Southeast Ohio Huddle: Ironton’s Lutz becomes state’s all-time wins leader


Southeast Ohio Huddle

A winning Friday night in the fall down at Ironton is no new thing;
however, this past Friday night, the result gave one coach an
accomplishment that has been unmatched in the history of Ohio high
school football. The Southeast Ohio Huddle honors this win and the
coach for this amazing record win in this week’s Team of the Week.

A winning Friday night in the fall down at Ironton is no new thing; however, this past Friday night, the result gave one coach an accomplishment that has been unmatched in the history of Ohio high school football. The Southeast Ohio Huddle honors this win and the coach for this amazing record win in this week’s Team of the Week.

The Ironton win headlined several keys football games in Week 9. Conference championships were on the line all over the southeast and many of them still need Week 10 to decide the champions. This week’s On Tap section sorts out what to watch in the season’s final football Friday night.

Volleyball postseason is underway. This week’s News, Notes, & Nuggets will look at the long list of sectional champions including a few top seeds that are used to playing into November.

The southeast soccer and cross country programs entered their second seasons this week as soccer is in sectional action and cross country teams were off and running at the district level.

Speaking of soccer, that is where we turn for our top individual this week. Like Lutz in football, we take a look at the state’s best-ever scorer and how she continued to separate herself from everyone else.


Coach Bob Lutz & the Fighting Tigers of Ironton: Ironton’s head football coach Bob Lutz made history Friday night as his Ironton Fighting Tigers downed Nelsonville-York 32-12 at Tanks Memorial Stadium in Ironton. The win gives Lutz the 361st win of his career— breaking the long-standing mark of 360 by Hamilton-Badin’s Terry Malone.

In the win for Ironton, Tres Wilks turned in a pair of big plays. First, he took an end-around, completely jumped a Nelsonville-York defender, and sprinted for a 71-yard touchdown run.

Later, Wilks added another run on this record-setting evening. He scooped up a fumble over near the Nelsonville-York sideline and immediately dashed into the end zone for a 36-yard fumble recovery for a score to push the lead to 26-6 on the first play of the fourth quarter.

The win improves Ironton to 7-2 and dropped Nelsonville to the identical record. Both teams are still major parts of the playoff picture.

Jaclyn Dutton, St. Clairsville Soccer:
The St. Clairsville girls’ soccer team defeated Edison 8-1 in this week’s sectional championship. The win advances St. Clairsville to the district tournament Wednesday at Philo High School. In the win, St. Clairsville star Jaclyn Dutton scored five times.

Dutton – the state’s all-time leading goal scorer – started her scoring barrage with a penalty kick with 30:23 showing in the first half after an Edison player was called for a yellow card for a handball in the box.

Dutton made it a 2-0 game when she connected on a shot from about 30 yards out. The future Clemson Lady Tiger then scored second-half goals at the 31:35, 17:11 and 12:10 marks, giving her 192 in her outstanding prep career.


Perhaps a PEAKE Ahead? Most OVC eyes were peeking ahead to Week 10; however, Chesapeake was well focused on Week 9 as the Chesapeake Panthers defeated Fairland 20-14 this past Friday night. The loss for Fairland is their first OVC setback, and the Dragons will now need a win over OVC-unbeaten Coal Grove next week to earn a share of the league title.

In the win for Chesapeake, Peter Hintz, Gabe Freyre, and Colton Lindsey combined for 214 yards on the ground as each of them found the end zone once to improve the Panthers to 3-6 overall and 2-2 in the OVC.

Dominant Division:
When it comes to Division III volleyball, the largest number of schools can be found in the southeast. In fact, the southeast sends three schools to the regional tournament. The attempt to be one of those three teams got started Saturday with Adena, Southeastern, Westfall, Zane Trace, Wheelersburg, Ironton, Lucasville Valley, Minford, Oak Hill, Alexander, McDermott Northwest, and North Adams all winning sectional titles.

The southeast district doesn’t have nearly as many D-II schools. Sectional titles in this division went to Logan Elm, Athens, Washington Court House, and Warren.

A Winning Angle:
Logan quarterback Pat Angle completed 18 of 20 passes for 250 yards and four touchdowns in a 27-7 win over Jackson. The win improves Logan to 9-0 on the season. In the win, Angle also rushed for 59 yards and recorded an interception on defense.

Tournament Flight Begins:
The Eastern volleyball squad in Pike County enters the postseason still without a loss looking to fly their way through the early rounds. So far so good, as they captured the sectional championship with a 25-5, 25-8, 25-11 win over Symmes Valley. The win brought home the Lady Eagles 16th-straight sectional crown.

For Eastern, Rachel Staker had 12 kills while Courtney Rowe added 12 assists and nine aces. Rhyanna Day recorded eight kills and Samantha Veach had six digs. Ashley Howell had four digs and Chelsea Pack added six assists.

In other southeast Division IV sectional action, Portsmouth Notre Dame, Portsmouth Clay, Western Pike, Leesburg Fairfield, Eastern Meigs, South Webster, and Waterford all won sectional championships as well.

Perfection Continued:
New Philly (9-0), ranked No. 5 in the AP Division II state poll and currently sixth in the OHSAA Division II, Region 7 computer ratings, shutout John Glenn 35-0 in Week 9. In the win, New Philly amassed 504 yards of total offense, including 334 on the ground and 170 through the air.

