Even though the records do not make this a fight for a title, it is still the battle for the Maple Leaf Trophy.

In other SVC action, league-leader Zane Trace travels to Unioto while Westfall welcomes Adena and Southeastern travels to Piketon.

Scioto Valley Conference League Meet, Cross Country, Saturday, October 17th, Unioto High School Adena: Huntington, Paint Valley, Piketon, Southeastern, Unioto, Westfall, and Zane Trace all get together for a winner takes all in terms of a league title on both the boys’ and girls’ side.

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