Area High School Football PreviewsPublished 10:23pm Thursday, September 12, 2013
Lucasville Valley (2-0) at Coal Grove (0-2)
Lucasville Valley has a lot of players returning from last year’s team who beat the Hornets twice. The main weapon is running back Nate Arnett who led the team in rushing last year, but sophomore Bryan Rolfe has proven a solid replacement at quarterback.
Running back Brice Jordan and receivers Zach Shope and Ehtan Clark-Holbrook along with tight end Hayden Dunn all return.
The line lost J.H. Hettinger, but there is still plenty of talent up front with twins Kyle and Caleb Miller on the right side with Cory Bradley and Jordan Spradlin on the left side. Drew Wolford is the center.
Fairland (2-0) at Gallipolis (1-1)
Gallipolis has gone from one extreme to another. The Blue Devils lost their opener 62-19 to Athens and rebounded with a 60-2 win last week over Rock Hill.
The Blue Devils are led by quarterback Wade Jarrell and running back Ty Warnimont. Jarrell threw for three touchdowns and ran for two more in last week’s win. Warnimont did not play in the opener but had 68 yards on eight carries last week. Gallipolis has a solid placekicker in Dylan Saunders.
The Dragons counter with their own talented quarterback. Chance Short threw for two TDs and ran for another in a win over Meigs last week. He threw five touchdowns passes in a 41-29 win over West.
Rock Hill (0-2) at Oak Hill (2-0)
Oak Hill has the SOC I Lineman of the Year in 6-foot-5 senior Justin Dickens returning, along with fellow SOC I first-teamers Mason Waugh, offensive lineman and linebacker, and Jonathon Harrison, a wide receiver and defensive back.
The ground game is led by Willy Harris (5-9, 155) who has speed and the ability to cut in the open field. Garrin Stiltner has moved to quarterback this year after projected starter Clayton Christensen went down with a knee injury during the spring. Brandon Adkins (5-9, 295) and Travis Boyd (5-9, 235) should help up front.
Boyd County (0-3) at South Point (2-0)
Boyd County is under first-year coach Jim Gilliam — a former Morehead State assistant — who is the third head coach in three years.
The Lions are 0-3 to start the season but the schedule has been tough with losses to Lawrence County, Mason County and Raceland.
Up front the Lions are led by Jordan Smith (6-3, 315). The offense is led by two-year starter Billy McCoy at quarterback, fullback Justin Holcomb, running backs Cody Tackett and Jason Smith, wide receiver Cade Isaacs and tight end Zac Bruner.
East (0-2) at Green (1-1)
This is the second year the teams have met twice and this is the non-league matchup.
East uses a shotgun offense and the key weapon is four-year starter Tyler Bradford who lines up in the backfield, slot and wide receiver.
Other key players are Jordan Bowen, Jeremy Toller and Shauntavian Martin.
Clearcreek (1-1) at Ironton (1-1)
Both teams are rebuilding but the Amanda-Clearcreek Aces have a hand up with five returning starters and the addition of running back Maurice Ayers.
The key to this game will proably be on the offensive and defensive lines. Both teams have some skilled players, but the Aces have more experience up front. Ironton controlled the line of scrimmage against Russell and must do the same this week.