With Week 10 of football now in the books, we officially have hit the
postseason in all fall sports. This week, we look at football where there was so many
storylines to follow. We also take a look at postseason action in soccer, cross country, and volleyball.
With Week 10 of football now in the books, we officially have hit the postseason in all fall sports (and actually girls’ basketball started this past Friday, but I will save that for a future Southeast Ohio Huddle). This week, we look at football where there was so many storylines to follow. We had teams needing a win for perfection, perhaps a share or the total rights to a conference championship, or maybe a berth to Week 11.
We also take a look at postseason action in soccer, cross country, and volleyball. In soccer, there were two league schools – from a conference that doesn’t even recognize soccer as a sport – battling for a district championship. In cross country, the southeast has plenty of elite athletes running to Scioto Downs next week. For volleyball, the defending state champs in D-III find themselves back in the Sweet 16. They will be joined there by this year’s top ranked team, another southeast volleyball power, and a newcomer making their first ever trip to the regional tournament.
For our top team and individual this week, we go running to Belmont County to honor a regional cross country champion, and speaking of running, there was one SEOAL running back that posted record-setting numbers this past Friday night.
TEAM OF THE WEEK
St. Clairsville Girls Cross Country: Four of the first six girls that crossed in Saturday’s D-II regional meet at Pickerington were wearing the scarlet and gray of St. Clairsville. Kelly Perzanowski (2nd – 20:10), Kate Hodgson (3rd – 20:18), Jamie Perzanowski (4th – 20:41), Amy Castle (6th – 20:52), and Juliana Madzia (21st which was good for 14 points due to other individual qualifiers ahead of her – 21:43) all combined to give the Lady Red Devils a microscopic team score of 29 points.
PLAYER OF THE WEEK
Nate Allison, Gallia Academy: Gallia Academy’s senior running back Nate Allison ran wild in Week 10 as he carried the ball 33 times for a school record 349 yards. While earning more than 10 yards per touch, Allison also scored four times in a 42-6 rout of Marietta. Allison’s scores came on runs of 14, 43, 21, and 4 yards. He had 11 runs of 10 yards or more. This performance broke the old record of 334 yards set by Ty Simmons in 2002 against Warren Local.
NEWS, NOTES, & NUGGETS
Southeast Trio Nets District Titles at Athens: The defending D-III state champion the Alexander Spartans made quick work of Lucasville Valley Saturday at Athens to return to the Sweet 16. Going with them is Wheelersburg who defeated North Adams to earn their first ever trip to the regional tournament. In the third match, it was Adena defeating fellow SVC member Westfall in straight sets to return to the regional tournament.
In the regional tournament, Alexander and Wheelersburg will go head-to-head, and Adena will play unbeaten and top-ranked Tusky Valley Wednesday in the Regional Semis at Logan High School. Tusky Valley advanced with a three game sweep of Buckeye Trail (23-3).
Ironton Clinches Week 11 Home Game: The Fighting Tigers of Ironton posted a 41-12 win over Warren Friday night. In the win, five different Tigers found the end zone. For Warren, Kaleb Wolfe eclipsed 1,000 yards for the season as he ran 29 times for 128 yards and scored both Warren touchdowns.
League and District Title All Wrapped Up in One: The Scioto Valley Conference does not recognize soccer as a league sport due to the lack of league teams. Nonetheless, two league teams made up the D-II girls’ soccer title game Saturday when Unioto and Zane Trace met at Chillicothe High School. In this battle, both teams went to halftime in a scoreless scuffle. Zane Trace scored twice to start the second half only to see Unioto answer with goals from Abby Bates and Morgan Gumm to tie things back up at two apiece with just over two minutes to play. With the game clock showing less than a minute to play, Zane Trace found the net on a corner kick to win the district title 3-2 over their SVC rival.
In other tournament action, Marietta’s boys defeated Chillicothe 4-3 in overtime to win the D-II boys’ district title. In D-III district championship action at the beautiful VA Stadium in Chillicothe, it was southeast member Lynchburg Clay falling to Berlin Hiland 5-0 in game one and South Webster defeating fellow SOC member Minford 3-2 in the night cap.
In other girls’ action, River View scored two late goals to win the Division II, Region 7 District championship at the Philo Athletic Complex by a final score of 3-2. The loss ends the incredible career of Clemson-bound Jaclyn Dutton.
