|IT ALL COMES DOWN TO THIS...
|ONE WIN FROM GOLD
A Zane Trace win or a Westfall loss gives Pioneers outright title
The formula is simple for Zane Trace Friday night...win equals gold, outright title, and mostly likely, a ticket to
Week 11. The problem to solve visits Kinnikinnick in the form of the Paint Valley Bearcats.
Zane Trace enters Week 10 with the league's second best offense (31.1) and defense (16.7), while Paint Valley
has been an up-and-down squad that is currently on the up-and-up as they enter winners of their last two-two
games in which they scored 112 points.
Zane Trace has had an easy time of it in Weeks 8 & 9 as well. The Pioneers made quick work of Unioto two
weeks ago and then did the same at Southeastern last week. The Zane Trace attack is anchored by senior
quarterback Kirk Maxwell. Maxwell is a top-five runner and passer in the SVC, and he is complemented by a
great supporting cast. Running backs Ben Jones and Chris Finley provide the tough yards between the tackles and
Gabe Haynes, Dallas Cochenour, and Evan Dodd give the ZT offense a quick-strike possibility at any time.
Perhaps Zane Trace's biggest difference maker is kicker Nick Ganus. Ganus has the ability to win field position
with deep kickoffs, and his ability to make PATs a near automatic, as well as his ability to kick field goals, has
proven to be the difference many times this year including ZT's 14-13 win over Piketon and their 29-22 win over
As for Paint Valley, when you think offense you think of the big play. Senior Wes Parker has had an incredible
year. Parker averages over 10 yards every time he touches it on the ground and over 25 yards every time he
catches it through the air. Parker is also one of the top return men in the league.
The 7-2 Pioneers enter as heavy favorites over the 4-5 Bearcats; however, these two always seem to play great
games. Remember last year in Bainbridge, it was PV that came from 28-0 down to win it. If ZT would lose, the
Pioneers could still win the title outright if Piketon were to beat Westfall, but a ZT loss and a WF win would equal