COAL GROVE, Ohio — There are only 48 minutes in a game, and the Hornets made the most of every single one.
The Coal Grove football team totalled 507 yards of offense on Friday night, as the Hornets rolled to a 67-13 victory over Ohio Valley Conference guest Gallia Academy.
Coal Grove (5-1, 3-1 OVC) received the opening kickoff and senior Daniel Rutherford returned it 82 yards for the touchdown. Jeb Jones kicked home the extra-point and the Hornets led 7-0, just seconds into play.
Gallia Academy (0-7, 0-4) answered right back, however, as Justin McClelland found Cory Call for a nine-yard touchdown pass. Ty Howell split the uprights with his extra-point kick, tying the game at seven.
The Hornets regained the lead with a 42-yard touchdown run by Jacob Clark, and they added on to their first quarter total with a one-yard TD run by Rutherford. Jones made 1-of-2 point after kicks, giving the hosts a 20-7 lead, 12 minutes into play.
Early in the second quarter, CGHS senior quarterback Matty Cordle got things going, completing a 19-yard touchdown pass to Dylan Malone and a 39-yard TD pass to Rutherford. Later in the period, Kimo Baldwin got in on the action with a nine-yard scoring run. Jones made 2-of-3 extra-point kicks in the second, giving the hosts a 40-7 lead.
GAHS cut into the lead before halftime, however, as Call completed a three-yard pass to Colton Campbell for six points. Gallia Academy’s point-after kick was blocked and the Blue Devils went into the half trailing 40-13.
Coal Grove scored twice in the third quarter, first on a four-yard Tanner Henry run, and again on a one-yard Aaron Music run. Jones made 1-of-2 third quarter PATs and and the Hornets led 53-13.
With a running clock for the entire fourth quarter, CGHS still managed to score twice. Kyle Sites scored on a three-yard run, which was followed by a Zak Hall two-point conversion run. Then, Music put the final touches on the game with a 46-yard scoring run. The point after kick was blocked, and the hosts claimed a 67-13 win.
For the game, Gallia Academy was outgained 507-to-136 in total offense, including 423-to-78 on the ground. Coal Grove also held a 26-to-6 advantage in first downs. Neither team committed a turnover in the game, and both were penalized just three times, GAHS for 45 yards and CGHS for 35.
McClelland — who led the guests on the ground with 52 yards on 10 attempts — completed 4-of-18 passes for 54 yards with one touchdown. Call and Justin Wilcoxon each completed their only pass attempt, for three yards and one yard respectively.
Campbell led the Gallia Academy’s pass catchers with 26 yards and a touchdown on two receptions. Wyatt Sipple caught two passes for 22 yards, Call had one nine-yard scoring grab, while Cade Roberts — who ran five times for a total of 16 yards — caught one one-yard pass.
Boo Pullins ran five times for a total of 13 yards for the Blue and White, Wilcoxon added two yards on five attempts, while Clay Plymale had one yard on five tries.
Brody Thomas led the GAHS defense with six tackles, followed by Tanner Allen with 5.5.
Henry led the hosts on the ground with 108 yards and one TD on 16 carries. Clark ran four times for a total of 82 yards and one score, Music added 56 yards and two scores on three carries, while Baldwin had 53 yards and one TD on six tries.
Cordle completed 6-of-10 passes for 84 yards and two scores, with Malone leading the hosts with 25 yards and a touchdown on two catches.
CGHS is now 9-8 in all-time meetings with Gallia Academy.
GAHS will return home next, where it will face 5-2 Rock Hill. The Hornets will visit Ironton, on Friday.
Alex Hawley can be reached at 740-446-2342, ext. 2100.