By CODY TOMER
SUGARCREEK — Garaway asserted its dominance early and often on Saturday night against an injury riddled Bellaire football team.
The No. 4 seeded Pirates scored on every possession of the first quarter and all but one in the first half on their way to a demoralizing 61-0 triumph over No. 5 seed Bellaire (5-3) in the Ohio Division V, Region 17 Quarterfinals.
Garaway put up 27 points in the opening stanza and 21 in the second to secure a 48-0 halftime advantage.
In the first half, the Pirates racked up 449 total yards to Bellaire’s 64 and outgained the Big Reds 612-95 in the game.
Bellaire quarterback Jake Heatherington entered the game not having an interception this season but he threw two in the setback and finished the game 3-for-12 for 30 yards.
QB Garrett Newsome led the Pirates 196 yards and a TD, while running for 121 yards and three scores. His top targets were Zack Bickford who caught two passes for 90 yards and a TD and Jaydon Miller who grabbed three passes for 85 yards.
“Hats off to Garaway,” Bellaire coach Mark Spigarelli said. “They have a great team and athletes all over the field. Their quarterback is very good. They are very experienced, too, and very well coached. You could even see it when the jayvee guys came in.
“But, I’m happy about my guys. They didn’t quit.
“It just wasn’t our night. A lot of people would have loved to be in the spot we were in to get to the third round of the playoffs.”
The Big Reds were without Brayden Roth (FB/LB), Brandon Mamie (RB/DT) and full back Colt Sechrest on offense, however he did manage to give it a go at linebacker.
“Roth has a broken clavicle and Mamie got hurt last week and has ACL, MCL and PCL tears and a broken tibia and Colt Sechrest had a high ankle sprain and tried to get ready to go but strictly on defense. He was only 75 percent but he is a tough kid.’
For most teams who fall in the playoffs, it’s a long bus ride home to turn in their uniforms. But, for Bellaire, it’s a game to put in the past as the highly anticipated rivalry with Martins Ferry awaits next week.
“At least we know we have one game left,” Spigarelli said. “That’s why these kids need to forget about it over the weekend and come in ready to go next week to get ready for Martins Ferry.
“That’s what is so weird about this year. Usually you lose in the playoffs and you go home, wash your uniforms and look forward to next year. So, at least after (Saturday) we have something to look forward to.
“When we hopefully get a win next week against Martins Ferry, that will take the bad taste out of our mouths from this one.”
Ohio Division V, Region 17
Garaway 61, Bellaire 0
Bellaire 0 0 0 0 — 0
Garaway 27 21 6 7 — 61
G — E. Miller 1 run (Bickford kick), 7:39
G — E. Miller 16 run (Bickford kick), 1:18
G — Wallick 1 run (run failed), 2:07
G — Wallick 8 run (Garber kick), 5:33
Rushing: Garaway 39-326 (Yoder 5-42, Newsome 8-121, E. Miller 8-60, J. Miller 3-17, Young 1-4, Bickford 1-9, Wallick 9-56, Amicone 4-17); Bellaire 26-65 (R. Pettigrew 8-34, Lewis 3-5, Heatherington 2-(-5), White 3-2, Evans 2-(-5), D’Aquila 1-5, M. Pettigrew 4-8, Maffe 3-21.)
Passing: Garaway 12-14-286 (Newsome 8-8-196, Keller 0-2, Amicome 4-4-90); Bellaire 3-12-30-2x (all by Heatherington).
Receiving: Garaway 12-286 (Bickford 2-90, J. Miller 3-85, Young 1-19, Fisher 1-6, Wallick 2-30, Beachy 1-8.)
First Downs: Garaway 27; Bellaire 5.
Penalties-Yards: Garaway 4-40; Bellaire 4-35.
Fumbles-Lost: Garaway 4-1; Bellaire 2-0.