Gallia teams finish season at home

By Alex Hawley -

South Gallia quaerback Chase Kemper pitches the ball to running back Johnny Sheets behind the line of scrimmage during a Week 9 TVC Hocking football contest in Racine, Ohio.

South Gallia quaerback Chase Kemper pitches the ball to running back Johnny Sheets behind the line of scrimmage during a Week 9 TVC Hocking football contest in Racine, Ohio.

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South Point Pointers (0-9, 0-6) at Gallia Academy Blue Devils (0-9, 0-6)

Last Week: South Point lost to Portsmouth 40-20, in South Point; Gallia Academy lost to Ironton 49-0, in Ironton.

Last meeting between the teams: September 13, 1996. South Point won 21-14, in South Point.

Current head-to-head streak: South Point has won 1 straight.

SPHS offense last week: 225 rushing yards, 25 passing yards.

GAHS offense last week: 84 rushing yards, 62 passing yards.

SPHS offensive leaders last week: QB Brandin Jackson 1-of-5, 25 yards; RB Owen Chafin 22 carries, 132 yards, TD; WR Elijah Adams 1 reception, 25 yards.

GAHS offensive leaders last week: QB Justin McClelland 11-of-21, 62 yards, 2INTs; RB Clay Plymale 7 carries, 28 yards; WR Colton Campbell 5 receptions, 29 yards.

SPHS defense last week: 315 rushing yards, 50 passing yards

GAHS defense last week: 84 rushing yards, 62 passing yards

Five things to note:

1. A long season is coming to an end for both teams, one of which will get its first win. The Blue Devils — who haven’t gone winless for a season since 1983 — have been outscored 432-to-106 this season, while South Point has been outscored 239-to-104.

2. The 2009 season was the last time Gallia Academy ended the season with a win. The Blue Devils won the regular season finale in their playoff season of 2012, but fell to Thurgood Marshall in the second round of the postseason.

3. Last week, the Pointers led Portsmouth by a 14-12 count at halftime. However, the Pointers were outscored 28-to-6 after halftime. Both of South Point’s first half scores were on big plays, as John Kuhn scored on a 73-yard run and Owen Chafin scored on a 53-yard run.

4. Last week, South Point was penalized 16 times for a total of 165 yards. This season, GAHS has averaged 4.4 penalties and 41.2 penalty-yards per game.

5. The Blue Devils have 1,711 yards (807 passing, 904 rushing) 16 touchdowns (10 passing, 5 rushing, 1 special teams) and 103 first downs. GAHS has allowed 4,311 yards (996 passing, 3,315 rushing) 63 touchdowns (15 passing, 46 rushing, 1 defensive, 1 special teams) and 189 first downs. Gallia Academy is minus-5 in turnover differential.

Waverly Tigers (8-1) at River Valley Raiders (6-3)

Last Week: Waverly defeated Minford 35-0, in Minford; River Valley lost to Athens 25-15, in The Plains.

Last meeting between the teams: None since 1995.

Current head-to-head streak: N/A.

WHS offense last week: 139 rushing yards, 258 passing yards.

RVHS offense last week: 132 rushing yards, 200 passing yards.

WHS offensive leaders last week: QB Clayton Howell 20-of-32, 258 yards, 3TDs, INT; RB Drew Kritzwiser 25 carries, 157 yards, TD; WR Cade Marquez 5 receptions, 107 yards, TD.

RVHS offensive leaders last week: QB Patrick Brown 14-of-31, 200 yards, TD, INT; RB Tre Craycraft 6 carries, 56 yards; WR Tre Craycraft 9 receptions, 126 yards, TD.

WHS defense last week: 99 rushing yards, 4 passing yards

RVHS defense last week: 228 rushing yards, 126 passing yards

Five things to note:

1. River Valley is 5-15 in its last 20 season finales. The Raiders’ 2014 victory over Northwest is their most recent win to close out the year.

2. Waverly has already clinched its fifth-ever playoff berth, but will still need to win for the Tigers to have a chance to host in the opening week of the postseason. WHS — which last made the postseason in 2007 — is currently fourth in Region 16. The Raiders are mathematically eliminated from postseason contention.

3. The Tiger defense has six shut outs this season and has held opponents to 180 yards and 11.7 first downs per game this season. RVHS have allowed 277.6 yards per game with opponents earning 13.4 first downs.

4. River Valley has 2,987 yards (1,702 passing 1,285 rushing) 38 touchdowns (18 passing, 17 rushing, 3 defensive) and 148 first downs this season. The Raiders are plus-1 in turnover differential and have scored 42 special teams points.

5. Waverly has 3,372 yards (2,059 passing, 1,313 rushing) 48 touchdowns (24 passing, 20 rushing, 3 special teams, 1 defensive) and 153 first downs. The Tigers are plus-6 in turnover differential.

Miller Falcons (6-3, 4-3) at South Gallia Rebels (3-6, 2-5)

Last Week: Miller defeated Wahama 40-0, in Hemlock; South Gallia lost to Southern 52-14, in Racine.

