Boys Varsity Football · Scottie football kicks off season with 35-7 Logan win


TVHS football kicked off their 2019 pigskin season in similiar fashion as last year’s opener – with a win over Logan.

On Friday night, August 30 in Dresden – in front of a large Jack Anderson Stadium home opening crowd – the Scotties defeated the visiting Chieftains 35-7.

Last season – in head coach Kevin Fell’s debut as the Scottie pigskin boss – the Dawgs dispatched the host Chieftains 48-7 on Logan’s home turf, kicking off a year that saw the black and gold enjoy a stellar 10-2 season, capture a share of their unprecedented eighth straight Muskingum Valley League football crown, and notch a playoff win as well, over Barberton.

Friday night’s opening win over Logan was spearheaded by junior running back Jordan Pantaleo, who dazzled the home crowd with a four-touchdown night, and junior signal-caller Aiden Fritter, who threw for a pair of scores and 261 yards.

The Scotties took a 7-0 lead late in the first quarter when Pantaleo hauled in a short Fritter pass and turned it into a 43-yard score for the Dawgs.  Kaden Bay’s PAT split the uprights, capping the Dawgs first scoring drive of the 2019 season.

Tri-Valley wasted little time finding the end zone again, as Fritter connected with fellow junior classmate – running back Blake Sands – on a 36-yard completion for a six-pointer.  Another Bay PAT had the home team up 14-0 at the 10:44 mark of the second quarter.  Pantaleo added a pair of late first half rushing scores – five and 18 yards – as the Scotties trotted to the halftime locker room with a 28-0 lead.

Tri-Valley hit the OHSAA pigskin mandated running clock ’30-point lead’ mark at 3:48 of the third quarter, with yet another Pantaleo rushing touchdown – this a 31-yard sprint to paydirt – as Kaden Bay’s fifth PAT of the night capped Scottie scoring for a 35-0 home team advantage.

Logan prevented the shutout with a fourth quarter Caden McCarty 16-yard rushing score.

The Scotties rolled up 449 yards of total offense, compared to just 156 yards for the visiting Chieftains.

TV’s Jordan Pantaleo totaled 71 yards on the ground in just 10 totes of the pigskin with three rushing scores, and hauled in three Fritter passes for 77 yards and a score as well to lead the winners.

TV quarterback Aiden Fritter attempted 24 passes and completed 11 of them, good for 261 yards and two scores, while adding 24 yards on the ground in eight QB carries.

Junior running back Blake Sands had a standout opening night performance on both sides of the ball, rushing for 60 yards on 11 carries, catching a 36-yard touchdown pass, and pacing the Scotties defense with six solo tackles.

Senior wide receiver Keaton Williams corralled three Fritter aerials for 76 yards – including a second half, down the middle over-the-shoulder dandy for a big gain.

Senior linebacker Drew Richert had his name called often on the Jack Anderson Stadium PA, collecting five solo tackles, as did classmate Gyle Bradshaw, as both led the hard-hitting Scottie defense, who also got three solo stops from sophomore Luke Hill, and a pair of solo tackles – including a quarterback sack, from junior Xander Sims.

Coach Kevin Fell’s Scotties begin defense of their conference crown – and quest for an eye-popping ninth straight league title – this Friday night, September 6, with a road trip to McConnellsviile in the Muskingum Valley League opener vs Morgan.

Pictured below are the 2019 TVHS football senior players.  Front row: (l-r) Andrew Gleich, Morgan Williamson, Ben Reiss, Trey Cannon, and Kaden Bay.  Middle row:  DJ Cross, Trevor Neibarger, Drew Richert, Rob Wachter, Dylan Richardson, and Gaige King.  Back row:  Seth Tyson, Mitchell Nadar, Keaton Williams, Jake Priest, AJ Collins, and Gyle Bradshaw.