Running Recap:
The majority of all southeast district cross country programs did their district running at Rio Grande this past weekend. Due to the large numbers in the southeast, the Divisions on the boys’ side were divided into two groups. Unioto’s Adrian Ross captured an individual title and his Unioto team took the team championship. In the other race, Circleville senior Brad Liston of Circleville won the individual title and his Tigers won the championship as well. On the girls’ side – just one race, Thornville Sheridan took the team title while Zane Trace sophomore Taylor Hatfield won the individual championship.

In Division III, the first boys’ race went to Racine Southern’s Kody Wolfe while Ironton took the team title. In the second race, Beaver Eastern’s Jordan Selbee captured the individual championship and the team district title went to North Adams. On the girls’ side, Fairland was the team champion and South Webster’s Kayla Cook crossed first individually.

Special Effort:
The Warren football squad improved to 7-2 with a 22-6 win over Chillicothe this week. Chillicothe played the Warriors well, but two special team touchdowns made the difference. First, punter Grant Venham made the best out of a bad situation as the junior bobbled the snap back close to his own 20, but proceeded to take it himself all the way for a score – a play that was recorded as a 64 yard touchdown because of the original line of scrimmage. The second big play turned in by the special teams came when Chillicothe fielded a punt deep and had the ball come loose. Eric Mason recovered the fumble in end zone for a Warren touchdown.

An SOC Shakeup:
Wheelersburg scored 27 second half points to defeat Lucasville Valley 41-14 Friday night. The Pirates amassed 404 yards on the ground, led by running back Tyler Craigmiles who ran for 181 yards on 15 carries. The Wheelersburg win, along with Minford beating Waverly, gives Wheelersburg (3-1, 7-2) and Lucasville Valley (3-1, 7-2) a chance to grab a share with Minford (4-0, 8-1), a team that clinched at least a share with their Week 9 victory. Check out this week’s On Tap section to see what is on the line in the SOC in Week 10.

A Soccer First:
The Belpre soccer team hosted a tournament match for the first time in school history this week as they beat Adena 2-0. This marked the first tournament game in school history for Adena as they just adopted the sport last season. The win improved Belpre to 12-2-2; however, they fell two nights later to Alexander. The Spartans defeated their Tri Valley Conference rivals 3-1.

Other D-III sectional champions for the boys include Lynchburg Clay, Eastern Brown, Minford, Wheelersburg, and South Webster. As for D-II boys’ soccer, Chillicothe, Zane Trace, Marietta, and Fairfield Union captured sectional titles.

In D-II girls’ soccer, Unioto, Leesburg Fairfield, Zane Trace, and Eastern Brown all won sectionals. Unioto and Leesburg meet in the district semifinals and ZT and Eastern play as well. The winners meet Saturday for the championship. This D-II district is at Chillicothe High School. As for D-I, just one match-up which ended in a 2-1 win for Marietta over Hillsboro.

Still Alive:
The Zanesville Blue Devils did what they needed to do to keep their playoff hopes alive as they rolled past Gallia Academy 28-7 Friday night. Kyle Gladden, a senior tailback, had a great game with 157 yards on 22 carries. The win improves the Blue Devils to 8-1 on the season, but the playoff picture still looks to be a long shot for Zanesville in the Division II Region 7, even with a win over 7-2 Jackson next week.


Lucasville Valley vs. Minford, Football, Friday, October 30th, Minford High School, 7:30 p.m.
Minford, already assured at least a share of the SOC title, will try to win the outright championship. Valley needs a win to grab a share. A Valley win and a Wheelersburg win would force Minford, Valley, and Wheelersburg to split the title in a tri-championship.

Wheelersburg will be cheering on Valley, but will have a tough task on their hands when the defending-champion Portsmouth West Senators visit Ed Miller Stadium in Wheelersburg. While West is not in position to defend their title this year, a win over the Pirates could propel them into the playoffs. Wheelersburg is not only looking for a piece of the SOC title, but also a win that would serve as a playoff-clincher.

Paint Valley vs. Zane Trace, Football, Friday, October 30th, Zane Trace High School, 7:30 p.m. 
The Bearcats of Paint Valley will make the trip across Ross County to attempt to keep Zane Trace from finishing a perfect Scioto Valley Conference season. Zane Trace has already clinched a share of the league title, but will need a Week 10 win or a Westfall loss against Piketon to take the outright title. A Paint Valley win and a Westfall win is the co-championship scenario that Westfall needs to defend their crown.

Vinton County vs. Nelsonville York, Football, Friday, October 30th, Nelsonville-York, 7:30 p.m.
Week 10 serves as the TVC bye week for Athens – a team that has already completed their Tri Valley Conference schedule with just one loss; therefore, the TVC title picture is clear. If Nelsonville beats Vinton County, Athens and Nelsonville will share the Ohio Division title, but if Vinton County pulls off the upset, Athens would take the title all alone.

Fairland vs. Coal Grove, Football, Friday, October 30th, Coal Grove High School, 7:30 p.m.
With Coal Grove (8-1, 4-0) having already clinched at least a share of their third straight OVC the Hornets will now try to win it outright. Fairland (6-3, 3-1) needs a win to share the title.

Regional Cross Country Meet, Saturday, October 31st, Pickerington & Troy locations:
Trick or Treat for all cross country fans and participants. All the regional qualifiers mentioned in this week’s News, Notes, & Nuggets, as well as the other top four teams and top 16 individuals, head to one of these two sites this Saturday. All the D-III runners are at Pickerington. They are joined by the D-II boys from race two; however, the boys from race one as well as the D-II girls are off to Troy.

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