VINCENT, Ohio — Meigs exploded for 23 points in the fourth period and pulled away from Warren Local 43-18 in non-conference football action Saturday night at Warren Local High School. The win for the Marauders is the first over the Warriors since the 2005 season; Warren Local holds a 6-4 advantage in the series.
The Marauders unleashed a two-headed quarterback in the contest that resulted in 365 yards passing. Starting quarterback Kaileb Sheets was 9-of-18 in the contest for 209 yards and one score, but Sheets, split time with freshman Cody Bartrum. Cody seeing his first extended varsity playing time of the season was 5-of-9 in the air for 156 yards and two touchdowns, one of those to Sheets who went to wide receiver when Bartrum was behind center.
The Warriors took an early lead when Alex Miller kicked a 25 yard field goal at the 5:52 mark of the first period. That score was set up when quarterback Austin Klintworth hit David Ryan for a 48-yard gain in the drive, as the first period ended with the hosts on top 3-0.
The Marauders scored on the second play of the second quarter, when Sheets hit Ty Phelps from 13 yards out, the kick was no good but Meigs was on top 6-3.
The Warriors had their best drive of the night however after the ensuing kickoff putting together a 10 play, 80 yard drive capped off when Jared Sinner scored from 24 yards out, Miller added the extra points and a 10-6 Warrior lead with 5:50 left in the half.
Three plays later however the Marauders regained the lead. Bartrum hit Michael Davis over the middle and the junior speedster split the last two defenders with a chance to tackle him on his way to a 68 yard touchdown. The two-point conversion pass was no good and Meigs was on top 12-10. Meigs drove into scoring position late in the first half, but three straight incomplete passes ended the threat and the Marauders held a 12-10 lead at the half.
The Warriors started the second half with a long drive but the Marauder defense stiffened and stuffed Aaron Sealey for no gain on fourth and goal to end the threat. Then it was Warren’s turn to come up with the big play as the Warriors tackled Sheets for a loss in the end zone on first down and a safety to tie the game at 12-12.
After the free kick the Marauder defense held and forced a punt. On first down Sheets hooked up with Davis for a 42 yard gain to the Warren 15. The next play Davis took it the final 15 for the score. Andrew Burt added the extra points and Meigs held a 20-12 lead.
The Warriors pulled to within 20-18 with 15 seconds left in the third period when Klintworth scored from five yards out, the set the stage for the Marauders big fourth period.
Davis scored again from 14 yards out, and Burt added the extra points with 10:57 lead in the contest for a 28-18 Marauder lead. Davis scored his fourth touchdown of the night from three yards out with 7:04 left in the contest. Bartrum rolled out on the extra points and scored on a keeper to make it 36-18.
A Phelps interception set up the Marauders final score which occurred when Bartrum found a wide open Sheets over the middle for 44 yards, Phelps added the extra points and Meigs had posted the 43-18 win.
Davis led the Marauder offense with 96 yards on 16 carries, the junior added 112 receiving on four catches for good measure. Bartrum added 15 yards in two carries. Sheets was 9-of-18 through the air for 209 yards and a score, Bartrum was 5-of-9 for 156 yards and a score. Besides Davis, Phelps caught five passes for 87 yards and Sheets had three receptions for 83 and Damon Jones caught one pass for 12.
Klintworth led the Warriors with 79 yards in 16 tries, Isner added 53 yards on 12 attempts. Klintworth was 6-of-11 passing for 91 yards; David Ryan caught two passes for 59.
Meigs is now 3-2 on the season, they will host Nelsonville-York in the TVC opener next Friday evening, Warren is now 2-3 on the season they Warriors will host Jackson next Friday night.
NOTES: For the first time in several years the Meigs Marauder Marching Band under the direction of Toney Dingess was not in attendance, the band was competing in their first competition of the season at Marietta where they were named Grand Champion. A familiar face too many longtime Meigs fans was honored by the Warren Local Alumni Band before the contest. Fred Ruth and his wife Nancy was honored for their many years of service to the school. Ruth was the band director for Warren Local for over two decades, in the Mid 1970s Ruth was assistant band director in the Meigs Local School district under Dwight Goins.