Portsmouth Ends Zane Trace Season With 38-22 Playoff Win

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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.

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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.

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Saturday H.S. Tournament Scores

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(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

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(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