MERCERVILLE, Ohio — Whether on the basketball court, the baseball diamond, the football field or the track surrounding it, if you’ve watched the Rebels in the past four years, you’ve probably seen Kane and Landon Hutchinson.
South Gallia’s senior brothers — who have combined for 22 varsity letters to this point in their high school careers — signed their letters of intent on Monday at SGHS, committing to play football for the Hocking College Hawks next fall.
“I really can’t say enough about their character, their toughness and their integrity,” sixth-year South Gallia head football coach Jason Peck said of the Hutchinson brothers. “They were program players and did whatever it took to make the program better. It’s sad in a way, because they’re moving on and you can’t replace their leadership. At the same time, this is one of my proudest moments in coaching. I can’t express how happy I am for these boys and their family.”
In their four seasons on the gridiron, Landon and Kane have led the Rebels to a 19-22 overall record, concluding with the program’s fourth-ever postseason berth. As seniors on the football team, both Hutchinsons were All-Ohio special mentions, AP All-District first teamers and all-league first teamers in the Tri-Valley Conference Hocking Division.
Landon, the Rebels’ signal caller, completed 59-of-132 passes for 844 yards and 10 touchdowns, while rushing for 1,071 yards and 14 scores on 141 carries.
“This is really a privilege,” Landon Hutchinson said of signing with Hocking College. “I’ve worked hard for this for four years, going through practices and games, giving blood, sweat and tears. This really means a lot to me, it’s something special that I still get to play football after high school.
“I went to Hocking on a visit and I could tell that’s where I want to be,” Landon added. “I really enjoyed being there and I felt comfortable.”
As a junior, Landon was a AP All-District first team all purpose selection, while earning All-TVC Hocking first team and All-Ohio special mention honors. However, Landon’s first football honor came in his sophomore season, when he was named All-District special mention.
Eight of Landon’s 10 scoring passes this past season were caught by Kane, who caught 36 passes for 507 yards as a senior.
“This is a blessing from God,” Kane Hutchinson said of his signing. “He has given me opportunities to set myself up for success and to be where I am today. Playing college football is honestly something I’ve always dreamed about and now it’s coming true. I’m blessed and my family has stuck with me through it all.
“I know it’s a small start, but the ending can always come out really big,” Kane added. “I know that if I work hard, I put the time in and I really want it then I’ll go and get it. Hocking is close to home, they showed me respect and they showed interest in me. I just felt like it was my best choice right now.”
Kane was a AP All-District special mention as a junior.
Along with their success on the gridiron, Kane and Landon have helped the Rebels basketball team to a 59-44 record and two sectional titles in the past four seasons. Landon — who became just the fifth Rebel to reach the 1,000-point plateau for his career — was named to the AP All-District second team as a sophomore and as a senior, while landing on third team as a junior. Kane earned his first basketball honor as a senior, landing as a special mention on the AP All-District team.
At Hocking College, Kane is planing on majoring in early childhood education, while Landon will major in law enforcement/criminal justice.
Alex Hawley can be reached at 740-446-2342, ext. 2100.