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Playoff Preview: Bellefontaine vs. Tri-Valley

The Bellefontaine Chieftains are playing in week 12 for the first time since 1999 this week as they take on the Scotties of Tri-Valley in the Division III Region 11 semifinal from Westerville Central High School.  Here's a look at how these two schools match up.

Tri-Valley High School

Location: Dresden (Muskingum County)

Nickname: Scotties

Colors: Black & Yellow

Head Coach: Justin Buttermore (14th season)

Record: (10-1) (8-0)

Conference: Muskingum Valley League (finished 1st) 

Road to this game:

8/24 St. Vincent-St. Mary 13-21 L

9/1 Morgan 53-0 W

9/8 Zanesville 42-7 W

9/15 Crooksville 42-10 W

9/22 Philo 31-10 W

9/29 New Lexington 34-12 W

10/6 Sheridan 21-14 W

10/13 John Glenn 20-13 W

10/20 West Muskingum 49-6 W

10/27 Maysville 30-7 W

11/3 Marion Franklin (playoff game) 27-18 W

Combined record of teams played: (57-57)

Playoff Appearances: 10  (2017, 2015, 2014, 2013, 2012, 2011, 2010, 2009, 2007, 2006) 

Playoff Record: (8-9) deepest playoff run has been to the Regional Final

Offense: 33 points per game. 

QB Andrew Newsom-1,676 passing yards with 24 TD's and 5 INT's; 908 rushing yards with 19 TD's.

RB Caleb Craig 575 yards rushing 1 TD

WR Greg Nolder 25 catches for 384 yards and 10 TD's

Defense: Allowing 10.7 points per game

Bellefontaine High School

Location: Bellefontaine (Logan County)

Nickname: Chieftains

Colors: Black & Red

Head Coach: Toby Smith (5th season)

Record: (10-1) (4-0)

Conference: Central Buckeye Conference (Kenton Trail) (finished 1st)

Road to this game:

8/24 Wapakoneta 19-7 W

9/1 Sidney 33-42 L

9/8 Troy 30-22 W

9/15 Graham 63-7 W

9/22 Benjamin Logan 49-20 W

9/29 Tecumseh 41-0 W

10/6 Jonathan Alder 19-6 W

10/13 Shawnee 35-0 W

10/20 Indian Lake 41-0 W

10/27 Kenton Ridge 28-6 W

11/3 Granville (playoff game) 55-28 W

Combined Record of Teams Played: (66-49)

Playoff Appearances: 10  (2017, 2014, 2009, 2007, 2001, 2000, 1999, 1998, 1997, 1995)

Playoff Record: (4-9) deepest playoff run has been to the Regional Final

Offense: 37.5 points per game

QB Dezmin Lyburtus-1,799 passing yards with 21TD's and 6 INT's.  1,372 rushing yards with 18 TD's.

RB Garrett Gross 870 yards rushing with 6 TD's.

Defense: Allowing 12.5 points per game

This is the first playoff meeting between Bellefontaine and Tri-Valley.  The game will be played at Westerville Central High School (around Polaris in Columbus).  Kickoff will be at 7:30.  You can listen to the game on Mix 98.3 WPKO and streaming live at www.peakofohio.com.

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