THE PLAINS, Ohio — The first quarter told the story.
The River Valley football team surrendered 28 points in the opening quarter, as host Athens downed the visiting Raiders 55-16 in a Week 9 Tri-Valley Conference Ohio Division contest in Athens County.
The Bulldogs (8-1, 5-0 TVC Ohio) outscored RVHS (0-8, 0-6) 42-0 in the first half en route to the 39-point triumph.
The Silver and Black narrowed the margin to 42-8 with 9:32 remaining in the third quarter, as Jared Reese scampered for an 83-yard run and Trevor Simpson followed with a successful two-point conversion.
RVHS added its second touchdown of the contest, just 2:38 later when Reese punched in a seven-yard rushing touchdown and also provided a successful two-point run to close the deficit to 42-16.
Athens outscored the visitors 13-0 through the remainder of the contest, as Evan Adams’ one-yard run with 5:38 in the third period widen the advantage to 49-16.
The Bulldogs tacked on their final touchdown, as Xander Karagosian’s five-yard run propelled the hosts to a 55-16 advantage with 4:26 remaining in the contest.
AHS claimed a 13-3 edge in first downs, as the Raiders were penalized three times for 35 yards. In contrast, the Bulldogs were flagged four times for 35 yards.
The hosts claimed a 2-1 edge in turnovers, as River Valley lost two fumbles, while Athens threw one interception.
There was a total of 490 yards of total offense in the game, as the Athens claimed a 175-127 advantage in rushing yards, while also finishing with a 182-6 edge through the air.
Reese paced the Silver and Black rushing attack with 98 yards on three carries, while Simpson followed with six carries for 28 yards.
Jordan Burns finished with a 1-of-5 passing performance for six yards, as Simpson hauled in the lone reception for RVHS.
River Valley accounted for four of the five punts in the contest, with an average of 28½ yards per punt.
Up next for the Raiders, a road date with Gallia County rival South Gallia on Saturday.
Scott Jones can be reached at 740-446-2342, ext 2106.