Friday Night High School Football Preview Capsules

Published 2:10 am Thursday, September 25, 2014

Vincent Warren at Chesapeake

QB: Warren’s Andrew Henthorn was just 7 of 12 passing for 49 yards with two interceptions in last week’s game.

RB: The Warriors’ Jared Isner ran 37 yards for a second quarter touchdown last week. It was Warren’s only score of the game. He finished with 68 yards rushing in the game to lead the offense.

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NOTES: Warren lost to Class AAA Parkersburg, W.Va., 49-7 last week as they allowed 449 total yards including 274 through the air and four touchdowns. The Warriors are just 1-3 on the season. Warren had won four of the past five meetings. Chesapeake (2-2) has won two straight win fourth quarter comebacks.

Rock Hill at Sciotoville East

QB: The Tartans have been using sophomore Drew Lowe and freshman Ethan Gifford. Last week, Gifford ran for a touchdown.

RB: East sophomore Akia Brown ran for 176 yards and junior Rickard Barkley had 101 yards in last week’s win. Each scored two touchdowns. Michael Stiltner also ran for two scores.

OL: The Tartans are led by 6-foot-5, 310-pound junior lineman Tyler Gerald who has give a verbal commitment to Ohio State. The other tackle is 6-4, 285-pound senior Nick Basham.

NOTES: East lost 42-6 at South Point a few weeks ago but rebounded with a 64-34 win over Manchester last week as the Tartans racked up 413 yards on the ground. However, the defense allowed 352 total yards with 200 coming on the ground. Rock Hill has moved wide receiver Austin Collins to quarterback to help their option offense. However, injuries and a small roster has been hurting the Redmen who hope to have some players back this week.

Fairland at Lucasville Valley

QB: The Indians’ offense relies on junior Bryan Rolfe (6-2, 185) who was 6 of 14 for 182 yards and two touchdowns last week. He also ran seven times for 62 yards. In week two, Rolfe was 9 of 11 passing for 170 yards and a score in a 42-22 win over Coal Grove.

RB: Alex Loop ran 10 times for 87 yards and Dylan Howard 10 times for 77 yards last week.

WR: TJunior Brice Romanello (6-1, 195) caught two passes for 87 yards last week including TD grabs of 14 and 73 yards.

NOTES: Lucasville Valley is 4-0 on the season and have been unbeaten in the past three regular seasons. With their spread offense going against Fairland and QB Chance Short, this figures to be a long game with a lot of points. The Indians escaped with a 21-18 win at Fleming County, Ky., last week.

Northwest at Symmes Valley

QB: Mohawks’ Drew Scarberry needs more protection in order to be an effective weapon.

RB: The running game was shut down in last week’s 25-0 loss to Minford. Tylor Slack ran for 20 yards on eight carries as Northwest was held to minus 23 yards rushing and minus 25 yards of total offense.

NOTES: The Mohawks have been up and down. A turnover at the 8-yard line with time running out was costly in a loss to Rock Hill. They lost just six seniors from last year’s 3-7 team. This is the Mohawks’ first season in the SOC I division after dropping down from SOC II.

South Point at Portsmouth West

QB: Steven Irwin took over early last season and gained valuable experience. He was 5 of 7 for 73 yards in last week’s 42-6 win over Rock Hill.

RB: Sam Kegley and Trevar Welch share the load. Kegley ran six times for 80 yards and Welch 19 times for 78 yards in last week.

WR: Wesley Bailey is the favorite target along with Welch and Kegley.

LINEMEN: Junior Josh Davis (5-11, 235) at offensive guard and linebacker heads a young group of linemen and defense.

NOTES: New West coach Ben Johnson has switched from the traditional power game to a spread offense. The Senators (2-2) have jsut two returning starters back from last season.

VIDEO GAME OF THE WEEK: Ohio University Southern will be airing several area high school football games this season. The games will be on the Ironton Tribune website and OKTV Channel 25. The Ironton-Ashland game is currently on the Tribune website.

The remainder of the schedule: Fairland-Chesapeake Oct. 3; Fairland-Rock Hill Oct. 17; South Point-Coal Grove Oct. 24; Raceland-Ironton Oct. 31