Monday 10-27-2008 9:21am ET
Tickets will be pre-sold in the CHS Athletic Office, starting Tuesday at 12:00 noon. The price is $7.00. Office hours are 8:30 a.m.-3:00 p.m.
Tickets will also be sold on Tuesday and Wednesday evenings from 5:00-7:00 p.m. in the gymnasium ticket booth. Tickets sold at the gate on game night will be $9.00.
Please be advised that OHSAA admission policies must be observed which means that NO Chillicothe City School passes, season's tickets, All-Sport passes, credit cards, and/or Senior Citizens passes can be accepted.
If you have any questions, contact the CHS Athletic Office, 702-2287 ext. 2550.
CAVS HOST CANAL WINCHESTER SATURDAY NIGHT
Sunday 10-26-2008 2:46pm ET
It'll be the Cavs and Canal Winchester Saturday night at Herrnstein Field. Kick off will be 7:00pm.
Canal Winchester tied with Germantown Valley View in computer points at the 1st & 2nd levels. It came down to a Level 3 point breakdown. So, Valley View draws a road trip to Eastmoor Academy, as the 4th place plays 5th. Chillicothe finished 3rd behind Logan Elm and first place Sheridan. With the Cavs finishing third, they draw Canal, Logan Elm will host Bexley and Sheridan gets Franklin.
So, if you're not familiar with Canal Winchester...
The Indians, coached by Phil Mauro finished 9-1, losing Friday night in a home game to Logan Elm in overtime Friday night, 16-13 in the Mid State League Buckeye Division championship game.
They're a team who averages 26.2 ppg with a defense that yields 9.3ppg and has recorded two shutouts. In their wins, 27.6 and 8.6 respectively.
Just three of their opponents have winning records (more than a 5-5 finish), Logan Elm 10-0, Bexley 7-3 and Teays Valley 6-4. Their seven other opponents finished a combined 22-52.
As a comparison, Chillicothe at 7-3 has a 27.2 ppg average surrendering 15.3 ppg with one shut out. In their wins, 34 and 12.4. Their loses, 11.3 and 23.3.
Half of the Cavs opponents had winning records, Logan and Sheridan 10-0, Brookhaven 9-1, Big Walnut 8-2 and Ironton 7-3. Portsmouth had the worst record of their opponents (1-9) while three others were 5-5 (Gallia Academy, Jackson and Zanesville) and Warren 4-6.
Tickets are $7 presale and will be $9 at the gate. Of course, Chillicothe retains a portion of the presale. So, as in the past, we encourage you get your tickets before game day.
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NOTES: This is Chillicothe's fifth appearance in the playoffs... Canal Winchester made it's only other appearance last season, beating Valley View 17-16 in the Regional Quarterfinal, losing to Monroe 47-21 the following week... Chillicothe is 1-0 in home playoff games, beating Dayton Carroll 14-7 in 1999... Cavs are 1-4 in playoff competition... Former Chillicothe Paints Manager, Roger Hanners and team owner Dr. Chris Hanners are Canal Winchester graduates, Roger is a member of the CW Sports Hall of Fame.
LOGAN CHAMPS AGAIN; BEAT CAVS 23-13
Saturday 10-25-2008 11:25am ET
Photo Credit: Dana Cousins
Defense wins championships. It helped Logan secure a sixth straight SEOAL title.
The Chieftains turned Chillicothe away on three second half possessions to snap the Cavs winning streak at six games, 23-13 at Herrnstein Field.
Near the end of the third quarter, Logan stopped the Cavs near the goal line on four plays. In the fourth quarter, forced a bad snap to fend off a field goal and on the Cavs final threat, made a 4th and 1 stand at the Logan 28.
The last stand was capped by a 72 yard drive for a 1-yard insurance touchdown run by Clay Morgan.
The game started off with a bang... for Logan.
