Mark Gallimore totaled 27 rushes for 153 yards and one touchdown for the Hillsboro Indians in Week 3. (HCP Photo/Stephen Forsha)
Mark Gallimore totaled 27 rushes for 153 yards and one touchdown for the Hillsboro Indians in Week 3. (HCP Photo/Stephen Forsha)
The Frontier Athletic Conference finished 4-2 in non-conference play this past Friday night, and in Week 3 action there was just one team left undefeated from the conference, and they reside in Jackson County.

Winning their third straight game of the season, the Jackson Ironmen won their Week 3 game against the Logan Chieftains by a 28-7 score to jump to 3-0 on the season, with their other wins coming against Wellston in Week 1 and Athens in Week 2.

The rest of the FAC who gained wins on Friday were the Hillsboro Indians, McClain Tigers and the Miami Trace Panthers. Losses were charged to the Washington Blue Lions and the Chillicothe Cavaliers. The loss by the Blue Lions was their first of the season, while Chillicothe now has two losses early this year.

Here are the results from Friday night (Sept. 13):

• Chillicothe 14, Watkins Memorial 26
Hillsboro 21, East Clinton 7
Jackson 28, Logan 7
McClain 51, Zane Trace 50
Miami Trace 49, Logan Elm 24
• Washington 18, Adena 39

To be honest, the score I’m most surprised about is the Washington Blue Lions against Adena. The surprise isn’t because of the loss, because Adena is a very quality football team, but the Blue Lions losing by 21 points was a surprise.

From the Washington stat sheet, they totaled 49 yards rushing in the loss between 21 carries, which was a big change from Week 2 when their running backs totaled 133 yards rushing on 25 carries, and in Week 1 the team rushed for 132 yards on 32 carries. Granted, I believe the Adena Warriors were the best team the Blue Lions have faced this season, but to be held to 83.5 fewer yards than their 132.5 yards per game rushing is a big statement for the Warriors headed into Week 4 when they begin their Scioto Valley Conference schedule.

Speaking of the Blue Lions, their passing game saw a 233-yard performance from Ethan Rogers-Wright as he was 16-of-34 with two touchdown passes and one interception. He threw for the most yards of any team in the FAC this past weekend.

Next in passing yardage was Christian Benson, who was 7-of-15 for 102 yards with one touchdown and no interceptions.

There were five players from the FAC who rushed for over 100 yards and two players from that group who rushed for over 200 yards in their Friday night games. The leading rusher of the FAC this past week was Miami Trace’s Jayden LeBeau with 21 carries for 226 yards and three touchdowns, averaging 10.8 yards per carry in the 49-24 win by the Panthers.

Also over the 200-yard mark was McClain’s Braden Wright as the quarterback totaled 14 carries for 216 yards and two touchdowns, including a 15.4 yards per carry average in McClain’s 51-50 victory over Zane Trace.

Over the 100-yard mark rushing in Week 3 from the FAC were MTHS quarterback Dalton Mayer, who rushed for 130 yards and two touchdowns on nine carries (a 14.4 yards per carry average); Dalton Mischal of McClain, who finished with 14 carries for 136 yards and one touchdown (a 9.7 yards per carry average), and Hillsboro’s Mark Gallimore, who totaled 27 rushes for 153 yards and one touchdown.

The FAC also had one player with 100-plus yards receiving, and that was Washington’s Jerome Mack at five receptions for 107 yards and two touchdowns (21.4 yards per catch average).

Just all of the above numbers alone make the FAC stand out this season. For the first three weeks, the FAC is 11-7 overall in non-conference games.

• More thoughts and stats about FAC football:

- Well wishes and a speedy recovery to the Hillsboro player who was injured on Friday night and was taken in an ambulance.

– How exciting must have the game been between the McClain Tigers and Zane Trace Pioneers? A combined 101 points, the Tigers win 51-50, they score a go-ahead touchdown and two-point conversion late in the game. I watched highlights of that moment and read Highland County Press contributor Ryan Applegate’s article on the game, and wow, that had to be an exciting moment to see in person at ZTHS.

- Also with the ’19 McClain Tigers, their 51-point total scored was nearly equal to the entire number of points scored by the Tigers two seasons ago in ’17 when they totaled 57 points in 10 total games. This is why football is such a great game because you never know what will happen in a given game or season.

- As for the receivers in the FAC, with the conference running the ball much more than they pass it, the standouts from Week 3 included Jerome Mack of Washington catching five passes for 107 yards and two touchdowns, and teammate Eli Lynch totaled five receptions for 64 yards. Brice Parks of Jackson totaled four receptions for 56 yards, and from McClain, Dalton Mischal collected three receptions for 70 yards.

- Again, it has been written about before earlier this season, but the pass rush of the Hillsboro Indians’ interior line was a big difference maker in their win over East Clinton. Lineman Draven Stodgel had an interception with help from quarterback pressure, and Sanchez Seals would have had one too if not for a personal foul penalty on the Indians during their QB pressure.

- Speaking of defense, Evan Spires of Jackson had an interception return for a touchdown for a 22-yard gain in Week helping seal their win in the fourth quarter.

• One Final Thought

The FAC this season has brought some nice non-conference wins, and going into Week 4, there should be some more solid games from the six teams in the conference. That said, having just six teams in the FAC means we have to wait until Week 6 until games in the FAC take place. It would be nice to see this conference add a couple more teams so conference play could start a little sooner, and maybe one day it will.

Stephen Forsha is the sports editor of The Highland County Press.