Zane Trace edges Westfall to create four-way tie for first place
Zane Trace used a goal line stand in the closing seconds to preserve a 26-20 win over Westfall and forge a four-way tie for first place with Zane Trace, Westfall, Adena and Paint Valley heading to Week 10.
Elsewhere, Adena throttled Unioto 24-6 and Paint Valley topped Piketon 22-9 to jump into a first place tie with the Mustangs and Pioneers.
This now guarantees only the second time in SVC history that a football champ will have two conference losses.
Adena will travel to Westfall next Friday in the broadcast game on 94 Country WKKJ, where the winner is promised no worse than a share of the SVC championship. Zane Trace is at Unioto and Paint Valley plays Huntington, where wins for the Bearcats and Pioneers would also give them a share of the crown.
Zane Trace scored on the opening kickoff with a 68 yard return by Trey Rittenhouse. The Pioneers used their patent ball control offense to wear down the Westfall defense in the first half, taking a 26-6 halftime lead.
Westfall opened the second half with a 6:52 touchdown drive capped off by a three yard touchdown run by Alphonso Rice, making the score 26-12 midway through the third quarter.
Westfall forced Zane Trace to punt on all three of their second half possessions. Westfall was able to add another score on a five yard touchdown run by Rice to pull within one score at 26-20.
Westfall got the ball back with three minutes to play in the ballgame. Tommy Staten was stopped within inches of the goal line with under a minute to play in the ballgame to give the Mustangs a chance to tie. A bad snap on first down pushed the Mustangs back to the 12 yard line for a second and Goal. Zane Trace held Tommy Staten to a two yard run making it third and goal from the ten. Tommy Staten dropped a Cole Hardin pass in the end zone making it fourth and goal. The Zane Trace defense was able to pressure Hardin forcing him to throw a jump ball in the end zone that was knocked down to stop the Mustang’s second half comeback.
For the Pioneers, Nate Mettler who left ton Zane Trace’s first offensive series with an ankle sprain led the way with 148 yards on 14 carries.
For Westfall, Taylor Salmons led with 58 yards on 19 carries. Cole Hardin was 12/23 for 181 yards.