Friday Night H.S. Football Preview Capsules

Published 1:17 am Thursday, September 4, 2014

Symmes Valley Vikings’ running back Brandon Craft (24) picks up yardage in a recent game. The Vikings visit Alexander on Friday. (Kent Sanborn Of Southern Ohio Sports

Symmes Valley Vikings’ running back Brandon Craft (24) picks up yardage in a recent game. The Vikings visit Alexander on Friday. (Kent Sanborn Of Southern Ohio Sports

Coal Grove at Lucasville Valley

QB: Jesse Rigsby, Coal Grove; Bryan Rolfe, Lucasville. Rolfe (6-2, 185) is a junior and returning starter from last season’s 10-0 regular season team.

RB: Isaiah Gunther, Coal Grove; Alex Loop (5-10, 205) is the fullback.

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OL: Ike Pennington and Austen Pleasants, Coal Grove; Drew Wolford (6-1, 238).

TE: Joe Akers, Coal Grove; Brice Romanello (6-1, 195), Lucasville.

Defense: Lucasville is led by LBs Loop and Wolford.

NOTES: Look for a high-scoring affair. Coal Grove may have the advantage on the offensive and defensive lines and that could prove to be the difference.

Rock Hill vs. Northwest at Portsmouth H.S.

QB: Gabe Marzicola is back for Rock Hill; Drew Scarberry (6-5, 180) is the son of Rick Scarberry who is a former head basketball coach at Rock Hill.

RB: Redmen have Chance Blankenship, Jordan Blagg and Shawn Wilds; freshmen Andrew and Hobby Howard are both 6-foot, 185.

OL: John Whitt (6-1, 300) is a three-year starter at center for Northwest, Marcus Mitchell (5-10, 220) returns at guard; Tyler Knisley and Collin Stevens return.

WR: Dakota Smith (5-10, 165) for Northwest; Austin Collins for Rock Hill.

NOTES: Due to an unplayable surface at Northwest, this game will be moved to the Portsmouth High School field. The Redmen have a slight advantage since they play on field turf and Northwest plays on natural grass.

Chesapeake at Gallipolis

QB: Kole Carter (6-0 185) of Gallipolis was 2-4-1 for 18 yards last week; Austin Oldaker, Chesapeake, returns.

RB: Gallipolis has Blake Wilson (5-10, 170), Wes Jarrell (6-3, 220), Isiah Holley (5-6, 125) and Blaine Vance (5-9, 155); Nate Smith and Maccoy Brown lead Chesapeake.

NOTES: Both teams suffered lopsided losses last week. The Blue Devils played high-powered Athens while Chesapeake faced a veteran Oak Hil team. Panthers suffered some key injuries.

Fairland at Meigs

QB: Cody Bartrum, Meigs, was hurt last week and his status is uncertain; Chance Short, Fairland.

RB: Meigs relies on Michael Davis and Andrew Burt; Fairland: Nathan Campbell, Dylan Murphy.

WR: Ty Phelps and Davis, Meigs; Trey Nestor, Trace Adkins, Hayden James, Fairland.

NOTES: Injuries have hampered the Dragons from the start. They lost tackle Tyler Campbell to a knee injury. RB Nathan Campbell dislocated his elbow last week and may miss four weeks. Short bruised his sternum. Meigs lost 46-13 to Coal Grove last week after leading 13-12 at the half, The Marauders had five turnovers that led to touchdowns.

Symmes Valley at Alexander

QB: Brody McGrath, Alexander, was 3-11-2 35 yards TD last week; Vikings’ Derek Smith was 4-9-1 30 yards TD.

RB: Alexander’s Josh Barnes ran for 145 yards on 23 carries last week, McGrath ran for 120 and Mason Chapman 57; SV’s Tanner Mays ran for 68 yards and returned a kickoff for a touchdown.

WR: Lukas Thompson, Alexander; Dillon McFann, Curtis Lybrand, Cameron Meadows, SV.

NOTES: Alexander’s defense shut down Federal Hocking in a 30-0 win last week. The Spartans allowed a net 3 yards rushing, forced three turnovers, scored two touchdowns and recorded a safety.

Sciotoville East at South Point

QB: Drew Adams, SP, in first career start threw for 90 yards last week; East’s Drew Lowe was 3-10-2 68 yards last week.

RB: East’s Michael Stiltner 6 carries 58 yards and Akia Brown 16 carries for 49 yards.

WR: Stiltner (2-25) and Brown (1-43) had all the receptions out of the backfield: Stephan Wagoner had four catches for 88 yards for the Pointers in last week’s 37-14 loss to Minford.

NOTES: East features junior two-way lineman Tyler Gerald (6-5, 310) who has already give a verbal commitment to Ohio State. Tartans also have Nick Basham (6-4, 285).

Millersport at Green

RB: Millersport RB Brandon Kronenbitter and Beau Thorne each scored two TDs last week; Wyatt Blevins, Kanyon Bruton, Green.

WR: Kolton Klowas and Tyler McClung, Millersport; Tyler Darnell, Green.

NOTES: Millersport beat Bellaire St. John 32-29 last week to snap a 48-game losing streak dating back to 2009.