Prep football hits midway point
The high school football season reaches the midway point this weekend.
Of the teams playing on Friday and Saturday, Beallsville enters as one the hottest. The Blue Devils have reeled off three straight wins after being blown out in week one.
Paul Kanzigg’s 3-1 combine plays its home opener Friday when Frontier (2-2) travels to ‘The ‘Ville’ for a 7 p.m. kickoff.
The Blue Devils held off Cameron for a 12-6 triumph last weekend.
However, Beallsville will be playing its second consecutive game without sophomore quarterback Chase Mercer, who is sidelined with a two-game in-school suspension.
Classmate Levi Phillips stepped into his first extended varsity action last week and performed admirably, completing nine of 16 passes for 61 yards. He also ran the ball 13 times for an additional 81 stripes.
Dalton Secrest and Bruce Sefert continue to be rock-solid on both sides of the ball. Secrest has charted nine quarterbacks sacks thus far, while Sefert has five. Sefert has also scored six rushing touchdowns.
The Cougars routed Bridgeport last week.
Conotton Valley at Bridgeport
The Bulldogs return home after a serious whooping last week in Beaverton.
Head coach Rudy Vavrock’s team hasn’t tasted victory since the season-opener against Columbiana.
The status of Bulldogs’ tailback QJ Williams is still listed as day-to-day. He injured an ankle late in the win over the Clippers and hasn’t played since.
The Rockets were grounded last week, 51-13, by Fort Frye.
Caldwell at River
The Pilots will be seeking their first win of the campaign, but it won’t come easy against the run-oriented Redskins, who lost handily to Monroe Central last week.
Head coach Mike Flannery’s squad hasn’t been able to muster much offense, with senior tailback Jordan Sapp accounting for 258 yards rushing. Wide receiver Bryce Cross is the area’s leading receiver with 19 catches, but he’s only averaging a smidge more than six yards a catch.
Union Local at Edison
The Jets are looking to rebound from their first setback of the season last Friday to Harrison Central, 27-7.
First-year head coach Bruce Stiles had a new quarterback under center in freshman Shane Smolenak, who was filling in for the injured Travis James. James’ status for Friday is uncertain.
Buckeye Trail at Meadowbrook
This game could have playoff implications as the Colts have been rolling after a season-opening loss to Shadyside.
The Warriors, of head coach Dale Broomhall, have been led by the running of Travis Pontius, who has accumulated 413 yards and half-a-dozen touchdowns on 99 carries.
Shenandoah at Barnesville
A pair of struggling teams will clash in the ‘Pumpkin Patch’ as the Zeps visit the Shamrocks.
Head coach Matt Johnson’s Green-White-and-Red have had trouble on both sides of the ball, especially when injuries are involved.
Bellaire at Buckeye Local
The Big Reds got back on the winning track last week with their victory over Edison, while the Panthers are still in search of their initial triumph.
Jose Davis’ squad relies on its high-powered passing attack, but it was the running of junior Hunter Westlake that powered last week’s win. He picked up 189 yards on 12 carries, which included a school record-tying 95-yard TD jaunt.
Quarterback Spencer Badia continues to work his way up the OVAC career passing charts. He has 929 yards and 13 touchdowns this season, against just two interceptions. He surpassed the 6,000-yard mark.
Buckeye Local is starting to come along as head coach Phil Pest has settled on senior Chase Hopkins as his quarterback. Over the last two weeks, Hopkins had passed for 369 yards, two TDs and a pair of picks.
Clay-Battelle at St. John Central
Things don’t get any easier for the Irish this week as the W.Va-ranked Cee-Bee’s invade the riverfront.
St. John Central is coming off a one-sided loss to Bishop Donahue in a game that featured nearly no offense for the Irish.