Portsmouth Ends Zane Trace Season With 38-22 Playoff Win

Presented By McDonald’s, I’m Lovin’ It!

The Portsmouth Trojans used their team speed and capitalized on Zane Trace miscues in their 38-22 Division 5 opening round playoff football win, Saturday at Zane Trace High School.

Watch our Litter Media Postgame Show from Saturday night. CLICK HERE:

(Litter Media/Mike Smith)

Portsmouth struck first after a Zane Trace field goal attempt was blocked and returned by the Trojans Beau Hammond to the ZT 4 yard line. Reade Pendleton then ran 4 yards for a TD at 6:40 of the first quarter for a 7-0 lead.

Portsmouth got their second big break when Zane Trace fumbled on their own 34 yard line, giving the Trojans great field position. QB Drew Roe later connected with Pendleton on 12 yard TD pass with 3:17 left in the first quarter for a 14-0 lead.

The Pioneers were driving down the field when the first quarter ended. ZT quarterback Ben Nichols then ran 14 yards for a touchdown at 10:59 of the second quarter to get ZT on the board at 14-7 after the Noah Fetters PAT kick.

The Trojans came right back, driving deep into Zane Trace territory where their drive stalled. Zach Roth came on and hit a 28 yard field goal at 8:49 of the second quarter for a 17-7 lead.

The Pioneers would then take advantage of a Portsmouth fumble, recovering on the Trojans 31 yard line. Ben Nichols capped-off the drive with a 1 yard keeper at 3:47 left of the second quarter, cutting the deficit to 17-14 Trojans.

But, it didn’t take long for Portsmouth to respond as Devon Lattimore returned the ensuing kickoff 77 yards for a TD at 3:27 of the second quarter for a 24-14 lead. The ensuing kickoff turned out to be a major blow to the Pioneers when Portsmouth’s JT Williams scooped up a Zane Trace fumble and returned it over 40 yards for the score at 3:16 of second quarter for a 31-14 lead, which was the score at halftime. 

Zane Trace kicked-off to start the second half, using an onside kick to get possession. Ben Nichols picked up a big run to the Portsmouth 4 yard line, then later saw Blake Phillips find Carter Hill on a halfback option pass for a TD from 2 yards out. The two-point conversion run by Carter Langley to cut the margin to 31-22 with 4:49 left in the third quarter.

The third quarter ended with ZT on their own 24. In the fourth quarter, the Pioneers fumbled on a scramble and pitch that Portsmouth picked up.

The Trojans put the game on ice when quarterback Drew Roe found Dariyonne Bryant on a 35 yard scoring strike at 8:45 to play in game. Portsmouth 38-22 at Zane Trace

Portsmouth with an interception of a Ben Nichols pass at their own 29 with 5:32 left to seal the win.

The Pioneers conclude their season at (8-3) while (8-3) Portsmouth picked up their first playoff win in 19 years. They face Ironton next week.

For other Saturday tournament scores in football, volleyball, soccer and cross country: CLICK HERE:

Saturday H.S. Tournament Scores

Presented By Rathkamp Financial

(Division 2 District Final at Southeastern)

Sheridan 3, Vinton County 1 (25-17, 25-17, 22-25, 25-14)

(Division 3 District Finals at Waverly)
Adena 3, Northwest 0 (25-7, 25-17, 25-16) *Adena plays East District Champ Fort Frye at Logan Regional Semi 11/4, after F.F. upset defending regional champ Tuscarawas Valley (3-1)*

Wheelersburg 3, Zane Trace 0 (25-19, 25-16, 25-21) *Burg faces Westfall/Huntington winner in Logan Regional Semi*

Westfall 3, Huntington 0 (25-22, 25-14, 25-19)

(Divison 3 District Final)

Wheelersburg 2, Lucasville Valley 1
Minford 3, Peebles 2

(Regionals/State Qualifiers)

D-2 Boys:
Unioto Team Champs (Corey Schobelock 2nd/Gabe Lynch 5th/Marrko Turner 10th)
Charles Putnam of Portsmouth 3rd
Mitch Green of Waverly 13th
Kailan Marshall of Northwest 14th

D-2 Girls:
Olivia Cisco of Waverly- 8th
Indy Spetnagel & Briana Nelson of Unioto 10th and 11th place.
Lily Winter of Circleville 15th, Maddux Bigam of Circleville 20th.

