Published Thu, Sep 20, 2012 2:37 pm
Updated Thu, Sep 20, 2012 4:08 pm
When the Gallia Academy Blue Devils and Vinton County Vikings meet Friday night at Memorial Field in Gallipolis, both teams will be looking to build on wins from a week ago.
Vinton County improved to 1-3 on the season with a 27-19 win over South Point, but this week they will face a tougher test in Gallia Academy. However, head coach Justy Burleson knows exactly what the Vikings need to do to get the win.
“We’ve got to win the turnover battle,” he said. “We also need to win the ball control battle to keep their offense off the field.”
Vinton County seemed to have hit their offensive stride a week ago. The Vikings ran for 248 yards and four scores.
The Blue Devils started the season off with a huge win over Athens in Week 1, but lost their next two games to Licking Heights and Ironton. The Blue Devils got back on track last week with a 63-13 rout of Marietta. “Consistency. That’s what we need most,” Eddy added. "We’ve been up and down, but our challenge is to get better every week.” With respect to Vinton County “They are going to try and make you play their game.”
Gallia Academy has rushed for over a 1,000 yards as a team on the year and six different running backs have scored touchdowns.
“We don’t have just one superstar,” Eddy said. “We have a lot of guys with equal talent.”
For both teams this game marks the end of the non-conference schedule and could provide the spark each team needs to compete for a conference crown.