A Chillicothe penalty on the opening kick placed the Cavs at their own 5 yard line. Forced to punt, Logan's Seth Sigler blocked Drew Basil's punt through the back of the end zone for a 2-0 score.
On the free kick to follow, Zach McDaniel put the Chieftains ahead 8-0 on a 67 yard return.
The score remained the same until two minutes into the second half. Chillicothe pinned Logan deep. The long snap went over Patrick Angle's head into the north end zone. Instead of kicking the ball through the end zone for a safety, Angle attempted to kick out. It was blocked by Ron Smith and recovered by Isaac Beverly to pull Chillicothe to 8-6.
On the next Logan possession, Chillicothe forced another punt. Eric Young returned the kick to the Logan 30. Four plays later, Caleb Knights rushed 15 yards for a go ahead touchdown, 13-8.
Logan helped itself with a kick return to mid field, the Angle hit Mason Mays on a 52 yard strike to regain the lead, 16-13.
The life span of the Cavs lead was 22 seconds.
Chillicothe threatened again when Knights ran 69 yards on a 3rd and 15, inside the Logan five.
That's when the Chieftains stepped it up, turning the Cavs away from the goal line. On lookers near the goal line felt Chillicothe had hit pay dirt on a carry by Danny Demick, but the play was ruled short.
The Cavs had Logan 3rd and 9 from their one yard line when Angle hits Jonathan Neff on a 39 yard pass from the end zone to get out of trouble. A couple of plays later, Chillicothe's Casey Oates picked off a tipped pass at midfield to give the Cavs another chance. The threat was ended on a high snap for a 39 yard field goal attempt. Timing was thrown off and Basil's kick fell short.
Chillicothe forced a Logan fumble and recovered it at the Chieftains 37. Another opportunity, but the Cavs fell short, still trailing 16-13. Logan scored on the next possession to go ahead two scores.
Angle ran for 88 yards, passing for 157 and a touchdown.
Knights led Chillicothe (7-3/6-1) with 139 yards rushing and a touchdown.
Logan (10-0/6-0) wins it's fifth consecutive outright title and sixth straight.
Both teams will play next weekend in the playoffs. While Chillicothe awaits official word, early predictions show the Cavs will host Germantown Valley View (7-3) November 1st. The OHSAA pairings will be released this weekend. (For more details on the Valley View Spartans, click here
Playoff tickets will be $7 presale, with Chillicothe retaining a portion of the proceeds. They'll be $9 at the door. Logan would host Dublin Jerome next Friday.
CLASH OF THE UNBEATENS
Friday 10-24-2008 6:40am ET
So, what's being said in Logan? Here's reporter Craig Dunn's story from the Logan Daily Nerws.
SEOAL unbeatens Chiefs, Cavaliers
clash Friday for league championship
By CRAIG DUNN
Sports Editor, Logan Daily News
Reprinted with permission
LOGAN — A few years ago, when Southeastern Ohio Athletic League administrators came up with a rotating schedule for football, one particular game — Oct. 24, 2008, Logan at Chillicothe — stood out to those who were in the football know.
Even prior to the league’s official expansion to 10 schools in 2006, many looked at the schedule and felt tomorrow night’s matchup of two rock-solid football programs would eventually turn out to be a league championship game.
And so it has come to pass. The hype that started a long, long time ago — even prior to the current season — culminates Friday (7:30 p.m. kickoff) when the undefeated Logan Chieftains (9-0 overall, 5-0 SEOAL) travel to Chillicothe to face the Cavaliers (7-2, 6-0) with the 2008 SEOAL title squarely on the line.
Although they have played one another twice since Chillicothe entered the league, this marks the first meeting between the two football titans that counts in the SEOAL standings.
While the Cavaliers stumbled a bit during their strong pre-SEOAL schedule — they lost to a pair of state-ranked teams in their first three games — Chillicothe righted the ship, and Logan started its season with a bang by beating longtime rival Lancaster for the first time in 63 years.
