Spring Valley atop The Drive Power Five

Hurricane’s Mondrell Dean wins “The Drive with Paul Swann Player of the Week” honors

By Bill Cornwell

Despite taking last Friday, both Spring Valley and Huntington maintained their positions in this week’s “The Drive Power 5” Tri-State High School Football Poll.

Spring Valley (2-0) had 27 points to lead all teams receiving votes. The Timberwolves have a big game this Friday night as the undefeated Hurricane Redskins come to the Wolves Den at 7:30. Hurricane was a 56-7 winner over previously-unbeaten George Washington last week. Friday’s game will be broadcast on 92.7 and 98.5 The Planet.

Huntington is 2nd this week and prepares to hit the road to face George Washington, a loser to Hurricane last Friday night.

Hurricane is tied with Ironton for third this week. The Fighting Tigers picked up an impressive 32-21 win over eastern Kentucky power Johnson Central on Saturday night in the inaugural Ironton Gridiron Classic. Ironton returns to Ohio Valley Conference play this Friday, hosting South Point.

The Raceland Rams rank 5th this week after suffering their first loss of the season, a 24-14 loss at Fort Thomas Highlands. The Rams are back home this week, hosting the West Carter Comets.

Cabell Midland, Gallia Academy and Wheelersburg all received votes this week but fell short of being ranked.

There was no question as to who would be this week’s “The Drive with Paul Swann” Player of the Week. Hurricane Senior Mondrell Dean with a true “stat filler” in the Redskins victory over George Washington. Dean, who previously played for Hurricane Coach Donnie Mays at South Charleston, ran 8 times for 58 yards and two touchdowns. He also had a punt return for 59 yards and a touchdown. Defensively, he had 7 tackles from his linebacker spot, three tackles for losses, two sacks, six quarterback pressures and a forced fumble which he recovered.