High School Football Previews

Published 4:20 am Thursday, September 22, 2011


Tribune Sports Editor

Columbus Bishop Ready at Coal Grove

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Ready has won the three previous meetings between these schools including once in the playoffs.

Ready (2-2) is led by running back Bo Hardy who had 27 carries for 261 yards in a 47-13 loss to Nelsonville-York, ran 11times for 171 yards and four TDs in a 54-7 win over Franklin Heights, had 24 carries for 176 yards in a 17-14 win over Fredericktown and 25 carries for 112 yards in a 58-7 loss to Licking Valley.

Quarterback Matt Yoho likes to throw to brother Gregg Yoho. Also in the backfield is Hunter Clanin.

Wheelersburg at Rock Hill

After being crushed by Ironton in the opener, the Wheelersburg Pirates (3-1) have rebounded with three straight wins but none against a team with a winning record.

The Redmen (1-3) lost quarterback Will McCollister on the second series of the game last week but he is expected to start against the Pirates.

Wheelersburg is led by quarterback Alex Shears and running back Mark O’Brien .

Linebacker Brett Hood has also become a key target for Shears on offense along with Eddie Miller.

South Point at Lucasville Valley

The South Point Pointers are looking for some relief in their schedule.

The two of the Pointers three losses are to unbeaten teams and the Lucasville Valley Indians are the third team they will face that does not have a loss.

Valley (4-0) won a big game last week against Chesapeake 30-22. The Indians are lead by quarterback Blake Yates and running back Luke Keller.

Yates’ favorite weapon in the passing game is Rob Dwyer.

Depth has hurt the young Pointers (1-3) who are expected to have less than 30 players dressed for the game.

Fairland at Wellston

The Wellston Golden Rockets have a remodeled football stadium courtesy of ESPN’s Rise Up program. The Rockets (2-2) are 2-0-1 all-time against Fairland.

D.J. Young has 51 carries for 217 yards and two touchdowns to lead the offense. Jaylen Prater has 49 carries for 124 yards and three TDs and Michael Downer nine carries for 106 yards and two scores.

Prater has also completed 18 of 33 passing attempts for 247 yards and three TDs with an interception. Austin Craig has eight receptions for 98 yards and Ernest Brown seven catches for 120 yards.

Northwest at Symmes Valley

Luke Brown, considered the best running back in Scioto County, scored with 8.4 seconds left last week to give Northwest a 23-20 win over Portsmouth Notre Dame and a surprising 3-1 record.

Brown ran 24 times for 233 yards in the win for the Mohawks who are coached by former Rock Hill standout Brooks Fry.

Brown is a four-year starter.

Northwest is a young team that has drbrtl key sophomores including quarterback Travis Sifford, wide receiver Micah Campbell and nose guard Shawn Douglas.

The Vikings won 41-6 last year.