Rebels host Waterford on Homecoming

By Alex Hawley -

River Valley sophomore Jacob Campbell lowers his shoulder for contact, during the Raiders’ loss at Meigs, on September 23.

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Gallia Academy Blue Devils (0-6, 0-3) at Coal Grove Hornets (4-1, 2-1)

Last Week: Gallia Academy lost to Fairland 49-34, in Gallipolis; Coal Grove defeated Portsmouth 40-20, in Coal Grove.

Last meeting between the teams: August 29, 2003. Gallia Academy won 48-14 in Gallipolis.

Current head-to-head streak: Gallia Academy has won 5 straight.

GAHS offense last week: 305 rushing yards, 136 passing yards.

CGHS offense last week: 383 rushing yards, 41 passing yards.

GAHS offensive leaders last week: QB Justin McCelland 16-of-38, 136 yards, 3TDs, INT; RB Justin McCelland 30 carries, 149 yards; WR Cory Call 5 receptions, 41 yards, TD.

CGHS offensive leaders last week: QB Matty Cordle 2-of-5, 41 yards, TD; RB Jacob Clark 19 carries, 191 yards, 2TDs; WR Daniel Rutherford 1 reception, 35 yards, TD.

GAHS defense last week: 458 rushing yards, 122 passing yards.

CGHS defense last week: 164 rushing yards, 16 passing yards.

Five things to note:

1. The last time GAHS visited Coal Grove was on August 30, 2002. The Blue Devils defeated their hosts by a 56-0 clip in that game.

2. Coal Grove’s last victory over GAHS came in Week 2 of the 1998 season. The Hornets won that game by a 40-16 count, starting a five-game Blue Devils losing skid. The all-time series between the teams is tied at 8-8.

3. Last week, GAHS put forth its offensive its best offense output of the season, gaining 441 total yards. However, the GAHS defense had its second worst performance of the year, allowing 580 yards.

4. Gallia Academy sophomore quarterback Justin McCelland — who leads the team in rushing with 302 yards on 99 carries — has completed 64-of-144 passes for 584 yards, with eight interceptions and six TDs.

5. GAHS has been outgained 2,923-to-1,256 in total yards this season. The Blue Devils have allowed 39 touchdowns (13 passing, 26 rushing) and 116 first downs, while earning 11 touchdowns (6 passing, 5 rushing) 76 first downs.

River Valley Raiders (4-2, 1-2) at Alexander Spartans (1-5, 0-3)

Last Week: River Valley defeated Wellston 14-6, in Bidwell; Alexander lost to Vinton County 37-20, in McArthur.

Last meeting between the teams: October 9, 2015. Alexander won 22-12 in Bidwell.

Current head-to-head streak: Alexander has won 2 straight.

RVHS offense last week: 216 rushing yards, 98 passing yards.

AHS offense last week: 181 rushing yards, 171 passing yards.

RVHS offensive leaders last week: QB Patrick Brown 5-of-13, 98 yards, 2TDs; RB Jacob Campbell 20 carries, 124 yards; WR Dustin Barber 2 receptions, 41 yards, TD.

AHS offensive leaders last week: QB A.J. Marks 12-of-32, 123 yards, INT; RB A.J. Marks 34 carries, 145 yards, TD; WR Chace Harris 3 receptions, 66 yards.

RVHS defense last week: 214 rushing yards, 7 passing yards

AHS defense last week: 385 rushing yards, 89 passing yards

Five things to note:

1. River Valley’s last trip to Albany was on October 10, 2014 and resulted in a 20-0 AHS victory. River Valley hasn’t won in Albany in the last 20 years.

2. Since 2002, Alexander holds a 9-3 record over RVHS. In head-to-head meetings the Spartans hold an average scoring advantage of 10.5 points per game.

3. Both teams made the playoffs in 2015, but both are currently out of the 2016 playoff picture. RVHS is rated 15th and Alexander is rated 24th, both in Region 27. A total of 14 teams in Region 27 have winning records.

4. The Raider offense has posted 1,782 yards (1,057 passing, 725 rushing), 21 touchdowns (11 passing, 10 rushing) and 91 first downs this season. RVHS sophomore Jacob Campbell leads the Silver and Black on the ground with 325 yards and five scores on 71 carries.

