BELPRE, Ohio — The Eastern football team led 48-0 through three quarters of play Friday night en route to their third straight win of the season following a 48-20 triumph over host Belpre in a Week 6 Tri-Valley Conference Hocking Division matchup in Washington County.
The visiting Eagles (4-2, 4-1 TVC Hocking) amassed 473 yards of total offense and led 35-0 at halftime, thanks in large part to an offense that produced 438 rushing yards on the night. The host Golden Eagles (1-5, 1-3), on the other hand, dropped their third straight decision and managed all their points in the fourth quarter against Eastern’s reserves.
Joey Scowden started the onslaught on the first offensive play from scrimmage, rumbling 76 yards to paydirt for a 7-0 edge with 11:36 left in the opening period. Ethan Nottingham added a 28-yard TD run with 5:25 left in the opening stanza, which gave the guests a 14-0 cushion after one quarter of play.
Scowden gave Eastern a 21-0 lead with 10:19 left in the first half after scoring on a 34-yard run, then Zach Scowden added a 16-yard TD scamper for a 28-0 advantage at the 8:17 mark. Max Carnahan added the final score of the first half on a 33-yard interception return that gave the Green and White a 35-0 intermission advantage.
Chase Cook scored on a 25-yard run to paydirt with 4:18 left in the third quarter for a 41-0 edge, then Garret Ritchie hauled in a 12-yard pass from Daschle Facemyer with 20 seconds left in the third for a sizable 48-0 advantage.
Manny Tullius had touchdown runs of 3, 34 and 47 yards in the fourth for Belpre, which wrapped the scoring up at its 48-20 conclusion.
Eastern rushed 44 times for 438 yards and had another 50 yards passing to go along with a turnover-free night. Carnahan was also 6-of-7 on extra point kicks and the guests were penalized nine times for 90 yards.
Joey Scowden led Eastern with 15 carries for 262 yards and also went 4-of-5 passing for 38 yards. Nottingham added 143 yards on 10 carries and also led the wideouts with two catches for 27 yards.
Facemyer was 1-of-1 passing for 12 yards and had a TD pass. Ritchie and Alex Amos also caught a pass apiece for 11 and 12 yards, respectively.
No Belpre statistical information was available at presstime.
Eastern returns to East Shade River Stadium next weekend for its Homecoming contest against Trimble. The TVC Hocking affair will kickoff at 7:30 p.m.