ROCKSPRINGS, Ohio — The Fairland Dragons jumped out to a 24-12 halftime lead, and added another score in the fourth period to defeat the Meigs Marauders 30-12 Friday Night at Farmers Bank Stadium, Holzer Field.
The Marauders, already a young team with several injuries lost some more key players Friday evening, already adding to a long injury list. The Marauders played for the most part without tailback Dillon Boyer who injured a knee last week, he carried the ball once. Also the Marauders lost Chris Jones and Brad Harless to knee injuries in the contest.
The Dragons took a 8-0 lead at the 2:29 mark of the period when Tyree Ceasar broke free on a 56 yard run for the sore, capping off a six play, 80 yard drive. The extra points were out of the muddle huddle and Derik Wilson scored to make it 8-0.
Meigs fumbled on the first play after the kickoff with the Dragons recovering, only to have Fairland return the favor on the very next play with Alex Morris recovering for Meigs at their own 33. On first down Ty Phelps gained 10, and then freshman quarterback Kaileb Sheets hook up with Jordan Hutton on the far sideline.
Hutton broke several tackles and took it down the sideline 57 yards for the score. The kick was no good, but the Marauders had pulled to within 8-6 with 1:27 remaining.
On the first play after the Marauders touchdown, Kyle Sowards broke free in his backfield and ran 88 yards for the score. Cody Midkiff added the extra points with 1:11 left and a 16-6 Fairland lead.
The Dragon increased the lead to 24-6 with 1:31 left in the half when Nathan Campbell scored from two yards out. Sowards added the extra points with 1:31 left in the half.
On second down, Sheets had his pass picked off by Sowards and the Dragons were in business with 1:28 left in the half at the Meigs 40. But Ty Phelps stepped in front of a Chance Short pass in the left flat and took it down the sideline 63 yards for the score. Once again the extra points were no good but the two teams went into the locker room with the Dragons on top 24-12.
Meigs threatened in the third period when Cody Stewart picked off a Short pass giving the Marauders the ball in Dragon territory. But Sheets on fourth down and 13, hit Phelps with a pass and Phelps was tackled at the Dragon 12, two yards short of the first down.
Campbell capped off the scoring in the fourth period with a four yard run, to give the Dragons the 30-12 win.
Sowards led the Dragons with 110 yards in just six tries; Campbell added 14 tries for 84 and Ceasar eight for 65. Short was 13 of 16 in the air with an interception for 139 yards. Campbell caught five for 75, Sowards five for 45.
Andrew Burt led Meigs on the ground with eight carries for 28 yards, Phelps added four for 25. Sheets was 10 of 23 in the air with an interception for 109 yards. Phelps caught six for 28, Hutton two for 58 and Blaine Perry two for 22.
Meigs will look for its first win of the season when it travels to Bidwell to play the River Valley Raiders.