It’s Halloween weekend … and the 13s are coming to scare individuals in their very own backyards.
Each Gallia Academy and Japanese — a pair of 13-seeds of their respective divisions — start their postseason journeys on the highway this weekend with opening spherical matchups within the 2021 OHSAA soccer playoffs.
The Blue Devils (4-3) journey to fourth-seeded Heath (8-2) on Friday evening for Division IV, Area 15 at Swank Area, then the Eagles (4-4) head to Howard on Saturday evening to face fourth-seeded East Knox (8-2) in a Division VII, Area 27 contest at Chet Looney Stadium. Each contests will kickoff at 7 p.m.
Each GAHS and EHS have been to the playoffs in every of the final three postseasons. Gallia Academy is making its fourth straight playoff look and 14th general, whereas the Eagles are making this system’s fifth playoff run at school historical past.
The Blue Devils snapped an 8-year skid with out a postseason win final fall after defeating Vinton County by a 46-8 depend, whereas Japanese notched this system’s solely playoff win final 12 months throughout a 26-14 conquer Caldwell.
GAHS is 7-13 alltime in postseason play, whereas the Eagles are 1-4 general of their earlier 4 appearances.
The Heath Bulldogs are making this system’s second straight postseason look and sixth general, and it’s only the second time in HHS historical past that the workforce is showing in a repeat playoff run. The Bulldogs do personal a 5-5 alltime mark within the postseason.
The East Knox Bulldogs are making their third consecutive postseason look and tenth general. EKHS is 7-9 alltime in postseason play.
None of those 4 applications has ever superior to the state ultimate 4 or received a regional title.
Right here’s a quick take a look at every matchup this weekend.
Gallia Academy at Heath
The Bulldogs enter Friday evening with a 5-game profitable streak and a 4-1 house document. Their lone losses got here in weeks 4 and 5 after falling 21-21 at unbeaten Granville after which suffered a 48-7 setback to visiting Zanesville.
Heath has recorded a single shutout this fall — a 45-0 win over Circleville — and has scored 40-or-more factors 4 totally different instances this 12 months, together with wins of 68-14 over winless Lakewood and 63-7 over Utica.
HHS additionally handed Newark Catholic — the top-seeded workforce in Area 27 — its solely lack of the 12 months throughout a 28-21 resolution at NCHS.
Heath is averaging 35.3 factors per recreation offensively and permits 15.5 factors per outing.
The Blue Devils have recorded one shutout — Athens 34-0 in Week 2 — and have additionally been shut out as soon as by Ironton (43-0) this season. GAHS can also be 3-1 in highway video games this fall.
Gallia Academy is scoring 21.4 factors and permitting 20.1 factors per recreation this 12 months.
Japanese at East Knox
The Bulldogs enter Saturday evening with a 3-game profitable streak and an ideal 5-0 mark at house. Their lone losses got here in Week 3 at unbeaten Crestview (41-21) and in Week 7 at Northmor (24-7).
EKHS has not been shut out and doesn’t have a shutout to its credit score this season, however the Bulldogs have scored not less than 35 factors in six of their 10 matchups. East Knox additionally has a win over Division IV, Area 15 qualifier Highland (27-20).
The Bulldogs common 33 factors per recreation offensively and are permitting 18.2 factors every evening defensively.
The Eagles have a pair of 46-0 shutouts to their credit score with wins over South Gallia and Belpre, a part of Japanese’s present 3-game profitable streak.
EHS — which has scored 35-or-more factors in half of its contests —is scoring 28.9 factors offensively and permitting 16.5 factors defensively per outing.
© 2021 Ohio Valley Publishing, all rights reserved.
Members of the Gallia Academy soccer workforce take the sector throughout an Oct. 1 matchup in opposition to Coal Grove at Memorial Area in Gallipolis, Ohio.
Japanese huge receiver Brayden Smith (4) fends off a Caldwell tackler throughout a Sept. 17 soccer contest at East Shade River Stadium in Tuppers Plains, Ohio.
Bryan Walters might be reached at 740-446-2342, ext. 2101.