ALBANY, Ohio — Ty Phelps scored three first half touchdowns, and Meigs held off Alexander in the second half to post a 26-14 road win over the Spartans in the season finale for both teams. Phelps caught two touchdown passes, an extra point and then added a touchdown run just before the half as the Marauders built a 20-0 halftime lead.
The Marauders got on the scoreboard with 2:22 left in the first period when Phelps caught a pass from Kaileb Sheets, and behind some good open field running scored from 21 yards out. The extra points were no good, but the maroon and gold held the early 6-0 advantage.
The Spartans were driving and on the second play of the second period, Tyler Smith was stopped by the interior of the Meigs line on a fourth and inches at the Meigs 20 just short of the marker.
Meigs made it a 14-0 ballgame with 3:52 left in half when Sheets hooked up with Phelps, this time from 15 yards out. Sheets dialed up Phelps once again on the extra points. On the ensuing kickoff, the Spartans bobbled the squib kick with Isiah English recovering for Meigs at the Alexander 44 yard line. Nine plays later, Phelps took the handoff, looked like he wanted to pass, but the sophomore kept the ball and stiff armed the final Spartan defender scoring from nine yard out. The extra points were no good but Meigs went int6o the locker room at the half on top 20-0.
The Spartans took the second half kickoff and put together a nine play, 72 yard drive capped off when Gage Miller scored from 21 yards out. Chase Meeks added the extra points and the Spartans had cut the Meigs lead to 20-7 with 8:04 left in the third period.
Meigs was driving at the end of the third period and Andrew Burt plowed in from a yard on fourth and goal from the one. The extra points were no good, but Meigs held a26-7 lead with 7:23 left in the game.
The Spartans scored the games final touchdown when Josh Barnes scored from 22 yards out, once again the extra point by Meeks was good and the Spartans had pulled to within 26-14 with 2:50 left. But the Spartans onside kick attempt went out of bounds and the Marauders ran out the clock for the win.
Six seniors played their last games for Meigs Friday night; they included Dillon Boyer, Alex Morris, Chris Jones, Gunner McKinney, Cody Stewart and Jared Williamson.
Burt led Meigs on the ground with 79 yards in 15 attempts, Boyer added 55 in 20 carries and Michael Davis 21 in five carries. Sheets was 6 of 11 in the air for 50 yards, Phelps caught five for 54, and Davis one for 18.
Alexander was led by Gage Miller with 121 yards in 21 carries; Tyler Smith added 80 in 20 tries. Miller was four of seven in the air with an interception for 30 yards. Jacob Henry caught one for 18 and Josh Barnes caught one for 10.
Meigs finishes the year with a 3-7 mark overall and a 2-3 TVC record. Alexander drops to 4-6 and 2-3.