Chillicothe (0-1) at Jackson (1-0)
•In 2014: Did not play.
•Last week: The Cavaliers lost 14-10 to Johnstown-Monroe; the Ironmen defeated Wellston 41-20.
•Outlook: After a tough-to-swallow loss in Week 1 to Johnstown-Monroe, the road ahead doesn’t get any easier for Chillicothe.
The Cavs will travel to Jackson to face a team that, according to JJHuddle.com, was the eighth best Division III team in all of Ohio and the team to beat in Region 9 entering 2015.
The Ironmen bring size, speed and skill to the table while relying on senior quarterback Hunter Sexton to do their dirty work. In last week’s 41-20 win over Wellston, Sexton passed for 124 yards, rushed for 93 and scored four times.
However, Sexton wasn’t facing a defensive coordinator like the Cavaliers’ Jeff Arndt. Chillicothe’s defense will be up for the challenge, making this matchup one of the best in the week.
Waverly (1-0) at Zane Trace (1-0)
•In 2014: Did not play.
•Last week: The Tigers defeated Piketon 9-8; the Pioneers defeated Logan Elm, in overtime, 34-28.
•Outlook: Riding the coattails of a magnificent showing from quarterback Joel Dunkle, Zane Trace made history last week with a win over Logan Elm — the first victory against the Braves in school history.
Meanwhile, in Pike County, Waverly squandered countless red zone opportunities but managed to escape with a one point win over Piketon in the final seconds. This week, the key to a win for both teams can be found on the defensive side of the ball.
If the Tigers can stop Dunkle and running backs Truman Love and Trey Rittenhouse, they have a shot. But with the talent level those three possess and a bus ride to Kinnikinnick, it’s a tall order.
Paint Valley (1-0) at Williamsburg (1-0)
•In 2014: Paint Valley won 21-0.
•Last week: The Bearcats defeated Fisher Catholic 36-6; the Wildcats defeated Deer Park 48-6.
•Outlook: Combined, Paint Valley and Williamsburg outscored their week one opponents 84-12. On paper, that fact makes this match-up an extremely juicy one.
But let’s not forget that Fisher Catholic and Deer Park — the teams Paint Valley and Williamsburg defeated — had a combined record of 4-16 just one year ago. In last year’s meeting between these two, Paint Valley held Williamsburg’s offense to just 116 total yards. In that game, Anthony McFadden led a balanced Bearcats’ offense to 154 yards passing and 152 rushing.
If Pete Hollon’s ’Cats can concoct a similar formula, they’ll be heading into their final nonleague contest at 2-0.
McClain (0-1) at Unioto (1-0)
•In 2014: Unioto won 41-0.
•Last week: The Tigers lost to Adena 41-34; the Shermans defeated Vinton County 21-6.
•Outlook: If last week was an indicator of things to come, it’s going to be another long season in Greenfield.
The Tigers blew a second-half, double-digit lead and allowed their opponent to run wild, surrendering more than 300 yards on the ground. To make matters worse, they now travel to Unioto and have to deal with Erique Hosley for 48 minutes.
Hosley ran wild himself in Week 1, scoring three times on plays of 50 yards or more. More of the same will take place for the Tanks against McClain in their 2015 home debut.
Cincinnati Reading (1-0) at Adena (1-0)
•In 2014: Cincinnati Reading won 34-12.
•Last week: The Blue Devils defeated Newport 53-6; the Warriors defeated McClain 41-34.
•Outlook: There’s good news and bad news for Adena. The good news: the Warriors’ offensive line allowed two running backs — Cale Free and Isaac Thomas — to rush for over 100 yards in last week’s win. The bad news: Adena’s defense gave up 34 points in the first three quarters to a team that’s 1-17 in its last 18 contests.
For Cincinnati Reading, nothing went wrong in last week’s 47-point win over Newport. For the Warriors to have a shot in this one, two things must happen: they must control the clock using head coach Paul Thomas’ ground and pound system and the defense has to play better.
Wellston (0-1) at Huntington (0-1)
•In 2014: Wellston won 38-20.
•Last week: The Golden Rockets lost to Jackson 41-20; the Huntsmen lost to Symmes Valley 32-0.
•Outlook: After a three-and-out that led to a botched snap and Symmes Valley’ points in the first five minutes last week, Huntington undoubtedly has some things to sure up. And with the Golden Rockets paying a visit, they’d better do it quickly.
Wellston fell to a sound Jackson team on the road, last week, so they’ll be hungry for a first win in 2015. The key to a win for Huntington lies in the hands of freshman quarterback Elijah McCloskey, who is expected to air the ball out more this time around. Either way, the Huntsmen enter this game as heavy underdogs.
Southeastern (0-1) at Vanlue (0-1)
•In 2014: Did not play.
•Last week: The Panthers lost to Northwest 32-10; the Wildcats lost to Ridgemont 43-12.
•Outlook: For the turnover prone Panthers, this week may be the week. After falling to Northwest, 32-10, Southeastern will travel 21/2 hours away to take on Vanlue — a replacement game after River Valley dropped its contest with the Panthers.
Vanlue has just 15 players on its roster and suffered a drubbing from Ridgemont one week ago. A player to watch could be Panthers’ wide receiver Kent Dunn. If Dunn can find open field, Southeastern will have its first win in its last 12 tries.
Vinton County (0-1) at Piketon (0-1)
•In 2014: Piketon won 20-18.
•Last week: The Vikings lost to Unioto 21-6; the Redstreaks lost to Waverly 9-8.
•Outlook: This matchup could be one of the most intriguing of Week 2. The Vikings use a hold-the-ball style of offense while the ’Streaks tend to rely on quarterback Devon Brewster’s arm
Piketon put forth a tremendous defensive effort against its arch rival Waverly last week, including multiple goal line stands and forced turnovers. However, it wasn’t enough to stifle a heartbreaking loss.
This week, that same defense must game plan around Vinton County’s Tim Ousley. If Ousley can be stopped, the Redstreaks should be 1-1 heading into Week 3.
Logan Elm (0-1) at Westfall (0-1)
•In 2014: Logan Elm won 10-0.
•Last week: The Braves lost to Zane Trace, in overtime, 34-28; the Mustangs lost to Teays Valley 38-0.
•Outlook: Logan Elm’s 34-28 overtime loss to Zane Trace last week doesn’t exactly spell out success for Westfall in Week 2. The Braves’ anger will unfortunately be directed towards the Mustangs — a team that was less than stellar in a 38-0 loss to Teays Valley last week.
Many, many things will have to happen to throw Westfall a bone in this one. The young Mustangs have a few more growing pains coming their way.
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