Marauders Edge Aces In First Meeting 42-27

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A nearly two and a half hour rain delay did not stop Meigs and Amanda-Clearcreek from playing each other for the first time in team history.

The two teams scored back and fourth nearly the entire game. However, the Marauders used passing, communication and a strong line of scrimmage to give them the 42-27 edge over the Aces.

Despite a slow first quarter, which put them down 7-0, Meigs managed to score 20 points within a four-minute span at the end of the first half. The scoring drive gave the Marauders the lead over Amanda Clearcreek heading into the half.

With 4:13 left in the second, quarterback Cody Bartrum passed an 81-yard touchdown pass, making the score 7-6. A minute later, Meigs scored on a 29- yard interception putting the Marauders up 14-7. With 20 seconds left in the half, Meigs scored on a 10-yard pass leaving the score at 20-7.

The Marauders’ efficient no-huddle offense not only allowed quick scoring, but showed the team’s improved communication. Meigs managed to contain Amanda-Clearcreek running back Jordan Leasure relatively well. Leasure did not have a major rush and only scored once in the first half.

The second half proved to be no different from the first in terms of a scoring battle. Amanda-Clearcreek rushed the ball with Leasure scoring and cutting the Meigs lead to six, 20-14 at the beginning of the third quarter. Nonetheless, Meigs bounced back by scoring on a 45-yard pass later in the quarter. Yet a minute later Leasure ran 30-yards to keep the score close at 28-21.

Another pass play gave the Marauders a 34-21 lead with 11:09 left in the game. The Aces tried to push for a few final scoring drives but Meigs outlasted 42-27.

Meigs improves to 2-0 and travels to Logan next Friday, with kickoff slated for 7 p.m. Amanda-Clearcreek looks to bounce back with a win at home against Jonathan Alder. The Aces are set to start at 7 p.m. as well.