NELSONVILLE, Ohio — Unfortunately for the Raiders on Friday night, they took in the Garrett Maiden show.
That’s because Maiden, the Nelsonville-York quarterback, threw for five touchdowns and dashed 62 yards for another — as the host Buckeyes blitzkrieged visiting River Valley 49-7 in the Tri-Valley Conference Ohio Division football opener at Boston Field.
The Buckeyes blew up the scoreboard for 21 points in each of the opening two quarters, then got an insurance touchdown from Brian Heller — with three minutes and 20 seconds to play in the third period.
In addition to Maiden’s five passing touchdowns, and 62-yard run with four seconds left in the first half, he also successfully kicked the first five Buckeye extra points.
Alec Taylor tacked on the other two.
For the Raiders, their seven points came courtesy of a 6-yard touchdown pass from Patrick Brown to Dustin Barber with 9:12 to play in the opening half.
Colton Gilmore added the extra-point kick, but by then, River Valley trailed 28-0.
With the win, the Buckeyes — the defending TVC Ohio champions — remained undefeated at 4-0.
The Raiders, which have now lost nine of their last 10 meetings with Nelsonville-York, slipped to an even 2-2.
Maiden completed 15-of-22 passes for an astounding 340 yards, as Ronnie Wend — with receptions of 20 yards and five yards in the second quarter — caught the final two passing TDs.
The 20-yarder made it 28-0 only 46 seconds into the second stanza, before the 5-yarder at the four-minute mark made it 35-0.
Maiden opened the scoring with a 72-yard strike to Chris Cook, then connected with Keegan Wilburn for 29 yards to make it 14-0.
The Buckeyes ballooned the lead to 21-0 with only a minute remaining in the first quarter — on a 55-yard pitch-and-catch between Maiden and Shakim Williams.
Nelsonville-York rolled up 583 yards of total offense, adding 243 rushing yards on 27 carries — and amounting 16 first downs.
Maiden’s 63 yards on three rushes and Wilburn’s 60 yards on five attempts paced the Orange and Brown on the ground.
Williams made four receptions for 80 yards, while Cook caught three balls for 130 yards.
The Raiders rushed for only 61 yards on 23 carries, paced by Cole Young with 35 yards and Brown with another 24.
Brown completed 11-of-31 passes for 135 yards with one interception, as Barber bagged nine receptions for three yards shy of an even 100.
The Raiders ran 55 plays from scrimmage, but punted four times in addition to being held to under 200 total yards.
The Raiders return home, and return to TVC Ohio Division action, next Friday night against Meigs.
Paul Boggs can be reached at 740-446-2342, ext. 2106
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