Buckeyes Withstand Challenge, Take Down the Marauders

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The undefeated Nelsonville York Buckeyes had not been tested all season long. Their smallest margin of victory was 22 points at Newark Central Catholic in week two. And after Meigs shellacking at the hands of Athens, 56-9, last week, the Buckeyes might have been overlooking the Marauders. But the Marauders didn’t hang their heads from last week, and came out fired up Friday.

The opening kickoff was fumbled by the Buckeyes and the Marauders quickly recovered but failed to capitalize score. Their defense would stop the potent Buckeye rushing attack, forcing a Dustin Young fumble late in the first. Meigs capitalized on the turnover with a 13-yard score by Jeffrey Rouche. Shortly after, the Buckeyes would respond with a 2-yard rush TD by Dustin Young, leaving the score 7-7.

Throughout the second quarter the score remained the same, much to the Buckeyes surprise, and Marauders’ delight. After the half, Nelsonville’s defense came out strong sacking Meigs’ quarterback Dillon Boyer twice within their first two drives; shortly after these sacks, Nelsonville-York rolled right down the field and scored on a 16-yard pass by Nathan Dean to Daniel Kline. The Marauders fumbled the ensuing kickoff and the Buckeyes capitalized with yet another touchdown by Dustin Young. From there it was Nelsonville York all the way. They would go on to win 41-14.

That score would not reflect just how close the Marauders were with the Buckeyes. The Marauders will travel to Wellston and Nelsonville-York will host Vinton County next week.