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Pointers face unknown against Our Lady of Mt. Carmel

SOUTH POINT — A team from far, far away will be entering a game that could be a good story for The Twilight Zone.

The South Point Pointers are preparing for their first home game of the season Friday against a team from Canada and neither team knows much about the other.

South Point hosts Our Lady of Mount Carmel from Edmonton, Alberta in Canada. It is the same school that played at Ironton two years ago.

Pointers’ head coach Doug Shilot said details about the team are sketchy at best.

“They have kids who can run and they like to throw it around. Other than that, we really don’t know a lot,” said Shilot.

Canada plays 12-man football but will switch to the 11-man lineup while playing in the United States. Shilot said the young Pointers will have to play well regardless of how many players are on the field.

“We’ll have our hands full,” said Shilot. “I don’t want to get in a situation where we execute and execute and then turn the ball over. We have to take care of the ball.”

South Point moved the ball last week but turned it over in a 35-12 loss at Minford.

Athens at Coal Grove

Look for the interior line of the Hornets to hold the key to this game.

Athens was 9-1 last season as they enjoyed their best season in years, due mainly to playing for the first time in the Tri-Valley Conference after leaving the SEOAL.

The Bulldogs return a lot of good skilled players, but they lost all five of their interior offensive linemen and they also flipped over and played defense.

Quarterback Trey Harris is the key to the offense. Harris threw for three touchdowns last week in a 36-21 loss at Gallipolis.

Coal Grove has a veteran offensive and defensive line that should be a problem for the Bulldogs.

Lucasville Valley at Rock Hill

Last year, this was supposed to be a blowout and the Indians held off the Redmen 14-0.

This year, Lucasville Valley has 28 juniors and seniors back and the Indians are expecting to be better than last year’s 7-3 record.

Blake Yates (6-3, 175) is the quarterback and is the key to the offense. Alex Holcomb (5-9, 170) is the top receiving target.

Defensively, the Indians return all their linebackers along with two-way linemen Tye Johnson (6-0, 230), Ryan Wamsley (5-10, 225) and Curt Crabtree (6-2, 265).

Fairland at Meigs

Depth was a concern before the season for Fairland coach Dave Carroll. Now it’s a problem.

The Dragons’ wide receiver Cody Midkiff suffered a broken leg in last week’s game against Portsmouth West and 6-5, 325-pound lineman Adam Lee also sustained an injury and isn’t expected to play.

Fortunately for the Dragons, Meigs has also been bitten by the injury bug. Jeff Roush was supposed to be the leading ballcarrier on offense, but he suffered a broken collarbone in a scrimmage and may be lost for the season.

Charlie Barrett did most of the running in last week’s 53-13 loss to Coal Grove. He’ll need plenty of help from Taylor Rowe and quarterback Cameron Bolin.

Chesapeake at Wayne, W.Va.

Wayne has just 16 juniors and seniors on the roster this year after graduating 16 seniors from last year’s 13-1 team.

But Chesapeake coach Phil Davis is not fooled.

“They’re still a good team. They’re inexperience, but they have a lot of good players,” said Davis.

Chesapeake lost 35-7 at Oak Hill, but the score was somewhat deceiving. The Panthers had a 7-0 lead and were driving for another touchdown when they fumbled on a the 1-yard line that would have given them a 14-0 lead late in the first half. Fumbles and an interception enabled the Oaks and pull away late.

River Valley at Symmes Valley

River Valley is hoping that last year’s experience will bring a better experience this season.

The Raiders were only 1-9 last year and the lone win was a forfeit when Minford was penalized for using an ineligible player.

After having only five lettermen last year, the Raiders have 20 this season.

The experience helped the Raiders beat Federal Hocking in their opener.

But there’s a problem for the Raiders’ spread attack. The Vikings’ defense may be better than last season when they went 8-2.

Green at Fort Frye

Both teams have small roster. Green has 24 players while the Cadets have 29.

Fort Frye was 6-4 last season including a 49-7 win over Green. But gone is four-year starter Tanner Robinson at quarterback.

The Cadets’ backfield will rely on running back Colton Skinner, but the line lost three key players. Returning up front are senior center Josh Spindler (6-1, 200) and right tackle Jared Garvin (5-9, 213).

Skinner ran for 96 yards and three touchdowns last week in a 38-14 win over Hannibal River. He also caught three passes for 77 yards.