5. Raider quarterback Patrick Brown — who has 148 yards and one touchdown on 74 carries — has thrown for 1,057 yards and 11 touchdowns on 65-of-104 passing, with four interceptions.

Waterford Wildcats (5-1, 4-0) at South Gallia Rebels (2-4, 1-3)

Last Week: Waterford defeated Eastern 46-7, in Waterford; South Gallia lost to Belpre 30-20, in Mercerville.

Last meeting between the teams: October 9, 2015. South Gallia won 20-13 in Waterford.

Current head-to-head streak: South Gallia has won 5 straight

WHS offense last week: 200 rushing yards, 172 passing yards.

SGHS offense last week: 459 rushing yards, 13 passing yards.

WHS offensive leaders last week: QB Isaac Huffman 5-of-8, 172 yards, 2TDs; RB Cody Harris 4 carries, 89 yards, TD; WR Wyatt Lang 2 receptions, 67 yards, TD.

SGHS offensive leaders last week: QB Colten Coughenour 1-of-3, 13 yards; RB Johnny Sheets 37 carries, 325 yards, 3TDs; WR Johnny Sheets 1 reception, 13 yards.

WHS defense last week: 34 rushing yards, 139 passing yards

SGHS defense last week: 184 rushing yards, 47 passing yards

Five things to note:

1. Waterford hasn’t defeated SGHS since October 22, 2010, when the Wildcats claimed a 25-6 road victory. The 2010 season was South Gallia’s first as a member of the TVC Hocking.

2. This will be the ninth consecutive season these teams have clashed on the gridiron. The Wildcats won the three straight from 2008-10, but has dropped five consecutive matchups. Both teams average 18.25 in the last eight meetings.

3. Waterford is off to its best start since 2007, when the Wildcats were also 5-1. WHS is currently 2nd in the Region 27 ratings, while South Gallia is 19th.

4. Rebels senior Johnny Sheets surpassed the 1,000-yard mark on the ground in last week’s game. Sheets now has 1,202 yards and 11 touchdowns on 133 carries.

5. South Gallia’s offense has produced 1,908 yards this season, 1,835 of which has come on the ground. A total of 17 of the Rebels’ 18 offensive touchdowns have been rushing.

Bluefield Beavers (2-4) at Point Pleasant Big Blacks (6-0)

Last Week: Bluefield lost to Richlands 56-21, in Richlands; Point Pleasant defeated Parkersburg South 39-12, in Point Pleasant.

Last meeting between the teams: October 26, 1984. Bluefield won 19-3, in Bluefield.

Current head-to-head streak: Bluefield has won 2 straight.

BHS offense last week: 153 rushing yards, 133 passing yards.

PPHS offense last week: 287 rushing yards, 106 passing yards.

BHS offensive leaders last week: N/A.

PPHS offensive leaders last week: QB Cason Payne 10-of-19, 106 yards, TD; RB Grant Safford 20 carries, 131 yards, 3TDs; WR Josh Wamsley 4 receptions, 10 carries.

BHS defense last week: N/A.

PPHS defense last week: 182 rushing yards, 54 passing yards.

Five things to note:

1. Bluefield is 2-0 against PPHS in all-time meetings. The Beavers’ only previous trip to Point Pleasant was on October 23, 1983 and resulted in a 27-15 BHS victory.

2. Bluefield is averaging 30.5 points per game, but has allowed 35 points per game. PPHS has averages 44.8 points per game and allows 13.5 points per game.

3. Point Pleasant is 1-of-5 undefeated teams in Class AA, and is currently ranked third in the playoff ratings. Bluefield is rated 26th out of 44 Class AA teams.

4. PPHS sophomore quarterback Cason Payne hasn’t thrown an interception in 67 pass attempts this season and had 693 passing yards with 10 touchdowns. Payne’s 625 yards and nine scores on the ground places him second on the team in rushing, behind senior Grant Safford, who has 851 yards and 11 touchdowns.

5. A victory for the Big Blacks will extend their state-best regular season winning streak to 40 games. Point Pleasant hasn’t lost a regular season contest since October 5, 2012, when Oak Hill topped the visiting Big Blacks 34-14. During the Big Blacks’ 39-game regular season winning streak, they’ve outscored opponents by an average of 38.3 points per game.

