Marauders waylay Wellston, 40-7
Dave Harris Special to OVP
WELLSTON, Ohio — Meigs broke open a close game by outscoring host Wellston 26-0 in the second half and went on to defeat the Golden Rockets 40-7 Friday night at Jackson County. The win is the fourth in a row for the Marauders.
Meigs (6-2, 3-0 TVC Ohio) on offense rolled up 497 yards of total offense including 293 in the air from the quarterback combination of Cody Bartrum and Kaileb Sheets. The Marauder defense held the Golden Rockets (3-5, 1-2) to 192 yards of total offense. Both teams were hampered by poor field conditions due to this week’s rain as both teams had trouble with their footing on the damp turf.
Meigs received the opening kickoff and it didn’t take long to hit pay dirt. On the games first play Sheets took a handoff and pulled up and hit a wide open Michael Davis for 54 yards and the score. Ty Phelps added the extra points and before the fans could settle in their seats the Marauders were on top 7-0.
The Golden Rockets tied the game at 7, with 5:35 left in the first period when Jake Waldron pulled in a 35 yard pass from Braydon Womeldorf for the score. Brandon Kennard’s extra points kick was good and the game was tied at 7.
The Marauders came right back however just over a minute later when Michael Davis scored the second of his four touchdowns for the night from four yards out. Phelps against added the extra points and Meigs held a 14-7 lead at the 4:14 mark of the first period. That score was set up when Bartrum hit Damon Jones for a 39 yard gain to the Wellston six. There it took Davis two carries to score.
Both teams had several chances to score in the second period, but neither did and the two teams went into the locker room with Meigs on top 14-7. Wellston had a golden opportunity in the second period putting together a 17 yard drive to the Marauder six, but Womeldorf was stooped for no gain on fourth and two at the six to end the threat.
The Marauders forced a three and out on the third periods opening drive and forced a punt taking over at the Golden Rocket nine. After Davis picked up six yards on two straight carries, Sheets broke loose for 42 yards to the Rocket 37. Two plays later Sheets hit Phelps who broke a tackle and went down the left sidelines 37 yards for the score. The run was no good for the extra points but the Marauders gained a little breathing room with a 20-7 lead with 8:14 left in the third.
Once again the Marauder defense forced a three and out and took over at the 16 after a Wellston punt. On second down Bartrum hit Sheets over the middle and Kaileb went 76 yards before being tackled at the 10. A Wellston unsportsmanlike like conduct penalty moved it have the distance to the five and Davis took it in for the six on the next play. On that play the same Wellston player was flagged for two more unsportsmanlike penalties and was ejected from the contest. The extra points were no good but the Marauders was on top 26-7 with 5:36 left in the third.
Meigs increased the lead to 34-7 when Davis scored his fourth touchdown of the night this time from 24 yards out, Bartrum hit Phelps in the corner of the end zone for the extra points. Meigs scored their final touchdown of the night with the junior varsity in the game when Nick Combs bowled over from seven yards out with 4:50 left to make the final 40-7 in favor of the Marauders.
Davis led the Marauders with 63 yards in 15 tries, Sheets added 58 in just four carries, and Trae Hood added 53 in six carries and Lane Acree 20 in three tries. Bartrum was 11 of 21 in the air for 182 yards, Sheets was a perfect four for four for 117 yards. Sheets for good measure caught four passes for 82 yards, Davis caught five for 75, and Jones added three for 72 and Phelps three for 49.
Nick Cox led the Rockets with 91 in 25 carries; Michael Downer added 29 in eight carries. Womeldorf was three of 11 in the air for 68 yards. Skyler Peters caught two for 33 and Waldron one for 35.
Meigs will travel to Ratter Field to play the powerful Athens Bulldogs next Friday night with a TVC championship on the line. Wellston will travel to Alexander.
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