BELPRE, Ohio — It was eventually going to happen to someone. Unfortunately, Southern was that someone.
The Belpre football program snapped a 13-game losing skid in convincing style Friday night during a 48-13 victory over visiting Southern in a Week 3 Tri-Valley Conference Hocking Division matchup at Ralph Holder Stadium in Washington County.
The host Golden Eagles (1-2, 1-0 TVC Hocking) snapped a nine-game losing streak in league and also ended a two-year skid against the Tornadoes (1-2, 1-1) as the hosts picked up their first gridiron triumph since Week 9 of the 2010 campaign — a 26-6 home decision over Miller.
Belpre never trailed in the contest after establishing a 7-6 edge through five minutes of play, then the hosts reeled off 41 straight points over the next two-plus quarters to establish a sizable 48-6 cushion headed into the fourth. Southern added a late touchdown in the finale to wrap up the 35-point setback.
Manny Tullius led Belpre with 179 rushing yards and four touchdowns on 18 carries, which included scoring runs of 1, 6, 27 and 66 yards. Tavian Miller added a pair of TD passes to the winning cause, hooking up with Cody Martin on a 12-yard score and Tyler Martin on a 9-yard catch. Cody Martin also had a 14-yard interception return for a touchdown.
Trailing 7-0, Tyler Barton pulled SHS to within a point after scoring on a four-yard scamper with 7:08 remaining in the first quarter. Barton had the other Southern score with 8:07 left in regulation following a four-yard run that concluded the scoring.
Belpre claimed a small 13-12 edge in first downs and finished the night plus-3 in turnover differential. Both teams committed seven penalties in the contest, with BHS being flagged for 57 yards and Southern being penalized for 60 yards.
The Golden Eagles had 337 yards of total offense, including 33 rushes for 194 yards and another 143 yards through the air. SHS, conversely, had 227 yards of total offense, including 43 rushes for 213 yards and another 14 passing yards.
Barton led Southern with 183 rushing yards on 20 carries, while Tristen Wolfe finished the night 1-for-9 passing for 11 yards and added two interceptions. Trenton Deem had the lone SHS catch for 11 yards.
Miller finished the night 9-of-15 passing for 143 yards, and Tyler Martin led the wideouts with four catches for 91 yards.
Southern will host Federal Hocking on Friday in a TVC Hocking matchup at Roger Lee Adams Memorial Field, while Belpre travels to Wahama for a TVC Hocking contest at Bachtel Stadium. Both games will kickoff at 7:30 p.m.