Eastern Eagles (3-3, 2-2) at Wahama White Falcons (2-4, 1-4)

Last Week: Eastern lost to Waterford 46-7, in Waterford; Wahama lost to Trimble, 46-0, in Glouster.

Last meeting between the teams: October 9, 2015. Wahama won 36-8 in Tuppers Plains.

Current head-to-head streak: Wahama has won 1 straight.

EHS offense last week: 34 rushing yards, 139 passing yards.

WHS offense last week: 5 rushing yards, 43 passing yards.

EHS offensive leaders last week: QB Jett Facemyer 10-of-18, 139 yards, TD, INT; RB Josh Brewer 15 carries, 47 yards; WR Jon Wolfe 4 receptions, 80 yards.

WHS offensive leaders last week: QB Bryton Grate 5-of-13, 43 yards, INT; RB Wyatt Edwards 9 carries, 14 yards; WR Wyatt Edwards 3 receptions, 24 yards.

EHS defense last week: 200 rushing yards, 172 passing yards

WHS defense last week: 272 rushing yards, 102 passing yards

Five things to note:

1. Since 1995, Wahama is 17-4 against the Eagles, including 8-2 at Bachtel Stadium. The road team has been victorious three consecutive years in this series. Eastern’s last trip to Bachtel Stadium resulted in a 33-21 Eagles victory. That game ended a 12-game winning streak Wahama held over EHS.

2. The White Falcons are ranked 29th in the WVSSAC playoff ratings, 13 spots away from the final postseason spot. Four other teams in Class A currently have 2-4 records. EHS is five spots away from the final playoff spot, as the Eagles are rated 13th in Region 27. A total of six teams in Region 27 have .500 records.

3. This is Wahama’s third of five home games and the Red and White are 0-2 at home this season. The White Falcons have had a winning record at home for 10 consecutive season, but that streak would end with a loss on Friday.

4. Through six games, Eastern’s offense has produced 2,176 yards (1,148 passing, 1,028 rushing) 24 touchdowns (10 passing, 14 rushing) and 120 first downs. Wahama’s offense has produced 1,189 yards (136 passing, 1,053 rushing), 10 touchdowns (1 passing, 9 rushing) and 65 first downs.

5. The EHS defense has surrendered 1,373 yards (592 passing, 781 rushing), 18 touchdowns (7 passing, 11 rushing) and 64 first downs this season, while Wahama has allowed 1,801 yards (344 passing, 1,457 rushing), 26 touchdowns (4 passing, 22 rushing) and 67 first downs.

Phelps Hornets (2-4) at Hannan Wildcats (1-4)

Last Week: Phelps defeated Jenkins 40-8, in Jenkins; Hannan lost to Bishop Donahue 44-0, in Moundsville.

Last meeting between the teams: None since 2004.

Current head-to-head streak: N/A

PHS offense last week: N/A.

HHS offense last week: (-24) rushing yards, 35 passing yards.

PHS offensive leaders last week: N/A.

HHS offensive leaders last week: QB Matt Qualls 4-of-16, 35 yards, INT; RB D.C. Janicker 2 carries, 8 yards; WR Michael Lowe 2 receptions, 21 yards.

PHS defense last week: N/A.

HHS defense last week: 199 rushing yards, 167 passing yards

Five things to note:

1. Hannan is currently tied with Paden City for 31st in the playoff ratings. The Wildcats are one of three teams in Class A with a 1-5 record.

2. The Wildcats have been outscored 200-to-59 so far this season, while the Hornets have been outscored 154-to-115

3. Both teams began 0-3 but won the fourth game of their seasons.

4. Neither Hannan or Phelps won a game in 2015 or 2014. The Wildcats had lost 21 straight before snapping their skid, while PHS had suffered through 27 consecutive setbacks before getting back in the win column.

5. The lone common opponent between HHS and PHS to this point in the season is Montcalm. Hannan lost to Montcalm by a 20-14 final, on the road in Week 1, while the Hornets claimed a 14-12 victory at MHS in Week 5.

Trimble Tomcats (4-2, 4-1) at Southern Tornadoes (6-0, 4-0)

Last Week: Trimble defeated Wahama 46-0, in Glouster; Southern defeated Federal Hocking 45-14, in Racine.

