South Gallia fends off Eagles, 20-13
by J.P. Davis Special to OVP
MERCERVILLE, Ohio — The South Gallia Rebels outscored the Eastern Eagles 20-7 in the first half, then eventually held on to claim a 20-13 victory Friday night at Rebel Stadium. The Rebels scored all of their points in the first and second quarters.
South Gallia (3-2, 2-2 TVC Hocking) had the opening possession and took the ball down the field to finish with a Landon Hutchinson 30-yard touchdown pass to Ethan Spurlock and a failed PAT gave the Rebels the lead with 6-0 at the 8:27 mark into the first quarter.
Eastern (2-3, 2-2) used its opportunity with its first offensive possession to finish with a 1-yard touchdown run by Dylan Bresciani and a successful PAT, giving the Eagles a 7-6 lead at the 6:01 mark in the first quarter.
A healthy kickoff return by Ethan Spurlock took SGHS to the Eagles’ 39-yard line. At the 5:30 mark in the first quarter, Ethan Spurlock rushed for a 6-yard touchdown run and a successful 2-point conversion by Mikey Wheeler gave South Gallia the lead at 14-7.
Eastern’s Dylan Bresciani threw an interception to Brayden Greer at the 4:11 mark in the first quarter. With a three-and-out from each team, the Rebels contained the Eagles 14-7 at the end of the first quarter. South Gallia led the time of possession in the first quarter of 6:44 to Eastern’s 5:16.
Within the first three minutes into the second quarter, SGHS had a loss of downs and a lost fumble, while EHS had one lost fumble. At the 5:16 mark of the second frame, Landon Hutchinson connected a 26-yard touchdown pass to Jared Northup and a unsuccessful PAT gave the Rebels the lead at 20-7.
Each team had two more possessions with nothing to show for and at halftime, South Gallia had the lead of 20-7 over Eastern. SGHS led the time of possession in the second quarter of 7:07 to Eastern’s 4:53.
In the third quarter, neither South Gallia nor Eastern scored any points. Eastern had the ball for three possession, which EHS had two lost fumbles. South Gallia had the ball for two offensive possessions and was forced to punt the ball on both occasions.
At the end of the third quarter, SGHS maintained the lead of 20-7. Eastern led the time of possession in the third quarter of 7:34 to South Gallia’s 4:26.
At the 10:39 mark in the fourth quarter, Eastern failed to convert a fourth down and turned the ball over to South Gallia. The Rebels returned the ball back to Eastern with a three-and-out.
On the Eagles’ next possession, they marched the ball down the field and Chase Cook threw an interception to the Rebels’ own Landon Hutchinson with 6:18 left in the game. SGHS could not complete a first down and gave EHS the ball with 3:30 left in the game.
Eastern’s own Chase Cook completed a 27-yard, fourth-and-five touchdown conversion to Zach Browning and a unsuccessful 2-point conversion narrowed South Gallia’s lead to 20-13.
Eastern tried an unsuccessful on-side kick and South Gallia’s own Ethan Spurlock secured the ball at the 1:28 mark left in the game. Jacob White sealed the deal for South Gallia with a 7-yard run for a first down and a Rebel victory. The final score of the game, in favor of the Rebels, 20-13. SGHS led the time of possession in the fourth quarter of 6:28 to Eastern’s 5:32.
South Gallia’s Landon Hutchinson led the Rebels in passing with 3-for-8, 61 yards and two touchdowns. Jacob White led the team in rushing with 18 carries for 117 yards. Ethan Spurlock had 10 carries for 31 yards and one touchdown. Landon Hutchinson had 13 carries for 31 yards.
Ethan Spurlock led the Rebels in receiving with two receptions for 35 yards and one touchdown. Jared Northup had one reception for 26 yards and one touchdown. The Rebels had a total of 246 yards of offense.
The victors had nine first downs and a total of five penalties for 25 yards. SGHS also had a total of two fumbles and lost one. The total time of possession for the hosts was 24:45.
Eastern’s Chase Cook led the Eagles in passing with 1-for-5, 27 yards, one touchdown and one interception. Dylan Bresciani was 1-for-4 passing, one yard and one interception.
Tyler Barber lead the team with in rushing with 14 carries for 77 yards. Dylan Bresciani had three carries for 45 yards and one touchdown.
Tyler Barber had four carries for 33 yards. Chase Cook had 13 carries for 32 yards. Christian Speelman had one carry for six yards. Zack Scowden had nine carries for zero yards.
Zack Browning led EHS in receiving with one reception for 27 yards and one touchdown. Chase Cook had one reception for one yard.
The Eagles had a total of 221 yards of offense and 10 first downs, as well as a total of three penalties for 25 yards. EHS also had a total of three fumbles — all lost. The total time of possession for the Eagles was 23:15.
South Gallia will return to action on Friday when it hosts Federal Hocking on Homecoming, while Eastern also returns to action Friday for its Homecoming game against Belpre. Both games will kickoff at 7:30 p.m.
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