Updated Wed, Sep 7, 2011 7:30 pm
Two weeks are in the books and it’s business as expected in the TVC-Ohio. Nelsonville-York, Athens, and Alexander have opened their bag of tricks on the competition and opened up each of their seasons 2-0. They’re now reaping the reward of a three-way tie atop of the conference. Can any squad separate itself from the rest of the pack or will a dark horse make up a little ground?
BERNE UNION @ NELSONVILLE-YORK
The Rockets defense will need to be on the lookout for the explosiveness of Dustin Young all game long. The Buckeye running back already has an eye-popping seven scores on the ground to his credit. He’ll have the potential to rack up a few more while the Orange and Brown open up on their home turf.
ATHENS @ WARREN
Once the emotional pregame festivities were finished and Athens settled into its new field, the Bulldogs showed they could handle a good offense. They held Coal Grove to only 14 points and a mere nine yards through the air. Now they face a Warren team coming off an impressive 44-24 win over Marietta. The key to victory is once again in the hands of the defensive units. Devon Sharp shined again last week, torching the Hornets for 162 yards and three scores. The Warriors, however, tout a strong passing game with Dylan Leffingwell coming off 321 yard, 4 TD performance.
UNIOTO @ ALEXANDER
The Spartans' hot start is perhaps the most surprising of the three league leaders, given what the team lost. Trey Bennett has stepped up big under center, thanks in large part to his experienced offensive line. Unioto will look to rebound after a week two loss to McClain. Look for them to pound the ball with Janson Grimm in the backfield.
GALLIA ACADEMY @ WELLSTON
The Rockets are debuting their new stadium, freshly renovated courtesy of the ESPN series “RISE UP”. Jaylen Prater and company will need to keep the defense tight and ignore the glitz and glamour of the new facility. Gallia Academy, a formidable SEOAL foe, is fresh off a 17-7 win over Licking Heights.
VINTON COUNTY @ JACKSON
The Vikings have the daunting task of trying to do something no team or individual has done thus far: reach the end zone while the Ironmen are on the field. Jackson has scored 84 unanswered points in their first two blowouts. The Vikings will need to break this streak if they hope to challenge for the upset.
MEIGS @ MINFORD
The Marauders are coming off their first season win of the year. They must try to capture all they can before they hit the gauntlet of TVC-Ohio play. This week’s matchup with the Falcons is another winnable one. Minford already fell to Wellston in week one, but are coming off a victory over Piketon. With two weaker offenses slugging it out, whoever can make the fewest mistakes will come out on top.