Last meeting between the teams: October 30, 2015. South Gallia won 61-26 in Hemlock.

Current head-to-head streak: South Gallia has won three straight.

MHS offense last week: 394 rushing yards, 50 passing yards.

SGHS offense last week: 152 rushing yards, 0 passing yards.

MHS offensive leaders last week: QB Cole Geil 2-of-4, 50 yards, TD; RB Zach Waldrop 25 carries, 273 yards, 2TDs; WR Carson Starlin 2 receptions, 50 yards, TD.

SGHS offensive leaders last week: RB Johnny Sheets 15 carries, 88 yards, 2TDs.

MHS defense last week: (-25) rushing yards, 28 passing yards

SGHS defense last week: 165 rushing yards, 171 passing yards

Five things to note:

1. Since joining the TVC Hocking prior to the 2010 season, South Gallia is 5-1 against Miller with a 2-1 mark in Mercerville. In the all-time series, South Gallia holds a 9-7 edge.

2. The 61 points SGHS scored at Miller last season is the most the Rebels have scored in a game since a 62-7 victory at Belpre in 2011. Those games are the only two times South Gallia has eclipsed 60 points in a game.

3. The Rebels haven’t lost a regular season finale since 2011. It’s been over a decade since MHS ended the regular season with a win.

4. SGHS senior running back Johnny Sheets has already broke two single-season school records. Sheets’ currently has 1,646 yards and 15 rushing touchdowns, both school records.

5. The Falcons are on a four-game winning streak, in which they’ve outscored opponents 140-to-16. The Rebels have lost four of their last five and have been outscored 192-to-85 in that stretch.

Point Pleasant Big Blacks (8-0) at Westside Renegades (3-5)

Last Week: Point Pleasant defeated Man 41-0, in Man; Westside defeated River View 34-0, in Bradshaw.

Last meeting between the teams: First Meeting

PPHS offense last week: 275 rushing yards, 30 passing yards.

WHS offense last week: N/A.

PPHS offensive leaders last week: QB Cason Payne 4-of-13, 30 yards; RB Cason Payne 13 carries, 124 yards, TD; WR Keshawn Stover 3 receptions, 28 yards.

WHS offensive leaders last week: QB Bradie Vance 3-of-6, 68 yards, 2TDs; Josh Morgan 12 carries, 71 yards, 2TDs; Curtis Gunnoe 2 receptions, 20 yards, TD.

PPHS defense last week: 80 rushing yards, 14 passing yards.

WHS defense last week: N/A.

Five things to note:

1. Point Pleasant is alone in third place in the Class AA playoff ratings, behind Bridgeport and Fairmont Senior, which face off this week. Westside is currently tied for 27th, with Logan, in the Class AA ratings.

2. PPHS senior Grant Safford and sophomore Cason Payne led the Big Blacks’ offense with 1,163 and 836 rushing yards respectively. Safford — who has caught two passes for 32 yards — has scored 16 touchdowns on the ground this fall, including three last week. Payne — who has rushed for 12 scores — is 50-of-95 passing for 877 yards, with 12 touchdowns and zero interceptions.

3. Three Big Blacks have three receivers with at least 10 receptions this fall. Keshawn Stover leads the way with 12 grabs for 241 yards and five scores, Jason Wamsley has 11 receptions for 277 yards and four scores, while Josh Wamsley has 11 catches for 139 yards and two scores.

4. The only opponent that PPHS and WHS share this season is Man, which Point Pleasant defeated 41-0 last week, and Westside lost to 27-14 in Week 3.

5. The Big Blacks have twice as many first downs as their opponents this season. PPHS has 164 first downs, while allowing just 82. Point Pleasant also has a 3,521-to-1,866 advantage in total offense this year.

Beallsville Blue Devils (0-9) at Hannan Wildcats (1-7)

Last Week: Beallsville lost to Wheeling Central Catholic 59-0, in Wheeling; Hannan lost to Gilmer County 55-6, in Ashton.

Last meeting between the teams: October 9, 2015. Beallsville won 30-0 in Beallsville.

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

Five things to note:

1. Hannan’s last win over a non-Mountaineer State team was October 7, 2011, when the Wildcats defeated Manchester by a 26-14 count in the Buckeye State.

2. It’s been a long season for all involved. The Wildcats have been outscored 336-to-85 and have been on the wrong end of three shut outs, while BHS has been outscored 550-to-40 and has been shut out four times.

3. The lone common opponent for Hannan and Beallsville is Gilmer County. GCHS defeated HHS 55-6 last week and Beallsville 55-0 in Week 1.

4. This is the season finale for both teams and Hannan will be trying to end the year on a high note for the first time since 2013. The Wildcats are 5-16 in their last 21 season finales.

5. Beallsville’s last win in the Mountaineer State was on September 20, 2013, in Cameron, by a 12-6 final.

Meigs Marauders (3-6, 1-4) at Alexander Spartans (1-8, 0-5)

Last Week: Meigs lost to Wellston 43-12, in Rocksprings; Alexander lost to Trimble 55-13, in Glouster.

