MERCERVILLE, Ohio — The South Gallia Rebels made tremendous strides as they soundly defeated the Federal Hocking Lancers Friday night with a 44-13 decision in a Week 2 Tri-Valley Conference Hocking Division matchup at the Rebel Field.
SGHS (1-1, 1-0 TVC Hocking) held the Lancers (0-2, 0-1) to a total of negative 45 yards of offense during the first quarter, then the Rebels wasted no time with their first offensive possession after Landon Hutchinson ran 49 yards for a touchdown.
The PAT by A.J. Woodall allowed South Gallia to take a lead of 7-0 at the 8:52 mark of the first quarter, and the hosts never looked back.
With 3:10 remaining in the first quarter, Landon Hutchinson rushed for a 19-yard touchdown run and a successful PAT by Woodall gave the Rebels a 14-0 lead after one period.
In the second quarter, Landon Hutchinson connected on a 13-yard touchdown pass to Kane Hutchinson, giving the Red and Gold a 20-0 advantage headed into the halftime locker room.
Kane Hutchinson returned the opening kickoff of the second half to the Fed Hock 34 yard line. At the 11:18 mark, Owen Bevan rushed for a three-yard touchdown and an unsuccessful PAT allowed South Gallia to push the lead to 26-0.
With 1:07 remaining in the third quarter, Isiah Geiger ran for a 27-yard touchdown and an unsuccessful PAT extended the Rebel edge to 32-0.
At the 8:12 mark in the fourth quarter, Federal Hocking’s A.J. Cobb connected on a seven-yard touchdown pass to Devon Maxey and a successful PAT by Justin Lopez made it a 32-7 contest.
South Gallia quickly responded back with 6:05 remaining in the game, Johnny Sheets ran for a 18-yard touchdown and an unsuccessful PAT allowed the Red and Gold a 38-7 edge.
With 1:05 left in the game, Cobb connected on a 20-yard touchdown pass to Dillon Wilfong and an unsuccessful PAT cut the Federal Hocking lead down to 38-13. Johnny Sheets capped the game scoring with a 20-yard touchdown run that gave the Rebels a 44-13 cushion.
“Anytime you can hold the team to negative rushing yards, you obviously had a good night,” SGHS coach Jason Peck said afterwards. “I can’t say enough about our defensive front. Those fellows collapsed the pocket all night long and kept pressure. We are very pleased with our power scheme and the kids are definitely getting better every week.”
Landon Hutchinson was 10-of-18 passing for 99 yards and one touchdown and also led the team in rushing with 13 carries for 179 yards and two touchdowns.
Isiah Geiger had seven carries for 80 yards and one touchdown. Owen Bevan had six touches for 16 yards and one touchdown. Johnny Sheets had four carries for 34 yards and two touchdowns.
Kane Hutchinson led the team in receiving with six receptions for 68 yards and one touchdown. Johnny Sheets had one reception for 19 yards. The Rebels had a total of 441 yards of offense, 22 first downs and a total of seven penalties for 55 yards.
Federal Hocking’s A.J. Cobb led the team in passing with a 9-of-21 effort for 124 yards and two touchdowns. Gavin Conkle led the Lancers with four rushes for four yards.
Dillon Wilfong led the FHHS in receiving with five receptions for 65 yards and one touchdown. Devon Maxey also had two receptions for 29 yards and one touchdown.
The Lancers had a total of 83 yards of offense, 11 first downs and a team total of four penalties for 20 yards.
South Gallia will return to the gridiron in a Week 3 TVC Hocking matchup Friday when it travels to face the Trimble Tomcats at 7:30 p.m.
J.P. Davis is a sports correspondent for Ohio Valley Publishing.