WATERFORD, Ohio — Now that’s balance.
South Gallia scored three rushing touchdowns and added two more through the air Friday night en route to a 33-12 victory over host Waterford in a Week 9 Tri-Valley Conference Hocking Division matchup in Washington County.
The visiting Rebels (5-4, 4-4 TVC Hocking) churned out 346 yards of total offense in the wire-to-wire triumph, which included a solid effort of 227 rushing yards on 35 attempts. The guests also completed over 50 percent of their passes for 119 yards and finished the night plus-2 in turnover differential.
The Wildcats (2-7, 1-6), conversely, mustered only 226 yards of total offense in the contest, with 126 of those yards coming on the ground on 36 carries. The hosts also managed just six points apiece in each half.
The Rebels opened up a 7-0 lead after Jacob White scored on an 11-yard run at the 2:19 mark of the first quarter, which ended up being the score at the end of 12 minutes of regulation.
Luke Kern pulled the Wildcats to within a point at the 10:10 mark of the second canto after hauling in a 7-yard pass from Isaac Huffman, making it a 7-6 affair. WHS, however, was never closer the rest of the way.
Dakota Wroten increased South Gallia’s lead back out to seven points with 8:36 remaining until halftime after plunging in from two yards out, making it a 13-6 contest at the break.
SGHS added to its lead in the third quarter after Ethan Spurlock scored on a three-yard run with 2:26 left, giving the guests a 19-6 cushion headed into the finale.
Mikey Wheeler hauled in a four-yard pass from Spurlock seven seconds into the fourth for a 27-6 edge, then White caught an 11-yard score from Spurlock with 5:10 remaining for a sizable 33-6 cushion.
The final score of the night came with 1:16 left in the game, as Dalton Ball hauled in a 21-yard pass from Huffman to wrap up the 21-point outcome.
The Rebels claimed a small 15-13 edge in first downs and had nine penalties for 95 yards, while the Wildcats were flagged three times for 23 yards. Waterford lost two fumbles and threw two interceptions, while SGHS had one fumble and one interception in the victory.
Jacob White led the Rebels with 164 rushing yards on 17 carries, followed by Spurlock with 24 yards on five totes and Issiah Geiger with 19 years on five attempts.
Spurlock finished the night of 6-of-11 passing for 119 yards, throwing two touchdowns and one interception. Geiger hauled in a team-high three passes for 28 yards, while Kane Hutchinson and Brayden Greer each had one catch for 46 and 30 yards respectively.
Austin Lang led WHS with 20 carries for 64 rushing yards, while Huffman finished the night 9-of-16 in the air for 100 yards — including two touchdowns and two interceptions. Dalton Ball led the Wildcat wideouts with three catches for 63 yards.
SGHS, which has now completed TVC Hocking play this season, welcomes Van in the regular season finale Friday night at 7:30 p.m.