D-3 Boys:
Adena’s Ryan Richendollar repeats as state qualifier with 8th place finish.
Weston Blair of Whiteoak 15th, Landen Eyre of Whiteoak 21st

D-3 Girls:
Marie Souther of Zane Trace 2nd
Caitlyn Shipley of Westfall 8th.

(Division 5)

Portsmouth 38, Zane Trace 22
Piketon 32, Coshocton 14
Wheelersburg 23, Portsmouth West 14
Amanda-Clearcreek 31, Minford 6
Ironton 49, Wellston 6
Harvest Prep 54, Northwest 7
Columbus Academy 21, Liberty Union 7

(Division 6)
Milford Center Fairbanks 45, Paint Valley 34
West Jefferson 43, Lucasville Valley 14
Barnesville 36, Coal Grove 6
Columbus KIPP 16, Symmes Valley 13
Nelsonville-York 42, Centerburg 9

(Division 7)
Riverside 55, Sciotoville 7
Troy Christian 27, Portsmouth Notre Dame 6
Lancaster Fisher Catholic at Glouster Trimble
Lancaster Fairfield Christian Academy at Shadyside
Eastern Meigs at East Knox

Friday 10/29 Football Playoff Finals

Presented By Hometown-Motors, Inc.

(Division 1)
Hilliard Bradley 21, Lancaster 19

(Division 2)
Dayton Stebbins 41, Teays Valley 27

(Division 3)
Jackson 37, Columbus South 0
Bishop Hartley 56, Miami Trace 14
Columbus DeSales 21, Sheridan 14

(Division 4)
Waverly 28, Valley View 18 *Tigers rally from 18-0 deficit*
Cincinnati McNicholas 48, Washington CH 13
Meadowbrook 64, Vinton County 34
Bloom Carroll 49, Warren 0

Area Jails Receive State Grants To Improve Facilities

Presented By Classic Brands

(Columbus) — Ohio Governor Mike DeWine and Ohio Department of Rehabilitation and Correction Director Annette Chambers-Smith announced today that the state is awarding six local jails with millions in funding to rebuild or expand their facilities.  

A total of $50 million was allocated to support local jail renovations in Senate Bill 310 which was passed by the Ohio General Assembly and signed by Governor DeWine in December 2020.  The Ohio Department of Rehabilitation and Correction’s (ODRC) Bureau of Adult Detention administered the application process and selected jails based on those with the greatest need for construction and renovation work to improve conditions and operations.  The ability of each jail to serve neighboring jurisdictions was also considered.  

The following counties are receiving grants to assist in building new jails due to the age and condition of their current county jail facilities:  

  • Coshocton County – $10.1 million
  • Gallia County – $5.5 million 
  • Harrison County – $9.1 million 
  • Lawrence County – $16.8 million 

“Upgrading these jails is about more than just safety, it’s also about providing an environment that can influence positive change,” said Governor DeWine. “These jails have fallen into such disrepair because the counties simply couldn’t afford the cost to rebuild on their own. With this help from the state, the improved county jails will better meet the demands of our modern criminal justice system and better address inmates’ underlying issues that may be causing criminal behavior, such as mental health or substance use concerns.” 

Two multi-county jails are receiving funding to expand their facilities to better serve neighboring counties: 

  • Scioto County Jail – $1.5 million 
  • Southeastern Ohio Regional Jail – $1.9 million  

M.A.D.E. Rally Packs Gym For 2021 Drug-Free Event

Presented By McDonald’s, I’m Lovin’ It!

Approximately 2,000 high school students from several area counties packed the Southeastern High School Larry Jordan Gymnasium Friday for the 2021 M.A.D.E. Drug-Free Rally. The event was originally planned for V.A. Memorial Stadium, but had to be moved indoors due to inclement weather.

(Photo: Litter Media/Mike Smith

Students came from schools in Ross, Pickaway, Highland, Jackson, Scioto and Gallia counties. Students supported one another with fellowship and hearing stories of how some of the students themselves have had to deal with losing family members due to substance abuse.

(Photo: Huntington students- Litter Media/Mike Smith)

Huntington Schools once again led all area schools with the highest participation in the MADE Program at over 80%.

(Photo: Southeastern MADE students- Litter Media/Mike Smith)
(Photo: Adena students- Litter Media/Mike Smith

American Idol finalist Philip Murphy concluded the three hour rally, performing music and briefly sharing some of his stories of being homeless and seeing the ravages of drugs and alcohol in other peoples lives.

