Coal Grove, Lucasville Valley to match team speed

Published 1:31 am Thursday, September 10, 2009

Lucasville Valley (2-0)

At Coal Grove (2-0)

This will be a matchup of team speed vs. team speed.

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Coal Grove won last year’s game 31-8, but the Hornets used a more power-style running game to beat the Indians.

This year both teams have speed on both sides of the ball, especially on defense. Valley used its speed to bottle up Rock Hill’s offense last week in a 14-0 win.

Coal Grove used its speed to destroy Paint Valley 58-6 last week. The Hornets not only have fullback Frank Delawder and tailback Oakie Haynes as key weapons, but backups Boo Wood and Bubba Woods are a strong tandem as well.

The Hornets also have a complementary passing game led by quarterback Evan Ferguson and receivers like Wayne Sparks.

Valley’s offense centers around the running and passing of quarterback Zach Utley and several running backs including Zach Kukiewicz and Alex Holcomb.

Rock Hill (0-2) at Oak Hill (2-0)

This game might take awhile.

The Oaks like to use the strong right arm of junior quarterback Jesse Slone and the Rock Hill offense is triggered by sophomore Will McCollister.

In the season opener against Chesapeake, Slone was 14-of-24 for 186 yards and two touchdowns as the Oaks won 37-14.

Joey Maynard is not only a running threat, but he is Slone’ favorite target. Western Hale is the Oaks’ top rusher.

Steve Lewis has given the Redmen a dependable running back to go with a fleet of receivers that includes Mitchell Davenport and Trey Wilds.

Tolsia (1-1) at Fairland (1-1)

It’ll be your two running backs against all our guys.

Fairland’s ability to spread the ball around to a variety of playmakers could give the Tolsia Rebels’ defense fits.

On the other side, Fairland knows what’s coming but must find a way to stop the Tolsia running duo of Virgil and Ryan Salmons who accounted more nearly 900 yards last season and are the keys to this year’s power-I formation.

Chad Fisher has stepped in at quarterback for the Dragons this season and put together two straight strong performances. Tolsia lost starter Derrick Robertson to graduation and projected starter Jacob Copley broke his collarbone in a scrimmage and was lost for eight weeks.

Dakota Robertson, younger brother of Derrick, has assumed the job.

South Point (0-2) at

Portsmouth West (1-1)

These teams have a common opponent: Portsmouth. They also have something else in common. They both lost to Portsmouth.

The Pointers had a 6-2 lead at the half in their opener before mistakes led to a 24-14 Portsmouth win. West fell behind 21-6 at the half and rallied in the second half only to have the missed extra point decide the outcome.

Running back Dale Swords and quarterback Alfie Bricker are gone, but West had a solid running tandem in Trevon Pendleton and Mark Murphy.

Pendleton had 166 yards on 17 carries against Portsmouth and Murphy 60 on 9 attempts. In a 15-14 win over Fairland, Pendleton carried 20 ties for 137 yards and Murphy 18 for 74.

Injuries have hurt the Pointers who do not have a lot of depth.

Hannan, W.Va. (0-2) at Green (1-1)

It’s been feast or famine so far for the Bobcats. After a 28-14 win over Manchester, the Bobcats fell 49-7 last week to Fort Frye.

Hannan has just 19 players on its roster. The Wildcats have lost to Valley, W.Va., 46-0 and Van, 34-12.