Meigs Holds Onto Lead Against River Valley

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A game that proved to be going Meigs (3-2, 1-1) way at halftime turned into a completely different game the second half when River Valley (3-2, 0-2) fought its way back from a 32-0 deficit.

The Raiders comeback efforts weren’t enough as Meigs held on and won 38-34.

Cole Adams returned the opening kick off to the River Valley 35-yard line and the very next play running back Lane Cullums took it to the house 35 yards to set the tone early for the Marauders.

The rest of the first half was a Meigs offensive show.

Zach Helton, Zach Bartrum and Cullums were unstoppable in the first half producing 32 points and going into the locker room confident with the way the game was going.

The River Valley Raiders came out a completely different team in the second half outscoring the Marauders 34-6

In the first five minutes of the third quarter, the Raiders are back in the game with a touchdown run from quarterback Patrick Brown and a pick-six from Layne Fitch.

Turnovers killed the Marauders the second half. Two Helton interceptions led to two pick-sixes and one fumble recovery also led to a Raider touchdown.

The second interception was late in the game, cutting Meigs lead to 38-34 with 4:37 left in the game.

Helton was 5-10 passing for 87 yards and one touchdown. He also rushed for 69 yards and found himself in the end zone two times.

Meigs was able to run the clock out for the rest of the game and barely held on to their lead to beat River Valley 38-34.

Meigs produced 376 total offensive yards and Cullums led the Marauder offensive with 29 rushes for 141 yards and two touchdowns.

Bartrum also contributed by running for 72 yards and one touchdown.

For the Raiders, Tre Craycraft and Patrick Brown took turns taking the direct snap challenging the Meigs defense.

Craycraft rushed for 79 yards and Brown rushed for 60 yards, producing 220 total offensive yards for River Valley.

Next week, Meigs travels to Nelsonville-York, while the Raiders are looking to get back on the winning track when they take on Wellston at home.