High School Game PreviewsPublished 1:35am Friday, August 30, 2013
Meigs (0-0) at Coal Grove (0-0)
Coal Grove won last year 24-6 as they spoiled former Marshall and NFL tight end Mike Bartrum’s coaching debut.
The Marauders lost some top skilled players but they return their best player and biggest weapon in sophomore quarterback Kaileb Sheets who is very athletic and mobile. He was 5 of 16 for 70 yards, a TD and an interception last year against the Hornets
Meigs’ top receiver returns in Michael Davis. Running backs Jordan Hutton and Andrew Burt return along with a lot of linemen. However, Meigs is not very big and that will be tough against the big, strong Coal Grove line.
Minford (0-0) at Rock Hill (0-0)
Minford was 8-3 last year and will have plenty of returning players including 324-pound senior tackle Jared McCray who has given a verbal commitment to Louisville.
The wing-T offense will be run once again by senior quarterback Cody Stapleton who is expected to throw the ball more this year.
The backfield will feature running backs Austin Carter and Zach Justice with Jared Alley at tight end.
A lot of veterans also return on defense for the Falcons who play a 4-2-5 scheme. Linebackers Levi Jenkins and Nathan Compton are the leaders along with McCray.
Reedsville Eastern (0-0) at Symmes Valley (0-0)
The Vikings scored 14 points in the fourth quarter and beat Eastern 28-13 last year. But the Eagles lost their dual threat weapon in quarterback Joey Scowden to graduation.
Wide receiver Max Carnahan returns along with senior Chase Cook who is a key on the defense at linebacker and can play quarterback.
Eastern has just 24 players on the roster, but 12 of the 14 returning players from last year’s team are juniors and seniors for first-year head coach Doug Bresciani who adds his son, junior quarterback Dylan Bresciani.
Fleming County (0-1) at South Point (0-0)
Fleming County opened its season last week with a 35-7 loss to Harrison County. The Panthers were 7-5 last season as they lost in the second round of the Class AA playoffs. However, they were hit hard by graduation.
Gone is quarterback Desmond McAdams threw for 2,539 yards and was second on the team in rushing. Backup Jacob Boyd played two games last season when McAdams was hurt and completed 21 of 39 passes for 320 yards, three touchdowns and two interceptions.
Oak Hill (0-0) at Chesapeake (0-0)
The Oaks won 33-7 last year, but they lost 18 seniors from their 9-3 team.
Four of the six seniors are returning starters including outside linebacker Justin Dickens.
Garrin Stiltner will take over at quarterback. Chris Coy — a transfer from Wellston – joins Matt Gilliland, Josh Williams and Willy Harris in the backfield.
Fairland (0-0) at Portsmouth West (0-0)
West was 4-6 last season and lost to the Dragons in the first game.
Steve Irwin took over at quarterback after a couple of games and is back alogn with Austin Bricker and Dylan Koons.
The top lineman is Jerrod Speck who is 6-1, 273-pounds. Linebackers Josh Davis and Nate Reynolds anchor the defense.