Friday Night High School Football Roundup
By JIM WALKER
Tribune Sports Editor
Ironton 6, Gallipolis 0
GALLIPOLIS —Dion Brown ran 73 yards for a touchdown with 8:33 left for the game’s only score as the Ironton Fighting Tigers blanked the Gallipolis Blue Devils 6-0 on a sloppy, muddy field Friday night.
Brown also had a catch for 44 yards that helped put Ironton in scoring position only to have the drive stall at the 25.
In fact, Ironton had trouble finishing drives the entire evening due to missed blocks, a fumble and two interceptions. The Fighting Tigers had drives stall or end in turnovers at the Gallipolis 24, 7, 33, 9, 26 and 8-yard lines.
With the game scoreless in the fourth quarter, Ironton (4-1) was backed up on the 7-yard line following a Gallipolis punt. Trevor White ran 20 yards to the 27 on first down and Brown scored on the next play.
Gallipolis (3-2) then began a drive at its own 35 and 13 plays later was starring at fourth and goal at the 2-yard line. But White sacked quarterback Wade Jarrell at the 10-yard line with 1:08 left and Ironton ran out the clock for the win.
Ironton had 322 yards offense but suffered from three turnovers. Quarterback Tyler Kratzenberg was 7 of 12 for 154 yards but had the two picks.
Brown finished with 75 yards on four carries in his first game of the season following a cracked collarbone injury in the preseason. Tyler Hager ran 13 times for 61 yards as Ironton rush for 160 yards.
Justin Taylor ran 27 times for 147 yards for the Blue Devils who finished with 146 yards rushing and 69 passing for a 215 total.
Bishop Ready 23, Coal Grove 22
COAL GROVE — The Bishop Ready Knights rallied in the fourth quarter and used a two-point conversion to edge the Coal Grove Hornets 23-22 on Friday night.
Coal Grove (1-3) had taken a 22-15 lead on a 48-yard pass from Alex Bare to Jordan Beals. T.J. Barrett added the conversion kick.
But the Knights used a 28-yard touchdown pass play from Matt Yoho to Hunter Clanin to get within a point with no time on the clock.
An offside penalty moved the ball half the distance to the goal, so Ready elected to bypass the possible game-tying conversion kick and go for the winning two-point conversion.
Matt Yoho threw to brother Gregg Yoho for the successful conversion and Bishop Ready came away with the win.
For the game, Bare was 5 of 10 passing for 151 yards and two touchdowns and also ran seven times for 71 yards and a score.
Beals had two receptions for 105 yards and the two touchdowns.
Bo Hardy ran 32 times for 97 yards and Matt Yoho was 11 of 21 for 161 yards to lead Read (3-2).
Portsmouth West 21, Chesapeake 7
CHESAPEAKE — it was another tough battle for the Chesapeake Panthers and another tough loss.
The Panthers (3-2) took a 7-0 lead thanks to a 70-yard run by quarterback Austin McMaster to set up the first touchdown, a 4-yard run by Dylan Nichols.
But West took a 14-7 halftime lead on a 1-yard scoring run by Kyle Auger and 4-yard run by Justin Crace.
Levi Ratliff threw a 25-yard touchdown pass to Adam Bricker in the third quarter to complete the scoring.
West (5-0) was led by Auger with 82 yards on 18 carries and Bricker who had 62 yards on 15 tries. Zack Frye had two interceptions.
The Senators had 281 total yards while the Panthers finished with 214.
Symmes Valley 28, Northwest 17
WILLOW WOOD — The Symmes Valley Vikings used a strong second half performance to rally past the Northwest Mohawks 28-17 on Friday.
Northwest (3-2) took a 10-0 halftime lead on a 24-yard run by Luke Brown and a 39-yard field goal by Linus Schnack.
But the Vikings (4-1) got a 7-yard scoring run by Cody Myers and an 8-yard TD scamper by Alec Herrell to take a 14-10 lead in the third quarter.
D.J. Miller scored on a 16-yard run to start the fourth quarter and Myers added a 10-yard run with 2:24 left to make it 28-10 and seal the win.
The Vikings had just 84 yards offense in the first half but finished with 384 including 320 on the ground. Herrell ran 13 times for 123 yards, Miller 10 for 95 and Myers 13 for 65. Myers also hit 5 of 10 passes for 64 yards.
Brown had 86 yards on 17 carries and Travis Sifford was 6 of 12 passing for 101 yards but two interceptions.
Wellston 33, Fairland 15
WELLSTON — The Wellston Golden Rockets built a 20-7 halftime lead and went on to beat the Fairland Dragons 33-15 on Friday.
Wellston (3-2) racked up 514 total yards with 311 coming on the ground. Quarterback Jaylen Prater was 14of 18 for 203 yards and a touchdown.
Michael Downer had six carries for 96 yards including a 65-yard scoring run early in the game. D.J. Young added 78 yards on 12 carries and Prater 50 yards on seven attempts.
Fairland (1-4) ran for 145 yards and threw for 82. Tyree Ceasar had 14 carries for 67 yards and Evan Maddox 42 yards on nine rushes. Kyle Sowards hit 4 of 7 passes for 83 yards with two interceptions. He hit Nathan Campbell with a 35-yard pass late in the first half for a touchdown.
Lucasville Valley 41, South Point 8
LUCASVILLE — The unbeaten Lucasville Valley Indians jumped out to a 27-0 halftime lead and coasted to a 41-8 win over the South Point Pointers on Friday.
Quarterback Blake Yates was 7 of 10 passing for 150 yards and two touchdowns, 59 yards to Rob Dwyer and 41 to Will Howard.
Luke Keller had 149 yards rushing including 100 in the first half for the Indians (5-0). Dwyer returned an interception 52 yards for a touchdown.
South Point fell to 1-4.
Wheelersburg 33, Rock Hill 8
PEDRO — Wheelersburg quarterback Alex Shears ran seven times for 84 yards and was 6 of 11 passing for 79 yards to pace the Pirates past the Rock Hill Redmen 33-8 on Friday.
Defensively, Shears intercepted a pass and returned it 99 yards for a touchdown with just 11 seconds left in the first half to give the Pirates a 26-0 halftime lead.
Rock Hill (1-4) played with out starting quarterback Will McCollister due to an injury. Jonah Cox filled in and was 7 of 14 for 51 yards.
Jared Bruce ran 15 times for 77 yards and Jesse Lane had 61 yards on 20 carries for the Redmen who finished with 193 total yards. Trey Wilds caught five passes for 27 yards.
Area Scores of Interest
Alexander 35, River Valley 0
Franklin Furnace Green 25, Fayetteville-Perry 18
Athens 42, Waverly 21
Meigs 37, Racine Southern 0
Nelsonville-York 42, Logan 6
Point Pleasant, W.Va., 42, Vinton County 7
Minford 41, Oak Hill 12
Portsmouth 31, Chillicothe 24, OT
Sciotoville East 46, Manchester 31
Trimble 67, Miller 0
South Gallia 36, Meigs Eastern 7
Federal Hocking 6, Belpre 0
Wahama, W.Va., 61, Waterford 8
Jonathan Alder 41, London 7
Ashland, Ky. 42, Rowan County 0
Russell, Ky. 35, West Carter 0
Lawrence County, Ky., 14, Raceland, Ky., 12
Fairview, Ky. 42, Greenup County, Ky., 7
Buffalo, W.Va., 55, Hannan, W.Va., 0
Wayne, W.Va., 60, Sissonville, W.Va., 12
Winfield, W.Va., 40, Tolsia, W.Va. 15
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