Marauders fall at Fairland, 32-20

Dave Harris Special to OVP

September 7, 2013

PROCTORVILLE, Ohio — Fairland scored two fourth period touchdowns, and held on to defeat Meigs 33-20 in football action Friday evening in Lawrence County. The game was a spirited, hard-hitting, emotional contest that included a brief scuffle between the two teams in the second period that resulted in a player for both teams getting ejected. The two teams combined for 23 penalties for 210 yards.

Meigs (1-1) received the opening kickoff and drove to the Fairland (2-0) 12 yard line, but Kalieb Sheets pass on fourth and one was picked off by Kyle Sowards. It didn’t take the Dragons long to hit pay dirt, on second down Sowards hauled in a pass from Chance Short and was off the races sprinting 90 yards for the score. Nathan Campbell added the extra points and Fairland was on top 8-0 at the 6:05 mark of the first period.

The Marauders came right back when Sheets carried it in form 24 yards out just three plays later. Sheets threw for six yards, and carried for 25 and 24 in the drive. Sheets then hooked up with Damon Jones for the extra points and the game was tied at right at the 5:20 mark of the first period.

Campbell gave the Dragons a 14-8 lead with 4:57 left in the half when he fielded a Sheets and punt and took it the distance 80 yards for the score. The extra points were no good, but a fight broke out when a Marauder was stomped on by a Dragon after the play, and some pushing and shoving ensued. After a delay of some 10-15 minutes a player from each team was ejected.

Fairland added another score with 2:39 left in the half when Sowards found slipped pasted the Meigs secondary and pulled in a 22 yard pass from Short for the score and the Dragons went into the locker room with a 20-8 lead.

Meigs went with the onside kick to start the second half and Jack Unbanked recovered for Meigs at the Fairland 41. Six plays later Michael Davis scored from 21 yards out, the extra points were no good but Meigs had pulled to within 20-14 at the 10:32 mark of the third period.

Meigs tied the game with 6:18 left in the third period, when Andrew Burt bowled over from five yards out. The kick was no good but the Marauders had pulled even at 20.That touchdown was set up when Devon Cundiff recovered a Dragon fumble at the Meigs 46.

The Dragons broke the tie with 11:12 left in the contest when Short took it over from a yard out. Isiah Vidal added the kick for a 27-20 Fairland advantage. The Dragons added an insurance touchdown when Even Maddox broke free for 60 yards out with 8:29 left to close out the scoring of a 33-20 Dragon win.

Meigs was led on the ground by Hutton with 72 yards in 20 carries; Sheets added 70 in 25 tries. Sheets was 13 of 22 in the air for 88 yards and a pair of interceptions. Ty Phelps caught seven for 66 and Davis five for 22.

Maddox carried 21 times for 119 yards for the Dragons. Short was 11 of 23 in the air for 194 yards. Sowards caught five for 156, Campbell four for six yards.

Meigs will play their first home game of the year next week when host River Valley, while Fairland travel to Gallia Academy.