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Brock Netter

Brock is SOSA's primary writer and has worked for the Coshocton Tribune, the Kankakee Daily Journal (Ill.), the Vinton-Jackson Courier and the Jackson Telegram. He's a six-time award-winning journalist, a lifelong WWE fan, a suffering Bengals fan and calls the sidelines his home.

Adena clinches share of SVC, not satisfied yet

Adena won its first conference title since 2010 with a win over Huntington on Friday.

SOSA Staff Report

CHILLICOTHE What Adena’s football program accomplished on Friday was certainly significant.

With a 51-8 win over Huntington, just the latest win in a string of dominant victories, the Warriors (5-0, 5-0 SVC) clinched a share of the Scioto Valley Conference title … the team’s first conference crown since 2010.

But all that means for Adena is the first step in the process has been accomplished. The Warriors are anything but satisified.

“Right now, we aren’t even thinking about it,” Adena quarterback Preston Sykes said, when asked about the league title. “We want to take care of business next week and win it outright and a Gold Ball.”

Sykes and his teammates will get that chance this coming Friday, hosting Zane Trace. If the Warriors win, it’ll mark the program’s fourth-ever Gold Ball Adena has finished 5-0 in the SVC once (1974), 6-0 twice (’71, ’73) and 7-0 once (2010).

As for Friday’s win over the Huntsmen (0-5, 0-5 SVC), the game was never close. As usual, Adena’s offensive line won in the trenches and paved the way for multiple players to run wild.

Seven different players found the end zone in Sykes, Isaac Grey, Kole Williams, Gabe Stark, Garrett Britton and Andrew Vickers.

Grey led all rushers with 74 yards on four carries while Clay Rawlings added 68 yards on 16 carries. Britton and Stark racked up 48 and 46 yards on the ground, respectively, while Williams and Sykes had 27 and 25.

Clay Wilt also made a house call, returning an interception 40 yards for a score.

Next week’s game has a scheduled kickoff for 7 p.m. in Frankfort. The Pioneers will be trying to bounce back from a 47-13 loss to Paint Valley.

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