WELLSTON, Ohio — Meigs spotted Wellston a 12-7 halftime lead, but outscored the host 14-0 in the second half in defeating the Golden Rockets 21-12 in TVC football action Friday night at Wellston.
The game could proved to be costly for both teams as the Marauders lost their outstanding senior Jeffrey Roush and Wellston lost Northwestern recruit Jaylen Prater both with ankle injuries in the fourth period within minutes of each other. Roush was on crutches and in an air cast after the contest, while Prater was transported to the hospital from the field by Wellston EMS.
Wellston took the opening kickoff and put together a six play, 52 yard drive with Prater keeping it around left end 26 yards for the score. The extra points were no good, but the Rockets held the early lead at the 9:10 mark of the period.
It took the Marauders just 51 seconds to answer that score with a score of their own. On second down, Dillon Boyer found Roush wide open over the middle 77 yards for the score. Charlie Barrett added the extra points and Meigs held the 7-6 lead with 8:19 left in the period.
Wellston took the lead midway through the second period. Dakota Brown picked off a Boyer pass to give the host the ball at the Wellston 38. On first down Prater found Austin Craig down the right sideline for a 62 yard touchdown pass. Once again the extra points were no good, but the Golden Rockets took the 12-7 lead into the locker room at the half.
Meigs took the second half kickoff and put together a picture perfect 17 play, 66 yard drive capped off when Roush scored from two yards out. Barrett added the extra points and Meigs went on top 14-12 with 7:58 left in the third period.
Joey Young replaced Prater in the fourth period and drove the Golden Rockets to the Meigs 36, but on second down in strong cross winds and a heavy drizzle had his second down pass picked off by Boyer who raced down the Marauder sideline 80 yards for the score to clinch the win.
Barrett added the extra points for a 21-12 Meigs lead with just 1:19 remaining. Barrett then picked off a Young pass with 36 seconds left and Meigs ran out the clock for the win.
“It was a heck of a football game,” a wet Marauder coach Mike Chancey said after the contest. “The kids really played hard for four quarters, this was a good team win. Now we will go back home and get to work, we are excited to play the last two games at Bob Roberts Field.
Roush led the Marauders with 168 yards in 25 carries before his injury. Boyer was three of seven passing for 96 yards, Alex Morris caught two for 19 and Roush one for his 77 yard score.
Prater before he was injured had 127 yards in 21 carries, he was one of eight passing for 68 yards, and Young was four of eight for 51 yards and two interceptions.
Austin Craig caught three passes for 82 yards, Michael Downer one for 16.
Meigs with the win is now 5-3 overall and 1-2 in the conference they will host Vinton County next Friday. Wellston drops to 4-3 and is 1-2 in the TVC; they will host Athens next week.
Meigs 21, Wellston 12
M7-0-7-7 — 21
W6-6-0-0 — 12
W — Jaylen Prater 26 run (kick failed), 9:10
M — Jeffrey Roush 77 pass from Dillon Boyer (Charlie Barrett kick), 8:19
W — Austin Craig 62 pass from Prater (kick failed), 4:32
M — Roush 2 run (Barrett kick), 4:02
M — Boyer 80 INT return (Barrett kick), 1:19
First downs — M: 16, W: 11;
Rushes-yards — M: 50-210, W: 46-154;
Passing yards — M: 96, W: 98;
Total yards — M: 306, W: 252;
Comp-Att-Int — M: 3-8-2, W: 5-16-2;
Penalties-yards — M: 5-55, W: 2-6;
Fumbles-lost — M: 1-1, W: 2-2.
Rushing —M: Jeffrey Roush 26-168, Charlie Barrett 7-18, Dillon Boyer 12-14, Zach Sayre 6-10, W: Jaylen Prater 21-127, Michael Downer 5-13, D. J. Young 6-12, Joey Young 3-2, Cain Wolford 1-0;
Passing —M:Dillon Boyer 3-7-1 96, Ty Phelps 0-1-1, W: Jaylen Prater 1-8-0 62, Joey Young 4-8-2 41;
Receiving —M: Alex Morris 2-19, Jeffrey Roush 1-77, W: Austin Craig 3-82, Michael Downer 1-16.