MERCERVILLE, Ohio — The South Gallia Rebels fought with great pride, but fell short to the Miller Falcons 46-13 on Senior Night in a Week 10 Tri-Valley Conference Hocking Division season finale at Rebel Stadium.
Miller (7-3, 5-3 TVC Hocking) graciously marched the ball down the field during the first quarter. At the 3:33 mark in the first quarter, Cole Geil connected a 65-yard touchdown pass to Carson Starlin. A successful PAT by Colton Brown gave the Falcons a 7-0 lead.
With a kick-off fumble and a recovery by Miller’s special teams, the Purple and White pushed the ball into the end zone. With 1:23 remaining in the first quarter, Seattle Compston rushed for a two-yard touchdown and a failed PAT allowed Miller a 13-0 lead at the end of the first quarter.
While South Gallia (3-7, 2-6) started at their own nine-yard line, the Rebels punted the ball deep in their own end zone.
The Falcons defense blocked the punt and Miller continued to pull away from South Gallia with a safety at the 9:19 mark in the second quarter for a score of 15-0.
Nine seconds later into the second quarter, Cole Geil connected a 49-yard touchdown pass to Levi VanBibber and an unsuccessful PAT gave the Falcons a 21-0 edge.
With 8:45 remaining in the first half, Johnny Sheets rushed for a 56-yard touchdown run — and a successful PAT by A.J. Woodall allowed the Rebels to close to within 21-7.
With 7:36 remaining in the second quarter, Cole Geil connected a 69-yard touchdown pass to Carson Starlin and a successful two-point conversion pass from Geil to Starlin gave Miller a 29-7 lead headed into the half.
Miller received the opening kickoff at the start of the third quarter and wasted no time off the clock. At the 10:14 mark, Zach Waldrop rushed for a seven-yard touchdown run and another successful PAT by Colton Brown gave MHS a 36-7 advantage.
South Gallia used up over five minutes of the game clock in the middle of the third quarter. With 4:36 remaining in the third quarter, Johnny Sheets rushed for a three-yard touchdown run, which pushed the Red and Gold back to within 36-13.
With 1:01 remaining in the third quarter, Heath Bidwell rushed for a two-yard touchdown run and a successful two-point conversion run by Rusty Greenich gave Miller a 44-13 cushion at the end of the third quarter.
With a little over one minute left in the game, South Gallia surrendered a safety by having the ball leave its own end zone while they were attempting to punt the ball to Miller. The final result and score of the ball game to 46-13.
It is the final home football game for seniors Colten Coughenour, Johnny Sheets, Josh Henry, Cory Bryan, David Kuhn, Damon Hill and Joey Woodall in the Red and Gold at Rebel Stadium.
Johnny Sheets led the Rebels in rushing with 23 carries for 145 yards and two touchdowns. A.J. Woodall had five carries for 48 yards. David Kuhn had four carries for 22 yards.
Chase Kemper led SGHS in passing with one-for-two with zero yards and no interceptions. Cory Bryan led the Red and Gold in receiving with one reception for zero yards.
The team had a total of 10 first downs and five penalties for 31 yards. The Rebels also had zero yards of passing and 213 yards of rushing for an offensive total of 213 yards.
Zach Waldrop led MHS in rushing with 14 carries for 155 yards and one touchdown. Matt Bauer had eight carries for 32 yards. Seattle Compston had six carries for 36 yards and one touchdown.
Cole Geil led the Miller Falcons in passing with eight-for-13 for 221 yards, three touchdowns and no interceptions. Carson Starlin led the Falcons in receiving with five receptions for 154 yards and two touchdowns. Colton Brown had two receptions for 18 yards.
Miller had a team total of 21 first downs and nine penalties for 60 yards. The Falcons had 221 passing yards and 238 rushing yards for an offensive total of 459 yards.
J.P. Davis is a sports correspondent for Ohio Valley Publishing.