Hornets’ offense runs out of gas in loss to Blue Devils

Published 12:26 am Tuesday, October 3, 2023



GALLIPOLIS — The Coal grove Hornets just ran out of gas.

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The Hornets had no trouble on their first two possessions as they scored touchdowns, but their drives sputtered in the second half in a 28-12 loss to the Gallipolis Blue Devil on Friday in an Ohio Valley Conference game.

Coal Grove (4-3, 1-3) took the opening kickoff and drove 70 yards in 9 plays capped by Kaden Murphys’ 28-yard scamper.

The conversion run failed and it was 6-0 at the 7:24 mark.

Gallipolis (6-1, 3-1) answered with its own scoring drive in just 4 plays including the final play as Braylan Rathburn  scrambled to his right and found Kenyon Franklin on a 22-yard pass play.

Caleb Stout’s conversion kick gave the Blue Devils a 7-6 lead at the 5:53 mark.

Undaunted, the Hornets came right back with a 67-yard march in 16 plays that ended on a 1-yard run by Murphy with 8:30 left in the half. The conversion pass failed and Coal Grove led 12-7.

Gallipolis got to the Coal Grove 8-yard line but fumbled the ball into the end zone and the Hornets recovered.

Unable to move the ball, the Hornets shanked an 18-yard punt and Gallipolis was back in business at the Coal Grove 35.

It took only 3 plays to score with Rathburn going the final yard and Stout’s kick gave the Blue Devils the lead for good at 14-12.

A turning point in the game came on the second half kickoff and Joey Darnbrough return the kick 73 yards for the touchdown and the lead was 21-12 with just 12 seconds off the clock.

Coal Grove managed to get a drive going in the third quarter that reached the 5-yard line, but the Blue Devils’ defense stiffened and took over on downs.

Gallipolis went on a 95-yard drive that culminated on a 9-yard pass from Rathburn to Alex Blair with 8:57 to play. Stout’s kick set the score at 28-12.

Murphy was the main offensive weapon for the Hornets as he ran 24 times for 84 yards and 2 touchdowns and also caught 3 passes for 68 yards. Steven Simpson added 41 yards on 11 carries.

Quarterback Whyatt Mannon was 8-of-11 passing for 94 yards as the Hornets had 208 total yards for the game.

The Blue Devils had a balanced attack with 137 yards rushing and 146 passing. Hudson Shamblin ran 10 times for 69 yards and Rathburn completed 9-of-12 passing for 139 yards and 2 touchdowns.

Franklin caught 5 passes for 65 yards and a TD.

Coal Grove will host Ironton on Friday and Gallipolis goes to Rock Hill.

Coal Grove 6 6 0 0 = 12

Gallipolis 7 7 7 7 = 28

First Quarter

CG — Kaden Murphy 28 run (run failed) 7:24

Ga — Kenyon Franklin 22 pass from Braylan Rathburn (Caleb Stout kick) 5:53

Second Quarter

CG — Kaden Murphy 1 run (run failed) 8:30

Ga — Braylan Rathburn 1 run (Caleb Stout kick) 3:55

Third Quarter

Ga – Joey Darnbrough 73 kickoff return (Caleb Stout kick) 11:48

Fourth Quarter

Ga – Alex Blair 9 pass from Braylan Rathburn (Caleb Stout kick) 8:57



First downs 13 15

Rushes-yards 39-114 23-137

Passing yards 94 146

Total yards 208 283

Cmp-Att-Int 8-11-0 10-13-0

Fumbles-lost 1-1 2-1

Penalties-yards 1-5 8-50

Punts-average 2-30.5 2-33.5


Individual Leaders

RUSHING–Coal Grove: Kaden Murphy 24-84 2-TD, Steven Simpson 11-41, Whyatt Mannon 2-11, Gavin Gipson 1-minus 5, Team 1-minus 17; Gallipolis: Hudson Shamblin 10-69, Cole Hines 5-19, Hunter Shamblin 4-13, Braylan Rathburn 3-24 TD, Kenyon Franklin 1-12.

PASSING–Coal Grove: Whyatt Mannon 8-11-0 94; Gallipolis: Braylan Rathburn 10-13-0 146 2-TD, Hunter Shamblin 1-1-0 7.

RECEIVING–Coal Grove: Kaden Murphy 3-68, Gavin Gipson 1-3, Landon Roberts 2-11, Wesley Runyon 2-12; Gallipolis: Kenyon Franklin 5-65 TD, Hunter Shamblin 3-37, Alex Blair 2-19 TD, Cole Hines 1-30