BELPRE, Ohio — A Friday to forget.
The South Gallia football team committed six turnovers and fell to Tri-Valley Conference Hocking Division host Belpre by a 44-0 count, Friday night in Washington County.
Belpre (4-2, 4-1 TVC Hocking) posted the game’s first score at the 7:51 mark of the first quarter as Deijon Bedgood broke a 25-yard run. The Golden Eagles found paydirt again with 5:37 remaining in the first, when Kole Counts scored on a run from five yards out. Belpre’s first quarter charge wasn’t finished however, as Bedgood took his second and final carry 24 yards to paydirt 1:01 remaining in the opening canto. BHS kicker Bailey Sprague was 3-for-3 on first quarter extra point kicks and Belpre led 21-0.
The Belpre defense put points on the board midway through the second period, as Matthew Colvin tackled South Gallia’s Johnny Sheets in the endzone for a safety. On the ensuing BHS possession Colvin found paydirt on a two-yard run that, with Sprague’s extra point, gave the Orange and Black a 30-0 lead.
The Golden Eagles struck again with 3:35 remaining in the second quarter, as Tojaze Reams broke a 75-yard touchdown run. At the 3:00 mark of the second, Belpre scored the final touchdown of the night on a 31-yard Gavin Stalnaker run. Sprague was also 3-of-3 on second quarter extra point kicks and Belpre cruised to the 44-0 victory.
The Rebels (2-4, 1-3), who held a 12-to-10 advantage in first downs, were led offensivly by Johnny Sheets with 108 yards on 19 carries, while completing 1-of-11 pass attempts for six yards. Justin Crago added 22 yards on 10 carries, while Owen Bevan had one reception for six yards.
Belpre was led by Reams with 84 yards on two carries, followed by Colvin with 56 yards on seven tries. Tavian Miller completed 1-of-2 pass attempts for 25 yards, with Josh Moore receiving the pass.
The Golden Eagles, who committed just one turnover in the triumph, held a 303-to-161 advantage in total offense, with a 278-to-155 advantage on the ground. BHS was penalized six times for 68 yards, while SGHS was sent back four times for 17 yards. Four of South Gallia’s possessions ended in a punt, while Belpre punted twice in the win.
Belpre has now won four straight games, scoring at least 40 points in each. The Golden Eagles have defeated SGHS in four consecutive head-to-head meetings. The Rebels, who suffered their first shutout loss since Week 3 of the 2013 season, have now lost back-to-back games for the first time this year.
The Rebels will return to Washington County next Friday when they visit 3-3 Waterford, which has won back-to-back games.
Alex Hawley can be reached at 740-446-2342, ext. 2100.