Fighting Tigers rally past Redmen

October 8, 2018

PEDRO, Ohio — Ironton overcame an early deficit to defeat Rock Hill 47-13 in a high school footbal l game Friday and remain tied with Gallia Academy for first place in the Ohio Valley Conference.

Brayden Friend’s 1-yard touchdown run at 3:55 of the first quarter gave the Redmen (2-5 overall, 1-3 OVC) a lead. The Fighting Tigers (5-2, 4-0) tied it on Reid Carrico’s 3-yard TD run with 11:54 left in the second quarter, but Rock Hill regained the lead on Friend’s 64-yard run to make it 13-6 10:24 before halftime.

Ironton’s Gage Salyers scored on a 1-yard sneak to tie it and Seth Fosson’s 1-yard plunge made it a 20-13 lead for the Fighting Tigers. Salyers then hit Brycen Thomas with a 13-yard TD pass, set up by Collin Freeman’s 45-yard interception return, to boost the Tigers’ lead to 27-13 with 16 seconds left until intermission.

In the second half, Carrico, who carried 17 times for 130 yards, added a 9-yard touchdown run and Fosson a 10-yard-er. Salyers, who finished 8 for 12 passing for 188 yards, threw a 58-yard scoring pass to Thomas to set the score.

GALLIA ACADEMY 42, COAL GROVE 20: The Blue Devils (6-1 overall, 4-0 OVC) scored twice in a span of 3:31 to take control and defeat the Hornets (4-3, 2-2) in a game delayed 90 minutes because of lightning. Justin McClelland ran for 85 yards and passed for 82 for Gallia Academy. Nate Harmon threw for 145 yards for Coal Grove.

PORTSMOUTH 55, CHESAPEAKE 39: Talyn Parker ran for a school record 382 yards and four touchdowns on 31 carries to lead the Trojans (4-3 overall, 2-2 OVC) to a triumph over the Panthers (2-4,1-3) at Phil Davis Field. Parker also recovered a Chesapeake fumble.

SYMMES VALLEY 15. PORTSMOUTH NOTRE DAME 14: Josh Ferguson scored on a 15-yard run and Gavin Yates kicked the winning extra point as the Vikings (3-4 overall, 1-3 Southern Ohio Conference) beat the Titans (1-6,1-3) in Portsmouth, Ohio.

ASHLAND 49, EAST CARTER 0: Braxton Ratliff completed 8 of 10 passes for 226 yards and three touchdowns as the Tomcats (8-0) celebrated Senior Night with a pummeling of the Raiders. The victory was Ashland coach Tony Love’s 50th in six seasons.

WHEELERSBURG 49. WAVERLY 0: In a game delayed 90 minutes by lightning, the Pirates (6-1) took advantage of six turnovers by the Tigers (6-1) to win in Waverly, Ohio. Hayden Shanks and Carson Mullins returned interceptions for touchdowns.

ALEXANDER 10, RIVER VALLEY 6: The Spartans (4-3 overall, 2-2 Tri-Valley Conference) took a 10-0 lead and held on to beat the Raiders (0-7, 0-4) in Albany, Ohio, in a game in which all the scoring took place in the fourth quarter.

GREEN 55, MANCHESTER 0: The Bobcats (6-1) built a 28-0 halftime lead and rolled to a victory over the Greyhounds (2-5) in Franklin Furnace, Ohio.

BELPRE 50, SOUTH GALLIA 31: Jesse Collins ran 20 times for 211 yards and two touchdowns as the Eagles (5-2 overall, 5-1TVC) defeated the Rebels (1-6,1-5) in Mercerville, Ohio. Kyle Northup ran for 187 yards on 23 attempts for South Gallia.

ATHENS 50, MEIGS 20: Quarterback Clay Davis ran for 182 yards and one touchdowns and passed for 147 yards and two scores as the Bulldogs beat the Marauders in Pomeroy, Ohio. Coulter Cleland completed 21 of 34 passes for 289 yards with Zach Bartrum catching seven passes for 112 yards for Meigs.

MINGO CENTRAL 65, NITRO 26: Daylin Goad threw for 242 yards and Doug Dillon and Drew Hatfield rushed for 123 and 113 yards, respectively, as the Miners clobbered the Wildcats at Nitro’s Underwood Field. Hatfield also caught 96 yards in passes.

LAWRENCE COUNTY 38, PIKE COUNTY CENTRAL 7: Braden Gillispie ran for 125 yards and two touchdowns as the Bulldogs walloped the Hawks in Louisa, Kentucky. Ashton Blankenship added 107 yards and two TDs.

ROWAN COUNTY 41, BOYD COUNTY 0: Devin Davidson carried 11 times for 112 yards and two touchdowns as the Vikings (5-3) shut out the Lions (2-5) in Morehead, Kentucky. Will Cox made two interceptions and caught a touchdown pass.

JOHNSON CENTRAL 51, GREENUP COUNTY 0: Joe Jackson ran for 296 yards and five touchdowns as the Eagles routed the Musketeers in Paintsville, Kentucky.

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