As the 2015 football season gets closer, the time has come to take a closer look at the football schedules in each county of Ohio Valley Publishing. Today, we will focus on the teams in Gallia County.
The Gallia County squads are looking to rebound after finishing the 2014 campaign with a 14-16 overall record, which included zero playoff appearances between the three local programs.
Despite starting off the season strong with two dominating wins apiece, South Gallia and River Valley weren’t able to keep that momentum throughout the season. Both teams finished the season at 5-5. Meanwhile, Gallia Academy started off its season by winning two of the first three games — but ended the 2014 campaign with a 4-6 mark.
Here’s a brief look at each team’s 2015 schedule, as well as some notes headed into the fall campaign.
Gallia Academy Blue Devils
The Blue Devils are continuing to find their footing after moving to Division IV in 2013, one year after the program’s last of 10 playoff appearances. The Blue and White are 9-11 since the 2012 SEOAL championship season and were third last fall in league at 2-2.
Gallia Academy ended the 2014 campaign on a two-game losing streak. Despite a few dominate wins during the season, the Blue Devils were still outscored by opponents by a 306-167 margin.
GA lost eight seniors to graduation, but GAHS is scheduled to return close to 20 players from a year ago to mix in with a new wave of underclassmen.
Much of the 2015 schedule is the same as the 2014 schedule, but Gallia Academy will face new teams like Meigs, Washington Court House and Minford this coming season.
Josh Riffe will return for his second season as head coach of the Blue Devils.
28 at Meigs, 7:30
11 at Washington CH, 7:30
18 vs Marietta, 7:30
25 vs Point Pleasant, 7 p.m.
2 vs Athens, 7:30
9 at Minford, 7:30
16 vs Warren, 7 p.m.
23 vs Logan, 7 p.m.
30 at Jackson, 7 p.m.
River Valley Raiders
The Raiders are looking to build on their momentum heading into the 2015 gridiron season. Prior to 2014, the Silver and Black had a losing record in each season dating back to 2003 — when the Raiders finished 6-4.
River Valley ended last year with a win over Northwest and finished tied for fifth in the TVC Ohio standings with a 1-5 record. The Raiders were also outscored 277-224 by the opposition.
RVHS lost only six of its 40 players to graduation, so the Raiders enter 2015 aiming for their first playoff appearance in school history.
Most of the 2015 schedule is the same, except the Raiders visit Shadyside in Week 10 instead of a rematch with Northwest.
Jerrod Sparling will return for his fifth season as River Valley’s head coach.
28 vs Rock Hill, 7:30
4 at Southeastern, 7:30
11 at Eastern, 7:30
18 at Nelsonville-York, 7:30
25 vs Meigs, 7:30
2 at Wellson, 7:30
9 vs Alexander, 7:30
16 at Vinton County, 7:30
23 vs Athens, 7:30
30 at Shadyside, 7 p.m.
South Gallia Rebels
The Rebels look to build upon their .500 record from 2014. South Gallia finished their 2014 campaign with a win at home against Miller and finished fifth in the TVC Hocking standings with a 4-4 mark.
The Red and Gold are 11-9 since moving to Division VII in 2013 and just missed the program’s fourth playoff berth after finishing ninth in Region 25. SGHS last appeared in the postseason in 2011.
The Rebels lost six players to graduation off of a 30-man roster, which means the potential is there to build on a 2014 campaign that saw the Rebels outscore their opponents by a 228-201 margin.
The 2015 schedule looks the same as a year ago, but South Gallia will face Manchester at home during Week 4 instead of the traditional matchup with Symmes Valley.
Jason Peck will return for his sixth season as the head coach for the Rebels.
28 at Sciotoville Community, 7:30
4 vs Federal Hocking, 7:30
11 at Trimble, 7:30
18 vs Manchester, 7:30
25 vs Eastern, 7:30
2 at Belpre, 7:30
9 at Waterford, 7:30
16 vs Wahama, 7:30
23 vs Southern, 7:30
30 at Miller, 7:30