Wellston at Alexander football

Wellston’s Jon Garvin runs the ball in the Golden Rockets’ victory over Alexander earlier this season.

Game of the Week

Wellston (5-1) at Nelsonville-York (4-2)

Friday, 7 p.m.

Players to watch: Wellston — QB R.J. Kemp, RB Rylan Molihan, WR Hunter Smith; Nelsonville-York — QB Mikey Seel, WR Keegan Wiburn, WR Brandon Phillips

Preview: Although Athens is also undefeated in conference play, this could quite possibly could go down as the TVC championship. These two teams are somewhat polar opposites as Nelsonville-York likes to air the ball out more compared to Wellston who sticks to a solid ground game before beating you over the top. All eyes for Wellston are going to be on Ohio University commit Keegan Wilburn, who has totaled over 700 scrimmage yards and 11 touchdowns. Wellston’s starting defense hasn’t given up a touchdown in the last three games, but the Buckeyes will definitely test this Golden Rocket defense. First to 24 wins.

Jackson (6-0) at Washington Court House (4-2)

Friday, 7 p.m.

Players to watch: Jackson — QB/WR Jacob Winters, RB Brice Graham, RB Jayden Spires; Washington — QB Ethan Rogers-White, RB/WR Jamie McCane, WR Jerome Mack

Preview: Jackson has been dismantling teams left and right, but Court House will play up a good fight. Ethan Rogers-White has thrown for over 1,000 yards and 15 touchdowns, but can be turnover prone as evidenced by his eight interceptions. But when he gets the ball to Jamie McCane, good things happen as McCane has found the endzone seven times. Court House will need a turnover free game to hang with the Ironmen, who can score in many different ways yet don’t give up many points defensively. This will probably be Jackson’s hardest game the rest of the season.

Shadyside (4-2) at Vinton County (3-3)

Friday, 7 p.m.

Players to watch: Vinton County — QB Braylon Damron, RB Logan Baker, WR Elijah Williams; Shadyside — QB Rhys Francis, RB Wyatt Reiman, WR Kelly Hendershot

Preview: This is a massive game for Vinton County. It’s a week off from TVC competition, but this can get the Vikings to a winning record for the first time this season and gain more confidence for next week heading back into TVC play. But Shadyside is a formidable opponent who can put up the points in a hurry. The Tigers haven’t scored under 21 points in a game this season and when the Vikings give up over 21 points, they’re 0-2. There’s your key to victory right there. Ground-and-pound game and keep the score low.

Wheelersburg (3-3) at Oak Hill (3-3)

Friday, 7 p.m.

Players to watch: Oak Hill — RB Triston Diltz, RB Keaton Potter, RB Noah Donley; Wheelersburg — QB Aaron Masters, RB Mayka Matthews, WR Hunter Ruby

Preview: This is the game Oak Hill has been looking forward to for a while, and after getting a gut-check win over Valley, it seems ready for the challenge. However, the Oaks have had their struggles against teams who can pass and quickly hit the edges, which is what Wheelersburg’s specialty is. The Pirates also have a knack for finding ways to win tight games (see Ashland Blazer and Minford). If the Oaks can keep the Pirates in the between the hash marks, their chances of winning go up. If it becomes a speed game, it might not turn out so well.

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