Despite being two of the very few Division II or larger high schools south and east of Columbus, this will be the first meeting on the gridiron between TVHS and the Chieftains.
Coached by Steve Evans, the Vikings are coming off a 52-22 rout of perennial playoff qualifier Westfall. Evans, in his fifth year overall at Teays Valley, has guided the Vikings to back-to-back 5-5 seasons.
The Pickaway Countians will bring a triple-option offense to Logan Chieftain Stadium on Friday night, adding a small twist on the wing-T offense the Purple & White faced last week against Lancaster.
Sophomore Drew Pennington (6-0, 167) completed four passes last week — three for touchdowns — in his first start at quarterback for the Blue and Gold. Cody Seison (6-0, 177, senior) and Mason Kauffeld (6-1, 172, sophomore) could also see time under center.
Landon Foreman (5-11, 196, senior) led the Vikings in rushing last season with 623 yards and will start at fullback while Travis Strawser (5-10, 172, senior) will get his share of carries as well. Strawser led TV last week with 78 yards and a touchdown on 11 carries.
Seth Pettibone (5-6, 133, senior), Anthony Jones (6-2, 177, junior), Tyler Robinson (6-1, 192, junior), and Jordan Haney (5-11, 196, senior) will all play in the wingback spots for Evans’ offense.
Tyler Primmer (6-4, 190, senior) caught 38 passes for 489 yards as a junior and picked up where he left off with three catches for 114 yards and two touchdowns last week against Westfall. Matt Call (6-2, 184, senior) and Rashaad Powell (5-11, 155, senior) are other pass-catching threats.
The offensive line was a strength entering the season and that group got the job done last week. Neal Davis (6-2, 257, sophomore) is a newcomer at center, but the Vikings have experience in tackles Clayton Seymour (6-4, 252, senior) and Luke Maynard (6-3, 217, junior) and guards C.J. Kinzer (6-3, 258, senior) and Jake Gordon (5-8, 182, senior). Thad Smith (6-0, 212, senior) and Tom Cain (6-3, 247, junior) add depth.
Teays Valley will line up in a 3-4 defense. Like the offense, the rotation on the defensive line is solid, but Evans entered the season looking to shore up the linebacking unit.
Maynard, Cain, Davis, Kinzer and Gordon will rotate along the defensive line. At inside linebacker, a pair of former defensive linemen will start in Seymour and Smith.
Robinson and Kauffeld will start at outside linebacker. Call can play either outside or inside linebacker adding depth.
Powell and Jones will be the cornerbacks while Haney, T.D. Gantner (6-2, 168, senior), and Seison will rotate at the two safety positions.
Smith handles the placekicking duties for the Vikings while Primmer will be the punter.
Logan football historian Spencer Waugh of loganfootball.com previews the Chiefs’ opponent every Thursday in The Logan Daily News.