TUPPERS PLAINS, Ohio — Belpre wasted no time on its visit to East Shade River Stadium Friday night, as the Golden Eagles grounded the Eastern Eagles on Senior Night 46-6 in a Week 9 Tri-Valley Conference Hocking Division match-up in Meigs County.
In the first quarter, Belpre (7-2, 6-1 TVC Hocking) managed to waste no time off the clock after capitalizing on a fumble recovery from an Eastern (2-7, 2-5) turnover.
Matthew Colvin rushed for a 20-yard touchdown and a successful PAT by Bailey Sprague, the Golden Eagles controlled the 7-0 lead at the 10:08 mark into the first quarter and never trailed throughout the game.
Jake Hall of BHS recovered a fumble from Eastern and returned it 39 yards for a touchdown. A successful PAT by Sprague allowed Belpre to push the lead to 14-0 with 6:38 remaining in the first quarter.
With 4:53 remaining in the first quarter, Deijon Bedgood rushed for a 36-yard touchdown and an unsuccessful PAT by Sprague gave the Golden Eagles a 20-0 lead.
Trent McCoy returned a 45-yard interception from Jeremiah Martindale of EHS for a pick-six touchdown and an unsuccessful PAT by Sprague, BHS stretched their lead to 26-0 with 3:47 remaining in the first quarter.
With 3:28 left in the first quarter, Cameron Richmond of Eastern rushed for a 67-yard touchdown and a failed two-point conversion pass by Jett Facemyer gave Belpre a 26-6 lead at the end of the first quarter.
In the second quarter, Belpre and Eastern both fumbled the pigskin multiple times. With 1:25 remaining in the first half and a crucial fourth-and-seven for Belpre on Eastern’s 38-yard line, Tavian Miller connected a 38-yard touchdown pass to Deijon Bedgood and an unsuccessful Pat by Sprague gave the Golden Eagles 32-6 lead headed into the halftime locker room.
At the start of the third quarter, Belpre used up the game clock and marched down the field. At the 7:19 mark in the third quarter, Tavian Miller connected a 24-yard touchdown pass to Deijon Bedgood and a successful PAT by Sprague, the Orange and Black increased the lead to 39-6.
With 2:32 remaining in the third quarter, Tavian Miller completed an 18-yard touchdown pass to Josh Moore and a successful Pat by Sprague, the Golden Eagles relinquished Eastern with the score and the ending result of the outcome of 46-6 in a favor of Belpre.
Jett Facemyer led EHS in passing with 2-for-8 with 20 yards and one interception. Jeremiah Martindale went 1-for-7 for six yards and one interception in the air.
Cameron Richmond led the Green and Gold in rushing with five carries for 74 yards and one touchdown. Reagan Rucker had four carries for 28 yards. Cameron Richmond led Eastern in receiving with two receptions for 20 yards.
The Eagles had a total of 130 yards of offense, four first downs and penalties for 45 yards.
Tavian Miller led BHS in passing with 3-for-7 for 80 yards and three touchdowns. Deijon Bedgood led the Golden Eagles in rushing with three carries for 86 yards and one touchdown. Tojzae Reams also had eight rushes for 57 yards.
Deijon Bedgood led Belpre in receiving with two catches for 62 yards and two touchdowns. The Orange and Black had a total of 344 yards of offense, 15 first downs and five penalties for 55 yards.
Eastern will travel to Roger Lee Adams Memorial Field to take on in-county rival Southern on Saturday at 7:30 p.m.
J.P. Davis is a sports correspondent for Ohio Valley Publishing.