|S C I O T O V A L L E Y C O N F E R E N C E F O O T B A L L
|NOT PANIC TIME . . . NOT YET
A league-wide record of 4-12 isn't quite what the SVC had in mind
entering the third football Friday night; however, it is important to
realize the schedule has been tough for many and brighter days are
coming. Obviously, it is time to approach Week 3 with some urgency,
but no need for panic. The hole the league is in now should be helped
by what could be a six or seven win weekend for the SVC.
Teays Valley, Mechanicsburg, Fisher Catholic, Coal Grove, Nelsonville,
Waverly, Columbus West, Logan Elm, Sciotoville East, Amanda, and
McClain in all three weeks - these were wanted to upgrade the
out-of-conference schedules around the SVC. It accomplished that for sure,
but incredible comebacks by Waverly in Week 1 and Logan Elm in Week 2
has headlined a pair of weeks in which the SVC has been on the verge of
computer point heaven only to now be on the verge of a must win weekend.
Now, don't get me wrong! I am not saying this year's league has a Westfall of
'07 or a Paint Valley of '03, but what I am saying is that this year's SVC has
several solid football teams that still have their best football left in them this
year. There are some winless or one-loss teams after two weeks that are still
capable of running the table and playing in Week 11.
The brightest spot in the league has been Paint Valley. Pete Hollon's team is
the only SVC winner in Week 2 and is currently the only unbeaten league
team after two weeks. The Bearcats are an experienced football team led by
an experienced senior quarterback in Matt Workman, and they have an
outstanding running attack led by Colton Morris and Gage McFadden.
Morris has rushed for over 500 yards in the first two weeks. Paint Valley has
also been solid on defense. The Bearcats held Coal Grove to just 13 points
this past week and contained the speed of Columbus West in Week 1 for
much of the game before allowing some last scores. Paint Valley travels to
McClain this week looking for its first 3-0 start in five years.
Throughout the off-season, many fans and coaches felt Westfall and Piketon
were the teams to beat. Now, the two of them are among the winless and
both have questions that need a quick answer. Both have had big county
rivals beaten only to see them slip away and both enter Week 3 searching for
a win to take with them into league play. In Week 3, Westfall completes the
Pickaway County series when it travels to Circleville and Piketon looks to get
healthy with a trip to Northwest.
Adena and Zane Trace are nearly identical. These two 1-1 teams both beat
teams in Week 1 that they probably should have and then lost to really good
teams in Week 2. Now, they enter this Friday with home games against solid
opponents (Adena vs. Court House and ZT vs. Logan Elm) searching for a
big non-conference win that they can "hang their hat on" before SVC play
Unioto, Southeastern, and Huntington entered 2008 looking to continue a
rebuilding process. All have played respectable opponents to this point, and
even though Huntington plays a very good football team in Minford this week,
Unioto and SE play by far their most beatable non-league opponents (Unioto
vs. Alexander and SE vs. Manchester).
|0-2 WF @ Circleville
0-2 Piketon @ Northwest
|1-1 Adena vs. WCH
1-1 ZT vs. Logan Elm
|2003 PV Team was 12-0 before
losing in regional final;
2007 WF Team was 13-0
before losing in the round of
|By Shayne Combs, svcsportszone.com