Both teams are playing solid football entering week 10 and are the undisputed kingpins of area football this fall.
For the Chieftains, winners of 28-consecutive league games and four-straight conference championships, winning the SEOAL championship is always goal one — bar none.
But this season, however, they’re in the strange position of having secured their second goal before achieving their first: not only are the Chiefs assured of a post-season playoff berth, but they’ll host a Division II Region 7 playoff game against an opponent to be determined next Friday in Logan Chieftain Stadium.
“I hadn’t thought of that. That is unusual,” said Logan coach Dale Amyx. “I don’t know if it’s good or bad, but I don’t see it as being a big distraction.
“I remember two years ago going to Ironton (for the Chiefs’ 2006 regular-season and SEOAL finale) knowing we had a share of the championship wrapped up but needing to win to get the (outright) championship and to get into the playoffs,” he added. “I felt the pressure (that night) and the kids did, too.”
Logan won that rainy night 7-0 on a sloppy Tank Memorial Stadium field and the win indeed vaulted the Chiefs, a Division I school that season, into the playoffs.
So at least the playoff portion of the pressure is off the Chiefs’ collective shoulders Friday night. But for the most part, Amyx said keeping those collective Chieftain eyes on the SEOAL prize hasn’t been all that difficult this season.
“That hasn’t been as much of a struggle as I thought it would be this season,” he said. “We’ve stressed all season (the players) need to focus on what’s in front of them — practice and then (that week’s) game — and then that Zanesville game was a wake-up call.”
Both the Chiefs and Cavaliers got those calls from the Zanesville front desk this season. Logan eked out a week-six 16-14 victory over the visiting Blue Devils, two weeks after Chillicothe rallied from a 21-7 second-half deficit for a 24-21 success at Zanesville.
“It seems kind of fitting (to play Chillicothe for the league title) with the way the season has went for both teams,” Amyx noted. “All season we’ve been on a collision course for this game.”
It’s simple human nature. While taking care of business elsewhere on their respective schedules, players and coaches on both teams, as well as their legions of fans and most others who follow high school football in this area, were keenly aware the other team was the 800-pound gorilla in the SEOAL room.
Friday will be a matchup of two teams who not only mirror one another on both sides of the football but who also have several outstanding athletes at their disposal.
Chillicothe is led by third-year quarterback Caleb Knights, who as a sophomore helped pace the Cavaliers to a 31-21 win over the Purple & White way back in week two of the 2006 season.
While in a way that’s ancient history and a lot has happened since then — counting playoff games, that was 29 games ago for the Cavaliers and 30 for the Chiefs — but that’s also how much additional experience Knights has gained running the show for the Cavaliers. And the Chiefs know it.
In that 2006 game, Knights connected on 11-of-13 passes for three touchdowns and a whopping 258 yards in the first half and finished 14-18 for 309 yards and four scoring aerials. Ten of his completions in the first half went for 10 yards or more.
He was 29-of-43 passing for 278 yards and a touchdown last fall, and also scored a rushing touchdown, but it was the Chiefs who prevailed at Bill Sauer Field, 47-18.
Like Logan quarterback Patrick Angle, Knights is both a threat throwing the ball and running it. While Angle has twice as many passing yards, Knights isn’t far from reaching the 1,000-yard mark rushing.
“They are very similar to us,” Amyx said. “They run the spread offense and (Knights) runs quite a bit, too. We have to find some way to keep him contained. We’ve not seen anyone like him all season… we need to get some pressure on him, take him out of his comfort zone and be aware of where he is at all times.
“We also have to stop their tailback and their big, strong fullback,” he added. “They present a lot of problems for us. Maybe we can’t stop them, but we need to slow them down. It will be a good game of skill vs. skill, and it may very well be whoever’s skill people plays the best wins.”
