Meigs, River Valley Set to Battle For First TVC-Ohio Win

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The River Valley Raiders (3-1,0-1) come into Friday looking for their first win in three seasons to the Meigs Marauders in Pomeroy on Friday.

The Raiders lost all hopes of staying undefeated when Nelsonville-York produced 509 total offensive yards and handed them their first lost of the season last Friday winning 46-6.

Quarterback Patrick Brown was sacked eight times and the Raider offense could not seem to get anything going against the solid Buckeye defense.

“We have to get back to playing good fundamentally with little errors,” River Valley head coach Jarrod Sparling said. “We had too many mental, fundamental and situational (mistakes) last week and we need to work to eliminate those.”

The Raiders are looking forward to bouncing back against Meigs, a team who lost senior star quarterback Cody Bartrum two weeks ago to a season-ending injury.

Coach Mike Bartrum and the Marauders gave the Vinton County Vikings their first victory in the past two seasons losing 41-29.

Meigs is desperately searching for someone to step up since the abrupt injury.

“Zach Helton is at quarterback now and he did a great job last week for not playing the position since 7th, 8th grade,” Bartrum said. “One goes down and we need people to step up.”

Younger brother Zach Bartrum, only a sophomore, and junior Lane Cullums are both expected to step up and have more touches on the ball on the offensive side of play.

“We had a very good practice (Tuesday night),” Bartrum said. “We are back to the basics and we really focused on running the ball and improving our offensive and defensive lines.”

Friday’s matchup will be all about who comes ready to play, as they are both looking to re-gain footing and focus on getting back on the winning track.