ROCKSPRINGS, Ohio — The Jackson Ironmen rolled into Farmers Bank Stadium/Holzer Field Friday night with a reputation as a powerful football team, and the Ironmen proved that by rolling up 615 total yards — including 538 on the ground — in defeating the Meigs Marauders 47-6.
The Ironmen went into the contest ranked number one in the Ohio Division 3, Region 9 bracket. JHS had five rushers gain at least 80 yards on the ground and had at least six different players score in the contest. The meeting was the first between the two former S.E.O.A.L rivals and the first since 1982. The all-time series is tied at eight wins apiece.
Jackson scored the first three times it had the ball on offense, on a 70-yard run from Johnny Farley, a Hunter Sexton pass to Austin Leach for 31 yards, and 35-yard run by Hunter Sexton for a 19-0 second period lead.
Kaileb Sheets gave the hometown fans something to cheer about when he returned the ensuing kickoff after Sexton’s run, 90 yards for an apparent score. But a Meigs penalty for a block some thirty yards behind the play wiped the score out, one of two such penalties called on Meigs to negate long plays.
The Marauders finally hit pay dirt with eight seconds left in the half when Cody Bartrum hit Colton Lilly on a five-yard pass, Lilly made a beautiful catch in the end zone for the score. That capped off a five-play, 89-yard drive that took just 38 seconds. The big play of the drive was when Lilly hauled in a 56-yard pass from Bartrum.
Any thought of a Marauder comeback was dashed when Collin Massie ran the first play of the second half 59 yards for the score. A successful kick by Sheldon Moore made it a 26-6 Jackson lead.
The Ironmen added scores on runs of nine yards by Farley, 58 by Blake McCoy and a 12-yard run by Caleb Storms late in the contest to round out the scoring and a 47-6 Jackson win.
Jackson with the win is now 7-1 on the season, while Meigs drops to 5-3 and has lost three straight. Meigs still in the TVC title hunt has to travel to Wellston next Friday who dropped a tough 50-42 game to Athens in overtime Friday night. A disappointed Marauder coach Mike Bartrum declined comment after the contest.
Massie led all rushers with 124 yards in 11 carries, Farley added 10 in seven tries, Blake McCoy 98 in seven, Matt Humphreys 92 in five and Sexton 11 tries for 82. Sexton was five for nine in the air for 84 yards, Austin leach caught three for 61 and Kyle Kirby one for 21.
For Meigs, Bartrum was 12 of 19 in the air for 173 yards, Lilly had a career night in the loss with five catches for 121 yards, and Kalieb Sheets added four for 35. Sheets and Trae Hood both had 13 yards on the ground.
Dave Harris is a sports correspondent for Ohio Valley Publishing.