GALLIPOLIS, Ohio — Gallia Academy’s late fourth down conversions in the third and fourth quarters gave the Blue Devils a 63-38 victory over the Fairland Dragons at Memorial Field on Friday night.
It was a tale of two halves, as GAHS outscored FHS 21-0 in the second half of the ball game. There was a combined score of 101 points, which is the largest number of total points ever produced at Memorial Field.
The Blue Devils (2-1) — playing in front of the home crowd for the third straight week this season — found themselves in a quick rut of being down 12-0 within the first three minutes into the ball game before scoring their first score by the 8:15 minute mark in the first quarter.
The Dragons (2-1) started the game with a 25-yard touchdown pass from Chance Short to Kyle Sowards. With an unsuccessful PAT, Fairland was in the lead 6-0.
GAHS fumbled the ball on their first offensive possession, giving FHS the ball on the Dragons’ own 33-yard line. Short connected to Nathan Campbell with a 67-yard touchdown pass and a failed PAT, giving Fairland a 12-0 lead.
About 45 seconds later, Wade Jarrell completed a 24-yard pass to Wes Jarrell and a successful PAT by Dylan Saunders, brought the game to 12-7.
Short made the 59-yard touchdown pass to Campbell and a failed 2-point conversion, gave the Dragons a 18-7 lead with 6:54 left in the first quarter.
Twelve seconds later, Wade Jarrell completed a 30-yard touchdown reception to Reid Eastman and a successful PAT, narrowed the Dragons lead to 18-14. Two minutes later, Wade Jarrell had a 13-yard touchdown run and a successful 2-point conversion, gave the Blue Devils their first lead of the ball game and concluded the first quarter scoring at 22-18 in favor of GAHS.
Within eight seconds in the start of the second quarter, Fairland’s Evan Maddox had a 39-yard touchdown run and a successful 2-point conversion — giving the Dragons the lead at 26-22.
At the 11:31 mark in the second quarter, Wade Jarrell had a 46-yard touchdown run and a successful PAT, giving GAHS the lead of 29-26. Three minutes later, Maddox of FHS had a 2-yard touchdown run and a unsuccessful 2-point conversion, bringing Fairland back into the lead at 32-29.
By the 6:45 mark in the second quarter, Wade Jarrell completed a 5-yard touchdown pass to Wes Jarrell and a failed PAT, gave GAHS the lead of 35-32 and never looked back in the game. Five minutes later in the second quarter, Wade Jarrell had a 30-yard touchdown run and a successful PAT, the Blue Devils surged ahead with a 42-32 lead.
Thirty seconds later, Fairland’s Maddox had a 2-yard touchdown run and a unsuccessful 2-point conversion. FHS narrowed GAHS’s lead to 42-38 by halftime.
Halfway through the third quarter, GAHS and FHS each had one possession and neither team could put up any points. One of the biggest impacts in the game was the fourth down and four successful conversion by the Blue Devils from a 9-yard reception from Wade Jarrell to Wes Jarrell in deep of the GAHS’s territory. At the end of the third quarter, Gallia Academy controlled the lead of 42-38.
At the 7:38 mark in the fourth quarter, Wade Jarrell had a 13-yard touchdown run and a successful PAT, the Blue Devils had the lead at 49-38.
Fairland’s next offensive possession was a fumble by Chance Short and Eli Miller of GAHS recovered the fumble. With 6:02 left in the ball game, Gallia Academy had a decisive decision of converting a fourth and 10 from Fairland’s 33-yard line.
A phenomenal 11-yard reception from Wade Jarrell to Reid Eastman gave GAHS a first down on FHS’s 22-yard line. Two plays later, Ty Warnimont had a 19-yard touchdown run and a successful PAT, giving the Blue Devils the lead at 56-38.
Wes Jarrell came up with a crucial fumble recovery at the GAHS 48-yard line, giving Gallia Academy another chance to score again in the game. At the 2:57 mark, Logan Allison of GAHS had a 24-yard touchdown run and a successful PAT, giving the Blue Devils the lead and final score of 63-38.
Wade Jarrell led GAHS with 21-for-27 passing completions for a total of 239 passing yards, three touchdowns and one interception. In addition, Wade Jarrell led the team with 21 carries for 159 yards and four rushing touchdowns.
Ty Warnimont had 15 carries for 93 yards and one touchdown. Logan Allison had four carries for 27 yards and one touchdown.
Reid Eastman led the team with seven receptions for 109 receiving yards and one touchdown. Wes Jarrell had six receptions for eight yards and two touchdowns.
Logan Allison had four receptions for 31 yards. Eli Miller had two receptions for 16 yards. Payton Holley had one reception for eight yards. Seth Atkins had one reception for seven yards. Dylan Saunders had seven-for-eight PATs.
Wade Jarrell had one successful 2-point crushing conversion. GAHS had 23 first downs and a total of five penalties for 40 yards, as well as one fumble and two loss of possessions.
Chance Short led the Dragons with 18-for-26 passing completions for a total of 296 passing yards, three touchdowns and two interceptions.
Evan Maddox led the team in rushing with 20 carries for 141 yards and two touchdowns. Nathan Campbell had nine carries for eight yards and one touchdown. Trey Nester had one carry for one yard. Chance Short had 10 carries for a negative 26 rushing yards.
Nathan Campbell led FHS with 10 receptions for 221 yards and two touchdowns. Kyle Sowards had three receptions for 43 yards and one touchdown. Evan Maddox had four receptions for 11 yards. Jacob Warner had one reception for 21 yards. Evan Maddox rushed a successful 2-point conversion. FHS had 16 first downs and a total of 11 penalties for 95 yards, as well as two fumbles and two loss of possessions.
Gallia Academy (2-1), will be back at Memorial Field on next Friday as they host their former SEOAL foe, the Marietta Tigers.