JACKSON — The Wheelersburg Pirates will go head-to-head against the Coshocton Redskins in the regional championships after beating the Nelsonville-York Buckeyes 38-6.
‘Burg dominated the Buckeyes early on, stopping their offense nearly every play.
What started as a low yardage game continued for some big Pirate plays as Burg pushed through Nelsonville defense.
In the second quarter, the Pirates earned a 50-yard run landing them feet from the goal.
With just over three minutes remaining in the second, Keaton Newsome pushed through Buckeye defense to score for their third touchdown of the night.
Ending the first half with a score of 21-0, Nelsonville pushed for the one last hope of entering the second half with something on the scoreboard.
The Buckeyes called for a timeout, putting two seconds back on the clock.
Before resuming the game, the Pirates called for a second timeout and then a third, for three timeouts in the half.
As the game resumed, Nelsonville went for a Hail Mary, throwing nearly a 50 yard pass, but the Pirates were ready and intercepted, destroying yet another effort of the Buckeyes.
Though ‘Burg had a good passing game, the Buckeyes were unable to complete a pass throughout the night, only catching interceptions but bringing no relevant receiving game.
Pirate Mack Dyer continued to run the ball hard in the third quarter.
With 5:22 on the clock, Dyer earned a 6-yard rushing touchdown.
Four minutes later, Pirate Daylor Lewis earned ‘Burg another three points after kicking a 30-yard field goal.
With ‘Burg beating Nelsonville by 31 points, a running clock started with 1:16 left in the third quarter.
Moment later and for the first time of the night, Nelsonville finally responded with a 61-yard pass and less than a minute remaining in the third, earning their only touchdown of the night and stopping the running clock.
The Pirates weren’t willing to give Nelsonville an inch.
Newsome ran the ball 18 yards for a fifth Burg touchdown, restarting the running clock, which ran out for another Wheelersburg victory.
Following the game, Wheelersburg Coach Rob Woodward stated, “It was an awesome job by our kids.”
He went on to explain that the Pirates had been preparing well all week.
“There were a couple of blunders, but our kids kept fighting hard,” Woodward commented.
The proud coach went on to praise several deserving players stating that they had “a stellar night by our defense.”
He went on to recognize a great kicking game by Xander Carmichael and a great rushing game by Dominic Reyes, Newsome and Dyer.
Burg will find out further details about next week’s game early in the week.
As they prepare for the championship, Woodward said, “Our kids are excited to play. Our community is excited. Our school excited,”
In closing, the victorious Pirates are “ready to get back to business.”