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Key games still on tap for week 9

It looks like a rather uneventful weekend.

Thursday, October 18, 2001

It looks like a rather uneventful weekend. Oh, how wrong that is.

While many might think the South Point Pointers win over the Chesapeake Panthers last week ended all drama and settled the Ohio Valley Conference race. But a lot of key games remain and not all of them have league championship ramifications.

The top non-league game has the Wayne Pioneers at South Point. Wayne is unbeaten and finished as the West Virginia Class AA state runner-up last season.

South Point, 6-2, needs to win its final two games against Wayne and Coal Grove in order to have a chance at making the playoffs for only the second time in school history.

The Pointers must also beat Coal Grove next week to avoid a possible share of the OVC title.

The Panthers and Hornets are both 1-1 and meet in a key game Friday night at Coal Grove. The winner stays alive in the league race while the loser is eliminated.

Chesapeake, 5-3, would like to win its final two game against the Hornets and Rock Hill not only to have a chance at the OVC title, but the qualify for the Division V playoffs in Division V.

The Fairland Dragons, 3-5, are trying to finish on a strong note and finish at .500 for the season. The Dragons close out league play as they host young and inexperienced Rock Hill (1-7, 0-2) Friday, then entertain Winfield, W.Va., the final week.

Also looking to finish strong is Symmes Valley. The Vikings have East at home in an SOC game Friday, then play at Matewan, W.Va. The Vikings can also finish .500 with two wins.

The five teams to have beaten the Vikings this season have a combine 31-9 record.

The most remarkable turnaround this season may belong to the Green Bobcats.

With only one win over the past four season, the Bobcats have a chance to finish at .500 this year under first-year head coach Dave Shoupe.

Green, 4-4, has a tough game at Oak Hill Friday, then closes at Northwest which is 2-6 on the season.