The outcome may also hinge upon which team can get the earliest upper hand. The Chieftains have been behind on the scoreboard for all of five minutes and three seconds (out of 432 game minutes) this season and most of their games have, for all intents and purposes, been over at halftime.
Logan’s defense has only allowed 13 first-half points — Jackson became the first Logan opponent to score a first-half touchdown this season last week — and the Chiefs have outscored their previous nine foes 106-0 in the second quarter alone.
“That’s something we want to do, jump out quickly and build a lead, then play sound, fundamental football and not take as many chances” afterward, Amyx said. “But that’s also something we’ve told the kids: everyone we play the rest of the way is going to be good now. It’s not going to be as easy (to get a big lead), and we have to play even better.
“We’ve probably gotten by by winning more on athletic ability than anything else,” he added, “but now, with the season coming down to the wire, it comes down to who makes the right adjustments, who follows their game plan best and who picks up their intensity the most.”
There are several other similarities between the Chieftains and Cavaliers.
Like the Chieftains, the Cavaliers haven’t really been threatened in league play other than by Zanesville… like the Chieftains, the Cavaliers own convincing wins over common SEOAL foes Jackson, Gallipolis and Warren, though the Cavs did struggle a bit in beating Ironton (17-9), a team Logan ripped by 25 points… and, like the Chieftains, the Cavaliers are also assured of a post-season playoff game, although they’re not assured of playing a home game at Herrnstein Field. However, a Chillicothe win over the Chieftains would secure that coveted week-11 home game in cement.
They’ve also both faced the wrath of the Sheridan Generals.
The Cavs’ only losses are at the hands of Division I Columbus Brookhaven (14-7) and Sheridan (34-14), the state’s top-ranked Division III team. Those two teams are a combined 17-1 (Sheridan 9-0, Brookhaven 8-1) and both have clinched post-season playoff berths.
With all due respect to the first nine teams on their schedule, the Chieftains may very well have faced their toughest battle to date before the season even got under way: the Chiefs struggled to a draw against the Generals in their final pre-season scrimmage.
And, to be sure, the Chiefs and Cavaliers share one other similarity: both teams are hungry for a league championship.
“This will be a fun game from the fans’ standpoint with two evenly-matched teams with quarterbacks who can run and throw and with plenty of good skill players,” Amyx said. “That makes it interesting for everyone coming to the game.”
And, admittedly, nerve-wracking for the respective coaching staffs. But that’s why you want week 10 to mean much, much more than just playing out the string and getting the season over with.
“I’m sure it’s that way for (Chillicothe head coach) Bill (Davidson), too,” said Amyx, the dean of SEOAL coaches. “I’m sure he and his staff are looking at a lot of things the same way we are, too. The league championship is on the line for both teams… and that’s what makes it all so exciting.”email@example.com
CAVS HOST LOGAN IN "BLUE-OUT"
Thursday 10-23-2008 4:08pm ET
The Cavs lead the series 5-4
Two spread offenses... two tough defenses.
Two quarterbacks capable of getting it done through the air or on their feet.
Cavs have more beef in the trenches, a great kicker and are plus-18 in turnovers. Logan minus three.
The Chiefs have outscored their opponents 226-13 in the first half. Before Jackson and Warren (halftime leads of 31-3 and 47-7), Chillicothe was a second half team.
Chieftains have excellent skill position players with the ability to strike at any time... wait a minute. So do the Cavs.
Logan has had its paws on the SEOAL football championship eight of the past ten seasons, including winning the last four outright after sharing it with Gallia Academy in 2003.
The combination of Mason Mays and Patrick Angle could be a deciding factor. They've connected on 45 passes for 11 touchdowns. Angle is 62 yards away from passing for 2,000 yards.
Then again, Chillicothe's combo of Caleb Knights and Eric Young are just 155 yards shy of combining for 2,000 yards offense. Knights is 217 yards shy of 5,000 career passing yards.
