Marietta High is scheduled to play Gallia Academy in a non-conference football contest at Memorial Field in Gallipolis Friday at 7:30 p.m.
This will be the first of four consecutive road games for the Tigers (1-2 overall), after kicking off the season with three home contests at Don Drumm Stadium.
The orange and black gridders began the season on a high note with a 41-28 triumph over Morgan, but has since fallen on hard times with setbacks to Warren (20-13) in Week 2 and Williamstown (20-0) last Friday night.
JORDAN HOLLAND The Marietta Times
Marietta quarterback Anthony Kimbrough looks to pass against Williamstown at Don Drumm Stadium last Friday night. The Tigers play at Gallia Academy this Friday night.
Dating back to the Warriors' game, the Tigers have been scoreless in five straight quarters. Their last touchdown was a 39-yard scoring strike from 6-foot-2, 196-pound sophomore John Henry to 6-0, 146-pound freshman Aaron Elliott against the royal blue and white just before the half.
Versus the Yellowjackets (3-0), Marietta was turnover prone with 6-0, 182-pound senior QB Anthony Kimbrough suffering three interceptions. The Tigers were also penalized seven times for 75 yards.
Offensively, the orange and black were led by 6-1, 201-pound senior Chance Wright and 5-8, 138-pound senior Quinton Coffield, who combined to rush for 91 yards on 21 carries. Five-eight, 164-pound senior Grae Setterstrom had two receptions for 35 yards.
Defensively, Marietta gave up only 237 total yards to Williamstown, but 100 of those were on the ground to signal caller Jake Tracewell.
Could there be a shakeup in the Tiger lineup against Gallia?
"At this point, we have not discussed or thought about any position changes," said second-year MHS head coach Adam Eichhorn. "We are always evaluating everyone and watching practice film to put the best people on the field and put kids in the best position for us to succeed."
Gallia Academy (2-1) figures to be another tough opponent for Marietta. Last year, the Blue Devils beat the Tigers, 63-13, at Don Drumm Stadium.
After losing 62-19 to Athens in its season opener, GAHS has bounced back to defeat winless Rock Hill, 60-2, and Fairland, 63-38, last Friday night.
"They are a spread offense that has put up a lot of points so far," Eichhorn said. "Defensively, they have forced a lot of turnovers."
Like Williamstown, Gallia boasts a good senior quarterback in 5-11, 160-pound Wade Jarrell. Against the Dragons, he completed 21 of 27 passes for 239 yards and three touchdowns.
Jarrell also led the Blue Devils' ground game, rushing for 159 yards and four touchdowns.
When Jarrell is not running the ball, 5-9, 152-pound Ty Warnimont is. The Gallia senior running back gained 93 yards on 15 carries and one TD against Fairland.
Jarrell's primary receiving target has been 5-10, 152-pound senior Reid Eastman, who had seven catches for 109 yards and one score last Friday.
The Blue Devils will be playing their fourth consecutive home game.
After Gallia, Marietta is slated to play the Parkersburg Big Reds at Stadium Field on Sept. 27. The Tigers will then kick off East Central Ohio League play at Cambridge on Oct. 4, and then visit Rosecrans in Zanesville on Oct. 12.
MHS will not be back to Don Drumm until Oct. 18 when it plays New Philadelphia in its homecoming game.