Teays Valley scouting report: Physical, smash-mouth football alive and well at Teays Valley
ASHVILLE — The names and numbers may change, but the game plan stays the same for the Teays Valley Vikings.
The Vikings’ physical, smash-mouth style of football is alive and well under head coach Mark Weber (17-6 record at TVHS).
The Vikings, who have won back-to-back Mid-State League championships and secured back-to-back Division II playoff berths, defeated Pickaway County rival Westfall 31-23 last week in their season opener. TV ran for over 270 yards in the victory.
Leading the way for the blue and gold is senior tailback Nathan Cornett (5-foot-10, 200 pounds). Cornett gained 145 yards and scored once while carrying the ball 22 times against Westfall.
Fullbacks Sawyer Kohl (6-2, 190, junior) and Darran Henry (5-9, 190, sophomore) combined for 68 yards on 13 carries in the Vikings pro-style I-formation offense. Johnny Walkowicz (5-10, 170, junior) adds depth at tailback.
Under center, Brandon Coleman (6-1, 190, junior) replaces three-year starter Drew Pennington. Coleman, who didn’t start last week due to injury but did play the game’s last three quarters, completed 4-of-10 passes for 64 yards and a touchdown. He also ran for a score.
Travis Grim (6-2, 185, senior) and Taylor Robinson (5-9, 150, sophomore) are the top receiving threats on the outside. Each caught two passes last week with Robinson catching the lone TD pass. Josh Feyh (6-2, 210, junior) is the tight end.
Zach Conkins (5-9, 255, junior) and Luke Welsh (6-0, 235, senior) are returning starters. Conkins has moved to center with Welsh playing right tackle. Scott Riley (6-0, 300, senior) and Samson Ott (5-9, 220, sophomore) are the guards. Tanner Bowling (6-2, 235, junior) is the left tackle.
On defense, Teays Valley will line up in a flexible 4-4 base defense with athletic outside linebackers in Caleb Burgett (6-1, 175, senior) and Cameron Phillips (6-2, 195, senior).
At inside linebacker, Kohl and Isaac Kennedy (6-0, 185, senior) fill gaps and pursue the football well.
Up front, Feyh and Zeke Fortner (6-2, 185, senior) start at end with Brandon Pack (5-9, 170, senior) providing depth. Inside, Conkins and Bowling will rotate with Welsh and Ott on the defensive line.
Dylan Pennington (5-9, 170, junior) and Walkowicz play cornerback with Javhon Poindexter (6-2, 165, senior) playing free safety.
Brett Carson (5-11, 160, junior) will handle the punting and kicking chores while Walkowicz and Pennington return kicks and punts. Carson kicked a 38-yard field goal last week.
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Logan football historian Spencer Waugh of loganfootball.com previews the Chiefs’ opponent every Thursday in The Logan Daily News.