GOTW: Sheridan Faces Off With Tri-Valley

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Anthony Baucco

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Updated Thu, Oct 17, 2013 10:16 pm
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The top team in the MVL standings will take on the Sheridan Generals in Thornville Friday night. This seems familiar.

Maysville was an undefeated 5-0 on its way to Sheridan two weeks ago. The Panthers left with their first MVL loss.

This week, Tri-Valley comes to town. The Scotties aren’t quite undefeated at 5-2, but they are perfect in five MVL games. In fact, Tri-Valley has not lost to a league opponent in its last 23 contests. The last MVL team to beat the Scotties was Sheridan … in October 2010.

“We are trying to win the MVL,” Tri-Valley coach Justin Buttermore said. “That has been the goal all along.  Right now we are focusing on each week to stay at the top and win a league title.”

The race for the league title will come down to the last few weeks of the season.

Tri-Valley reigns supreme at 5-0 in the league, followed by Maysville (6-1, 5-1), Philo (6-1, 4-1) and Sheridan (5-2, 4-1). 

The Generals will need to force a young Tri-Valley team to play inconsistent football to earn another big MVL win. Sheridan struggled a week ago at Philo, but has proven its defense is capable of shutting down productive offenses.

“Their kids on both sides of the ball played physical and that’s the Sheridan team we are going to see this week,” Buttermore said.

The Generals’ defense has been solid so far, as it was able to hold Maysville to just 17 points in week 6. Maysville has the scored the second most points in conference play with 242 (40.3 points per MVL game).

Tri-Valley has scored 247 points in conference play (49.7 points per MVL game).

The Scotties also have a defense that has been able to hold opponents to only 28 points in conference games.

Buttermore has been working with his team to finish strong in the second half to prepare for the matchup this week.

 “We know our schedule is very difficult so we need to play at 100 percent to contend in these games,” he said. “We have two on the road and they will not come easy. We will need to work for all three games and work on staying consistent.”

The stakes are high for both teams this weekend. The winner moves one step closer to a league title, while the loser will take a big hit in MVL and playoff contention.

The implications for Friday’s MVL matchup have landed it as Gridiron Glory’s Game of the Week for week 8.

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Kaleb Carter
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