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Prep Notebook: Wolves tangle with best in W.Va.

Oct. 08, 2012 @ 12:24 AM

Spring Valley's football team is 3-3, with the losses coming against teams in Class AAA's top five -- No. 1 Cabell Midland, No. 4 Huntington High and No. 5 George Washington.

Brad Dingess, coach of the Timberwolves, said all three obviously are tough, and added George Washington has the firepower necessary to take down anyone in the Mountain State. That talent starts with North Carolina-bound running back Ryan Switzer, who rushed for 310 yards and five touchdowns to spark GW past the Timberwolves, 42-7, Friday night at Edwards Field.

"If you've got No. 7 you can beat anybody," Dingess said. "He's the difference in the ball game. I thought we did a good job at the beginning trying to bottle him up, but if he gets out in space I don't think there's anyone in the state who can tackle him. They just do a great job with that."

Spring Valley running back/linebacker Elijah Wellman, who's headed to West Virginia, totaled 74 yards on 18 carries.

HOW ABOUT THIS EXIT?: South Point, Coal Grove and Ironton are located on successive exits on U.S. 52 in Ohio. Friday night, football fans had the option of pulling off at any one of the three and seeing a game. Odds are they didn't stay long.

South Point 41, Rock Hill 6, the first win for the Pointers and for first-year coach Rick Marcello.

Coal Grove 53, River Valley 14.

Bishop Watterson 42, Ironton 8 on Bob Lutz Field at Ironton's Tanks Memorial Stadium.

That's 136 points for the winners and 28 for the losers.

South Point did the damage on defense with three scores. Gage Townson and Jacob Damron returned fumbles for touchdowns and Larry Brandon had an 11-yard interception return. On offense, D'Angelo Palladino ran for 155 yards and two touchdowns.

VIKINGS ROLL: D.J. Miller ran seven times for 115 yards and returned a kickoff for a score and Alec Herrell had 85 yards and four touchdowns, one a 76-yard punt return, to power Symmes Valley past Sciotoville East in Southern Ohio Conference play, 56-14. The Vikings (6-1, 2-0) are home this week against Oak Hill. The Oaks are 6-1, the loss coming to Minford, 20-19, in three overtimes.

KENTUCKY GOLF: Ashland's boys finished 12th in the Kentucky High School State Tournament held Friday and Saturday on the par-72 Bowling Green Country Club. The Tomcats had a 36-hole score of 658. Evan Cox led with 78-79 for 157 followed by Nick Blankenship, 77-82 -- 159; Thomas Hall, 85-82 -- 167; Logan Jones, 84-91 -- 175; and Tate Justus, 85-100 -- 185. Russell shot 332 in round one and missed the cut by six shots.

West Jessamine came from 12 shots back to edge St. Xavier by two shots for the team title. The Colts posted 593, including a 288 in the final round. West Jessamine's Fred Allen Meyer was medalist. He and St. Mary's Joey Mayo tied at 141 and Meyer beat him on the second playoff hole.

Elizabethtown's Ian Black was awarded the Leachman Buick-GMC-Cadillac scholarship. Boyle County's Dakota Jarman was the recipient of the Kentucky National Guard Best and Brightest Award. Paintsville's Tanner Carroll won the Forcht Group of Kentucky Uncommon Excellence Award.

NICE GESTURE: The Ironton Stadium Committee picked up a donation Friday night at the Bishop Watterson-Ironton game on Bob Lutz Field at Tanks Memorial Stadium. The split the pot payoff was $651 and the winner donated the prize to the stadium committee. Projects are installation of field turf and refurbishing the stadium.

WELCOME BACK: Ironton alumni band and alumni guard performed at halftime of Friday night's game against Bishop Watterson.

PROGRESS: Some stands and the press box are up on the home side at the new Chesapeake football stadium. The stands with the press box are quite high. The new field turf is down as well. End zones are purple. The Panthers are playing all their games on the road this season while new facility is made a reality.

POTENT OFFENSES: Fairview and Raceland had two of the top scoring offenses in Kentucky through six games. The Eagles, whose coach is former Marshall standout Nate McPeek, had 289 points (48.2 average). The Rams had 284 points (47.3 average). Franklin County is No. 1 with 404 points through seven games (57.7). The two schools are among the leaders in scoring margin, too. Fairview's average victory margin is 34.2 and Raceland's is 30.8. In rushing, Fairview is tops, averaging 392 yards per game.

VOLLEYBALL CHAMPS: Coal Grove beat Fairland, 3-0, on Thursday to win a share of the Ohio Valley Conference volleyball championship. It's the first time since 1986 the Hornets have been No. 1 in successive years. They bounced back from a tough loss to River Valley on Tuesday.

David Walsh is a reporter for The Herald-Dispatch. Contact him at 304-526-2759 or dwalsh@herald-dispatch.com.