Iornton tabbed to win OVC again


It’s not at all a surprise that the Ironton Fighting Tigers — per a preseason media poll conducted by the Ohio Valley Publishing sports department — are once again tabbed as the favorite for the Ohio Valley Conference football title.

However, the gap between Ironton and the remainder of the OVC is not as large as you might think.

That’s because the Fighting Tigers’ top two challengers, as predicted by the league’s media, are only within 10 points of Ironton —as the Tigers were not predicted to win the OVC in unanimous fashion.

Ironton — the two-time defending conference champion in as many years in the league — amassed 53 points and five first-place votes, but runner-up Chesapeake is right behind at 49.

Portsmouth posted 43 points for third-place, as both Chesapeake and Portsmouth picked up a first-place vote apiece worth eight points.

Rock Hill had 31 points to take fourth, as Fairland clipped Coal Grove —26-24 — to finish fifth.

Gallia Academy, after a 1-6 OVC campaign last season and part of 1-9 overall —added 19 points, as South Point placed eighth with only seven.

In fact, the Blue Devils defeated South Point in the season finale for their only win.

The Ohio Valley Publishing sports department had three votes in the poll, while two votes belonged to The Portsmouth Daily Times — with one to The Ironton Tribune and another to The Huntington Herald-Dispatch.

With Gallia Academy entering its second season of OVC play, Ironton is actually a perfect 13-of-13 in league games —including all seven from last year.

The Fighting Tigers also had a second and third-place vote for their 53 total points.

Chesapeake, which lost against Ironton for its only defeat, chalked up five second-place spots —along with a third.

Portsmouth and Coal Grove both went 4-3, as Portsmouth placed second on one ballot and third on four others.

Rock Hill had four fourth-places —along with two fifths and a sixth.

Both the Redmen and Fairland finished 3-4, as the Dragons spanned from a fourth-place spot to four fifths, a sixth and a seventh.

Coal Grove, despite its sixth-place polling, did pick up a third and fourth-place position —to supplement three sixths.

Gallia Academy amounted one fourth, two sixths and four sevenths.

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Gallia Academy’s Garrett Burns (3) catches a pass against Point Pleasant during last season’s non-league football game at Ohio Valley Bank Track and Field.
http://www.mydailysentinel.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/14/2017/08/web1_8.20-GA-Burns.jpgGallia Academy’s Garrett Burns (3) catches a pass against Point Pleasant during last season’s non-league football game at Ohio Valley Bank Track and Field. Paul Boggs|OVP Sports

By Paul Boggs

pboggs@aimmediamidwest.com

Paul Boggs can be reached at 740-446-2342, ext. 2106