(Photo: Philip Murphy at 2021 MADE Rally- Litter Media/Mike Smith)
(Photo: Paint Valley students at MADE Rally- Litter Media/Mike Smith)

For more information on how to get your school involved in the MADE program, go to their Facebook page. CLICK HERE:

Buff City Soap Coming To Chillicothe

Presented By Classic Brands

A new retailer is opening in Chillicothe, that hopes to bring a fresh smell to the community.

Buff City Soap will open November 4th at 1290 North Bridge Street in front of Sam’s Club in Chillicothe. The company has more than 75 stores Buff City Soaps in 15 states.

They make handmade bath and body bar soaps, whipped soaps, bath bombs, shower oils, body butters, shampoo bars. Everything is plant-based and free of harsh chemicals, preservatives and detergents. The products are made in-store daily at kitchen-like stations where patrons can watch the soap-making magic happen. 

To celebrate their Chillicothe Buff City Soap opening, the first 50 guests each day, Thursday 11/4 through Sunday 11/7, will win free soap for a year.  Stop by any time leading up to VIP Opening to receive a sneak peek of the store along with a free sample.

For more information, find them online at buffcitysoap.com. 

Pike Chamber of Commerce Seeks Nominees For Board

Presented By Rathkamp Financial

(Waverly) — The Nominating Committee of the Pike County Chamber of Commerce is currently seeking nominations for the 2022 Board of Directors. Any representative from a Chamber member business in good standing is eligible for nomination. Directors serve three-year terms, the next term commencing in January 2022. Former directors are eligible to serve on the board one year after the conclusion of their previous term.

Directors help shape Chamber operations and promote business in the community to support the local climate and economy of our area. They take part in crucial economic discussions and serve as ambassadors for the Chamber of Commerce. Board members bring their unique skills to the table for the betterment and advancement of our county. 

Directors are expected to attend board meetings, typically held on the fourth Tuesday of each month at the Chamber office. They contribute by serving on various committees within the Chamber board. 

Nominations must be received by the Nominating Committee no later than Friday, November 5, 2021. Once a slate of nominees has been selected, a formal ballot will be mailed to the membership.

To nominate, use one of the four methods found below:

  1. Email > pikechamber@yahoo.com
  2. Phone > 740-947-7715
  3. Print Nomination Form – Send or Drop Off >
  4. Nominate Online Here >

Fetters Named To State Softball Hall of Fame

Presented By Atomic Speedway

Former Zane Trace Softball Coach Bill Fetters has learned that he will be inducted into the Ohio High School Fastpitch Coaches Association Hall of Fame, this January.

(Photo courtesy of Brad Fetters)

Fetters told Litter Media’s Mike Smith- “I appreciate the award, but would also like to pass this honor on to all who played and coached for me over the years.”

Bill Fetters in 21 seasons as Lady Pioneers softball coach, had a record of (330-126). His teams won 10 SVC championships, 2 district championships and was state runner-up once. Fetters Zane Trace program won an SVC record 47 straight conference games between 2005-2009.

Bill was named SVC “Coach of the Year” nine times, and District “Coach of the Year” four times.

Bill Fetters is retired from American Electric Power, where he worked for 40 years.

Goodwill Teams With Scouts For Good Turn Day

Presented By Hometown-Motors, Inc.

(Chillicothe) — On November 6th, scouts across Ohio will be visiting Goodwill stores to earn a special patch for the fall Good Turn Day.

All 9 of the Goodwill of South Central Ohio stores will participate in the special event. The idea of Good Turn Day is to provide Girl Scouts and Boy Scouts an opportunity to do a “good turn” in their community by collecting used clothing, books, housewares, and other items to donate to Goodwill.

“We’re excited to participate in Good Turn Day again, and we appreciate what the scouts do for Goodwill,” said Goodwill of South Central Ohio CEO Marvin Jones. “The scouts’ efforts will help Goodwill with its mission as a nonprofit organization to partner with individuals with disabilities and challenges to help them lead the lives they envision across our eight-county region.”

Our stores have awarded nearly 500 patches over the last five Good Turn Days. Scouts earn a patch by donating a large bag (or equivalent) of items or volunteering for an hour in one of our stores.

Limited volunteering will be available at our stores on Nov. 6. Those scouts wanting to volunteer must schedule a time by emailing jona.ison@gwisco.org or calling 740-702-4000 Ext. 135 no later than Nov. 1.

Donations for Good Turn Day may be dropped off anytime during business hours (9 a.m. to 9 p.m.) Nov. 6 at our stores in Athens, Chillicothe, Circleville, Jackson, Logan, McArthur, Washington Court House, and Waverly. Addresses can be found at www.GWISCO.org/stores.