Tigers host 'Jackets; Waterford, Frontier meet in Region 27 showdown – Marietta Times

Tigers host 'Jackets; Waterford, Frontier meet in Region 27 showdown – Marietta Times

Sep 22, 2022
Winners of two of their last three games, the Marietta Tigers hope to carry some of that momentum into Friday nights clash at Don Drumm Stadium against the undefeated Williamstown Yellowjackets.
After dropping games the first two weeks of the season to River (52-22) and West Muskingum (33-2) the Jason Schob-coached Tigers have recovered nicely with a pair of wins over Athens (12-7) and Ripley (14-0) sandwiching a week four loss to Claymont (14-0).
The Tigers got a pair of second half touchdown runs from Bryce Dotson to break open a scoreless game and blanked the Vikings the rest of the way to capture their second win of the season.
The Marietta junior ran for 172 yards on 18 carries in his best game of the season while sophomore Seth Britton carried the ball 17 times for 73 yards.
The Tiger passing game struggled a bit against Ripley as sophomore quarterback Drew Warden completed just two passes for 25 yards.
The Marietta defense continued to play well as the orange and black have allowed a grand total of 21 points over their last 12 quarters of football.
Williamstown is off to a great start and should prove quite a test for the young Tigers.
The ‘Jackets had their bye week last week after rolling to wins over Waterford (46-22), Warren (55-10) and Ravenswood (62-0) in their first three weeks of action.
The Chris Beck-led Yellowjackets are led by quarterback Maxwell Molessa and running backs Rickie Allen and Harbor Haught.
The two teams did not play last year and last met at Don Drumm back in 2020 with Williamstown edging the Tigers 34-28.
FRONTIER (2-3) AT WATERFORD (2-3)
WATERFORD — A pair of Division VII teams with playoff aspirations and identical records get together Friday night when the Frontier Cougars travel to Waterford to battle the Wildcats.
Frontier comes into the game in need of a win after dropping back-to-back games at home to a pair of West Virginia schools in Cameron (42-6) and Valley Wetzel (32-12) that they beat in 2021.
Last week the Cougars allowed 32 unanswered points to Valley Wetzel before scoring a pair of touchdowns from Ethan Snyder to Walker Hendershot in the final quarter.
Frontier managed just 169 total yards in the game on a night where Snyder came on in relief of senior Lucas Cox, who is in the middle of an outstanding senior campaign.
The Cougars find themselves currently in the ninth slot of the D-VII, Region 27 playoff rankings, just one spot behind the Wildcats who come into the game riding high after knocking off previously unbeaten Eastern 29-13.
Waterford has played one of, if not the hardest schedules in the valley with all but one of their opponents unbeaten at the time they played them.
Senior quarterback Jake Pantelidis had a great game last week as he fired three touchdown passes and ran for another in the home win over the Eagles.
Pantelidis tossed a pair of first half touchdown passes to Landon Flaherty and then capped things in the final quarter with a scoring strike to fellow senior Gaibe Ponchak. The Wildcat senior signal caller ran for an even 100 yards on 16 carries while junior Dylan Taylor ran the ball 7 times for 57 yards.
The two teams did not meet last year and last played in 2017 with the Wildcats rolling to a 49-7 victory.
WARREN (1-4) AT POINT PLEASANT (2-2)
POINT PLEASANT, W.Va. — The Warren Warriors need a victory in the worst way in their attempt to qualify for the state playoffs for the third straight season.
The Warriors, led by first year head coach Jimmy Peyton, came out of the gates strong with a 62-0 win over Belpre but have struggled since with a pair of close losses to Morgan (28-24) and Logan (17-14) and a pair of lopsided losses to Williamstown (55-10) and Fort Frye (61-28).
Last week the Warriors allowed the Cadets to score 55 points in the opening half forcing the game to begin with a running clock in the second half.
Playing without junior running back Jason Williams the Warriors leaned on junior quarterback Trent Taylor who responded by throwing three touchdown passes while completing 16-of-33 pass attempts for 240 yards.
Taylor connected with A.J. Criss, Aden Strahler and Landon Fairbanks for touchdowns in the loss.
Point Pleasant has alternated wins and losses since the season began as they own victories over Greenbrier East (30-7) and Mingo Central (56-13) while suffering losses to Gallia Academy (22-21) and Scott (21-14).
Key players to keep and eye on for the Big Blacks include quarterback Evan Roach, running back Gavin Jeffers and wide receiver Cody Schultz.
The two did not meet in 2021.
BELPRE (0-4) AT SOUTH GALLIA (3-2)
CROWN CITY — The 2022 campaign has not been a kind one so far for head coach Jimmie Bell and the under-manned Belpre Golden Eagles.
Fact is it has been down right cruel at times as the Eagles head into their fifth game of the season still looking to get on the scoreboard for the first time.
