Vinton County and River Valley to Battle for Even Record

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Vinton County looks to extend winning streak to three games against River Valley

Friday night in McArthur may not determine who win the TVC-Ohio nor will it determine playoff spots. It will however show whether Vinton County or River Valley is more dedicated to ending the season with a .500 record.

Vinton County entered the season as a TVC-Ohio dark horse with senior Naylan Yates under center, but the season hasn’t panned out to plan with the Vikings sitting at 3-4 on the season. However, Head Coach Jeff Downs said that the team is determined to use this week’s game to get back to .500 on the season, closer to where they planned on being.

River Valley expected this season to be more of a rebuilding season. Losing star wide receiver Tre Craycraft, the first 1,000-yard receiver in school history, to graduation was going to lessen the potent offensive attack. Patrick Brown is always a threat to throw the ball over the field, and he will have to do that this week if River Valley is to escape McArthur with a fourth win on the season.

The game will most likely come down to a battle of senior quarterbacks. Naylan Yates and Patrick Brown are certified studs and leaders on the field. Brown has been under center for the Raiders for the past two season while Yates is in his third season as the Vikings QB1, experience will not be lacking through the air. Both teams have talented offensive lines who should give the star quarterbacks plenty of time to find open receivers.

Offensive weapons will most likely determine who wins this game, and Vinton County just has the upper hand. With senior Hunter Nichols and junior Lincoln Hayes getting open in the passing game and junior Nevan Yates pacing the Vikings through the ground, the Vikings should be able to push the game the way they like offensively.