MARIETTA, Ohio — Now this you could call a statement game.
Gallia Academy amassed 524 yards of total offense and scored 49 points in the first half alone, all while snapping a two-game losing skid Friday night following a 63-13 drubbing of host Marietta in a Week 4 non-conference football contest at Don Drumm Stadium in Washington County.
The visiting Blue Devils (2-2) never trailed in the contest and limited the Tigers (1-3) to just 26 rushing yards on the night, as GAHS stormed out to leads of 14-0 and 21-7 after one period of play.
The Blue and White followed with a 28-6 surge in the second quarter for a commanding 49-13 cushion at the break, then held MHS scoreless the rest of the way while tacking on points in each of the final two stanzas to secure their largest margin of victory (50 points) during Mike Eddy’s four-year tenure as head coach.
The Blue Devils had seven different players score at least one touchdown in the contest, and the defense forced four Marietta turnovers — including one that led to a touchdown just before the half. Dylan Saunders was also perfect on nine extra-point kicks in the rout.
Wade Jarrell opened the flood gates early in the first quarter, as his 11-yard TD run at 8:42 gave GAHS a 7-0 advantage. Luke Pullins increased the lead to 14-0 with 4:06 left in the quarter after hauling in a 41-yard scoring pass from Wade Jarrell.
Marietta cut the deficit in half at 14-7 after Quinton Coffield caught a 60-yard bomb from Anthony Kimbrough with 3:41 left in the opening period, but GAHS retaliated with a score 18 seconds later after Ty Warnimont rumbled 74 yards to paydirt — giving the Blue Devils a 21-7 edge after one quarter of play.
Jarrell added his second rushing touchdown of the night at the 9:02 mark of the second stanza, as his 27-yard run pushed the Devils’ lead to 28-7. Jarrell then found Justin Bailey on a 58-yard scoring pass with 7:45 left in the half, allowing the guests to increase their lead to 35-7.
Jarrell’s third and final rushing touchdown of the night came on a 20-yard scamper with 5:33 left in the second canto, increasing the Devils’ advantage to 42-7. Nick Clagg added the final first half score for GAHS with 5:12 left after picking up a fumble and rumbling 30 yards to paydirt for a sizable 49-7 cushion.
The Tigers completed the first half scoring with 31 seconds left before the intermission, as Chance Wright hauled in a three-yard pass from Kimbrough for a 49-13 halftime score. The hosts never came closer the rest of the way.
Cody Russell had a one-yard TD run with 35 seconds left in the third quarter for a 56-13 edge, and Logan Allison wrapped up the scoring on a 28-yard TD run with 11:09 left in regulation.
Gallia Academy amassed 338 rushing yards on 42 carries and gained another 156 yards through the air, while Marietta had 26 rushing yards on 10 attempts and added another 248 yards through the passing game for a total of 274 offensive yards. GAHS was flagged nine times for 81 yards, while the hosts were penalized 10 times for 76 yards.
Jarrell led the rushing attack with 86 yards on nine carries, while Warnimont added 78 yards on two tries. Clagg had 55 yards on seven attempts, followed by Pullins with 53 yards on nine totes. Allison had four carries for 33 yards and Russell mustered three yards on five rushes.
Jarrell finished the night 5-of-8 passing for 156 yards and two TDs, while Bailey led the wideouts with three catches for 87 yards. Pullins hauled in one pass for 41 yards and Seth Atkins had one catch for 28 yards. Reid Eastman also had two interceptions for the guests.
Kimbrough led Marietta with 23 rushing yards on seven attempts and also finished the night 24-of-44 passing for 248 yards, including two touchdowns and two interceptions. Wright led the MHS wideouts with 14 catches for 124 yards, while Coffield had four grabs for 87 yards.
Gallia Academy — the only SEOAL school to win in Week 4 — has now won four straight against MHS while improving to 22-4 alltime in the head-to-head series.
The Blue Devils return to Memorial Field next weekend for a Week 5 non-conference game against Vinton County. Kickoff is scheduled for 7:30 p.m.