Only two teams tripped up the Southern Tornadoes in a bid for an undefeated regular season.
Now, look for the younger Tornadoes to try and tame a pair of ‘Cats.
In addition, the Meigs Marauders and Eastern Eagles aim to improve after their 4-6 campaigns from a year ago.
Those are the backdrops for the three Meigs County football teams, as the 2017 season schedules have been announced.
Of the three a season ago, a senior-laden Southern squad went 8-2 in the regular season — and qualified for the state playoffs (Division VII) for the second time in school history.
The other instance was in 2013, when the Tornadoes’ tally over 10 games was also 8-2.
Last year, Southern’s only regular-season setbacks were the top two Tri-Valley Conference Hocking Division clubs — league champion Waterford and runner-up Trimble in back-to-back weeks.
In addition, the Tornadoes lost at Trimble 21-6 in the Division VII regional quarterfinals.
This season, head coach Mike Chancey returns for his second year in Purple and Gold, as the Tornadoes — once again — open up at Portsmouth Notre Dame.
That contest kicks off on Saturday, Aug. 26, followed by the home opener the next week against non-league Frontier.
The Tornadoes’ TVC-Hocking treks include Miller (Sept. 16), Federal Hocking (Sept. 29), Trimble (Oct. 6) and South Gallia (Oct. 20), while home games include Wahama (Sept. 8), Belpre (Sept. 22), Waterford (Oct. 13) and Eastern (Oct. 28).
Like the Notre Dame game, the kickoff against Eastern is set for a Saturday night at 7 p.m.
All other affairs are set for 7:30 p.m., although the Federal Hocking kick is still to be announced.
Like the Tornadoes, all of Eastern’s opponents are the same as last season — with the two 7 p.m. kickoffs being Southern and at Green.
Along with the Bobcats on Sept. 8, the Eagles’ other non-league foe is the season opener with River Valley (Aug. 25).
For Eastern, in the TVC-Hocking, it ventures to Miller (Sept. 1), South Gallia (Sept. 22), Trimble (Oct. 13) and Southern (Oct. 28) — while hosting Federal Hocking (Sept. 15), Waterford (Sept. 29), Wahama (Oct. 6) and Belpre (Oct. 20).
For Meigs, while the Marauders will open against Gallia Academy (Aug. 25) again and return to Logan (Sept. 8) two weeks later — two new teams highlight the Maroon and Gold’s non-league slate.
They are Saint Clairsville on Saturday, Sept. 2 — and at Point Pleasant on Friday, Oct. 13.
Saint Clairsville replaces Amanda-Clearcreek, while Point Pleasant does the same to Jackson.
All of the Marauders’ matchups will feature 7:30 p.m. kickoffs — aside from Saint Clairsville and Logan in back-to-back weeks, which will get underway at 7.
Sandwiched around the non-league duel with the Big Blacks is Meigs’ Tri-Valley Conference Ohio Division competition, as Nelsonville-York is the defending champion.
Meigs’ TVC-Ohio road shows include River Valley (Sept. 22), Athens (Oct. 6) and Wellston (Oct. 20), while the Marauders will host Vinton County (Sept. 15), Nelsonville-York (Sept. 29) and Alexander (Oct. 27).
The West Virginia and Ohio football seasons officially open on Aug. 25.
25 vs Gallia Academy, 7:30
2 vs St. Clairsville, 7 p.m.
8 at Logan, 7 p.m.
15 vs Vinton County, 7:30
22 at River Valley, 7:30
29 vs Nelsonville-York, 7:30
6 at Athens, 7:30
13 at Point Pleasant, 7:30
20 at Wellston, 7:30
27 vs Alexander, 7:30
25 vs River Valley, 7:30
1 at Miller, 7:30
8 at Green, 7 p.m.
15 vs Federal Hocking, 7:30
22 at South Gallia, 7:30
29 vs Waterford, 7:30
6 vs Wahama, 7:30
13 at Trimble, 7:30
20 vs Belpre, 7:30
28 at Southern, 7 p.m.
26 at Notre Dame, 7 p.m.
1 vs Frontier, 7:30
8 vs Wahama, 7:30
15 at Miller, 7:30
22 vs Belpre, 7:30
29 at Federal Hocking, TBA
6 at Trimble, 7:30
13 vs Waterford, 7:30
20 at South Gallia, 7:30
28 vs Eastern, 7 p.m.
Paul Boggs can be reached at 740-446-2342, ext. 2106