Meigs smashes Spartans, 53-21
Dave Harris Special to OVP
ROCKSPRINGS, Ohio —A fast start leads the Marauders to a senior night victory.
Meigs jumped out to a 40-0 halftime lead, and coasted to a 53-21 win over the Alexander Spartans Friday night in TVC football action Friday night at Meigs High School’s Holzer Field/Farmers Bank Stadium.
Meigs (7-3, 4-1) scored their first touchdown of the night when Cody Bartrum hit Nick Combs on a two yard touchdown pass. Kaileb Sheets added the extra point for a 7-0 Marauder lead. Meigs increased the lead to 14-0 when Jordan Hutton scored from six yards out; once again Sheets added the point after with 3:44 left in the first period.
Meigs increased the lead to 20-0 when on the first play after an Alexander (1-9, 0-5) punt, Sheets ran a quarterback keeper and dashed 68 yards for the score with 38 seconds left in the first period. Three plays later, Andrew Burt picked off a Spartan pass and took it to the house for an apparent scorem, but a block in the back penalty negated the score. Just two plays later Bartrum hit Damon Jones over the middle from 30 yards out, as Jones drug the Spartan defender the final five yards for the score. Sheets added the extra points and Meigs held a 27-0 after one period.
Jack Unbankes recovered a Spartan fumble at the Alexander 11 yard line to set up the Marauders next score. Unbankes then carried for a yard and then the final 10 yards for the score. Sheets made it 34-0 at the 5:46 mark of the half.
The Marauders took a 40-0 lead into the locker room at the half when Devon Cundiff scored from 10 yards out capping off a three play 38 yard drive with 2:49 left in the half.
Alexander scored their first touchdown of the night on the fist play of the fourth period when Alex Stalder pulled in a three yard pass from Trevor Cozart. Robert Fish added the extra points.
Meigs added another score with 6:49 left in the fourth period when Chris Lester scored from six yards out to make it 46-7.
Alexander added another score when Jake McCollister pulled in a 25 yard pass from Taylor Kimbrough, Bryce Cheaver added the extra points with 4:10 left in the game.
The Marauders quickly came right back however when Chris Lester returned the kickoff 60 yards for the score, Josh Schawb added the extra points with 3:52 left in the game.
The Spartans closed out the scoring when A.J, Marks pulled in a 62 yard pass from Kimbrough , the extra points was no good to make the final score 53-21.
Michael Davis led the Marauders with 126 yards in just 10 carries, Sheets carried once for 68 yards as the Marauders rolled up 322 yards on the ground. Bartrum was 3-of-8 in the air for 67 yards, while Sheets was 1-of-2 for one yard. Davis caught one pass for 35 yards Jones one for 30 and Trae Hood one for 12 to lead Meigs.
Meigs held the Spartan defense to minus six yards rushing on 25 carries. Robert Fish carried twice for 10 yards to lead the Spartans. Brody McGrath was six of 18 in the air with an interception for 48 yards, Trevor Cozart was three of 13 for 44 yards and Taylor Kimbrough was four of five for 116. Lukas Thompson caught four for 53, A. J. Marks two for 76 and Nick Fish two for 26.
Seniors playing their final game for the Maroon and Gold were Devon Cundiff, Jack Unbankes, Jordan Hutton, Damon Jones, Andrew Burt, Blaine Perry, Nathan Macek and Morgan Tucker.
The Spartans played without their head coach Sean Arno on the sidelines, Arno’s nephew tragically passed away late this week and he was with family. The Spartan assistant coaches took over the play calling in the loss.
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