The Golden Eagles will look to change that Friday when they travel to Crown City to do battle with the South Gallia Rebels in a Tri-Valley Conference tussle.
Belpre owns losses to Warren, Meigs, Alexander and Caldwell on the season by an average margin of 58-0.
The Rebels come into the game on a bit of a high note as they are over .500 for the first time since 2017.
South Gallia has a win over Manchester (48-14) and a pair of wins over Sciotoville East (22-14) and (40-34) while suffering losses to Symmes Valley (28-21) and River Valley (34-14).
The Rebels, who come into the game the winners of three in row are led by quarterback Hunter Wright, who completed 9-of-18 passes last week for 183 yards.
Reece Butler led South Gallia in rushing with 74 yards on 121 carries while Tarren Saunders, Logan Saber and Brycen Stanley each hauled in a pair of passes.
The Golden Eagles would like nothing more than a repeat of last years 31-0 win over the Rebels at home.
MORGAN (4-1) AT TRI-VALLEY (4-1)
DRESDEN — The upstart Morgan Raiders can expect a real test Friday night when they travel to Dresden to battle the Tri-Valley Scotties in a pivotal Muskingum Valley League contest.
If the season ended now the Raiders would not only make the playoffs but they would host one in McConnelsville as they currently rest in eight place in the D-4, Region 15 playoff rankings.
Last week the Raiders recovered soundly from their week four loss to Sheridan (18-13) with a 31-0 shutout win over Coshocton.
Junior Morgan quarterback Logan Niceswanger completed 4-of-6 passes in the game for 95 yards including long touchdown passes to Kole Searl (52 yards) and junior Kyle Campbell (44 yards) in the win over Coshocton.
Senior Carson Copeland led the Raiders in rushing with 86 yards on 18 carries.
Tri-Valley opened the season with a loss to St. Frances DeSales (28-0) before securing four straight wins over Licking Heights (27-21), Jackson (14-13), Maysville (21-0) and New Lexington (23-12) to earn them the number one ranking in the D-3, Region 11 standings.
The Scotties are led by quarterback Max Lyall, wide receiver Ashton Sensibaugh and All-Ohio defensive end Aaron Freuh,
Last year’s game was cancelled and Tri-Valley rolled to a 38-0 win over the Raiders back in 2020.
SHENANDOAH (4-1) AT BUCKEYE LOCAL (2-3)
RAYLAND — After suffering their first loss of the season last week to a very solid Union Local team, the Shenandoah Zeps look to rebound Friday night when they travel to Rayland to take on Buckeye Local.
The Zeps dropped a 49-20 decision to the Jets last week in a game between two unbeaten teams.
Freshman Shenandoah quarterback Braxton Barnett suffered his first varsity loss despite completing 13-of 22 pass attempts for 311 yards including a long 64-yard scoring strike to Hunter Yates.
The Zeps are currently sitting in the number six spot in the D-6, Region 23 standings after knocking off the likes of Newcomerstown (48-8), Shadyside (38-20), Waterford (18-13) and Buckeye Trail (36-20)
Buckeye Local comes into the game on a high note after shellacking the Monroe Central Seminoles (68-12) last week behind a record-setting performance by running back Trey Hoover.
Hoover rushed the ball 31 times for 319 yards and a team-record seven touchdowns. Two-hundred and thirty of those yards and five of the touchdowns came in the opening half of play.
The Panthers three losses on the season came against teams with a combined 14-1 record in Barnesville, Union Local and Toronto.
The Zeps own the last win in the battle between the two with a 16-8 overtime win back in 2020 while last years game was postponed.
CALDWELL (5-0) AT CONOTTON VALLEY (2-3)
BOWERSTON — The beat rolls on for second-year head-coach Chance Rucker and his Caldwell Redskins as they look to make it six in a row Friday night when they visit Conotton Valley.
After demolishing Belpre last week (68-0), the Redskins will look to continue their blend of shutdown defense to go along with an explosive offense as they take on a Rocket team that has won two games in a row.
Caldwell has allowed a grand total of 14 points in 20 quarters of football this season. Key players for the Caldwell team include quarterback Cale Bender, running backs Marshal Sayre and Tyce DeVolld and receivers Dylan Wheeler, Braxton Dudley and Alex Herlan.
The Redskins are currently ranked number five in the D-7, Region 27 standings.
The Rockets began the season 0-3 but have rallied the past two weeks with victories over Strasburg (50-22) and Bridgeport (42-18) .
Key players to watch for Conotton Valley include Gaige Galigher and Evan Rice. The two have played one common opponent in Strausburg with the Rockets winning 50-22 and the ‘Skins rolling to a 66-0 win.
Last years game between the two was a good one as the Redskins edged Conotton Valley 21-16 at the Fairgrounds.
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