West Jefferson’s football team is headed to the Final Four in the state playoffs.
On Nov. 23, the Roughriders defeated Ohio Heritage Conference co-champion West Liberty Salem 34-0 at Sidney High School to claim the OHSAA Div. V Region 20 trophy.
Though temperatures were cold and snow was falling, the Roughriders came out red hot to take control of the game early. Recovering a pooch kickoff, West Jefferson rushed down the short field to take a 7-0 lead at 9:56 on a 2-yard rush by Gabe Jones.
West Jefferson’s defense was tough all night, holding the Tigers to 113 total yards. The offense gained 410 yards with only 66 coming by the pass.
The Riders took a 28-0 lead into halftime, went back to work in the second half, and scored their final touchdown in the third quarter. The remainder of the game was played with a running clock.
West Jefferson avenged their only loss of the season to the Tigers (43-39) to advance to a 12-1 record.
The Riders travel to Chillicothe Hernstein Field on Nov. 30 to play Ironton (12-1) in a 7 p.m. kickoff in state semi-final action.
Fans are encouraged to buy their playoff tickets in advance online at www.OHSAA.org/tickets, as the participating schools keep a portion of presale ticket revenue. Tickets are $10 at the gate.
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