Friday Night High School Football Roundup
PAINTSVILLE — Offense wasn’t a problem. Playing defense was another story.
Johnson Central racked up 400 yards offense and the Ironton Fighting Tigers had more than 300 yards as the Eagles scored twice in the fourth quarter to rally for a 44-31 win on Friday.
The Eagles (5-1) took a 24-8 first half lead but Ironton rallied to go up 31-30 on a 1-yard run by Trevor White and three touchdown passes by Tanner Dutey to Aaron Stephens covering 10, 39 and 18 yards.
But with Ironton injuries mounting, the Eagles got a 58-yard pass for Dalton Adkins and a 58-yard run by Jordan Young with 4:07 left to cap the rally.
Ironton (5-1) was without starting tackle Adam Webb and lost tackle Nick Culbertson in the first quarter. Standout running back Patrick Lewis was bothered by a thigh injury and carried just 10 times for 38 yards.
Coal Grove 62, Rock Hill 7
COAL GROVE — Alex Bare returned the opening kickoff 80 yards for a touchdown and ignite the Coal Grove Hornets 62-7 Ohio Valley Conference win over the Rock Hill Redmen on Friday.
The Hornets (2-3, 1-0) racked up 398 total yards with 332 coming on the ground. Isaiah Gunther ran eight times for 105 yards and two touchdowns for the Hornets. Kyle Estep added 62 yards on eight carries while Tanner Murphy and Bare each rushed for 55 yards.
Brandon Hogsten also rushed for two touchdowns for the Hornets.
Rock Hill (0-6, 0-1) managed 146 yards, all on the ground. Jonah Cox had 106 yards on 13 carries to pace the Redmen.
Fairland 41, South Point 6
PROCTORVILLE — The Fairland Dragons used a strong running game to beat the South Point Pointers 41-6 in an Ohio Valley Conference game on Friday.
Fairland (3-3, 1-0) had 304 yards on the ground led by Tyree Ceaser with 154 yards on 19 carries and he scored three touchdowns. Nathan Campbell — who missed the last two games with an injury — carried six times for 63 yards.
The Dragons’ defense limited South Point (0-6, 0-1) to 181 total yards including just 35 yards rushing on 24 attempts. Austin Majher was 5 of 7 passing for 124. He threw a 25-yard scoring pass to Mason White for the Pointers’ only score.
Chesapeake 54, River Valley 27
BIDWELL — Jacob Collins ran seven times for 258 yards and scored five touchdowns as the Chesapeake Panthers cruised to a 54-27 Ohio Valley Conference win over the River Valley Raiders on Friday.
Nate Jones added 105 yards on five carries as the Panthers (2-4, 1-0) racked up 542 total yards. Quarterback Caleb Lindsey was 5 of 8 passing for 94 yards including a 50-yard touchdown strike to Javon Thompson.
River Valley (1-5, 0-1) finished with 279 total yards including 187 on the ground as Kyle Brown ran 30 times for 126 yards.
Symmes Valley 41, Green 6
FRANKLIN FURNACE — The Symmes Valley Vikings rushed for 434 yards and rolled to a 41-6 win over the Green Bobcats in a Southern Ohio Conference game Friday.
Alec Herrell ran eight times for 139 yards and D.J. Miller had eight carries for 107 yards to lead the Vikings. Tyler Rowe and Tanner Mays scored two touchdowns each for the Vikings.
Symmes Valley (5-1, 1-0) lead 28-0 at the half and 35-0 after three quarters.
Clay Applegate was 5 of 13 passing for 87 yards including a 59-yard scoring pass to Ryan Gaffney to lead Green (3-3, 0-1).