Chesapeake, South Point look alike

Published 12:00 am Saturday, September 29, 2007

Anything you can do we can do better. Well, we better.

When the South Point Pointers visit the Chesapeake Panthers Friday in the Ohio Valley Conference opener for both teams, it will be a matchup of teams that use the same virtually the same offense.

Since the teams use virtually the same system, Panthers coach Phil Davis said preparation is easy.

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“Defensively everybody has an idea what gives you the most trouble and you try to incorporate it into your game plan. We’ve played against them forever. They know how we plan to defend it and we know how they plan to defend it,” said Davis.

Actually, the Pointers didn’t start using the trapping offense until this season when Doug Shilot took over as the head coach.

Shilot, a longtime assistant at Wayne, W.Va., has coached against Davis for more than a decade since Chesapeake and Wayne meet each year.

“Chesapeake is pretty good. Coach Davis does a great job. This is the 11th year in a row I’ve played against him. I have all respect in the world for him,” said Shilot.

“(Davis) has a good scheme and he has a few wrinkles in his offense. He resurrect them now and then. Every once in a while he throws you a curveball.”

Shilot said the Pointers will have to contend with Panthers quarterback Aaron Donahoe who triggers the offense.

“Their quarterback does a real good job of making decisions,” said Shilot. “(Coach Davis) putin more option than in the past because of him. That’s a concern for us. And they have a nice size offensive line.”

Both coaches agree that turnovers and execution will be the main keys since they know what to expect. Shilot said the Pointers must also keep the momentum from swinging back and forth.

“It’s Wayne and it’s us. It’s the kind stuff we all grew up with,” said Shilot.

“They’re pretty disciplined defensively. All their people are in the right position and playing the right technique,” said Davis.

Davis thinks the Pointers are better than their 1-4 record.

“They’re closer to West from the standpoint of the athletes they have,” said Davis. “We’ve got to play hard and tackle people. If we don’t do that, we don’t have a chance.”

River Valley at Rock Hill

River Valley (1-4) limps into the game while the Redmen (4-1) are coming off a lopsided win over Wellston.

But Rock Hill coach Todd Knipp warned about taking the Raiders lightly.

“They are by far the biggest football team we’ll see all year. There are times when they’re maul people driving it down the field,” said Knipp.

“We have make to them drive the ball and hope they make some mistakes.”

Knipp said routing Wellston last week proved his team can get motivated whether the opponent is good or bad.

“They’re just excited to play,” Knipp said.

Green at Symmes Valley

Both teams come into the game 1-4 on the season, but one will be in first place in the Southern Ohio Conference

Symmes Valley has been doing most of its damage on the ground behind the running of Chris Capper, Kyle Bowen, and Hunter Boggs.

Green has been more balanced with the running of James McGuire and passing of quarterback Matt Clark.