Extra Points: Bloom-Carroll, Wellston, Athens Win Comfortably

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The Athens Bulldogs (4-3) protected their home turf Friday night as they fended off the Meigs Marauders  (5-2) 49-34 in a barn-burner.

Athens running back Zacciah Saltzman went off again this week amassing 303 yards and seven touchdowns on 37 carries.

Saltzman broke off four runs of over 20 yards and two runs of over 40 yards. His longest run on the night was an 84-yard touchdown run early in the first quarter to tie up the game 8-8.

The Bulldogs had a 35-16 lead late in the third quarter, and seemed to be coasting to its fourth victory of the year—but not so fast.

With 1:19 left in the third, Cody Bartrum hit Kalieb Sheets with a 13-yard touchdown pass, cutting Athens’ lead to 13, 35-22.

And then a couple drives later Meigs would strike again, this time Bartrum would take the ball himself on a two-yard run bringing the score to 35-28 with most of the fourth quarter to go.

However that would be the closest Meigs would get for the rest of the game.

Immediately on the next drive, Saltzman answered once again, as he exploded for a 55-yard touchdown run, extending the Bulldogs’ lead to 42-28.

And just for good measure, Saltzman would score one more time with 3:42 left in the fourth quarter, reaching the seven touchdown mark for the second time this year.

Athens will travel to Wellston next Friday looking to extend its winning streak to four games while Meigs will take on Jackson in a non-conference showdown.

The Amanda-Clearcreek Aces (1-6) extended their losing streak to six games Friday night, falling to the Bloom-Carroll Bulldogs (5-2) 30-13.

Bloom-Carroll’s offense got to work early, scoring on the first drive of the game. Dylan Collier punched it in on a 7-yard jet sweep to put the Bulldogs up 7-0, and the team would not look back from there.

 Later in the first quarter, on his way to 86 yard rushing performance, Dylan Jude galloped his way to a 10-yard touchdown, putting the Bulldogs up 14-0.

The lone bright spot for the Aces came from their running back Jordan Leasure, as per usual. Leasure accumulated 114 yards on 25 carries, crossing the goal line once.

His score kept the game within reach, but Bloom-Carroll pulled away in the second half to put the game on ice.

Amanda-Clearcreek will take on a tough opponent in Logan Elm next week as Bloom-Carroll will look to extend their win streak against Hamilton Township next Friday.

The Nelsonville-York Buckeyes (1-6) started off the season with a bang as they pulled off the upset against Trimble in week one. However it has been all down hill from there.

 The Buckeyes dropped their sixth straight game against the Wellston Golden Rockets 40-26 on Friday night.

 Wellston took a 14-6 lead into halftime relying on its run-heavy offensive attack.

 Even though both teams would go on to double their offensive input in the second half, the Golden Rockets defense stepped up when they needed to.

Early in the third quarter, with Wellston leading 14-6, the Golden Rockets coughed up the ball around the Buckeyes’ 30-yard line. At the time it seemed as though the momentum was shifting towards N-Y.

However Wellston’s defense responded on the ensuing drive, sacking quarterback Hunter Edwards and in the process forcing a fumble. Wellston fell on the ball, and took over on the 27-yard line.

 A few plays later Forrest Hale pounded it in for a two-yard rushing touchdown, extending Wellston’s lead to 22-6, effectively putting the game out of reach.

 The Buckeyes showed some life later in the second half but it would be to no avail, as Wellston would tack on a couple more touchdowns as well.

 Next Friday night Nelsonville-York will look to halt its losing streak as the Buckeyes travel to Alexander while Wellston will host Athens next week in a TVC-Ohio clash.