Chieftains rally past Meigs, 27-22

By Dave Harris - For Ohio Valley Publishing

LOGAN, Ohio — Brady Walsh pulled in a 47-yard pass from Lane Little with just 2:35 left to give the Logan Chieftains a heart-stopping 27-22 win over the Meigs Marauders Friday night at Bill Sauer Field in Hocking County.

Logan almost gave the Marauders too much time as the Maroon and Gold drove into Logan territory, but Cody Bartrum’s fourth down pass slipped out of his hand and came up short of the first down as the game was played in a steady rain for the final two-plus periods.

If there was any doubt of the Marauders talent, that has been put to rest the last two weeks. Last week Meigs went on the road and knocked off state power Amanda Clearcreek, and this week the Marauders showed no let down after leading most of the way against a very strong Logan team.

The Marauders received the opening kickoff and quickly went to work. Mixing the run and pass, the Marauders drove 65 yards in 11 plays. Trae Hood blasted over from the five, and Cody Bartrum added the extra point as Meigs held the early 8-0 advantage at the 8:08 mark of the first period.

The Marauders forced Logan to a three-and-out and went 55 yards in seven plays and scored when Bartrum hit Colton Lilly on a 20-yard scoring toss. The pass was no good, but the Marauders were on top with 14-0 with 4:37 left in the period.

The Chieftains responded, however, with an eight-play, 65-yard drive that ended when Isiah Smith pulled in a four-yard pass from Little. Smith added the kick to cut the Meigs lead to 14-7 with 54 seconds left.

Logan cut the Marauder lead to one when Smith caught another scoring toss from Little, but the extra point was blocked and Meigs still held a 14-13 lead at the 7:35 mark of the first half.

Meigs had two chances to increase the lead at the half, driving once to the Logan 10 and another time to the Logan one, but both time the Chieftains held the Marauders out of the end zone — including the last time as the half ended. The two teams went into the locker room as the heavy rains opened up with the Marauders on top 14-13.

Logan received the second half kickoff and quickly took the lead, driving 68 yards in four plays. Little hooked up with Jenson Wallace on a 37-yard scoring toss to take a 19-14 lead with 10:04 left in the third.

Meigs came right back however, driving 64 yards in nine plays and recaptured the lead when Kaileb Sheets went up the middle 26 yards for the score. Lilly pulled in a pass from Bartrum for the extra points, and once again the Marauders were on top 22-19 at the 6:13 mark of the third period.

Meigs drove to the Logan 29-yard line, but the Chieftain defense held on a fourth-and-three with 6:12 left in the contest. Both teams defenses stiffened, and Meigs eventually punted as Logan took over at its own 34.

Four plays later, Little hooked up with Brady Walsh over the middle for the game winner. Walsh slipped a couple of tackles and went in for the score. Little hit Smith for the extra points for a 27-22 Logan lead with 2:35 left.

Meigs wasn’t finished after driving to the Logan 28, but Bartrum was sacked on second down and his third and fourth down passes fell incomplete to end the Marauders’ hopes for an upset.

“This was a tough loss. Hats off to Logan. They made the plays when they had to,” a very disappointed Mike Bartrum said after the game. “I take this loss on myself because I have to get the boys in position to make better plays. The last play call was not a good one, which is my fault.”

Bartrum continued his outstanding play at quarterback completing 20-of-31 for 209 yards. Lilly caught nine passes for 68 yards, while Sheets had six for 66 yards.

Jared Kennedy caught three balls for 20 yards and Bailey Caruthers nabbed two passes for 25 yards. Hood led the Marauders ground game with 84 on 14 tries. Sheets also added 46 yards on 10 totes.

For Logan, Little was 7-of-13 for 130 yards and Smith caught four passes for 44 yards. The Chieftains outstanding running back Bryce McBride led all rushers with 156 on 22 carries, way below his season average.

Meigs is now 2-1 on the season and returns home next week to host Vinton County in a TVC Ohio contest at 7:30 p.m.

Dave Harris is a sports correspondent for Ohio Valley Publishing.

By Dave Harris

For Ohio Valley Publishing