NELSONVILLE, Ohio — The Nelsonville-York Buckeyes scored 22 points in the first six minutes of the game and went on to defeat the Meigs Marauders 54-8 in the TVC opener for both teams at Nelsonville-York’s Boston Field. The Buckeyes who started the season a 0-2, and then had three transfers gain eligibility have been rolling since then scoring over 50 points a contest.
The Marauders on the other hand went into the contest with an already injury depleted roster, lost more kids to the injury bug. The most serious was senior Jared Williamson who suffered an apparent head and neck injury on a punt with 9:19 left in the third period. The game was stopped for over 30 minutes as medical personal worked on Williamson while waiting for a squad to arrive. Jared was alert and moving when transported by Athens County EMS to an area hospital, no word at press time on his condition.
Austin North scored the first of his three touchdowns on a 46 yard pass from Joey Young at the 10:49 mark of the first period. After a Meigs turnover, North added another score on a two yard run. After a bad snap on a Meigs punt attempt that rolled out of the end zone for a safety, Emmitt Reed caught a 14 yard pass from Young and the Buckeyes held a 22-0 lead with 6:14 left in the first period.
The Buckeyes added 20 more points in the second period and took a 42-0 lead in the locker room at intermission. Notrth capped off his big night with an 80 yard punt return in the third period, as the Buckeyes increased the lead to 54-0 in the period.
Meigs scored their touchdown in the third period when Andrew Burt scored from a yard out capping a 15 play, 64 yard drive. That drive was aided by a Buckeye personal foul and an unsportsmanlike conduct penalty on the home team. Meigs added the extra points when Alex Morris pulled in a pass from Dillon Boyer at the 2:13 mark.
Clint Handa led the Buckeyes with 78 yards in 13 tries; Joey Young was seven of 11 in the air for 163 yards and three scores. Kyle Freer caught two for 42 yards, Jacob Blake one for 50, and North one for 46.
Boyer led Meigs with 63 yards in 12 carries; Devon Cundiff added eight carries for 13. Kaileb Sheets was five of 13 in the air for 39 yards and a pair of interceptions. Michael Davis caught two for 33 yards and Cundiff two for eight for Meigs.
Nelsonville-York is now 4-2 on the season and 1-0 in the TVC; they will travel to Wellston next week. Meigs drops to 1-5, and 0-1, the Marauders travel to Vinton County next week.