Meigs blasts Buckeyes, 47-6
by Dave Harris Special to OVP
ROCKSPRINGS, Ohio — THE LOSING STREAK IS OVER.
For the first time since 1999 the Meigs Marauders defeated the Nelsonville York Buckeyes in convincing fashion Friday night at Holzer Field/Farmers Bank Stadium by a score of 47-6. The Marauders defeated the Buckeyes 34-12 that night 14years ago. The 47 points is also the most points the Marauders have scored in the 34 games between the two teams. Nelsonville-York leads the all time series by a 13-21 advantage. The win also avenges a lopsided 54-8 win by Nelsonville-York last season over Meigs.
The Marauders (4-2, 1-0 TVC Ohio)hit paydirt first when Michael Davis scored from 21 yards out, Davis added the extra points at the 31 second mark of the first period and Meigs was on top 8-0. Damon Jones set up the next Marauder score when he picked off a Colton Adams pass giving the Marauders the ball at the Buckeye 39. Nine plays later, Kaileb Sheets hit Ty Phelps from a yard out; Sheets added the extra points on a pass from Cody Bartrum for a 16-0 Marauder lead with 6:51 left in the half.
Morgan Tucker recovered a Noah Andrews fumble at the Buckeye20 just three plays after the Marauder td. Six plays later Andrew Burt bulled over from the one, Davis added the extra points for a 24-0 Meigs lead with 3:50 left in the half.
Alex Mount set up the only NYHS (2-4, 0-1) score of the night when he picked off a Bartrum throw deep in Meigs territory. Andrews drove over for the score from a yard out with 4 seconds left in the half and the two teams went into the locker room with the Marauders on top 24-6.
Meigs picked up where they left off in the third when Bartrum hit Sheets from 14 yards out, Andrew Burt made it a 32-6 contest at the 6:32 mark of the third period. Jordan Hutton increased the Meigs advantage with a beautiful 69 yard run down the near sideline; Hutton shook off the final Buckeyes tackler with a stiff arm at the Nelsonville-York 25 and went on in for the score. Ty Phelps added the kicked to make it 39-6 with 1:43 left in the third.
Meigs scored their final touchdown off the night after taking over at the Meigs 44 after a punt. Davis ran on consecutive plays of 27 and the final 29 yards for the score. Burt closed out the scoring with the extra points to give Meigs a 47-6 win.
Davis led all rushers gaining 147 yards in 21 carries; Hutton added 75 in three carries and Lane Acree 27 in four tries as Meigs averaged 6.9 yards a carry. Bartrum was nine of 20 in the air for 67 yards with one touchdown and one interception. Sheets was 2 of 3 for 12 yards. Sheets pulled in four passes for 55 yards, Phelps caught four passes for 45 yards, and Damon Jones two for 15.
The Meigs defense which started out the season struggling at times again put in an outstanding performance holding the Buckeyes to 85 total yards in 54 plays (1.6 yards a play) and only 39 yards in 40 carries on the ground for an average of .98 yards a carry. Twenty Five of those yards came on the opening play of the game.
Andrews led the Buckeyes with 38 yards in 16 tries; Colton Andrews was three of 14 in the air with an interception fir 46 yards. Jeremy Warren caught two for 22 and Alex Mount one for 25.
The Marauders will host Vinton County next Friday in the annual Meigs Homecoming/Alumni game, while the Buckeyes will host Wellston next Friday.
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