|OPENING WEEK OF SCIOTO VALLEY CONFERENCE FOOTBALL
|BY SHAYNE COMBS, SVCSPORTSZONE.COM
In the world of sports, the in-conference battles often capture a unique feeling that is unmatched when
two teams clash in a non-league affair. League match-ups are usually hyped, well attended, and in most
cases, they are played without much guessing from each of the coaching staffs.
This is the case in Scioto Valley football. The conference has been able to maintain some consistency in
coaching. When you read your Friday night opponent on your schedule, you kind of know what to
expect. You know Adena is going to lineup and come right at you. You know Westfall is going to spread
you out with great athleticism. This familiarity is why you always hear coaches say they would rather play
someone out of conference in the postseason. That is what makes this year's football league so
interesting. Even though it is a rare thing, I believe the league teams will be happy to see one another. The
first three weeks-non-conference weeks - have been "zero fun" for the SVC. The league is a combined
7-17 entering Week 4.
Now, in fairness to the league some of the schedules have been brutal. Anytime your schedule reads
Logan Elm, Amanda Clearcreek, Coal Grove, Minford, Waverly, and Nelsonville-York, wins are going
to be tough to accumulate. Even McClain is off to a 3-0 start with a senior-loaded team, and Sciotoville
East - even though they are D-VI - has had a nice run of success lately.
I am not saying that teams are not always excited about league play starting. It is a chance to start fresh at
0-0 and everyone enters Week 4 with great optimism. I am sure this Friday brings these feelings for all
eight SVC teams, but I would think this year is a year that league teams will be more than happy to see a
|2009 SVC FOOTBALL
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individual stat leaders
entering Week 4
|Kirk Maxwell (ZT): 5 total TDs
Dallas Cochenour (ZT): 2 TDs, INT
Nick Ganus (ZT): FG, 4 PATs
Ben Jones (ZT): 17 rushes, 95 yds., TD
John Johnson (A): 20 rushes, 111 yds, TD
|Quentin Detillion (U): 25-43,
285 yards; 10 rushes for 54 yards,
3 total TDs
Cody Strange (U): 10 catches,
123 yards, 2 TDs
Vinnie Williamson (WF): 184
passing yds; 228 rushing yds.
Westfall wins 27th straight SVC
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|Bearcats outscored Panthers
28-0 in second half
Christian Colburn (SE): TD
run, TD throw
B. Dove (PV): 128 yards passing
and two scores
Wes Parker (PV): 15 rushes, 188
G. Tyree (PV): 7 carries, 110
|*Halftime score was 26-0
Tyler Tackett (P): 10 rushes, 149
yards, 2 TDs
Jordan Miller (P): 108 yards on 9
carrries and 13-20, 159 yard, TD
Caleb Southworth (P): 7 catches, 95
yards; 17 rushing yards
Scottie Perkins (H): 14 rushes, 51 yds
Dylan Gragg (H): 12 tackles
|Maxwell enjoys big night as Zane Trace starts SVC play with a win
Zane Trace quarterback Kirk Maxwell threw for three touchdowns and ran for another as the Zane
Trace offense was clicking on all cylinders in a 45-14 SVC opening win over visiting Adena Friday night.
Junior kicker Nick Ganus got the Pioneers on the board with a first-quarter, 32 yard FG, but from that
point in the game, Maxwell and Company went to work. Maxwell hit Dallas Cochenour on a 26 yard
scoring strike. Adena did show signs of hanging in the game as the Warriors milked six minutes of clock
on a 13 play drive that was capped off by a three yard TD run by John Johnson; however, the Adena
momentum was short-lived as Maxwell went back to work. The senior signal-caller first hooked up with
Cochenour again for six and then Maxwell led his Pioneers on another drive which he finished with a TD
run. All totaled at the half, the Pioneers led 24-6.
Again, Adena fought back. Out of the half, the Warriors went 58 yards on six plays and following a
touchdown, a Reid Hutchison two-point conversion cut the ZT lead to just 10 at 24-14, but ZTâ€™s
offense was just too much.
Gabe Haynes â€“ one of Maxwellâ€™s favorite targets â€“ had been quiet through the first half, but
when the two seniors hooked up on a 45 yard pitch and catch the Pioneers were back up three
possessions and that was about all she wrote. Ben Jones added a TD run and Maxwell had another TD
as well to complete the blowout win.
On the night, Maxwell was simply incredible. He accounted for five ZT touchdowns â€“ three throws and
two runs â€“ while throwing for 178 yards. Dallas Cochenour caught 7 balls for 84 yards and two scores
and he rushed for a two-point conversion. Cochenour also recorded an interception on defense.
Sophomore Colton Whitehouse also recorded an interception in the win. Another great weapon for Zane
Trace is Ganus. The junior place-kicker scored seven points Friday night (FG, four PATs) and had
multiple touchbacks to help ZT win the battle of field position.
|SVC ROUNDUP: Westfall, Paint Valley, and Piketon join Pioneers at the top of standings
Paint Valley jumped out to an early two possession lead Friday night, but the Southeastern Panthers
battled back with two second-quarter scores of their own to send the teams to the half with the game tied
at 14 apiece.
The Bearcats â€“ playing at home for the third straight week â€“ responded with two scores in the third
quarter and two more in the fourth quarter to win it 42-14. The explosive duo of Wes Parker and Garett
Tyree continue to be two of the league's best, big-play guys. Parker rushed for 188 yards on 15 carries
and Tyree needed just seven touches to get 110 yards. Quarterback Brennan Dove threw for 128 yards
and two scores.
Piketon got rolling early and this one was never really in doubt. Following two early scores, Piketonâ€™s
third touchdown â€“ setup by a long pass play from Jordan Miller to Caleb Southworth down inside the
ten â€“ came from Tyler Tackett. The Redstreaks held a 26-0 lead at the half and rolled to a 39-12 final.
Tackett rushed for over 100 yards for the fourth straight week. He had 149 yards on just 10 carries and
he scored twice.
Over at Unioto, Westfall had to come from behind to win its 27th straight SVC game. The Mustangs led
21-0, but they eventually trailed 28-27. Finally, a big fourth-quarter lifted Westfall to a 50-36 win. In a
losing effort, Quentin Detillion threw for 285 yards, he rushed for 54 yards, and he accounted for 3 total
Unioto touchdowns. Teammate Cody Strange was his top target. He caught 10 balls for 123 yards and
Westfall quarterback Vinnie Williamson threw for 184 yards and ran for another 228 to help lead his
Mustangs to the win. Nick Hammond caught a 40-yard toucdown.
|BELOW IS THE WEEK 4 PREVIEW POSTED EARLIER THIS WEEK