South Gallia smashes Bulldogs, 46-14
by J.P. Davis Special to OVP
MERCERVILLE, Ohio — The South Gallia seniors went out with a bang, thanks to the help of Jacob White’s 255 yards of rushing to raise the Rebels above the Van Bulldogs 46-14 on Senior Night at Rebel Stadium.
At the 8:23 mark in the first quarter, SGHS marched down the field on their opening drive, Ethan Spurlock rushed for a two yard touchdown run and a successful two-point conversion by Mikey Wheeler pass to Kane Hutchinson, the Rebels jumped to an 8-0 lead and did not look back.
With 1:59 left in the first quarter, Jacob White ran for a 43-yard touchdown and a successful two-point conversion pass from Mikey Wheeler to Ethan Spurlock gave South Gallia a 16-0 lead at the end of the first quarter.
At the 9:39 mark in the first quarter, Corey Augusta of VHS ran for a two-yard touchdown — making it a 16-6 contest.
With 5:05 left in the first half, Jacob White ran for a 37-yard touchdown run and a successful two-point conversion run by Ethan Spurlock allowed SGHS to pull out to a 24-6 lead at the end of the first half.
South Gallia wasted no time in the third quarter as Ethan Spurlock ran for a 12-yard touchdown run and a successful two-point conversion pass by Landon Hutchinson to Mikey Wheeler gave the Rebels a 32-6 lead at the 11:27 mark in the third quarter.
With 2:37 remaining in the third quarter, Ethan Spurlock of SGHS ran for a 15-yard touchdown, giving the Rebels a 38-6 lead at the end of the third quarter.
At the 11:27 mark into the fourth quarter, Jacob White ran for a three-yard touchdown and a successful two-point conversion by Johnny Sheets allowed SGHS to secure a 46-6 lead.
With 5:23 remaining in the game, Van’s Corey Augusta ran for a two-yard touchdown and a successful two-point conversion pass by Cole Price to Logan Crouse wrapped up the scoring at 46-14.
Ethan Spurlock led SGHS in passing with 1-for-1 for 73 yards. Mikey Wheeler was 1-for-5 with one yard of passing and Landon Hutchinson was 0-for-1 passing.
Jacob White led the team in rushing with 14 carries for 255 yards and three touchdowns. Ethan Spurlock had nine carries for 87 yards and three touchdowns, while Isaiah Geiger had two carries for 36 yards. Landon Hutchinson had five carries for nine yards and Dakota Wroten had three carries for eight yards. Caleb Pearson had one carry for two yards.
Kane Hutchinson led the team in receiving with one reception for 73 yards. Isaiah Geiger had one reception for one yard.
SGHS had 12 first downs and team totals of 74 passing yards, 397 rushing yards and 461 total offensive yards. South Gallia lost one fumble and had 11 penalties for 93 yards.
Brandon Elswick led VHS in passing with 8-for-18 for 85 yards and one interception. Cole Price was 4-for-11 for 39 yards and also threw one interception.
Corey Augusta led the Bulldogs in rushing with 12 carries for 98 yards and two touchdowns, followed by Logan Crouse with 12 touches for negative five yards. Brandon Elswick had seven carries for 20 yards and Cole Price added three touches for negative six yards.
Justin Lambert led the team in receptions with eight receptions for 96 yards, followed by Corey Augusta with three receptions for 16 yards. Logan Crouse also had one catch for 12 yards.
VHS had 12 first downs and a team total of 124 passing yards, 109 rushing yards and 233 total offensive yards. The guests also had five penalties for 35 yards.
South Gallia finished the regular season with the record of 6-4 and a TVC Hocking record of 4-4. It is the final regular season football game for seniors Jacob White, Ethan Spurlock, Mikey Wheeler, Jared Northup, Seth Carpenter, Jared Calhoun, Corey Dovenbarger and Caleb Pearson in the Red and Gold.
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