Last meeting between the teams: October 30, 2015. Alexander won 35-26 in Rocksprings.

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

MHS offense last week: 40 rushing yards, 175 passing yards.

AHS offense last week: (-37) rushing yards, 85 passing yards.

MHS offensive leaders last week: QB Zach Helton 16-of-29, 175 yards, 2TDs; RB Lane Cullums 11 carries, 14 yards; WR Zach Bartrum 9 receptions, 81 yards.

AHS offensive leaders last week: QB A.J. Marks 5-of-18, 77 yards, 2INTs; RB A.J. Marks 14 carries, 4 yards, TD; WR Chace Harris 2 receptions, 61 yards.

MHS defense last week: 531 rushing yards, 5 passing yards

AHS defense last week: 232 rushing yards, 195 passing yards

Five things to note:

1. Prior to last season, Meigs had defeated Alexander in three straight seasons. The Marauders own a 26-5-1 record over AHS in all-time meetings.

2. Meigs has been victorious in its last two trips to Albany, winning 38-7 in 2014 and 26-14 in 2012. Alexander’s last home win over Meigs was in 2010, by a 35-20 count.

3. Since a 39-0 victory over Federal Hocking in the season opener, Alexander has lost eight straight and been outscored by an average of 30.25 points per game. Meigs is currently on a four-game skid in which the Marauder defense has allowed 53.75 points per game.

4. Zach Helton — who took over as MHS starting quarterback for Cody Bartrum after Week 3 — has completed 64-of-122 passes for 811 yards, with nine touchdowns and seven interceptions. Helton, a junior at MHS, has 196 yards and two scores rushing to go along with 14 receptions for 107 yards and one TD.

5. The Maroon and Gold have been outgained 3,411-to-2,931 in total offense this fall, including 2,534-to-1,480 on the ground. Meigs has scored 32 touchdowns (15 passing, 17 rushing), while allowing 49 (12 passing, 34 rushing, 3 defensive).

Southern Tornadoes (7-2, 5-2) at Eastern Eagles (4-5, 3-4)

Last Week: Southern defeated South Gallia 52-14, in Racine; Eastern lost to Belpre 25-20, in Belpre.

Last meeting between the teams: October 31, 2015. Southern won 47-7 in Racine.

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

SHS offense last week: 165 rushing yards, 171 passing yards.

EHS offense last week: 179 rushing yards, 123 passing yards.

SHS offensive leaders last week: QB Blake Johnson 5-of-6, 171 yards, 3TDs; RB Riley Roush 7 carries, 59 yards; WR Crenson Rogers 3 receptions, 125 yards, 2TDs.

EHS offensive leaders last week: QB Jett Facemyer 11-of-18, 95 yards, 2INTs; RB Jett Facemyer 14 carries, 140 yards, 2TDs; WR Blaise Facemyer 6 receptions, 55 yards.

SHS defense last week: 152 rushing yards, 0 passing yards

EHS defense last week: 156 rushing yards, 102 passing yards

Five things to note:

1. In the last 20 meetings between the two rivals, Eastern holds an 11-9 record over Southern, including a 5-5 record at East Shade River Stadium. The Eagles claimed a 28-26 victory when the Tornadoes last visited Tuppers Plains, on November 1, 2014.

2. The Tornadoes control their own postseason destiny, meaning a win gives the school its second-ever postseason berth. The Tornadoes likely make the postseason with a loss, but would lose all hopes of a home game. While, EHS is not mathematically eliminated from postseason contention, the Eagles are extremely unlikely to make the playoffs, even with a win.

3. Both teams are led by a senior quarterbacks with loads of experience. Eastern’s Jett Facemyer has completed 99-of-165 passes for 1,475 yards, with 11 touchdowns and 11 interceptions, while rushing 154 times for 834 yards and 16 touchdowns. Southern’s Blake Johnson has completed 40-of-80 passes for 1,055 yards, with 13 touchdowns and three interceptions, while rushing 53 times for 118 yards and three scores.

4. The Tornadoes have 3,112 yards (1,112 passing, 2,000 rushing) 44 touchdowns (12 passing, 34 rushing, 2 defensive) and 130 first downs, to go with a plus-6 in turnover differential. Southern has allowed 1,923 yards (362 passing, 1,561 rushing) 22 touchdowns (4 passing, 18 rushing) and 87 first downs.

5. The Eagles have 3,006 yards (1,506 passing, 1,500 rushing) 32 touchdowns (11 passing, 21 rushing) and 143 first downs, but are minus-6 in turnover differential. Eastern has allowed 2,335 yards (832 passing, 1,502 rushing) 31 touchdowns (9 passing, 20 rushing, 2 defensive) and 116 first downs.

South Gallia quaerback Chase Kemper pitches the ball to running back Johnny Sheets behind the line of scrimmage during a Week 9 TVC Hocking football contest in Racine, Ohio. Gallia quaerback Chase Kemper pitches the ball to running back Johnny Sheets behind the line of scrimmage during a Week 9 TVC Hocking football contest in Racine, Ohio. Bryan Walters/OVP Sports

By Alex Hawley