Ironton, Russell both seeking first victory
HUNTINGTON - Ironton and Russell high school football teams are coming off season-opening losses, but how those defeats are viewed might be quite different.
Ironton (0-1) visits Russell (0-1) at 7:30 p.m. Friday in Henry R. Evans Stadium.
The Ironton Fighting Tigers opened with a respectable 28-6 loss at defending Ohio Division V state champion Wheelersburg. The Pirates had early scores on an interception return and a 52-yard pass and had a 14-0 lead with about six minutes to go in the first quarter. Take away those two big plays and it could have been a closer game.
Greenup County defeated Russell last week, 41-21. Russell coach T.J. Maynard said said he blamed himself for what he called a poor performance by his team.
Reid Carrico was a star performer for Ironton last week, gaining 106 yards on 21 carries. Russell likely will see plenty of Carrico after giving up 321 yards on 39 carries last week when Greenup County halfback Dalton Halstead had 24 rushes for 172 yards and three touchdowns.
Expect the Fighting Tigers to test the Red Devils’ secondary, which gave up 175 yards, no doubt catching the eye of Ironton quarterback Gage Salyers, who completed 7 of 14 passes for 71 yards.
Russell wasn’t without production last week, as Landon Duvall ran for 63 yards on nine attempts. Ironton, though, gave up just 105 yards on 30 carries last week and was successful disrupting plays in the backfield.
The Fighting Tigers, though, did surrender 156 yards passing as Wheelersburg quarterback Trent Salyers completed an efficient 14 of 20 passes.
Ironton walloped Russell 35-7 last season as Salyers threw two touchdown passes and ran 76 yards for another TD.