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Vikings set for showdown with Oak Hill

September 14, 2018

WILLOW WOOD, Ohio — While one road show ends, another begins.

For the Oak Hill Oaks (2-1), this week marks the final of three consecutive football road games, with their only other away tilt taking place in a month at Sciotoville East. By then, they want to be in the driver’s seat for their final Southern Ohio Conference Division I football championship, as the road toward that title begins at 7 p.m. Friday at Symmes Valley (2-1)

Oak Hill moves up to the larger SOC Division II next season.

The Oaks, coming off a 34-29 triumph at Rock Hill, face a young Vikings group that escaped South Gallia (14-12) and Fairfield Christian (19-13) in a pair of defensive struggles, but were shut out by Chesapeake (49-0). That’s the same Chesapeake squad the Oaks rolled (40-12) in the season opener.

The Oaks own 35-10 advantage in the all-time series, including a 10-2 tally in the past dozen meetings. The Vikings’ last win was four years ago in overtime (31-28), but the Oaks have outscored them 124-6 in three matchups since, including back-to-back shutouts the past two years. Still, Oak Hill coach Nathan Dugan said history has no bearing on this year’s outcome, as the Vikings are switching from a full-house backfield to a predominantly wing-T look that the Oaks also run.

Symmes Valley rosters just four seniors.

“They are young, but they have backs that run hard,” Dugan said. “And usually when you have young teams, you have a lot of guys that are going to fire off the ball and play. They are proving their worth up front.”

The Vikings are winning with defense and special teams, with the defense scoring in two games.

“Symmes Valley is always a huge challenge for us,” Dugan said. “No different this time.”

OAK HILL (2-1) AT SYMMES VALLEY (2-1)

WHEN: 7 p.m. Friday

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