Buckeyes blast Meigs, 47-6

By Bryan Walters - bwalters@civitasmedia.com

NELSONVILLE, Ohio — Host Nelsonville-York scored the first 41 points of regulation and never looked back Friday night during a resounding 47-6 victory over the Meigs football team in Week 6 Tri-Valley Conference Ohio Division contest at Boston Field in Athens County.

The visiting Marauders (3-3, 1-2 TVC Ohio) were simply overmatched by the Buckeyes, who scored 14 points in each of the first two periods en route to a commanding 28-0 halftime cushion.

NYHS (4-2, 2-0) tacked on 13 more points in the third canto as the Orange and Brown extended their lead out to 41-0, but the Meigs finally cracked its way into the scoring column late in the fourth as Christian Mattox plunged in on a one-yard run — making it a 41-6 contest with five minutes left in regulation.

Nelsonville-York concluded the scoring with 2:51 remaining in the game as Keegan Wilburn scampered 50 yards to paydirt while wrapping up the 41-point outcome.

Garrett Maiden started the Buckeye scoring at the 7:17 mark of the opening canto after hauling in a 13-yard pass from Hunter Edwards, making it a 7-0 contest.

Alex Mount followed with a 16-yard touchdown run with just 12 seconds remaining in the first for a 14-0 edge through 12 minutes of play.

Mount added scoring runs of 42 and 21 yards in the second period, allowing NYHS to double its lead to 28-0 with 6:58 remaining in the half.

Aron Davis gave the Buckeyes a 35-point edge after hauling in a 31-yard pass from Edwards at the 9:38 mark of the third, then Wilburn broke free on a 25-yard scoring run at the 4:30 mark of the third for a 42-0 advantage.

Nelsonville-York outgained the Maroon and Gold by a sizable 409-111 overall mark in total yards, which included a 347-99 advantage on the ground. The hosts claimed an 18-7 edge in first downs and were penalized six times for 88 yards, compared to only three penalties for 28 yards on the Marauders.

NYHS — which finished the night plus-1 in turnover differential — averaged 9.9 yards per carry on the evening after producing 347 rushing yards on 35 attempts. Meigs, conversely, had 99 yards on 35 attempts for an average of 2.8 yards per tote.

Lane Cullums led MHS with 37 yards on 13 rushes, followed by Christian Mattox with 33 yards on 11 attempts. Cole Adams also had three carries for 30 yards.

Zach Helton finished the night 5-of-8 passing for three yards, while Mattox went 1-for-4 for nine yards. Neither Meigs quarterback threw an interception. T.J. Williams had nine receiving yards on a single catch to lead MHS.

Mount led the Buckeyes with 134 rushing yards on nine carries, followed by Wilburn with 106 yards on 11 totes. Edwards added 58 rushing yards on seven carries and also completed 5-of-12 passes for 62 yards.

Maiden hauled in a team-high three passes for 25 yards and Wilburn also had two grabs for 11 yards.

The Marauders — who are now 3-0 in odd weeks and 0-3 in even weeks this fall — return to action Friday when they host Athens in a Week 7 TVC Ohio contest at Farmers Bank Stadium/Holzer Field. Kickoff is scheduled for 7:30 p.m.

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By Bryan Walters