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Friday Night High School Football Roundup

Ironton Fighting Tigers' defensive back Patrick Lewis (22) knocks down a pass to help preserve a 28-20 win over the Simon Kenton (Ky.) Pioneers on Friday. (The Ironton Tribune / Tony Shotsky of Southern Ohio Sports Photos.com)

By JIM WALKER

Tribune Sports Editor

Ironton 28, Simon Kenton 20

IRONTON — The Ironton Fighting Tigers snapped a three-game losing streak with a 28-20 win over the Simon Kenton Pioneers on Friday.

Ironton racked up 298 total yards with 215 coming on the ground. Tyler Hager ran 14 times for 79 yards and two touchdowns and he also returned an interception 32 yards for a score just before the half to put the Fighting Tigers (5-4) up 20-13.

Trevor White had 68 yards on 14 carries and also caught three passes for 60 yards. Quarterback Tyler Kratzenberg was 4 of 5 for 81 yards.

Simon Kenton (2-7) was led by quarterback Brenen Kuntz who was 15 of 29 for 208 yards including a 78-yard scoring strike to Tyler Wilke in the second quarter that tied the game at 7-7.

However, Kuntz was just 8 of 16 for 51 yards in the second half. He ran 10 times for 54 yards and a fourth quarter touchdown. Trey Pinkelton ran 13 times for 69 yards and a score.

Symmes Valley 61, Portsmouth Notre Dame 13

WILLOW WOOD — The Symmes Valley Vikings used a dominating ground game to rout the Portsmouth Notre Dame Titans 61-13 and win the Southern Ohio Conference Division I championship.

The Vikings (8-1, 4-0) amassed 533 yards on the ground with Alec Herrell running 10 times for 115 yards and three touchdowns. He also caught a 33-yard pass for a score.

D.J. Miller had 80 yards on 12 carries and two scores and Tyler Rowe four carries for 77 yards and a touchdowns. Cody Myers was 3 of 4 for 44 yards passing and ran 10 times for 77 yards.

Symmes Valley scored 19 points in the second quarter to snap a 7-7 tie and put the game away with 21 points in the third quarter.

Coal Grove 28, Fairland 8

COAL GROVE — The Coal Grove Hornets kept pace on their collision course for the Ohio Valley Conference championship with a 28-8 win over the Fairland Dragons on Friday.

Coal Grove (5-3, 4-0) will host Chesapeake (7-2, 4-0) for the league title next Friday.

The Hornets racked up 340 total yards with 257 coming on the ground. Greg Bender ran 23 times for 168 yards and two touchdowns to pace the Hornets.

Freshman quarterback Jesse Rigsby threw his first career touchdown pass as he hit Bryan Steele on a 57-yard scoring play in the second quarter the put the Hornets up 14-0.

Fairland (3-6, 2-2) was led by Eric Riley who ran 12 times for 120 yards and the team’s lone touchdown. His 42-yard jaunt and conversion run got Fairland within 14-8 late in the second quarter before Bender’s 1-yard run put the Hornets up 20-8 at the half.

Chesapeake 48, South Point 0

CHESAPEAKE — The Chesapeake Panthers rolled to their fourth straight win as they remained unbeaten in the Ohio Valley Conference with a 48-0 win over the South Point Pointers on Friday.

The Panthers are 7-2 overall and 4-0 in the OVC, thus setting up a season-ending showdown for the OVC title at Coal Grove next Friday.

The Panthers had 490 total yards with 420 coming on the ground. Dylan Nichols ran seven times for 99 yards and a score to lead a balanced attack. Nike Jones ran six times for 87 yards, Patrick Hintz had 63 yards on five carries and two scores, and Brandon Noble had 59 yards on six attempts.

Chesapeake limited South Point to 13 total yards in the first half and just 80 yards for the game.

The Panthers led 21-0 at the end of the first quarter and 42-0 at the half.

Friday’s Scores of Interest

Ironton 28, Simon Kenton, Ky. 20

Coal Grove 28, Fairland 8

Rock Hill 42, River Valley 14

Chesapeake 48, South Point 0

Symmes Valley 61, Portsmouth Notre Dame 13

Sciotoville East 48, Green 21

New Richmond 48, Oak Hill 8

Lucasville Valley 39, Wheelersburg 27

Waverly 35, Minford 31

Portsmouth West 55, Northwest 7

Portsmouth 24, Logan 21, 2OT

Jackson 51, Chillicothe 10

Gallipolis 27, Vincent Warren 13

Columbus Hartley 38, Coshocton 7

Martins Ferry 33, St. Clairsville 28

Jonathan Alder 51, Marion Harding 7

Athens 36, Wellston 7

Nelsonville-York 53, Alexander 0

Meigs 30, Vinton County 0

Trimble 60, Racine Southern 19

Federal Hocking 20, Reedsville Eastern 19

Corning Miller 20, Belpre 7

South Gallia 27, Waterford 7