A Pair of Easterns Still Eying Final Four: The Beaver Eastern volleyball team continued its perfect quest to Wright State. The Eagles latest win was a 25-17, 25-11, 25-16 over Waterford and it earns them a district title. In the other half of the Division IV bracket at Wellston, Eastern Meigs captured the district title with a win over Portsmouth Clay 25-19, 25-17, 25-9.
Six & Counting: Logan defeated Chillicothe 51-14 Friday night. With the win, the SEOAL champs completed a perfect 10-0 regular season. The championship for Logan marks their sixth straight league title. In this win, Logan quarterback Pat Angle threw for over 200 yards and three scores before halftime as the Chieftains rolled to the title. Chillicothe’s Bill Davidson announced after the game that he is retiring from coaching.
Gold Ball: Zane Trace completed a perfect 7-0 season in the Scioto Valley Conference Friday night with a 38-7 win over Paint Valley. Kirk Maxwell ran for three scores and threw another to lead the Pioneers to an 8-2 overall record and a spot in next week’s playoffs. The win also gives the Pioneers the golden football trophy given to champions that run the table in the SVC.
OVC Title: The Ohio Valley Conference championship belongs to Coal Grove. The Hornets got a great performance from senior Oakie Haynes who lifted his squad with 224 yards on 18 carries. Haynes also scored three times. Coal Grove is heading to the playoffs for the first time since 1996.
State Bound Runners: Taylor Hatfield of Zane Trace High School won the Division II regional cross country meet Saturday. Hatfield finished with a winning time of 18:58 securing a spot in next week’s State Cross Country Meet at Scioto Downs.
Bellaire St. Johns Central had seniors Luke Holubeck and Matt Moscato cross one, two in Saturday’s Division III boys’ race at Pickerington to lead the team to the regional crown. Liberty Union, Fredericktown, and Galion Northmor were the other three schools that advanced to the state with Barnesville just missing as they finished fifth just four points out of the money.
Other qualifiers include both the boys and girls from St. Clairsville, Unioto boys, and the Bellbrook girls.
OVAC Football: in the crowded and somewhat complex OVAC standings, the conference champions are Buckeye Local in the AAAA Division, Magnolia in the AAA Division, Monroe Central in the AA Division, and Weirton Madonna in A Division.
Championship Roundup: In the Tri Valley Conference, Nelsonville-York defeated Vinton County 32-6 to share the league title in the Ohio Division with Athens. The Hocking Division title in the TVC went to Trimble who recorded a clinching win over Racine Southern with a big night from Tyler Dyla. Dyla was our runner-up for this week’s player of the week honor as he ran 29 times for 324 and four TDs.
In the Muskingum Valley League, Tri Valley completed a perfect conference run with a 21-14 win over John Glenn. In the SCOL, Clinton Massie completed their perfect 10-0 championship season with a 41-0 win over East Clinton. Minford (9-1) beat Lucasville Valley 28-21 to win the SOC II while Oak Hill (10-0) beat Green 49-7 to win the SOC I.
Berlin Hiland vs. South Webster, Boys’ Soccer, D-III Regional Semifinal, Tuesday, November 3rd, Philo High School, 7:00 p.m. The Jeeps of South Webster will try to push themselves one step closer to this year’s Final Four.
Regional Semifinals, Volleyball, Wednesday, November 4th, Logan High School, 6:00 p.m.
Match One: Alexander vs. Wheelersburg (6:00 p.m.)
Match Two: Adena vs. Tusky Valley
*Final = The winners will return to Logan on Saturday.
Regional Quarterfinals, Football, Friday, November 6th, All kickoffs are at 7:30 p.m.
*Again, remember all Friday night games are 7:30 p.m. kickoffs.
Regional Quarterfinals, Football, Friday, November 6th, All kickoffs are at 7:00 p.m.
*Again, remember all Saturday night games are 7:00 p.m. kickoffs.
State Cross Country Meet, Saturday, November 7th, Scioto Downs
11:05 A.M. Division III Girls
11:50 A.M. Division II Girls
12:35 P.M. Division I Girls
1:20 P.M. Division III Boys
2:05 P.M. Division II Boys
2:50 P.M. Division I Boys