Teams play for pride as season draws to a close
They may not be playing for a league title, but there is something a lot of area teams are playing for on Friday night and it’s pretty important: Pride.
Chesapeake (4-5, 2-2)
At South Point (5-4, 3-1)
Pride may be on the line in this game, but the South Point Pointers still have a chance to play for a league title.
The Pointers have a chance to tie for the Ohio Valley Conference championship with a win over the Panthers and a Fairland win over Coal Grove. Fairland is also 3-1 and Coal Grove 4-0.
However, Chesapeake has a chance to finish at .500 with a win. The Panthers were just 3-7 last year and their young team can take a big step towards next season.
The problem facing the Panthers is on defense. The Pointers have a big-play running game and the Panthers have had trouble stopping the big-play teams like Portsmouth West and Fairland.
Rock Hill (0-9, 0-4) at
River Valley (2-7, 0-4)
The loser finishes at the bottom of the Ohio Valley Conference race and it’s been a familiar place the past five years for River Valley.
The Raiders have won two non-league games this season against Division VI teams. Not only are they winless this season in the OVC, but they have lost 21 straight conference games dating back to a win over South Point in week eight of the 2003 season.
The game could take some time to play. Rock Hill likes to go to the air with its passing tandem of quarterback Will McCollister and receiver Mitchell Davenport. River Valley relies on the passing of quarterback Clayton Curnutte.
South Gallia (2-7) at
Symmes Valley (4-5)
Injuries have plagued Symmes Valley — five starters were lost for the season the past five weeks — but the Vikings can still finish with a .500 record by beating the Rebels.
South Gallia comes into the game struggling on offense. The Rebels have been shut out the last two weeks.
Despite the injuries, the Vikings offense has managed to continue their ball-control offense. Tyler Easthom and Kyle Bowen have been the key offensive weapons on the ground.
Oak Hill (6-3, 2-1)
At Green (2-5, 0-3)
Oak Hill has been rolling up big numbers on opponents and the Green defense must find a way to slow down the balanced attack.
The Oaks must win and hope Portsmouth Notre Dame upsets Sciotoville East throw the SOC into a three-way tie.