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Tri-Valley, Perry Boast Similar Characteristics

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Just two years ago, the Massillon Perry Panthers finished the regular season 0-10, while the Tri-Valley Scotties finished 8-2. Times have changed. Perry has since gotten out of its funk and completed its best regular season since 2006, earning it a No. 1 seed in D-II, region five and eventually a clash with the fifth-seeded… Read More

Belpre Eliminated in Round One of Playoffs for Second Straight Year

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Despite a late comeback, Belpre’s season ended after one playoff game for a second consecutive year when they fell to Canal Winchester Harvest Prep 21-19 Friday night. While the Belpre defense looked strong at the start of the game, Harvest Prep upped its tempo enough to eventually stall out the Golden Eagles. Offensively, Belpre struggled… Read More

Zane Trace Picks Up Historic Win

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Friday night, the Zane Trace Pioneers (11-0) made history, picking their first ever playoff win. An experienced team led by 15 seniors is continued its undefeated season with a 34-0 victory over River Valley (7-4). From the get go, the Pioneers moved the ball down the field varying their offensive play with the combination of… Read More

Tri-Valley Defense Stands Strong Against Boardman

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The Tri-Valley Scotties (10-1) pitched a defensive shutout against the Boardman Spartans (6-5), winning the contest 27-2. Tri-Valley shut down the Boardman offense. The Spartans combined for 150 total yards on the evening, and they could not find their passing game. They had just four completions through 48 minutes of football. Tri-Valley forced a three-and-out… Read More

Belpre Hopes to Carry Winning Streak Into Playoffs

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Belpre (8-2, 7-1 TVC-Hocking) and Canal Winchester Harvest Prep (8-2, 6-0) face off in the first week of post-season play this Friday. Belpre is returning to the Ohio High School Football Playoffs for a second consecutive year with a roster that nearly mirrors that of a season ago. However, the players aren’t the only familiar… Read More

South Gallia Not Backing Down Against Powerhouse Danville

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Postseason play is a feeling to which the No. 8 South Gallia Rebels (6-4, 5-3) are still warming up. Friday’s playoff opener will mark South Gallia’s fourth-ever venture into postseason play. As for its opponent, the playoff feeling is all too familiar. No. 1 Danville (10-0, 2-0) will make its fifth consecutive trip to the… Read More

Playoff Veterans in Trimble, Shadyside to Clash

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After a long, hard-fought regular season, the Trimble Tomcats (8-2, 8-0) once again find themselves in the playoffs as they prepare host the Shadyside Tigers (4-6, 1-0). Without knowing anything about Shadyside, it’d be difficult to understand why a sub-.500 team made the playoffs. The Tigers won their final four just to qualify for the… Read More

Red-Hot Teams in Tri-Valley, Boardman to Meet

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The fifth-seeded Tri-Valley Scotties (9-1) are perennial playoff contenders, having made seven consecutive postseasons, but they have yet to make a deep run come crunch time. Last season’s campaign was cut short when Tri-Valley lost to the eventual state runners-up in Athens 41-20. With the hopes of a deeper run in mind, the Scotties will… Read More

River Valley to Make Playoff Debut Against Zane Trace

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Friday will mark a first round playoff matchup between the Zane Trace Pioneers (10-0) and the River Valley Raiders (7-3), a game that will be an event of firsts for both teams. Hosting a playoff game for the first time, the undefeated Pioneers will also be vying for their first ever playoff win. “This was… Read More

Extra Points: South Gallia Wins Big, Saltzman Runs Wild

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In his final game as an Athens Bulldog (6-4), Zacciah Saltzman rushed for 361 yards and finished his final season as a Bulldog with 2,113 rushing yards. Entering the longtime rivalry game, Saltzman needed 250 yards to reach the 2,000 mark and he reached his goal single handedly in the first half rushing for 261… Read More

Belpre Pulls Away From Waterford in Second Half

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With the playoffs on everyone’s mind, stakes and tensions were high as the Belpre Golden Eagles and the Waterford Wildcats combined for 58 points just in the first half of their matchup. Waterford (5-5, 4-4) returned the opening kickoff for a touchdown, and scored on its very next drive to take an early 12-0 lead. … Read More

Sheridan Survives Triple-Overtime Thriller Against New Lexington

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The Sheridan Generals avoided an upset in a triple-overtime thriller against the New Lexington Panthers, winning 20-14. Sheridan traveled to New Lexington sitting at No. 11 in the playoff rankings, so a win was necessary to stay in contention. The Panthers got on the board early in the first quarter with a 12-yard touchdown pass… Read More