Belpre set to face South Gallia, seeks 5th straight win

BELPRE — Flying high on a four-game winning streak, the Belpre Golden Eagles are putting that streak on the line against South Gallia in a 7:30 p.m. Friday home contest at Ralph Holder Stadium. After facing two top-tier opponents in Fort Frye and Trimble, the Golen Eagles have scored more than 40 points in each of those last four games. The Southern game on Sept. 27 saw the Birds suffer injuries to three key running backs (Jeremiah Weaver, Sean Tabler and Cody Daugherty) in the 46-20 win. That injury has caused players who were already pressed into a lot of action to help carry the load on offense. Last week’s victory over Federal Hocking not only proved to be Federal Hocking’s final game of the season, it proved that those healthy offensive contributors could pick up where the other running backs left off.

Running back Logan Adams did whatever he wanted, as he rushed for a team-high in yardage and a trio of touchdowns in the win. Kasey Miller also found paydirt with a 20-yard run to put that game away, so it appears head coach Mike DeVol’s surging offense will be ready to go against the 1-4 Rebels. DeVol doesn’t want anyone to look past South Gallia, and he wants his team to conduct business as usual.

“Well, it’s just a matter of this being the game we’re going to play, and we want to win it,” DeVol said. “You have to also understand that we started out playing Fort Frye. They finished third in the state last year with a lot of kids coming back. We’ve also played Trimble, who finished second in the state last year with a lot of their kids coming back. I don’t feel so bad about those games. We didn’t quit, we didn’t give up. These kids are winners.”

DeVol then brought up the injuries that have hampered the team, and his plan is to see what those healthy players have to offer against a Rebel defense allowing 27 points per game. One constant for BHS is its offensive line. The young team has veteran leadership on its line that has kept the offense running smoothly with the likes of center Brody Weekley, guard Gage Clark and junior tackles Elijah Flowers and Collin Alloway to name a few. Despite the struggles for South Gallia, DeVol doesn’t want them to surprise his team come Friday night. Before Southern pulled away from the Rebels in the second half of last week’s game, that was only a four-point deficit at the half. A team that can play spoiler for the red-hot Eagles is one that could pull out all the stops, and coach DeVol says games like these are all about developing talent and gearing up for the long haul.

“It’s not how many games you win, it’s about how you develop winners,” he said. “In other words, if they walk on the field and give you 110 percent, even if you still don’t win on the scoreboard, you’re going to walk off the field with winners.”

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