Blue Devils win 1st OVC title outright

The Gallia Academy football team secured the program’s first-ever Ohio Valley Conference championship in an outright fashion on Friday night following a 44-0 victory over South Point at Memorial Field in the Old French City. The Blue Devils (9-1, 7-0 OVC) claimed the program’s 18th overall league championship in history, and first since the last of 17 Southeastern Ohio Athletic League crowns back in 2012. The Blue Devils have also advanced to the playoffs for an 11th time and will host a Division IV, Region 15 opening round game against a yet to be determined opponent at Memorial Field next Saturday at 7 p.m. (Bryan Walters|OVP Sports)