PORTSMOUTH — It’s been a tale of two seasons for the Danville Blue Devils.
Hopefully for them, the momentum of the second season continues through Saturday.
Danville travels to Scioto Community East High School to face the Tartans in the Division VII regional quarterfinals. Kickoff is set for 7 p.m.
At the midway point of the season in late September, the Blue Devils stood at 2-3 and appeared to be treading water. They had just come off a heartbreaking 23-20 loss to St. Joseph Central Catholic — a team they beat by 64 points one year ago.
Since then, Danville is 50. The Blue Devils have allowed 5.8 points per game in that stretch while outscoring their opponents, 141-29. That includes a 14-0 victory over Lucas — itself a playoff team — to secure yet another Mid-Buckeye Conference championship.
Things have been better all around for Danville in the past five games. Skyler Durbin is 76-for-113 for 947 yards, 10 touchdowns and two interceptions in that stretch — a passer rating of 163.3. Average yards per play went up from 5.6 in Week 5 to the current 6.8. Defensively, the number of tackles per loss over the past five games was double that of the first five.
Sciotoville (10-0) has faced few challenges so far this season. Last week’s opponent, crosstown rival Portsmouth Notre Dame, was the only team with a winning record on Sciotoville’s schedule. The Tartans’ only other close games were home victories over 1-9 Alexander (15-8) and 5-5 Oak Hill (27-26).
Akia Brown is the heart and soul of the Sciotoville offense. He has 1,273 yards on the ground to the tune of 9.6 yards per carry. Brown has 16 total touchdowns, including four on pass receptions. Statistically, Brown’s best game of the season was last week in the team’s 32-26 victory over Notre Dame, when he put up 273 total yards, including 188 on the ground.
QB Drew Lowe was 58-of- 125 for 1,335 yards on the season. He has 21 touchdowns and just two interceptions for a passer rating of 118.2.
Although the Tartans have no receivers with a lot of numbers, they do have a deep threat in Kanyon Burton. The senior captain, who stands 6-foot-3, has only 13 catches but has seven scores and averages 30.5 yards per catch.
On defense, Ethan Gifford and Ethan Carver, both juniors, have a combined 34 tackles for loss.