THE PLAINS, Ohio — There is a reason the Athens Bulldogs are 9-0 on the season, and that is their high powered offensive, that offense exploded for 48 points in the middle two period and went on to defeat Meigs 61-13 in TVC football action Friday night at Rannow Field. Athens rolled up 537 yards of total offense in the win.
Junior quarterback Joe Burrows threw for 218 yards, all in the first half and Trae Williams added 163 yards in just 12 carries and Adam Luehrman added 142 yards receiving on five catches to pace the winners.
Meigs was playing with out one of the Marauders spiritual leaders in junior tight end and linebacker Ty Phelps was lost for the season after injuring a knee last week at Wellston.
The Marauders received the opening kickoff and put together a nice drive taking it to the Bulldog 16, but Kalieb Sheet’s fourth down pass fail incomplete to end the drive. Athens then drove 64 yards in just seven plays for the score; Williams scored the first of three touchdowns for the speedy junior from 16 yards out. Robert Orr added the extra points with 8:29 left in the first for a 7-0 lead.
Meigs came up with a big play on defense when Burrow fumbled and Jacob Swindell recovered for Meigs at their own 45. The Marauders then capped off an 11 play 55 yard drive when Bartrum kept it from two yards out. Kalieb Sheets added the extra points to tie the game at 7 with 7:36 remaining, and that was the way the period ended/
The second period, the Bulldogs exploded for 34 points in the second period to blow the game open. Williams got things started with a 45 yards run. Burrow then threw four straight touchdown passes, three to Luehrman from 45, 39 and 18 yards and Heath Wiseman added a three yard pass reception for a score. The Bulldogs went into the locker room on top 41-7.
In the third period Williams scored from nine yards out and Dakotah McFee added n 11 yards run at the 3:56 mark of the third period for a 55-7 lead.
Bartrum hit Sheets from eight yards out with a pass to make it 55-13 heading into the fourth period. Trey Keifer scored the games last points on a 46 yard punt return for Athens with 1:03 left to make it a 61-13 final.
Burrows a highly recruited junior was 13 of 18 in the air for 218 yards, Luehrman caught five for 142 and three scores. Williams carried 12 times for 163 yards, Burrows added four carries for 63 and DaShawn Horton added 57 in 11 tries.
For Meigs Michael Davis picked up 64 yards in 18 carries, Jordan Hutton added 42 in 11. Bartrum was eight of 24 for 110 yards; Luke Musser was two of three for 52. Devon Cundiff caught three passes or 62, Sheets added 52 yards in four catches and Chris Lester two for 52.
Meigs (7-2, 3-1) will end their regular season next week against Alexander at home, while Athens (9-0, 4-0) plays Nelsonville-York at home.