Over the course of James Gifford’s tenure with the East Tartans’ football program, the East faithful has seen an average football unit develop into a program that is the standard across the SOC I realm.
On Friday evening, East showed no signs of that point deviating in 2017 as the Tartans wasted no time in making an early statement by scoring 38 points in the first half in a 46-14 throttling of the South Gallia Rebels on Friday evening in South Gallia.
First-year starting signal-caller Brady Douthat, who is taking over the reins for the graduated Drew Lowe in 2017, showed the poise of a veteran beyond his years at the position as Douthat completed eight of his 13 passes for 168 yards and four touchdowns while running for a three-yard scamper during the middle of the first quarter.
The senior showed grit and toughness all night long at the position by accounting for East’s first four touchdowns, including a 31-yard strike to JD Hatcher, a 3-yard run, a 53-yard pass to Kyle Flannery, and another touchdown pass to Hatcher from 36 yards out to put East up by a 25-0 count with 9:53 to play in the second quarter of action. Each scoring drive took six plays or less.
After obtaining the 25-0 advantage, it only took another 2:46 for East to score again as Flannery capped off a seven-play, 28-yard drive with a one-yard plunge with 7:07 to play in the third frame. Braiden Haney’s four-yard scoop-and-score with 2:50 to play in the opening half allowed East to take the aforementioned 38-0 lead into the halftime break.
With East holding a lead well over the 30-point margin necessary for a running clock, the contest, if it was ever in much doubt, was sealed when Douthat found Devon Stevens to cap off a six-play, 42-yard drive en route to his fourth passing touchdown of the night as the Tartans took a 46-0 advantage into the fourth quarter. Subbing commenced from there as South Gallia scored two late touchdowns against the East reserves.
In addition to Douthat’s efforts from the quarterback position, Flannery, who collected 124 all-purpose yards (70 receiving, 54 rushing) while averaging 35 yards per catch and five yards per rush attempt, was a major playmaker during the contest, while Hatcher finished with 67 receiving yards on his pair of touchdown catches. Ethan Carver (five carries, 37 yards), Ethan Gifford (four carries, 32 yards), and Trace Smith (three carries, 21 yards) all picked up at least seven yards or more per carry on the ground while Devon Stevens collected 4.8 yards per carry en route to 24 yards rushing as the Tartans showed off a balanced attack (178 yards passing, 169 yards rushing) en route to the victory.
With the win, East, who moved to 1-0 on the year with a victory in its season-opener, will take its momentum into next Friday’s affair at Danville in what will be a clash of two Division VII titans.
ET: JD Hatcher 31 pass from Brady Douthat (run fail) 10:54
ET: Brady Douthat 3 run (run fail) 6:07
ET: Kyle Flannery 53 pass from Brady Douthat (kick fail) 3:45
ET: JD Hatcher 36 pass from Brady Douthat (Jordan Huffman kick) 9:53
ET: Kyle Flannery 1 run (Huffman kick) 7:07
ET: Braidan Haney 4 yard fumble recovery (kick fail) 2:50
ET: Devon Stevens 11 pass from Brady Douthat (Stevens pass from Douthat) 4:13
SG: Kyle Northup 1 run (run fail) 10:53
SG: Kyle Northup 6 run (Jeffery Sheets run) 2:09
First Downs: ET 20, SG 6
Comp-Att-Int: ET 10-16-0, SG 0-2-0
Total Yards: ET 347, SG 97
Fumbles-Lost: ET 1-0, SG 3-3
Penalties-Yards: ET 6-55, SG 5-40
ET: Kyle Flannery 9-54, Ethan Gifford 5-37, Devon Stevens 5-24, Ethan Carver 4-32, Mackie Kingery 4-5, Trace Smith 3-21, Chase Coyle 3-(-3), Sam King 1-3, Zach Holtzaphel 1-(-4)
SG: Kyle Northup 15-23, Jeffery Sheets 12-35, Tony Long 3-5, Tony Long 3-5, Bryceton Folden 2-24, Chase Pearson 1-2
ET: Brady Douthat 8-13-0 168, Chase Coyle 2-3-0 10
SG: Kyle Northup 0-1-0 0, Jeffery Sheets 0-1-0 0
ET: Mackie Kingery 3-20, Kyle Flannery 2-70, JD Hatcher 2-67, Trace Smith 2-10, Devon Stevens 1-11
Reach Kevin Colley at (740) 353-3101 ext. 1930 OR on Twitter @ColleyKevin7