GALLIPOLIS, Ohio — It’s a two-horse race headed down the home stretch.
Warren is the only team that can still catch defending champion Logan in the 2014 league standings after the Chieftains claimed a nine stroke victory over the field Thursday night during the fourth Southeastern Ohio Athletic League golf match at Cliffside Golf Course in Gallia County.
The Chieftains improved their season record to 15-1 in SEOAL play after posting a winning team score of 157. The Warriors — who are now 12-4 overall — were second with a 166, while host Gallia Academy was officially eliminated from SEOAL contention after placing third with a 169.
Jackson (172) beat out Portsmouth (182) for fourth place Thursday night, allowing the Ironmen to move into a fourth place tie with the Trojans in the league standings at 2-14 overall. GAHS currently owns a 9-7 league mark with one SEOAL match remaining this fall.
Logan Holbrook of LHS — the reigning SEOAL Most Valuable Player in golf — earned medalist honors after posting an even par round of 36 on the front nine. Teammate Jake Barton, Kyler Dennis of WHS and Cole Massie of JHS all tied for second place with identical scores of 37.
Hunter Fizer and Jared Walker followed Holbrook and Barton with matching 42s to round out the winning Chieftain score.
Taae Hamid paced Gallia Academy with a 41, followed by Dares Hamid and Zach Graham with identical rounds of 42. Bruce Moreaux rounded out the Blue Devils’ tally with a 44, while Marcus Moore and Jared Parissi respectively fired rounds of 45 and 56 for the hosts.
Nick Ward followed Dennis for Warren with a 42, while Drew Simms and Max Hapney respectively added efforts of 43 and 44 to wrap up the scoring. Josh Jankauskas and Turner Schilling also had efforts of 44 and 47 for the Warriors.
John Bachtel followed Massie with a 44 for Jackson, while Ricky Fraley and Jared LeMaster added a 45 and 46 to wrap up the Ironmen tally. Evan Coyan and Dakota Simpson also fired respective rounds of 46 and 50 for JHS.
Brandon Jones paced the Trojans with a 39 , followed by Trent Rodbell with a 45 and Austin Jones with a 49. Jahmir King completed the PHS scoring with a 51, while Hayden Harcha tacked on a 56.
The final SEOAL golf match of 2014 will be played next Thursday at Franklin Valley Golf Course in Jackson, Ohio.