Zanesville Edges Tri-Valley In Final Tune Up

by Dan Wolfgang on August 19, 2011 at 11:37 am

Preseason High School Football

Zanesville 13, Tri-Valley 7

(DRESDEN) — The Zanesville Blue Devils picked up a win in their final tune up before the start of the 2011 High School football season, but not in the way the Red, White, and Blue had envisioned.

Fresh off the school’s fourth trip to the OHSAA playoffs, ZHS needed two fourth-down conversions on its opening drive, the latter a nine yard run from K.J. Grimmet that broke a scoreless tie. 

After a Tri-Valley punt, the Blue Devils seemed primed for another score.  Senior QB Wes Hudson scrambled for 27 yards, but later fumbled a snap under center.  The loose ball was recovered by the Scotties’ Cole Cameron.

The turnover allowed Tri-Valley to get on the board.  The Scotties finally broke through early in the second on a 33 yard Austin Jones run.

Another Zanesville fumble, this time inside the TV 10, nearly spelled disaster for the Blue Devils, that is, until a few plays later.

After a hard hit to Tri-Valley QB Nate Strock, the Scotties went to back-up Logan Wisecarver who failed to handle his first snap.  The fumble was recovered by Trevon Thomas who returned it for a touchdown, the game’s final score.

As expected, this annual showdown was full of intensity, something that will only increase as these teams both battle for playoff spots in Region 7.

Zanesville’s quest for its first ever back-to-back OHSAA berth begins Friday at home against Newark.  Tri-Valley will open Friday at Jack Anderson Stadium against a highly-regarded Upper Arlington team.  The Scotties have been to the playoffs two straight seasons and four times in the last five years.

{For Video Highlights Of The Annual Clash, Click The Video Link To The Left}