GALLIPOLIS, Ohio — The Blue Devils came into Friday night’s game at Memorial Field with a mission to score early and often against the Redmen, which they did with a winning score of 60-2. Gallia Academy’s own Wade Jarrell combined for three passing and two rushing touchdowns.
GAHS (1-1) — playing in front of the home crowd for the second straight week this season — found themselves with an opportunity after Rock Hill quarterback Gabe Marzicola fumbled on the Redmen’s own 29 yard-line on their first offensive play.
Gallia Academy seized the moment and Dylan Saunders completed a 23-yard field goal, giving the Blue Devils a 3-0 lead early in the first quarter. GAHS pulled full steam ahead against the Redmen from that point forward to the final result of the game.
Rock Hill’s next possession in the first quarter went three-and-out and punted the ball. Gallia Academy fumbled the punt return and RHHS recovered the fumble. In return, Rock Hill turned the ball back over to GAHS by fumbling the football with six minutes left in the first quarter.
The Blue Devils marched the ball down the field and Wade Jarrell had an eight-yard touchdown run and capped off with a PAT by Saunders, giving GAHS a lead of 10-0 with 4:22 left in the first quarter. The Redmen possessed the football again and turned the ball over on downs. At the end of the first quarter, Gallia Academy led 10-0.
GAHS opened the second quarter with a 35-yard touchdown pass from Wade Jarrell to Logan Allison. With the PAT by Saunders, the Blue Devils were up 17-0 with 11:42 left in the second quarter.
Within five minutes later, Gallia Academy forced Rock Hill to a safety and GAHS’s lead continued upward to 19-0. By the 5:52 mark in the second quarter, Wes Jarrell completed a 22-yard touchdown pass from Wade Jarrell. Saunders connected the PAT, giving the Blue Devils the lead of 26-0.
With 4:55 left in the first half, the Redmen had another fumble with Gallia Academy recovering the fumble. Wade Jarrell completed a 22-yard touchdown pass to Logan Allison, with the PAT by Saunders, GAHS pulls out to a commanding lead of 33-0.
Rock Hill continued to run the ball, but came up with another three-and-out. This gave Gallia Academy another opportunity to score again just before halftime. With 1:21 left in the first half, Wade Jarrell had a 32-yard rushing touchdown, with another PAT by Saunders, the Blue Devils went into the locker room with a halftime lead of 40-0.
Payton Holley of GAHS opened the starting of the third quarter with a 78-yard kickoff return for a touchdown and Saunders connected with another PAT, giving Gallia Academy the lead of 47-0.
RHHS got the ball back from GAHS completed a first down, then quickly punted the ball back to Gallia Academy. Kole Carter of GAHS came into the game as the quarterback and had a 1-yard touchdown run. Saunders connected his last PAT for the game, giving the Blue Devils the lead of 54-0 with 3:48 left in the third quarter.
In a span of three minutes, the Redmen had a total net gain of six yards, four late hit penalties and an ejection of RHHS’s own Chance Blankenship. Blankenship was ejected for the rest of the game plus a one-game suspension. At the end of the third quarter, Gallia Academy controlled the lead with the score of 54-0.
In the fourth quarter, Colton Cambell got the chance to play quarterback for GAHS. At the 7:48 mark in the fourth quarter, Colton Cambell had a touchdown of one-yard, the two point conversion failed, giving the Blue Devils the lead of 60-0.
Rock Hill controlled the ball for six minutes and turning the ball over on downs at GAHS’s own 15 yard-line. Gallia Academy got possession of the football and Cambell had a couple QB knee’s and gave up a fumble in the back of their own endzone, but luckily recovered by the Blue Devils and gave up a safety. The safety ended up being the only points for the Redmen tonight, giving the final overall score of 60-2 in favor of the Blue Devils.
Wade Jarrell led the Blue Devils with 12-for-18 passing completions for a total of 189 passing yards and three touchdowns throws. In addition, Wade led the team with 85 rushing yards, two rushing touchdowns with seven carries.
Ty Warnimont rushed for 68 yards with eight carries. Kole Carter had 48 rushing yards and one rushing touchdown with seven carries. Eric Ward had 21 rushing yards with two carries. Colton Cambell had negative six yards with one touchdown run and three carries. Wes Jarrell had 10 rushing yards and one carry.
Blake Wilson had four rushing yards with two carries. Isiah Holley had three yards with three carries. Shane Gibbs had two yards with two carries. Devin Henry had nine rushing yards with one carry.
Logan Allison led the team with four receptions, 80 yards and two touchdowns. Wes Jarrell had 28 receiving yards and one touchdown with two receptions. Reid Eastman had 34 receiving yards with three receptions. Andrew Bokal had 12 receiving yards with once reception. Payton Holley had 10 receiving yards with one reception. Shane Gibbs had five receiving yards with one carry.
Dylan Saunders had seven-for-seven PAT’s and one-for-one with a 23 yard field goal. Payton Halley had a 78 yard kickoff return for a touchdown. GAHS had 25 first downs and a total of six penalties for 50 yards. GAHS also had one fumble, which it lost.
Gabe Marzicola led the Redmen with two-for-four passing completions for a total of 22 passing yards. Danny Long connected with a one-for-one passing completion for a total of eight passing yards.
Brady Knipp led the team with seven carries for a total of 49 rushing yards. Jonah Cox had nine carries for 32 rushing yards. Tristan Matney had three carries for 16 yards. Jordan Blagg had two carries for 16 yards. Chance Blankenship had 12 carries for a total of 14 yards.
Jake Malone had two carries for 11 yards. Matt Malone had one carry for a total of 10 rushing yards. Jacob Falls had one carry for a total of one yard. Gabe Marzicola had four carries for a total of negative eight rushing yards.
Brady Knipp led the team with two receptions for 18 receiving yards. Jordan Blagg had one reception for a total of 12 receiving yards. RHHS had 10 first downs and a total of five penalties for 45 yards. The guests also had four fumbles and lost three of them.
Gallia Academy will be back at Memorial Field on Friday when it hosts the Fairland Dragons at 7:30 p.m.