Southern Tornadoes (3-0, 1-0) at Miller Falcons (2-1, 1-1)
Last Week: Southern defeated Wahama 27-21 2OT, in Racine; Miller defeated Millersport 42-7, in Millersport.
Last meeting between the teams: Sept. 16, 2016. Southern won 41-0 in Racine.
Current head-to-head streak: Southern has won 1 straight.
SHS offense last week: 209 rushing yards, 118 passing yards.
MHS offense last week: 314 rushing yards, 74 passing yards.
SHS offensive leaders last week: QB Logan Drummer 8-18-0 110 yards; RB Riley Roush 29 carries, 132 yards, 4TDs; WR Brody Dutton 3 receptions, 30 yards.
MHS offensive leaders last week: QB Colby Bartley 4-7-1 92 yards, 1TD; RB Zach Waldrop 14 carries, 133 yards, 2TDs; WR Levi Vanbibber 2 receptions, 26 yards.
SHS defense last week: 180 rushing yards, 29 passing yards.
MHS defense last week: N/A.
Five things to note:
1. The Tornadoes have defeated Miller 5-of-6 meetings. The Falcons do however have an 11-to-10 edge in the series over the last 21 meetings.
2. Southern’s last trip to Hemlock was on Sept. 18, 2015 and resulted in a 41-12 MHS victory. The Tornadoes are unbeaten in their last three trips to Hemlock, as Miller has not defeated a visiting Tornado squad since Oct 24, 2009.
3. Through three games, the Tornadoes have relied heavily on the ground attack, rushing for 797 of their 930 total yards. Also, all of Southern’s 16 touchdowns on the ground this fall. Riley Roush leads all SHS rushers with 432 yards and 11 touchdowns, followed by Dylan Smith with 231 yards and four scores.
4. In its first three games, Miller has gained 912 yards, 730 of which are rushing yards. The Falcons have also scored 16 offensive touchdowns this season, 12 on the via the run and four on pass plays. Waldrop leads Miller on the ground with 337 yards and five touchdowns, while Seattle Compston has 132 yards and three scores.
5. The Tornadoes had to go through double-overtime in order to stay unbeaten. Prior to last week, Southern hadn’t been in overtime since Sept. 16, 2005, when the Tornadoes defeated visiting Notre Dame by a 6-0 double-overtime final.
Vinton County Vikings (2-1) at Meigs Marauders (1-2, 0-0)
Last Week: Vinton County lost to Fairfield Union 28-20, in Rushville; Meigs lost to Logan 26-22, in Logan.
Last meeting between the teams: Sept. 16, 2016. Vinton County won 41-29 in McArthur.
Current head-to-head streak: Vinton County has won 1 straight.
VCHS offense last week: 140 total yards.
MHS offense last week: 58 rushing yards, 202 passing yards.
VCHS offensive leaders last week: N/A.
MHS offensive leaders last week: QB Cory Cox 13-22-2 202 yards, 2TDs; RB Cole Adams 11 carries, 39 yards; WR Zach Bartrum 4 receptions, 77 yards, 1TD.
VCHS defense last week: N/A.
MHS defense last week: 323 rushing yards, 94 passing yards.
Five things to note:
1. This is the start to the Tri-Valley Conference Ohio Division season for both teams. Meigs went 2-4 and finished tied for fifth, with Wellston, in the seven-team league. VCHS was 3-3 in the league, placing tied for third with River Valley.
2. The Vikings were shut out in their last trip to Rocksprings, falling by 31 points on Sept. 18, 2015. Vinton County’s only other trip to Farmers Bank Stadium/Holzer Field resulted in 46-20 MHS victory on Oct. 11, 2013.
3. Vinton County had lost to Meigs in five straight seasons prior to last year. The Vikings now hold a 18-15 all-time record over the Marauders.
4. It’s been a slow start for the Marauder offense, as Meigs has been held to 595 yards, 447 passing and 148 rushing, through three games. MHS has been held scoreless before halftime and has gone into the locker room behind by an average of 18.3 points.
5. The Marauder defense has allowed 1,111 yards and 11 touchdowns so far this fall. Of those totals, 806 yards and seven scores have come on the ground, while 315 yards and four touchdowns have been passing.
Federal Hocking Lancers (0-3, 0-2) at Eastern Eagles (1-2, 0-1)
Last Week: Federal Hocking lost to Belpre 51-0, in Stewart; Eastern defeated Green 41-0, in Franklin Furnace.
Last meeting between the teams: Sept. 16, 2016. Eastern won 37-0 in Stewart.
Current head-to-head streak: Eastern has won 3 straight.
FHHS offense last week: (-29) rushing yards, 21 passing yards.
EHS offense last week: 229 rushing yards, 80 passing yards.
FHHS offensive leaders last week: N/A.
EHS offensive leaders last week: QB Nate Durst 7-14-0 80 yards; RB Josh Brewer 18 carries, 142 yards, 4TDs; WR Blaise Facemyer 2 receptions, 33 yards.
FHHS defense last week: 188 rushing yards, 24 passing yards.
EHS defense last week: 7 rushing yards, 13 passing yards.
Five things to note:
1. The Eagles ended their two-game scoreless streak in a big way, rushing for six touchdowns en route to 41 points. The EHS defense also showed up big a week ago, pitching a shut out for the first time since last season’s Week 4 win over Federal Hocking.
2. Federal Hocking’s last trip to East Shade River Stadium was on Sept. 18, 2015, and resulted in a 39-8 EHS victory. The Lancers haven’t defeated Eastern since Oct. 25, 2013, when the Maroon and Gold claimed a 20-14 decision in Tuppers Plains.
3. The Lancers have dropped 24 consecutive games, having last tasted victory on Oct. 24, 2014, by a 16-14 count over Waterford.
4. The Eagles have ran for 472 of their 570 total yards this season. EHS senior Josh Brewer leads the Eagle ground attack with 245 yards and four touchdowns on 48 carries.
5. Eastern has struggled in the turnover department this fall, losing the battle by an 11-6 count over three games. The Eagles have lost possession on eight fumble so far this season.
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