Last meeting between the teams: October 9, 2015. Trimble won 41-14 in Glouster.

Current head-to-head streak: Trimble has won 25 straight

THS offense last week: 272 rushing yards, 102 passing yards.

SHS offense last week: 366 rushing yards, 53 passing yards.

THS offensive leaders last week: QB Gary Brooks 6-of-11, 92 yards, 2TDs, INT; RB Kameron Curry 14 carries, 185 yards, 4TDs; WR Jacob Hardy 4 receptions, 73 yards, 2TD.

SHS offensive leaders last week: QB Blake Johnson 1-of-2, 53 yards, TD; RB Riley Roush 15 carries, 204 yards, 2TDs; WR Crenson Rogers 1 reception, 53 yards.

THS defense last week: 5 rushing yards, 43 passing yards

SHS defense last week: 84 rushing yards, 127 passing yards

Five things to note:

1. The Tornadoes have just one win all-time against Trimble. That 19-8 SHS victory came in 1973, which was Trimble High School’s first year of existence. The Tomcats avenged that loss in the following season and has won all 24 games since the series resumed in 1992.

2.Trimble has shutout Southern seven times and has never allowed the Purple and Gold to score more than 28 points in a game. The last time the Tomcats played at Roger Lee Adams Memorial Field was October 10, 2015. THS defeated the Purple and Gold by a 40-6 clip in that game.

3. The Tornadoes are currently ranked 7th in the Division VII AP poll and the Purple and Gold are rated at the top of Region 27. Southern and Sciotoville East are the final two unbeaten teams in Region 27. THS is rated sixth in the region.

4. This is uncharted territory for the Purple and Gold, as they haven’t won six consecutive games to start the season in over 20 years.

5. Southern has outgained opponents 2,339-to-991 in total offense, including 1,634-to-663 on the ground. The Tornadoes hold a 95-to-44 advantage in first downs this fall, and are plus-6 in turnover differential.

Athens Bulldogs (4-2, 2-0) at Meigs Marauders (3-3, 1-2)

Last Week: Athens lost to Logan 31-30, in Logan; Meigs lost to Nelsonville-York 47-6, in Nelsonville.

Last meeting between the teams: October 9, 2015. Athens won 49-34 in The Plains.

Current head-to-head streak: Athens has won 7 straight.

AHS offense last week: 195 rushing yards, 260 passing yards.

MHS offense last week: 99 rushing yards, 12 passing yards.

AHS offensive leaders last week: QB Brendan Sano 18-of-30, 217, 2TDs; RB Mikel Casteel 17 carries, 76 yards; WR Andy Kostival 5 receptions, 54 yards.

MHS offensive leaders last week: QB Zach Helton 5-of-8, 3 yards; RB Lane Cullums 13 carries, 37 yards; WR Jared Kennedy 3 receptions, 0 yards.

AHS defense last week: 168 rushing yards, 151 passing yards

MHS defense last week: 347 rushing yards, 62 passing yards

Five things to note:

1. Athens holds an 18-15 record over Meigs in all-time meetings. The last time the Marauders claimed victory over the Bulldogs was on September 12, 2008. That was the first season Athens was a member of the TVC Ohio.

2. Athens’ last visit to Farmers Bank Stadium was on October 10, 2014 when, eventual Division III state runner-up, AHS defeated Meigs by a 49-0 mark.

3. This is the Marauders fourth of five home games this season. Meigs is 2-1 at home this season and will be looking to clinch its second straight winning campaign at home.

4. Meigs has 1,967 yards of offense this season, with 912 passing and 1,055 rushing. Ten of the Marauders’ 23 touchdowns have come through the air, with the other 13 coming on runs.

5. The Maroon and Gold have allowed 1,663 yards (397 passing, 1,266 rushing), 25 touchdowns (5 passing, 17 rushing, 3 defensive) and 75 first downs this fall.

River Valley sophomore Jacob Campbell lowers his shoulder for contact, during the Raiders’ loss at Meigs, on September 23. Valley sophomore Jacob Campbell lowers his shoulder for contact, during the Raiders’ loss at Meigs, on September 23. Alex Hawley/OVP Sports

By Alex Hawley