Fpptball heats up

Published 12:00 am Tuesday, September 20, 2005

Portsmouth East at Coal Grove

So you like offense, eh?

The Portsmouth East Tartans - a.k.a Sciotoville Community East - lost last week in an amazing double overtime game against Matewan, W.Va.

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East (1-2) lost 64-62 in double overtime. Running back Arthur Henderson (5-9, 190) is the featured back for the Tartans and showed it last week as he gained 196 yards on 21 carries and scored six touchdowns including punt returns of 67 and 62 yards. He also had a 70-yard run from scrimmage.

Quarterback Brent Downing ran 12 times for 72 yards and completed 3 of 6 passes for 69 yards and a touchdown.

Coal Grove (2-1) will counter with workhorse tailback Justin Hyland who ran 46 times for 301 yards last week in a 28-8 win over Mount Hope, W.Va.

Greenup County at South Point

Greenup County (1-2) is an enigma under new head coach Mike Sammons who took Portsmouth West to the state finals a few years ago.

After whipping East Carter 21-3 the first game and losing 25-6 at Russell, the Musketeers lost to Raceland 22-14 last week. Raceland lost to East Carter 38-21.

The Musketeers utilized an aerial attack last season, but Sammons has gone to the double-wing offense with more of an emphasis on the running game.

Senior running back Joe Riley (6-0, 190) leads the ground game. Senior Justin Bradley (6-0, 165) is the top receiver for new quarterback Roman Garred (5-11, 190) who is a converted wide receiver.

Wingback Derrick Beach gives Greenup County an athletic, multi-threat weapon.

South Point (2-1) matched its win total of last season with a 27-20 come-from-behind win last week over Wellston.

Chesapeake at Lucasville Valley

Chesapeake is faced with another must-win to help keep their postseason playoff hopes alive.

The Panthers (1-2) got a much-needed win last week over Symmes Valley and must now take on the Southern Ohio Conference Div. I favorites.

The Indians (2-1) lost their first game last week 27-0 at Wheelersburg, but the score was not indicative of the way Valley played.

Lucasville gave up two touchdowns thanks to interception returns.

Running back Ryan Turner had 100 yards on 10 carries and Travis Jones 97 yards on 12 carries as the Indians gained more total yards (253 to 158) than the Pirates.

Chesapeake relies on the running of fullback Kersten Harris and the running and throwing of quarterback Caleb McComas. The Panthers won last year's meeting 21-0.

Symmes Valley at S. Gallia

The South Gallia Rebels are 3-0 to start the season for the first time in school history.

Running backs Bernie Fulks (5-9, 160), Curt Waugh (5-11, 185) and quarterback Seth Williamson had a big game against Green as he completed 7 of 14 for 132 yards. Dustin McCombs and Derrick Beaver are excellent targets.

The Rebels win over Reedsville Eastern to start the season was their first in seven meetings. The other win came last week over Southern.

The Vikings (1-2) have never lost to the Rebels and need a win to keep their playoff hopes alive.

Green at Eastern

The Bobcats (2-1) take to the road and must contain the speed of the Reedsville Eastern Eagles.

While the Eagles (0-3) have speed, the defense has struggled. Opponents have outscored Eastern 163 to 42.

Fullback Terry Durst (6-2, 230) is the workhorse of the backfield with 44 carries for 216 yards and seven receptions for 100 yards. Wide receiver Bryce Honaker (5-10, 195) had six catches for 80 yards and two scores while quarterback Jordan Pierce (5-10, 155) is 19 of 40 for 288 yards, two touchdowns and four interceptions.

Tolsia at Fairland

Fairland (0-3) needs to end its losing streak, but the Tolsia Rebels won't be easy.

Although the Rebels lost six starters on both sides of

the ball last season, some key personnel are back including running backs B.J. Evans and Darin Parsley and quarterback Adam Perry .

The defense is led by lineman Timmy Evans (6-1, 226) who looks to linebackers Evans, Andrew Banfi (5-9, 198) and Nick Dillon (5-9, 183).

While Fairland was hurt by the big, strong line of Lawrence County, the Dragons only lost 26-18 and finally got its offense going.

Boyd County at


The Pirates (1-2) don't figure to get an easy game out of the Boyd County Lions (4-0) who are fresh off a stunning 33-14 win over Russell.

Wheelersburg won it's first game last week by beating Lucasville Valley 27-0.

Lineman Tyler Bryant (6-2, 235) heads a veteran offensive line. AustinHunter((5-11,165) plays quarterback and wide receiver in the spread offense. He had more than 1,200 total offense last season.

Luke Moore, a transfer from Lawrence County, gives the Lions depth at quarterback and receiver.

Ironton at Jackson

Jackson (2-1) brings size and a power running game, a much different style than in Ironton's first three games of the season.

Jesse Adams (5-11,175) is a solid tailback and returns after missing most of last week's game with an injury. Lineman Brandon Oliver (5-10, 205) and Beau Riley 6-3, 270) also return after suffering injuries before the season began.

Quarterback Marcus Boggs has a good arm, but he is an excellent running threat who puts added pressure on the Ironton cornerbacks and defensive ends.