WILLOW WOOD, Ohio — Two early turnovers allowed Symmes Valley to take an early 14-0 lead, and visiting Eastern ultimately never recovered Friday night during a 20-0 setback in a Week 1 non-conference football matchup in Lawrence County.
The Eagles (0-1) fumbled at that own 40-yard line late in the first quarter, and the host Vikings (1-0) turned that miscue into points moments later when Tanner Mays plunged in from two yards out for a 6-0 edge with 2:25 remaining in the first quarter.
On the ensuing drive, EHS fumbled again — and SVHS recovered the loose ball at the Eastern 32. Five plays later, Tyler Rowe pounded his way into the endzone for a 12-0 advantage with 1:03 left in the opening stanza. Rowe added a successful two-point conversion run to make it a 14-0 contest.
The Vikings wrapped up the scoring early in the second period after Mays rumbled in from nine yards out, giving the hosts a 20-0 cushion with 7:38 remaining in the half. Neither team scored the rest of the way, allowing SVHS to wrap up the three possession outcome.
The Eagles amassed 101 rushing yards on 34 carries and finished the night with 159 yards of total offense. The guests committed three turnovers and were penalized seven times for 52 yards.
SVHS, conversely, accumulated 245 rushing yards on 49 attempts and ended the game with 308 total yards of offense. The Vikings had just one turnover and were flagged three times for 34 yards.
Symmes Valley gained a small 14-13 edge in first downs and punted three times for an average of 31 yards, compared to a 26.2 yard average on four punts by EHS.
Zack Scowden led the Eastern rushing attack with 60 yards on 12 carries. Dylan Bresciani was next with 32 yards on six tries, while Daschle Facemyer had 22 yards on five attempts.
Bresciani finished the night 5-of-24 passing for 79 yards, which included one interception. Facemyer hauled in a team-high two passes for 43 yards, while Christian Speelman added a catch of 29 yards.
Tyler Rowe led the hosts with 103 rushing yards on 11 carries. Collin Webb added 46 yards on seven tries, while Brandon Craft contributed 38 yards on eight totes.
Tanner Mays ran 10 times for 27 yards and went 2-of-5 passing for 63 yards, throwing one interception. Cameron Meadows hauled in both receptions for 63 yards.
Eastern returns to action Friday when it opens TVC Hocking play with a Week 2 matchup at Miller. Kickoff is scheduled for 7:30 p.m.