Teams look to use finale as springboard

Published 4:26 am Thursday, October 29, 2009

River Valley (1-8, 0-4)

At Rock Hill (2-7, 2-2)

PEDRO — This is becoming a springboard game.

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No, the Rock Hill Redmen are not into gymnastics. Instead, they are making strides toward next season when their young team continues its maturity.

After going winless last year and opening this season 0-6, the Redmen have won two of their last three games and they are looking to avenge last year’s season-ending loss to the River Valley Raiders.

Quarterback Will McCollister ran for 108 yards last week as he continues to develop into a double threat as a passer and runner.

In fact, the biggest improvement for the Redmen this season has been the running game. Steve Lewis has emerged as a strong runner and he is complimented well by Coty Davis.

South Point (1-8, 1-3)

At Chesapeake (3-6, 2-2)

CHESAPEAKE — Speaking of strong finishes, the Chesapeake Panthers stunned the Fairland Dragons last week and can end the year with their fourth victory.

The Panthers have an entire offensive line of underclassmen plus a junior fullback in Trey West and sophomore end Brandon Noble.

As for South Point, it’s been a “Murphy’s Law” type of season. It something could go wrong, it did.

And continues to.

The Pointers have battled injuries all season. Last week they were without three starters and now this week they are going to be without tight end and defensive lineman Greg Taylor and leading rusher Doug Dillon who are nursing injuries.

Symmes Valley (7-2,)

At South Gallia (3-6)

WILLOW WOOD — Symmes Valley Vikings’ coach Rusty Webb isn’t sure what his team is about to get into.

The Vikings are 7-2 and needing a win to clinch a playoff berth in Region 23 of Division VI. While South Gallia is just 3-6, Webb is looking at the Rebels’ body of work and not just their record.

“They’re a lot better than their record,” said Webb. “They’ve played well defensively. They’re really a lot like us.”

South Gallia has score 98 points and allowed 172, but against Southern Ohio Conference Division I teams the Rebels are 2-2 and have scored 51 points and allowed 72 including a 41-14 loss to unbeaten Oak Hill.

One of the Rebels’ losses is 18-0 to Wahama, W.Va. who is 7-1.

“They like to control the ball and play good defense. I watch them and I think that I’m watching our guys play,” said Webb.