The Piketon Redstreaks dominated most of the ballgame in their battle for sole possession of the SVC Football lead, beating Paint Valley 43-20.
The (3-0/6-0) Redstreaks built a 24-0 halftime lead, thanks to critical Bearcat turnovers, Levi Gullion’s unstoppable offensive performance, and Piketon’s solid defensive effort.
Gullion ran for six touchdowns in the game, taking advantage of gaping holes the Redstreaks offensive line opened up for him all game long. Gullion also threw for a TD. He was named the McDonald’s Player of the Game.
Paint Valley committed 6 turnovers in the game.
Piketon drove deep into Paint Valley territory twice in the first quarter, stalling on one drive and fumbling on another possession. After a scoreless first quarter, it didn’t take long for Piketon’s offense to get untracked in the second quarter.
After long pass from Levi Gullion to John Burton inside the PV 10, Gullion scored on an 8 yard run to get Piketon on the scoreboard. The two point try failed, leaving Piketon with a 6-0 lead at 10:06 left in the first half.
Kydan Potts got an interception to set up the Redstreaks next score, which saw Gullion run 37 yards on the next play for the touchdown. The two point conversion try failed and Piketon held a 12-0 lead with 9:35 left first half.
Piketon upped the score to 18-0 when the Redstreaks’ John Burton knocked the ball out of Beau Blankenship’s hands as he was going for a possible score at the three yard line. The Streaks then marched 97 yards and capped the drive off with a Levi Gullion 6 yard scoring run at 1:42 left in the first half. The PAT try for two failed.
The Redstreaks would tack on one more score before the first half ended. Gullion connected with John Burton to the 6 yard line, followed by a Levi Gullion scoring on a QB keeper at :22 left in half. The PAT run by Gullion fails leaving Piketon with a 24-0 lead over Paint Valley at halftime.
Paint Valley had the ball first in the third quarter, but Piketon’s Levi Stanley picked off Cavan Cooper, which later led to Gullion firing a TD bomb of over 60 yards to John Burton at 8:39 in the third quarter. The PAT kick was good, giving Piketon a 31-0 lead.
Paint Valley got their first score of the game with a 32 yard TD run by Cavan Cooper. The PAT for two was good on a Cooper run, cutting Piketon’s lead to 31-8 at 2:46 in third quarter.
Cavan Cooper cuts the deficit to 31-14, running 19 yards for a TD at 11:52 left in the fourth quarter. The PAT run was called back for holding. Then PV’s second try on the PAT was stopped short on pass play.
Less than 10 second later, Piketon’s Levi Gullion ran 51 yards for a TD at 11:42 remaining in the game. The PAT 2 point try fails as Piketon extends their lead to 37-14 over PV.
On the ensuing kickoff, the Bearcats fumble and Piketon recovers.
Levi Gullion then ran 30 yards for his 6th TD of the game. Piketon 43-14 over Paint Valley with 10:11 remaining in the game.
Paint Valley gets their final tally of the game, driving 74 yards for a score. QB Cavan Cooper connects with Cordell Grubb for a 26 yard TD pass. The PAT 2 point try fails. Piketon led 43-20 with 6:04 left in game which ended the scoring for the game.
The Piketon Redstreaks take over sole possession of the SVC lead, improving to (3-0/6-0). Bearcats slip to (2-1/3-3).
Piketon is looking for a Homecoming opponent for next week, since their SVC game with Southeastern is cancelled due to the Panthers team being in quarantine. Paint Valley hosts Huntington.
In other area games:
… Zane Trace 49, Westfall 12 … Unioto 28, Adena 18 … Miami Trace 35, Chillicothe 28 OT … Jackson 42, Hillsboro 0 … Washington CH 27, McClain 21 … Amanda 49, Circleville 13 … Teays Valley 33, Hamilton Township 0 … Fairfield Union 35, Logan Elm 14 …Bloom Carroll 45, Liberty Union 3 … Waverly 47, Portsmouth West 28 … Northwest 26, Portsmouth Notre Dame 20 … Lucasville Valley 31, Oak Hill 6 … Wheelersburg 24, Minford 20 … Sciotoville 30, Eastern Pike 6 … Vinton County 46, Alexander 0 … Nelsonville York 13, Meigs 6 … Wellston 46, River Valley 6 … Portsmouth 42, Coal Grove 20 …
The Wheelersburg Pirates are Golf Champions of the Southern Ohio Conference.
