Tartans topple South Gallia, 46-14

MERCERVILLE, Ohio — The Sciotoville Community East Tartans held nothing back from the South Gallia Rebels, including holding the home team scoreless through the first three quarters, resulting in a 46-14 victory during a non-conference Week 1 matchup on Friday night at Rebel Field.

The opening kick-off went to the visiting Tartans (1-0) and East wasted little time in getting on the scoreboard.

Brady Douthat connected a 31-yard touchdown pass to J.D. Hatcher, giving East a 6-0 lead with 10:54 left in the first quarter.

After a three-and-out by South Gallia (0-1), Douthat ran for a three-yard touchdown for a 12-0 edge with 6:07 remaining in the opening quarter. With 3:45 remaining, Douthat passed to Kyle Flannery for a 53-yard touchdown — giving East an 18-0 lead by the end of the first quarter.

As Sciotoville started on their own 40-yard line at the opening of the second quarter, Douthat completed his third of four touchdown passes and a second to Hatcher for a 36-yard touchdown pass.

With the successful PAT by Jordan Huffman, the Tartans extended their lead to 32-0 with 7:07 on the game clock.

The Rebels were pinned deep on their own four-yard line, Kyle Northup coughed up the ball in the end zone, and Braiden Haney of Sciotoville recovered the football for a Tartan touchdown. Sciotoville Community took a lead of 38-0 into the half.

With the OHSAA rule of the running clock for being ahead by more than 30 points and yet another three-and-out by the Rebels at the start of the third quarter, Douthat completed his final touchdown pass of the night to Devon Stevens.

In addition, the Douthat-Stevens connected again for a successful two-point conversion, lifting the visiting Tartans lead to 46-0 at the end of the third quarter.

South Gallia broke into the scoring column in the opening minute of the fourth quarter as Kyle Northup ran for a seven-yard touchdown, pulling the Rebels to within 46-6.

South Gallia’s defense stopped the Tartans from advancing the ball on their next offensive series, then Northup added a six-yard scoring run with 2:09 remaining in the game for a 46-12 edge. Jeffrey Sheets added a successful two-point conversion run to complete the scoring at 46-14.

South Gallia’s Kyle Northup and Jeffery Sheets each went 0-for-1 passing. Northup led SGHS in rushing carries with 15 for 23 yards, while Sheets had 12 carries for 35 yards.

The Rebels had a total of 97 yards of offense, six first downs and a total of five penalties for 40 yards.

Sciotoville’s Brady Douthat led the team in passing with 8-for-13 for 168 yards and four touchdowns. Chase Coyle of East went 2-for-3 with 10 yards of passing.

Kyle Flannery led the Tartans in rushing with nine carries for 54 yards and one touchdown. Ethan Gilford had five carries for 37 yards, while Devon Stevens had five carries for 24 yards. Douthat also had four carries for 32 yards and one touchdown.

Mackie Kingery led East in receptions with three catches for 20 yards. Flannery had two receptions for 70 yards and one touchdown. JD Hatcher had two receptions for 67 yards and one touchdown.

The Tartans had a total of 347 yards of offense, 20 first downs and six penalties for 55 yards.

The South Gallia Rebels return to action in a crucial Week 2 TVC Hocking matchup next Friday when they host the Federal Hocking Lancers.

By J.P. Davis

Special to Ohio Valley Publishing