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Golden Eagles soar past Rebels

Belpre’s Xavior Robinson tries to elude a pair of South Gallia tacklers during the Golden Eagles’ 31-0 homecoming victory Friday night at Ralph Holder Stadium. (Photo by Jay W. Bennett)

BELPRE — Xavior Robinson scored thrice on homecoming and host Belpre celebrated with a 31-0 shutout victory of visiting South Gallia here Friday night at Ralph Holder Stadium for first-year head coach Jimmie Bell.

The Golden Eagles, now 2-4 with a road game next Friday at River, had the ball to open the affair and scored on their first drive. Facing a third-and-15 at the Rebel 36, Belpre signal-caller Willis Starcher fired an aerial for Julian Martin, who leaped into the air, pulled it down and then raced to paydirt. It was 6-0 at the 8:11 mark after Ej Siders blocked Junior Bass’ extra point attempt.

South Gallia, which dropped to 0-4 and plays host next Friday to Manchester, tried a dive play with Devin Siders to open its first drive. After gaining a couple yards, a pile of players formed and then the fans witnessed Robinson with the ball as he darted 38 yards for a 12-0 advantage just 13 seconds later.

“I was playing strong safety and my teammates they were just holding him up and he had the ball out pretty high so I just went in there, took it and headed upfield and ran for the touchdown,” said Robinson, who rushed nine times for 56 yards and also scored on runs of 30 and 5 yards. “I had two (touchdowns) called back today.

“I felt like I should’ve had more, but we won as a team and that’s the most thing I’m proud of, obviously. I’m pretty proud of my boys. I felt like we have a lot more to accomplish, definitely, but I’m proud of them today.”

Belpre took an 18-0 lead just 13 ticks into the second quarter when Robinson galloped 30 yards for a score.

The visitors faced a fourth-and-4 at the Belpre 37 on their next series, but a bad snap was recovered by Julian Martin. That quickly led to a 24-0 cushion when Jordan Martin took a Wildcat snap and weaved his way from one side of the field to the other before stiff-arming the last Rebel defender and going 54 yards to the house.

Jordan Martin, who carried three times for 96 yards, raced for 45 of those on one attempt prior to the half. A personal foul along with a pass interference call on South Gallia had coach Bell’s squad looking at a first-and-goal from the 8. However, a swing pass to Robinson resulted in a fumble when Tristan Saber stripped him and the ball ended up going through the end zone for a touchback.

The Rebels managed to march all the way to the red zone and had it first-and-goal at the 6 with 13.4 seconds left and no timeouts. Quarterback Noah Cremeens rolled out and hit Devin Siders right at the end zone, but he was ruled down inside the 1 and time expired.

Brady Mason’s sack on third down forced a Rebel punt to open the second half and Belpre quickly got the running clock going with another six-pointer. Julian Martin had a 21-yard catch and Jordan Martin followed with a 33-yard grab from Starcher, which led to Robinson’s 5-yard burst and a 31-0 advantage following the extra point by Bass at the 7:28 mark.

Starcher completed 6 of 7 passes for 132 yards. Julian Martin had four grabs for 102 yards as the fourth quarter was limited to six minutes.

South Gallia lost the battle of total yards, 280 to 87. The Rebels rushed 33 times for 65 yards with Devin Siders (10-41) leading the way.

Contact Jay Bennett at jbennett@newsandsentinel.com

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