The Pirates wrapped up the title Thursday with a team score of 347. Minford came in second at 373, followed by Waverly 393, Oak Hill 427, Northwest 441, Portsmouth West 490.
The SOC Player of the Year is Oak Hill’s Kameron Maple, who shot a 77. Other All SOC members include: Owen Mault of Wheelersburg 80 Dillon Osborne of Minford 82 Issac Bockway of Wheelersburg 87 Chris Hamilton of Wheelersburg 88 Ben Nichols of Waverly at 89
(Above Photo and article contributions: Courtesy of West Liberty University Athletic Department website)
(West Liberty, WV) — A Ross County man is one of eight people being inducted into to the West Liberty University Athletic Hall of Fame on October 2nd.
Chillicothe High School graduate Clay Beeler (2007), is being honored for his grid-iron days at West Liberty, where he was a three-time NCAA Division II All-American and key figure on West Liberty’s first NCAA playoff team. Beeler still ranks among the Hilltoppers’ all-time leaders in several defensive categories, including tackles-for-loss, career tackles, and single game tackles and quarterback sacks.
In 2008, Beeler ranked among the Top 20 nationally in tackles and tackles-for-loss to earn All-America and Linebacker of the Year honors from Don Hansen’s Football Gazette. He was charted with a team-high 113 tackles for the 2009 WVIAC championship team that won a school-record 11 games and advanced to the NCAA D2 national quarterfinals.
The 2010 WVIAC Defensive Player of the Year, Beeler earned multiple All-America awards as a senior and closed out his career by playing in the NCAA Division 2 All-American Bowl and Dixie Gridiron Classic.
During Beeler’s high school career, he was an All-SVC selection in 2004 and 2005, including SVC Defensive Back of the Year in ’05 with 1,000 yards rushing and 227 tackles at Huntington High School. After a transferring to Chillicothe High School he was a selection for All-SEOAL, All District and Honorable Mention All-Ohio with the Cavaliers’ playoff team in 2006, recording 186 tackles.
Beeler graduated from West Liberty in 2011 with a Bachelor’s degree in Exercise Physiology and is currently employed as a technical operator for the DuPont Corporation in Circleville, Ohio.
Clay resides in Chillicothe, Ohio with his wife, Brittany, and their daughter, Brynleigh.
A local teenager has darted into the spotlight of the Formula Race Car circuit, despite his youthful age of 14.
The racing world is talking about Austin Hill of Frankfort and it has been more than just talk on Austin’s part, climbing quickly to the top of his sport where he is one of the favorites to win the SCCA National Championship, which start September 25th at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway.
Austin is picked to win the FX Class and Third in the Formula Atlantic Class in his rookie year, where he is also the youngest competitor among mostly adult race car drivers.
Hill has already won several races as he is trying to move his way to Indy Race circuit.
Following the SCCA National Championship race at Indianapolis, Austin Hill will have one more race weekend in October at the Pittsburgh International Race Complex on October 15th, where the race season closes.
The Washington Court House Blue Lions have defended their FAC Boys Golf Championship, winning for a second year in a row.
The match was played at Buckeye Hills on Tuesday, with Washington CH taking first with a score of 343. McClain was second at 351, then Hillsboro 372, Chillicothe 389, Miami Trace 399 and Jackson 422.
All Conference Top Seven Players: Wes Potts of McClain- “FAC Player of the Year” Garrett Wahl of Washington CH David Edwards of McClain John Wall of Washington CH Ethan Rasp of Jackson Aidan Fischer of Chillicothe Garrett Dewees of Washington CH
The Miami Trace Lady Panthers won the FAC Girls Golf Championship Monday, winning the final league match by two strokes over Chillicothe, who was tied with Miami Trace heading into the season’s final match.
Miami Trace finished with an FAC record of (33-2) with Chillicothe at (30-5). Libby Aleshire of Miami Trace was named FAC Girls Golfer of the Year.
The match medalist for the final match was Chillicothe’s Isabella Fischer with an 87.
Here are the team scores in the final round match: