TUPPERS PLAINS, Ohio — If the E on the sides of their helmets didn’t stand for Eastern, the Eagles could have told people Friday night that it actually meant efficient.
Eastern needed just 31 offensive plays to muster 62 points by the end of third quarter en route to a 62-6 thumping of visiting South Gallia in a Week 5 Tri-Valley Conference Hocking Division matchup at East Shade River Stadium in Meigs County.
The host Eagles (3-2, 3-1 TVC Hocking) simply dominated the winless Rebels (0-5, 0-4) throughout the course of the evening, as the Green and White needed just nine offensive plays in the first quarter to build a 28-0 advantage. EHS added two more touchdowns in the second canto for a 42-0 halftime cushion, then tacked on 20 more points in the third stanza for an impressive 62-0 edge headed into the finale.
SGHS — which mustered only 90 yards of total offense in the setback — ended its scoring drought midway through the fourth, as Brandon Campbell capped an eight-play, 69-yard scoring drive at the 7:20 mark with a 13-yard run to paydirt. All but 24 of the Rebels’ total yardage came in the fourth quarter.
Eastern — which has now won two straight — amassed 533 yards of total offense, including 491 of those on the ground. The Eagles finished plus-2 in turnover differential and scored on nine of their 11 offensive possessions — and the only drives that ended without points were a pair of kneel-downs to conclude each half.
The Eagles outgained the guests by a sizable 275-13 margin in the first half alone, and Eastern needed just 21 offensive plays from scrimmage to reach that mark en route to a 42-point halftime lead.
Ethan Nottingham started the onslaught with an 11-yard run at the 9:51 mark, capping a three-play, 59-yard drive for the early 7-0 edge. Joey Scowden followed with a 26-yard scamper at the 6:46 mark, ending a two-play, 26-yard drive for a 14-0 lead.
Nottingham added his second rushing TD of the night on a 31-yard jaunt at the 3:50 mark, the lone play of the Eagles’ third drive en route to a 20-point advantage.
South Gallia was facing a fourth-and-9 at its own nine and decided to punt, but the snap flew over Landon Hutchinson’s head before he could get a hand on it. Hutchinson ultimately fell on the ball nine yards deep in the endzone, which resulted in a safety at the 2:16 mark of the first for a 22-0 contest.
After the free kick, Eastern needed just three plays to cover 43 yards for its fourth TD of the night — a 30-yard run to paydirt by Scowden at the 1:40 mark for a 28-0 advantage.
Alex Amos hauled in a pair of touchdown passes from Scowden in the second canto, which turned the game into a 42-0 edge for the hosts at halftime. Amos capped a six-play, 48-yard drive at the 9:51 mark on a 13-yard TD grab, then added a three-yard TD reception with 3:50 left in the first half to end a five-play, 68-yard drive.
Unfortunately for the Rebels, fortunes didn’t change much at the start of the second half. Nottingham added his third and final TD run of the night on the opening play of the third quarter — rumbling 62 yards to paydirt for a 49-0 cushion 30 seconds into the period.
Max Carnahan added a 59-yard TD run at the 7:25 mark, capping a four-play, 58-yard drive that gave the hosts a 55-0 lead. Daschle Facemyer finished Eastern’s offensive output with just 47 seconds left in the third after breaking off a 60-yard TD run. Facemyer’s score ended a four-play, 67-yard drive that gave EHS a sizable 62-point advantage headed into the finale.
The Eagles had 42 offensive plays on the night, and 17 of those went for 10-or-more yards — including eight of the nine touchdowns. The Rebels, conversely, managed just five plays of 10-or-more yards — with three of those coming in the fourth quarter.
Eastern accumulated 491 rushing yards on 38 carries and had another 42 passing yards through the air, while SGHS had just 65 rushing yards on 36 attempts to go along with 25 yards through the air. The Eagles claimed an 18-8 edge in first downs and also forced SGHS to make the only four punts of the night.
EHS was flagged 10 times for 80 yards, while the guests were penalized just three times for 20 yards. Facemyer recorded an interception and Chase Cook recovered a fumble for the hosts. Zach Browning and Roger Bunce also had two sacks apiece in the win, and Eastern’s seven sacks total accounted for the loss of 51 yards for the Rebels.
Scowden led Eastern’s rushing attack with 178 yards on 10 carries, followed by Nottingham with 133 yards on eight totes. Carnahan had two rushes for 65 yards, Facemyer added 64 yards on four tries and Triston Goodnite also had 51 yards on 14 carries.
Facemyer was 1-for-1 passing for 26 yards, and Scowden finished the night 2-of-3 passing for 16 yards and a pair of touchdowns. Garrett Ritchie had one catch for 26 yards, while Amos hauled in two TD catches for 16 yards total.
Campbell paced the Rebels’ ground game with 51 yards on eight attempts, followed by Tyler Carpenter with three carries for 10 yards. Jared Northup had four tries for five yards and Hutchinson had 18 carries for one yard — after all the losses for sacks.
Hutchinson was also 6-of-14 passing for 25 yards, which included one interception. Jared Nolan led the wideouts with four catches for 21 yards, while Jared Northup and Kane Hutchinson had a catch each for three yards and one yard respectively.
Both Eastern and South Gallia return to TVC Hocking action next Friday, as the Eagles travel to Belpre while the Rebels travel to Federal Hocking. Both games will kickoff at 7:30 p.m.