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Friday’s High School Football Preview Capsules

Published 1:34am Friday, September 27, 2013

South Point (4-0) at Lucasville Valley (4-0)

South Point is 4-0 but their opponents have a combined 1-16 record. Friday’s game at Lucasville Valley will be a gage on how much they have improved over last season when the Pointers finished 1-9.

The Indians are also 4-0, but their opponents’ record is not very impressive either. Their combined record is just 3-13.

Valley is led by running back Nate Arnett (6-0, 205) and tight end and defensive end Hayden Dunn (6-4, 245).

Other weapons are quarterback Bryan Wolfe (6-2, 165), wide receiver Ethan Clark-Holbrook (6-0, 181) and running back Brice Jordan (5-11, 200).


Athens (4-0) at Fairland (2-2)

The Bulldogs are rolling this season behind quarterback Joe Burrow who is already 61 of 89 for 1,021 yards and 10 touchdowns.

Trae Williams leads the team in rushing with 502 yards on 56 carries with 11 TDs. Dakota McFee has 225 yards on 14 attempts.

The receiving corps is balanced. Ryan Luehrman had 14 catches for 373 yards and six scores, Zacciah Saltzmen had 13 grabs for 259 yards, Wiseman 10 receptions for 73 yards, Adam Luehrman nine catches for 117 yards and Sam VanderVen eight receptions for 101 yards.

Athens has outscored its opponents 206 to 28.


Wellston (1-3) at Rock Hill (0-4)

Wellston quarterback Braydon Womeldorf is the key to the offense. He is 32 of 68 passing for 448 yards with three TDs and five interceptions. He has also rushed 56 times for 258 yards and three TDs.

Wide receiver Jake Woldron has 13 catches for 129 yards.

The Golden Rockers have one big problem: 14 turnovers in four games.


Coal Grove (0-4) at Waverly (2-2)

The records are deceiving.

Coal Grove is winless but the Hornets’ opponents are a combined 14-3 and two opponents — Lucasville Valley and Wheelersburg — are unbeaten. Waverly beat Piketon 14-7 and Alexander 56-48 last week. Both Piketon and Alexander are 1-3. Overall, the Tigers’ opponents are 7-9.

Waverly has a new quarterback in R.J. Perkins (6-1, 160). His main target is Mason Chapman (6-5, 180). But the Tigers prefer to run the ball with fullback Tyler Dray (5-11, 210) and halfback Amin Gilbert (6-0, 185).


Ports. West (1-3) at

Chesapeake (0-4)

These two teams are evenly matched and both like keeping the ball on the ground.

West rushed for 291 yards last week in a 34-6 win over Rock Hill.

Chesapeake played well against unbeaten Lucasville Valley before losing 27-7.

Dylan Koons ran nine times for 101 yards and Austin Bricker had 80 yards on 16 carries to lead West.


Portsmouth (1-3)

at Ironton (2-2)

Portsmouth at one time had a dominating lead in this series, but Ironton went 32-10 under Bob Lutz in the rivalry and after a 61-34 win last year under first-year head coach Mark Vass the Fighting Tigers took a 56-54-8 lead.

The two teams have played each other more times than any teams in Ohio high school history. Only by not playing in 1964 has kept this from being the longest continuous series.

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