ROCKSPRINGS, Ohio — Wellston outscored Meigs 22-14 in the second half and defeated the Marauders 34-29 in TVC football action Friday night at Holzer Field at Farmers Bank Stadium before a large cool Homecoming/Alumni crowd. The Golden Rockets rushed for 333 yards in picking up their first win of the season in the conference.
Wellston jumped out to an early 12-0 lead in the first period. Noah Massie scored the first of his three touchdowns for the night from a yard out at the 2:44 mark of the first period for a 6-0 advantage. Three plays later, Massie stepped in front of a Kaileb Sheets pass and rumbled 34 yards for the score giving the Golden Rockets a 12-0 advantage with 1:176 left in the first period.
The Marauder offense was having problems getting going in the early part of the game, but in a span of seven second made it a ball game. The Marauders put together a nine play, 56 yard drive to score late in the half. ON the scoring play quarterback Kaileb Sheets handed off to Dillon Boyer, Sheets slipped out of the back field pulled in a pass from Boyer, slipped a tackle at the 15 and went in for the score completing a 25 yard scoring play. That play came on a fourth and eight for Meigs. Sheets added the extra points to cut the Wellston lead to 12-7.
On first down after the kickoff, Damon Jones stepped in front of a Jake Waldron pass and took it untouched 35 yards for the score. For the extra points Sheets hit Ty Phelps for the score with 1:03 left and Meigs took a 15-12 lead into the locker room at the half.
Wellston wasted no time in the second half as Michael Downer went around right end on the first play 57 yards for the score. Forrest Hale added the extra points and the Golden Rockets went back on top 19-15. The Rockets increased the lead to 27-15 when Downer scored from four yards out with 2:05 left in the third period. Jake Waldron hit Dakota Brown for the extra points.
Meigs came right back and cut the lead to 27-22 when Andrew Burt scored from two yards out, Sheets added the extra points with 7:34 left in the contest. That play was set up when Sheets hit Austin Welch on a 28 yard pass on third down to the Rocket five and Welch made a beautiful catch along the Meigs sideline at the five.
The Golden Rockets look to have the game in check when Massie scored from two yards out, Hale added the extra points for a 34-22 Wellston lead with 3:02 remaining.
But Meigs refused to give up. After Sheets was dropped for a loss of 18 in first down to the Meigs seven. Michael Davis slipped a couple of tackles at the line and broke off a 53 yard jaunt to the Giolde3n Rocket 40. On first down, Davis pulled in a 11 yard pass from Sheets and then Ty Phelps caught a pass from Sheets broke a tackle and went 29 yards for the score. Once again Sheets was true on the extra points, and the Marauders had pulled to within 34-29 with 1:52 left.
But the onside kick attempt by Meigs failed to go the required 10 yards and Wellston ran out the clock.
All of Wellston yardage came on the ground, Downer led the winners with 193 yards in 15 carries, Massie added 76 in 21 tries and Cain Wolford 63 in 10 carries.
For Meigs, Boyer had 66 yards in 19 tries and Michael Davis added 30 in five carries. Sheets was eight of 19 in the air with a pair of interceptions for 150 yards. Boyer was one of four for 25. Ty Phelps caught four passes for 61 yards, Davis three for 61, Welch one for 28 and Sheets one for 25.
Wellston with the win is 3-5 overall and 1-2 in the TVC, they play Alexander next week. Meigs drops to 2-6 overall and 1-2 in the conference. The Marauders will host Athens and their high powered offense next Friday.