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The Sheridan Generals hype each other up during their game against the West Muskingham Tornadoes. Photo: Jacob Motta.

Game of the Week Preview: Tri-Valley and Sheridan Collide in Make-or-Break Contest

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It’s not over until it’s over. Seven weeks into the season and the Tri-Valley Scotties are attempting to bust the MVL wide open as they take on the Sheridan Generals in this week’s Gridiron Glory Game of the Week.

The Sheridan Generals have a huge chance to lock down the Muskingum Valley League with a win against Tri-Valley. The Generals have been on a rampage in the MVL this season with a strong 5-1 start, including 4-0 in conference play. Not only are they 4-0, but also they have played two of the top three teams in our Gridiron Glory mid-week power rankings already, resulting in a 13-12 win over John Glenn and a 21-19 win against Philo.

With the conference on the line, the Tri-Valley Scotties won’t take this game lightly. With a solid 3-1 conference record (4-3 overall) to start the season, The Scotties have a tough two weeks ahead of them taking on conference powerhouses Sheridan and John Glenn.

Gridiron Glory’s Game of the week is the battle of the run-pass option. Both teams have notable players in both the running back and quarterback positions which makes this game even more intense.

The Generals are led by quarterback Nate Johnson. Johnson has been comfortably passing the ball in the backfield against top teams in the MVL this season, but he is battling against a very formidable Tri-Valley defense with high stakes on the line. Another impact player for the Generals is running back Jason Munyan. Only a sophomore, Munyan had a solid game against Philo carrying the ball 23 times for 144 yards and a touchdown.

In arguably the biggest game of the season, Tri-Valley is led by dangerous running back Blake Sands and an even more dangerous quarterback in Aiden Fritter. Sands had a monster game last week against New Lexington, carrying the ball for 261 yards and six touchdowns, and even caught two passes for 98 yards and a score. Meanwhile, quarterback Aiden Fritter stands second in the MVL in passing yards. Fritter is having a solid season with Sands and Jordan Pantaleo lining up behind him.

Sheridan vs. Tri-Valley could make or break the season. The Generals have a little bit of extra motivation as they lost in an overtime heartbreaker 20-19 against the Scotties just a year ago. And if Sheridan pulls it off, they’ll be sitting comfortably at the top of the Muskingum Valley League.