STEWART, Ohio — Some nights everything goes your way.
The Southern football could do no wrong Friday night, as the Tornadoes marched to a 48-0 victory over Tri-Valley Conference Hocking Division host Federal Hocking, in Athens County.
After a scoreless first quarter, the Tornadoes (3-3, 2-2 TVC Hocking) got on the board at the 5:14 mark of the second, when sophomore Riley Roush scored on a two-yard run. Less than three minutes later the Purple and Gold struck again, this time on a 13-yard pass from junior quarterback Blake Johnson to fellow junior Crenson Rogers.
Southern’s first half offense wasn’t finished however, as Johnson found sophomore Dylan Smith for a 16-yard touchdown as time expired in the second quarter. Tornadoes senior Tommy Ramthun was 3-for-3 on extra point kicks in the second canto and the Purple and Gold led Federal Hocking (0-6, 0-5) 21-0 at halftime.
SHS picked up right where it left off in the after the break, as Roush took the opening kickoff of the second half 75 yards for six points. Roush found the endzone for the third time in the game at the 9:56 mark of the third, when he broke a 40-yard run. Ramthun’s extra point kick gave Southern the 34-0 advantage.
With 4:38 remaining in the third period, Johnson connected with Ramthun for a 45-yard touchdown pass which, with Ramthun’s extra point, gave SHS a 41-0 lead.
With the second-team offense in Southern added one more score, as Gabe Riffle scored on an 18-yard pass from Logan Drummer with 9:49 left in regulation. Ramthun kicked home the extra point and Southern cruised to a 48-0 victory.
Johnson threw for 122 yards and three scores on 5-of-10 passing in the win, while Drummer was 1-of-2 passing for 18 yards and a score.
Roush led the Purple and Gold on the ground with 134 yards and two scores on 12 carries, followed by Andrew Evans with 65 yards on six carries. Ramthun caught two passes for a game-high 77 yards and a touchdown, while Dylan Smith ran seven times for 30 yards and caught two passes for 26 yards and a score.
Riffle had one reception for 18 yards and a score, Rogers had one reception for 13 yards and a score, while Clayton Wood hauled in one pass for six yards and Alex VanMeter ran five times for 21 total yards.
The Southern defense — which recorded its first shutout since Week 1 of last season — came up with four sacks in the game, two by Rogers, one by Smith and one by Trey Pickens.
Lancers quarterback AJ Cobb completed 5-of-18 pass attempts for 55 yards with two interceptions, one by Roush and one by Ramthun. Devon Robinson led FHHS receivers with 35 yards on two catches, while Walker Church posted the Lancers best ground effort with 16 yards on two carries.
The Tornadoes — who forced four turnovers and didn’t commit any in the win — held a 14-to-3 advantage in first downs, a 246-to-14 advantage in rushing yards and a 140-to-55 advantage in passing yards. Southern has now defeated the Lancers in three consecutive meetings. This is the second consecutive year that FHHS has started 0-6.
The 48-point outburst by the Tornadoes, is their best offensive performance since scoring 48 in their last trip to Stewart, on September 20, 2013.
The Tornadoes return to Athens County next week as they look to take down league-leading Trimble. The Tomcats, who defeated Wahama 46-14 Friday night, have won five straight games and hold a perfect 5-0 TVC Hocking record this season.
Alex Hawley can be reached at 740-446-2342, ext. 2100.