THE PLAINS, Ohio — Sometimes you wind up on the wrong end of a great performance or two.
The Gallia Academy football team dropped a a 52-0 non-conference game to host Athens Friday night, a game in which Bulldogs quarterback Joe Burrow was 12-of-12 passing for 289 yards and four scores and AHS runningback Trae Williams ran nine times for 143 yards and three touchdowns.
Athens scored three times in the opening quarter, first on a 12 yard run by Trae Williams at the 6:52 mark, then on an 80-yard touchdown pass from Burrow to Ryan Luehrman with 4:01 remaining in the first, and finally on a one-yard run by Williams with 55 seconds left.
Less than a minute into the second quarter Williams broke a 65-yard run for a touchdown, while Adam Luehrman caught a 39-yard touchdown pass from Burrow at the 8:35 mark of the second. Zacciah Saltzman found paydirt from six yards out just 55 seconds later, and then with 1:12 remaining in the half Saltzman scored on a 25-yard pass from Burrow. Athens was 3-of-5 in the first half on point after kicks and 0-of-2 on two-point attempts.
Leading 45-0 at the start of the third quarter, Athens added a touchdown on a 32-yard pass from Burrow to Ryan Luehrman. Nate Gribble added the point after and put AHS on top 52-0.
The Bulldogs outgained Gallia Academy 494-t0-100 in total yards, 186-to-82 on the ground and 308-to-18 through the air. The Blue Devils had five first downs, while Athens earned 20. AHS was penalized six times for 58 yards, while GAHS committed four penalties for 50 yards.
GAHS junior signal caller Kole Carter was 2-of-4 passing for 18 yards and interception, while leading the team on the ground with 55 yards on 14 attempts. Blake Wilson gained 14 yards on the ground on eight rushes, Wes Jarrell ran three times for six yards, Blaine Vance gained four yards on two rushes, while Isiah Holley had one three yard rush. Russell Matthew caught one 10 yard pass and Jarrell had one eight yard reception in the setback.
Burrow was 12-of-12 passing for 289 yards and four scores, while Trace Albin was 1-of-2 passing for 19 yards. Saltzman caught four passes for 65 yards and a score, Ryan Luehrman caught two passes for 112 yards and two scores, while Adam Luehrman grabbed two passes for 53 yards and a touchdown. Williams caught two passes for 38 yards, Heath Wiseman had two catches for 21 yards and Andy Kostival added one grab for 19 yards.
The Bulldogs ground attack was led by Williams with 143 yards and three scores on nine attempts, followed by Deshawn Horton with 24 yards on eight attempts, Saltzman with two rushes for 18 yards and a score, and Holden Macy with 19 yards on five tries.
This is the first time since 2006 that the home team has won in this rivalry. GAHS will host Chesapeake next week, while Athens will travel to Zanesville. The Panthers dropped a 40-0 non-conference game to Oak Hill on Friday, while ZHS topped Newark 31-14.