So, will it be who controls the line of scrimmage? Will it come down to a Drew Basil field goal from 45-plus yards out? How will the weather affect the outcome?
Answers to come Friday night at Herrnstein Field.NOTES:
Logan is notorious for creating a sea of purple upon arrival. Chillicothe is promoting a "Blue-out". So, wear your blue to the game... WOUB's "Gridiron Glory" will be at the game, broadcasting the show live from Herrnstein. Caleb Knights, one of the five Player of the Year nominees will be featured in a live interview.
| YEAR|| DEC|| CHS|| LHS|
| 1990|| W|| 17|| 6|
| 1991|| L|| 0|| 13|
| 1993|| W|| 60|| 28|
| 1994|| W|| 40|| 21|
| 2003|| L|| 0|| 9|
| 2004|| W|| 29|| 28|
| 2005|| L|| 23|| 29|
| 2006|| W|| 31|| 21|
| 2007|| L|| 18|| 47|
| 2008|| ?|| ?|| ?|
Player of the Year? You Decide
Tuesday 10-21-2008 11:52am ET
Chillicothe quarterback Caleb Knights is one of 5 nominees for Player of the Year on WOUB's "Gridiron Glory".
Knights, Chillicothe's all time leading passer, is joined by SEOAL foe Patrick Angle of Logan, Brett Wycniski of New Lexington, Clay Cameron of Tri-Valley and Derek Arnold from Nelsonville-York.
While we can't speak for the other players, we can provide Knights' career numbers:(2008) 9 games:
80 comp, 142 atts, 935 yrds, 6 tds, 3 intsRUSHING:
115 atts, 802 yrds, 10 tds34 games: PASSING:
381 comp, 596 atts, 4,783 yrds, 33 tds, 21 intsRUSHING:
343 atts, 1,442 yrds, 20 tds
To cast your vote: click here
For Gridiron Glory: click here
CAVS POUND WARRIORS 57-7
Monday 10-20-2008 6:18pm ET
Eric Young, 158 rushing yards, 4 TDs
Photo Credit: Dana Cousins
To see Dan Ramey's Video report: Click Here
The Warren Warriors shocked Chillicothe on its opening drive, taking a 7-0 lead on a 10 yard pass from Clay Ellenwood to Andrew Coffman.
Then, it was all Cavaliers, scoring 57 unanswered points.
Eric Young scored four times for the Cavs, one on a 97 yard punt return and three more on runs of 4, 2 and 35 yards. The senior tailback rushed for 158 yards on 15 carries and surpassed 1,000 yards for the season on a third quarter 34 yard run.
After the Warren td, Chillicothe got down to business with a 12 play 80 yard drive complete with the first of two Caleb Knights touchdown passes, finding Jordan Benson to tie the score at 7.
The Cavs went ahead on the punt return by Young (13-7), who tacked on a four yard run at 9:39 remaining in the second quarter to make it 19-7.
The Warriors fumbled on the ensuing kick return, which the Cavs turned into an 28 yard pass from Knights to Ron Smith for a 26-7 lead.
The Cavs intercepted a pass on the first play of Warren’s next possession and six plays later Young scored from 2 yards out to increase the lead to 33-7.
Warren finally made a threat late in the half until Alex Grow returned an interception 96 yards for a score (40-7).
With 26 seconds remaining in the half, Young scored a final time for the 47-7 lead at intermission.
The scoring wrapped up in the third on a 23 yard field goal by Drew Basil and a 9 yard run by Alex Grow.
The Cavs tallied over 500 yards offense, 300 of it on the ground.
The win improves the Cavs record to 7-2 and 6-0 in the SEOAL while Warren slips to 4-5 and 1-4 respectively.
The undefeated Logan Chieftains visit Chillicothe. The Chieftains were 48-7 winners over Jackson Friday.
CAVS HOST WARREN FRIDAY
Thursday 10-16-2008 6:05pm ET
Chillicothe (5-0) enters Friday night's game with Warren on a five game winning streak, all in league play, a half game ahead of Logan (4-0).
