ROCKSPRINGS, Ohio — Meigs scored two fourth period touchdowns and held off a late Wellston threat to defeat the Golden Rockets 28-26 in TVC Ohio football action Friday night at Farmers Bank Stadium/Holzer Field.
The Marauders had to stop the Golden Rockets with just over a minute left on a potential game-tying extra-point, then had to stop Wellston after the visitors recovered the ensuing onside kick to post the win.
The Golden Rockets scored first when Jonathon Garvin scored from seven yards out, Chase Ingalls kick for the extra points was no good but the visitors were on top with the early 6-0 lead with 1:12 left in the first period.
Meigs took the kickoff after the Wellston score and drove 68 yards in 11 plays. Abe Lundy blasted over from three yards for Meigs, Lundy added the extra points for an 8-6 Meigs lead with 8:59 left in the half.
Back came Wellston as the visitors took a 12-8 lead with 3:51 left on a one yard run by Garvin.
The Marauders came back however and took a 16-12 lead into the locker room at the half, when Coulter Cleland hit Weston Baer down the right sideline for a a 28-yard scoring toss. Cleland teamed up with Zach Bartrum on the extra points and a 16-12 Marauder lead at intermission.
The Marauders let an oppertunity go by the wayside to begin the third period. The Wellston kicker muffed the kickoff and Meigs took over at the Golden Rocket 40. Meigs drove to the Wellston 15, and Cleland hit Lundy, who made a one handed catch in the end zone, but the Marauders were called for holding to bring the play back. Wellston held on fourth down and took over to end the threat.
The Golden Rockets put together a 16-play, 68-yard drive to take a 20-16 lead. Once again it was Garvin taking it the final six yards, Molihan added a run for the extra points and a 20-16 Wellston lead with 51 seconds left in the third.
Meigs regained the lead with 7:23 left in the game when Zach Bartrum hit Cole Adams out of the backfield for a 16-yard scoring toss, although the extra points were no good the maroon and gold regained the lead at 22-20.
Meigs shocked just about everybody in the crowd when the kicked an onside kick, with Wyatt Hoover recovering for Meigs at the Wellston 44, Meigs drove to the Wellston one yard line and on fourth down, Lundy blasted in for the score. The extra points were no good with 1:26 left but the Marauders held a 28-20 lead.
Then things really got interesting.
Meigs sqibbed the kickoff and Garvin picked it up at his own 27, he took it up the middle, borke a few tackles and then cut it to the outside in the open field. The last Marauder with a chance to catch him tackled him at the Meigs three yard line.
Nick Davis took it over for the score on the next play and Wellston had cut the maroon and gold lead to 28-26 with 1:10 left. Wellston of course went for two to tie the game on the extra points, and the Marauder defense led by Cole Adams stacked up Garvin short of the end zone.
The Golden Rockets went for the on side kick and the visitors recovered at their own 49 with 1:08 left in the game. But once again the Marauder defense rose to the occasion, on second down, the Wellston quarterback was stripped of the ball trying to pass and Ethan Watson pounced on the loose ball and the Marauders escaped with the win.
Lundy led the Marauders ground game with 56 yards in 13 tries, Zach Bartrum added 49 in 11 tries and Adams 25 in four. Cleland was 11 of 18 in thea air for 124 yards. Zach Bartrum was one for three for 16 yards and a score. Zach Bartrum caught four passes for 37 yards, Weston Baer two for 40, Wyatt Hoover two for 21.
Garvin led Wellston with 69 yards in 16 tries, Davis added 37 in nine tries and Molihan 6 for 32. R.J. Kemp was two for seven in the air with an interceptions, for 37 yards. Hunter Smith had a catch for 28 and Molihan one for 9.
Meigs is now 3-6 and will travel to Albany to play Alexander in the season’s final contest next Friday. Wellston drops to 3-6 and will host Vinton County next Friday. Meigs is 3-2 in the TVC Ohio, while Wellston drops to 2-3.
Dave Harris is a sports correspondent for Ohio Valley Publishing.