POMEROY, Ohio — The Meigs Marauders saw their season come to an end Friday night with a 14-0 loss to Alexander. And another era came to an end at the last game ever to be played in the 61 year history of Bob Roberts Field in Pomeroy. The Marauders will play next year in a new stadium on the campus of Meigs High School.
Meigs went into the contest with playoff hopes alive, but the Spartans ended that on a muddy sloppy with horrible playing conditions for both teams. The field was already wet from rains the last few weeks, but Friday’s rain and rain throughout the contest left the field with standing water on it.
The Spartans scored two second period touchdowns, and their defense made it stand for the win. Meigs hold the all time record in the series with a 23-3-1 advantage.
Alexander took advantage of a Meigs miscue to take and early 7-0 lead. A bad snap on a punt gave the Spartans the ball at the Marauder 44 after punter Cody Stewarts pass fell incomplete. Six plays later Trey Bennett kept the ball going 11 yards for the score. The extra point by Chase Meeks was good and the Spartans held a 7-0 lead at the 5:23 mark.
The Spartans held Meigs to a four and out and a short punt gave Alexander good field position at the Marauder 39. Three plays later Bennett hit Gage Miller over the middle for 36 yards and the score. The kick for the extra points by Meeks was good and the Spartans took a 14-0 lead into the locker room at the half.
The rest of the contest both teams battled for field position in the sloppy mess. Alexander had the ball at the Marauder 27 in the third period, but a hard hit by Jesse Smith on Bennett forced a fumble and Stewart recovered for Meigs.
“Obviously it didn’t finish they way we wanted it to, Marauder Coach Mike Chancey said. “ I’m proud of the kids especially the seniors. They were a good bunch to coach. I want to thank them for all they have done for our program.
Meigs loss the services of Cole Turner midway through the second period with a neck injury, he was transported to O’Bleness Hospital in Athens by Meigs County EMS, his condition is unknown.
Bennett led the Spartans with 72 yards in 17 tries; Christopher Grant added 26 in 12 tries. Bennett was two of five passing for 55 yards and a score. Miller caught two for 55.
Dillon Boyer led Meigs with 83 yards in 20 carries; Charlie Barrett added 50 in 14 and Jeffrey Roush playing on a bad ankle added 13 in 15 tries. Boyer was one of nine passing with an interception and Cody Stewart failed to complete a pass on one attempt.
Playing their final game for Meigs were Ben Reed, Zach Sayre, Charlie Barrett, Jeffrey Roush, Cole Turner, Zach Sheets, Robbie Cundiff, Jesse Smith and Blake Crow.
Meigs finishes at 6-4, 2-3 in the TVC, Alexander finishes 7-3 and 3-2.
Alexander 14, Meigs 0
A 0-14-0-0 — 14
M 0-0-0-0 — 0
A — Trey Bennett 19 run (Chase Meeks kick), 5:23
A — Gage Miller 36 pass from Bennett (Meeks kick), 1:58
First Downs — A: 7, M: 7;
Rushes-yards — A: 49-102; 51-183;
Passing yards — A: 55, M: 14;
Total yards — A: 157, M: 197;
Cmp-Att-Int — A: 2-5-1, M: 1-10-1;
Penalties-yards — A: 4-40, M: 2-18;
Fumbles-yards — A: 3-0, M: 2-1.
Rushing —A: Trey Bennett 17-72, Christopher Grant 12-26, Benton Milum 9-3; M: Dillon Boyer 20-83, Charlie Barrett 14-50, Jeffrey Roush 15-13, Zach Sayre 2-3.
Passing —A: Trey Bennett 2-5-1 55; M: Dillon Boyer 1-9-1, 14, Cody Stewart 0-1-0.
Receiving —A: Gage Miller 2-55; M: Alex Morris 1-14.