NEW?MATAMORAS -The Frontier Cougars had no trouble beating Valley Friday night, as Todd Bradford's team was victorious by a score of 40-7.
The Cougars outgained Valley 387-162 in total yards.
Taylor Merckle had a big night, rushing for 105 yards and a touchdown on just six carries. Jared Howell amassed 87 yards on six carries and a score.
Quarterback Jordan Jefferson attempted only six passes in the game, but completed five of them for 132 yards and three scores. Eddie Salazar was the leading receiver with a 65 yard touchdown catch. Dusty Wright also had two touchdown catches for 53 yards. Frontier is now 4-4 overall and 2-2 in the PVC.
The Cougars will be back in action Friday when they host the Monroe Central Seminoles.
Morgan 34, West Muskingum 13
The Morgan Raiders amassed 412 yards rushing Friday to defeat West Muskingum 34-13 in a Muskingum Valley League matchup.
The Raiders were led by Justin Head, who carried 11 times for 124 yard and three touchdowns. Austin Campbell contributed 84 yards on 11 touches and two touchdowns. Quarterback Hayden Matheney also had 82 yards on nine carries, and Kody Driggs had 65 yards on 10 rushes.
The Nate Smith-coached Raiders overcame three lost fumbles and 95 penalty yards to pick up their first victory since a non-league contest week two against Union Local.
It was a good defensive effort from the Raiders as well, as Dakota Westfall, Grant Krigbaum and Malachi Maxwell all notched sacks. Colton Drake came up with an interception.
Morgan's next contest will be on the road against Crooksville Friday in another MVL battle.
River 40 Shenandoah 6
Cody Caldwell fired three touchdown passes and ran for another as the River Pilots routed the Shenandoah Zeps Friday night in a Pioneer Valley Conference contest in Hanibal.
Caldwell and Kameron Brown connected on touchdown passes of 45 and 33 yards respectively in the first quarter as the Pilots pulled out to a comfortable 27-0 halftime lead.
Shenandoah got its lone score of the game late in the final quarter when quarterback Danny Neuhart and Jacob Rossiter connected on a 15-yard touchdown pass to avert the shut out.
Caldwell completed 10-of-18 passes in the game for 177 yards, while running back Nick Asturi piled up 159 yards on 15 carries to pace the Pilots.
Rossiter led the Shenandoah offense with 51 yards receiving on three catches.
River improved to 5-3 and 3-1 in the PVC, while the Zeps slipped to 0-8.
Trimble 54, Belpre 0
GLOUSTER, Ohio - Belpre ran into a buzzsaw here Friday night as Tri Valley Conference power Trimble rolled over the outmanned Eagles, 54-0.
Belpre couldn't generate any offense, rushing the ball 28 times for just 2 yards. The Golden Eagles managed just three first downs.
"They ran all over us,'' said Belpre coach Greg Adams. "We couldn't stop them.''
The Golden Eagles (2-6) will entertain Miller on Friday.