Raiders, Eagles renew rivalry

A new week brings the only regular season game this year involving two schools from Madison County.

Madison-Plains (1-0) at London (1-0), 7 p.m.

No longer league mates, the two schools will meet in a non-league clash at Bowlus Field.

After years of playing in the South Central Ohio League (SCOL) and then the Mid-State League (MSL) this one will strictly be for bragging rights.

Although a heated rivalry, this annual clash doesn’t carry the same bad blood as some other rivalry games. When the game is over many of these players will hang out at the same places over the weekend.

Coach Jason Hunt’s team opened the season a week ago with a 30-25 victory over visiting Westfall. It was a virtual coming out party for Golden Eagles sophomore quarterback Jarrett Vallery, who was efficient and posed under the pressure in making his first career start.

The Eagles relied heavily on their run game in the opener, racking up 314 of their 364 yards on the ground. The team will look to seniors Ryan Bevington, Chris Coil as well as Connor Jones to continue to do the heavy lifting.

“Our senior running backs and our offensive line will really help us bring Jarrett along,” Hunt said.

London opened the season in fine fashion with a dominating 49-19 performance at Urbana last week. The Red Raiders had things going in all aspects of the game. They’ll need that sustained effort against a Golden Eagles team looking to get even.

The Red Raiders have won four of the last five in this series including a 27-20 overtime thriller last year. London won 66-42 in 2015, 28-25 in 2013 and 24-6 in 2012. The lone Madison-Plains High School win in that span was a 46-27 decision in 2014.

Marion Harding (1-0) at Jonathan Alder (1-0), 7 p.m.

Pioneer fans are hoping for a slightly less stressful evening this week when their team plays host to the visiting Presidents.

Alder kept its composure when things were tough last week. It scored a touchdown and converted the extra point with just 11 seconds to play to force overtime last week against Marysville. The Pioneers then won 35-32 in the extra session.

The Presidents aren’t strangers for the Alder players. The two schools were both members of the Mid-Ohio Athletic Conference prior to Alder leaving to join the Central Buckeye Conference this fall.

Coach Brett Glass’ team rolled to a decisive 42-21 victory over Harding last season.

West Jefferson (1-0) at Adena (1-0), 7 p.m.

Both teams figure to get stiffer tests than the ones they faced to open the season last week.

West Jeff rolled over the Columbus Crusaders 35-6, while Adena shutout Greenfield McClain 27-0.

A preseason mishap on the Adena football field left a portion of the playing surface unplayable. Officials believe they’ve corrected the problem and the field will be ready to go Friday. But with the remnants of Tropical Storm Harvey scheduled to roll through Ross County Friday evening, it could make for sloppy playing conditions.

Packed house expected at Bowlus Field

By Chris Miles

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