The Warriors come to Chillicothe sporting a 4-4 mark and coach Jim Pifer says his team still has a shot at making the playoffs, playing the Cavs and finishing with Ironton next Friday.
Cavs coach Bill Davidson says, both teams have stuff on the line. Chillicothe can lock up a trip to the Division 3 playoffs with a win, maybe set sites on a hosting a post season game. But there are some other thoughts, too. Keeping a winning streak and their hopes for an SEOAL championship alive.
Warren has played just tough enough to stay in their games, and according to coach Pifer, have some "quick & speedies" in the backfield. (#5) Seth Wellspring (5'9"/168lbs) and (#8) Andrew Dunfee (5'9"/162lbs) support the misdirection behind quarterback (#6) Clay Ellenwood (6'/190lbs). The Wing-T offense combined with smaller running backs can easily fool an opponent. The intent Warren has is to take the ball out of Chillicothe's hands, putting Caleb Knights and the offense on the sideline.
Of course, the Cavs defense will have something to say about that. The team has held their last three opponents to 25 points, pitched a shutout and scored defensively. And the special teams have kept their opponents in poor field position. The Cavs remind their opponents, they'll not go down quietly.
Knights, rushed for three second quarter touchdowns last week. And if he doesn't have room to run, Eric Young is will to pick up the slack. The Cavs have also added a new dimension to their running backs stable, giving linebacker Shay Netter a look. Netter leads the Cavs D in tackles this season and has looked good in practice this week offensively.
Coverage from Herrnstein Field begins at 7:05pm after the replay of last night's Jim Tressel Show at 6:05pm.
Elsewhere in the SEOAL:
Marietta @ Portsmouth
Zanesville @ Gallia Academy
Logan @ Jackson
Ironton @ Nelsonville York (non league)
CAVS 41, JACKSON 16
Wednesday 10-15-2008 8:14am ET
Chillicothe improves to 6-2 and 5-0 in the SEOAL after beating the Ironmen at Jackson 41-16.
The Ironmen took their first possession and used the Cavs' no-huddle, spread offense attack against them. It produced a 40 yard field goal by Jackson's Ryan Mullins.
The Cavs adjusted, and got things turned around, sparked by a 65 yard interception return for a touchdown by Ron Smith.
What followed, 31-straight points, including three rushing touchdowns by quarterback Caleb Knights capped by a 39 yard field goal from Drew Basil.Photo Credit: Dana Cousins
It was the first of three field goal attempts by Basil. The Junior would later hit a 50 yarder to set a school record as the Cavs rolled 41-16.
Casey Oates scored on an 8 yard run before the Basil record setter.
Chillicothe will host the Warren Warriors (4-4) for week nine. The Warriors were bounced by Logan (8-0) Friday night 42-0.
Watch Basil's record setting 50 yard field goal submitted by Brad Purdum. Click Here
For more game photos from Dana Cousins, click here
Photo Credit: Dana Cousins
CAVS (5-2/4-0) VISIT JACKSON (5-2/2-2)
Thursday 10-09-2008 12:40pm ET
Chillicothe visits Jackson Friday night, a spot where two years ago, the Cavs were heavily favored, but the Ironmen attack dominated the game, 42-15.
The Chillicothe coaches remember and they've conveyed the message to their team.
The Ironmen won four straight to open the season before dropping a 36-28 decision at Gallia Academy. Ironton pounded Jackson 54-6 last week.
The Cavs are coming off their 41-0 homecoming victory, a game in which they forced five turnovers. That brought the turnovers to a 12-plus advantage. Cavs coach Bil Davidson is happy with how the defense has been playing, giving the offense opportunities to score. Winning the turnover battle is always key.
Play-by-play coverage from Jackson's Holzer Alumni Field begins at 7:05 on 1490 WBEX.