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Gallipolis pull away from Hornets in 2nd half, 42-20

Coal Grove Hornets’ defensive lineman Ben Compliment (left) wraps up Gallipolis Blue Devils’ running back James Armstrong (3) during Friday’s Ohio Valley Conference game. Gallipolis led 14-12 at the half but pulled away to a 42-20 win. (Photo Courtesy of Tim Gearhart)

Jim Walker
jim.walker@irontontribune.com

COAL GROVE — Lightening struck in the second quarter causes an hour and a half delay.
It was nothing like the lightening that struck in the second half.
The Gallipolis Blue Devils struck for two quick touchdowns in the third quarter as they pulled away from the Coal Grove Hornets and went on to post a 42-20 Ohio Valley Conference win on Friday.
Gallipolis (6-1, 4-0) took an 8-0 lead on a 4-yard run by James Armstrong with 8:13 left in the first quarter. Ben Cox ran for the conversion.
Coal Grove (4-3, 2-2) answered as quarterback Nate Harmon bolted 44 yards for a touchdown and the Hornets trailed 8-6 with 4:54 on the clock.
The Blue Devils then went up 14-6 on a 1-yard scoring run by Jacob Campbell midway through the quarter.
Coal Grove came back to get within 14-12 on an 18-yard pass from Harmon to Evan Holmes with 4:04 left in the half.
After the delay and halftime, Gallipolis scored with 9:32 on the third quarter clock as quarterback Justin McClelland ran 7 yards for the touchdown. Andrew Toler kicked the conversion for a 21-12 lead.
Three minutes and 31 seconds later, Gallipolis scored again as Boo Pullins went 9 yards for the touchdown and McClelland ran for the conversion and it was 29-12.
The Hornets put together a scoring drive capped by a 4-yard pass from Harmon to Aaron Music. The duo hooked up on the conversion and it was 29-20 with only 12 seconds to play in the quarter.
But Campbell scored on a 12-yard run less than two minutes into the fourth quarter and the lead was 35-20.
The Blue Devils had another scoring drive on their next possession with Jacob Hill going the final 5 yards for the score with 4:19 to play. Toler’s conversion kid made it 42-20.
Coal Grove racked up 298 total years with 153 coming on the ground while Harmon was 8-of-13 for 145 yards. Harmon also ran 13 times for 69 yards.
Austin Stapleton added 53 yards on 11 carries and Kyle Sites had 31 yards on 11 attempts for the Hornets.
The Blue Devils had 344 total yards with 262 rushing on 52 attempts.
Pullins led a balanced attack with 86 yards on 13 attempts, McClelland had 85 on 19 rushes and Campbell added 56 yards on 16 carries.
McClelland was 8-of-12 passing for 82 yards with two interceptions.
Next Friday, Coal Grove goes to Ironton and Gallipolis hosts Rock Hill.
Gallipolis 8 6 15 13 = 42
Coal Grove 6 6 8 0 = 20
First Quarter
Ga — James Armstrong 4 run (Ben Cox run) 8:13
CG —Nate Harmon 44 run (run failed) 4:54
Second Quarter
Ga — Jacob Campbell 1 run (run failed) 6:01
CG — Evan Holmes 18 pass from Nate Harmon (run failed) 4:04
Third Quarter
Ga — Justin McClelland 7 run (Andrew Toler kick) 9:32
Ga — Boo Pullins 9 run (Justin McClelland run) 6:01
CG —Aaron Music 4 pass from Nate Harmon (Music pass from Harmon) 0:12
Fourth Quarter
Ga — Jacob Campbell 12 run (pass failed) 10:28
Ga — Jacob Hill 5 run (Andrew Toler kick) 4:19
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Ga CG
First downs 24 10
Rushes-yards 52-262 37-153
Passing yards 82 145
Total yards 344 298
Cmp-Att-Int 8-12-2 8-13-0
Penalties-yards 1-10 5-35
Punts-average 1-43.0 3-31.0
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RUSHING — Gallipolis: Justin McClelland 19-85, Boo Pullins 13-86, Jacob Campbell 16-56, James Armstrong 3-30, Jacob Hill 1-5; Coal Grove: Kyle Sites 11-31, Austin Stapleton 11-53, Nate Harmon 13-69, Jalen McKenzie 1-4, Aaron Music 1-minus 4.
PASSING — Gallipolis: Justin McClelland 8-12-2 82; Coal Grove: Nate Harmon 8-13-0 145.
RECEIVING — Gallipolis: James Armstrong 2-19, Cade Roberts 6-63; Coal Grove: Jalen McKenzie 2-12, Kyle Sites 1-5, Evan Holmes 3-72, Aaron Music 2-56.