Piketon Stays Unbeaten With 28-24 Win Over Zane Trace

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The Piketon Redstreaks are off to one of their best football starts in years, opening the SVC season with a 28-24 win over Zane Trace, Friday. The win elevates the Redstreaks record to (1-0/4-0), while Zane Trace drops to (0-1/2-2).

(ZT QB Ben Nichols on a run into Piketon territory- Litter Media/Mike Smith)

The Pioneers darted out to a 14-0 lead, holding the Redstreaks scoreless until late in the first quarter. Piketon was averaging 43 points per game, coming into the contest.

Zane Trace’s Blake Phillips put the Pioneers on the scoreboard first, capping a 72 yard drive, when he took the ball into the end-zone on 1 yard run. Noah Fetters PAT kick made it 7-0 ZT at 5:48 left in first quarter.

The Pioneers didn’t take long to up their lead to 14-0 as they got the ball back on a Piketon fumble on the ensuing kick-off. Ben Nichols then connected on a 19 yard TD pass to Daniel Barnhart followed by Fetters PAT kick with 4:20 left first half.

The Redstreaks finally got on the board at 1:19 left in the first quarter as quarterback Levi Gullion found John Burton on a 17 yard TD pass over the middle to cap a 72 yard scoring drive. The PAT 2-point try failed, leaving ZT with a 14-6 lead.

Piketon drives back down the field, getting a big pass play to Kydan Potts to keep the drive alive. The Streaks then cut the margin to 14-12 at 9:14 left in the second quarter when with Jayden Thacker scored from 2 yards out. Again, Piketon’s 2 point PAT failed, leaving Zane Trace with a 14-12 advantage after their 80 yard scoring drive.

The Redstreaks grabbed their first lead in the game, driving 91 yards for a score, capped off by Levi Gullion’s 7 yard TD run with 4:01 left first half. Gullion’s 2 point run gave a 20-14 Piketon lead.

The Pioneers came right back down the field, but their drive stalled and they settled for a Noah Fetters 30 yard field goal as time expired to pull ZT to within 20-17 at halftime.

Zane Trace drew first blood in the second half, gaining a short field as the result of a Jagger Stauffer interception off a deflected pass. Daniel Barnhart got the ball to the one yard line, appearing to score, but officials said his knee went down prior to the ball crossing the goal line. Barnhart on the next play scored on 1 yard run to cap a 24 yard drive followed by Fetters PAT kick for a Pioneers 24-20 lead with 6:11 left in third quarter.

In the fourth quarter, Zane Trace had the ball approaching midfield, but their drive stalled. On fourth down and seven, Piketon’s Zane Brownfield intercepted a pass at midfield, giving the Redstreaks the ball and a chance to regain the lead.

A big Levi Gullion pass took the ball into the red-zone into ZT territory and Levi Gullion scored on an 8 yard run with 9:57 left in game. Gullion then ran the ball into the end-zone for the two point conversion- putting Piketon up 28-24 lead.

With Zane Trace getting one more chance with the ball, Piketon’s Camren Loar intercepted Ben Nichols pass to end game.

Piketon’s 28-24 win over Zane Trace has the Redstreaks at (1-0/4-0) on season. Zane Trace falls to (0-1/2-2).

In other area action for Friday 9/10 Football Finals:

Piketon 28, Zane Trace 24 … Paint Valley 42, Westfall 7 … Adena 30, Southeastern 6 …. Unioto 33, Huntington 30 … Bloom Carroll 46, Circleville 0 … Teays Valley 49, Fairfield Union 22 … Hamilton Township 41, Logan Elm 14 … Amanda Clearcreek 20, Liberty Union 10 … Western Brown 33, Jackson 28 … Westerville North 48, Washington CH 14 … Hillsboro 21, Williamsburg 14 … Miami Trace 41, Goshen 6 …McClain 34, East Clinton 13 … Lucasville Valley 42, Eastern Pike 7 … Portsmouth West 41, Wellston 8 … Portsmouth Notre Dame 27, Fayetteville 21 … Pikeville 20, Wheelersburg 7 … Cincinnati Moeller 25, Ironton 7 …