Another weekend, another game where the Wheelersburg Pirates’ football program imposed its will on its fellow opponent.
That was exactly the case on Friday evening, as Wheelersburg put together yet another strong performance by scoring 14 points in the first quarter and 13 points in the third frame of action en route to collecting a 37-6 victory over the Fairland Dragons on Friday evening in Wheelersburg.
From the outset, the Pirates wasted no time controlling the affair as Wheelersburg’s ground game proved to be too much for Fairland. In all, the Pirates ran for an impressive seven yards per carry as a unit as Wheelersburg shredded the Dragons on the ground all night long as evidenced by Dominic Reyes’ 10-yard run with 4:59 remaining in the first quarter and Trent Salyers’ eight-yard scamper to paydirt with 1:33 remaining in the same frame.
Those plays, along with a booming 43-yard kick by Jalen Miller with 3:17 to play in the first half, allowed Wheelersburg to survive a well-executed two-minute drill from Fairland — where Robbie McFarland collected a 38-yard touchdown pass from Joel Lambiotte — en route to a 17-6 lead at halftime.
But as the game wore on, Reyes’ speed and the effectiveness of the Wheelersburg offensive line proved to be too much. The diminutive 5-6, 150-pound senior scatback collected touchdown runs of five and four yards, respectively, in the second half to allow the Pirates to pull away. Cole Lowery’s 12-yard run, which came in between Reyes’ touchdown runs with 6:01 to go in the third quarter, rounded out the scoring.
With his three touchdowns, Reyes led the way behind his 14-carry, 81-yard output. Salyers put together a strong output for the second week in a row by completing 10 of his 16 passing attempts for 139 yards while rushing for 58 yards and a touchdown on 10 carries, and Lowery used his 12-yard touchdown run to collect 43 yards rushing on six attempts.
Makya Matthews, Xander Carmichael, Mack Dyer, Tanner Holden, Mason Johnson, and Josh Henderson combined to rush for 106 yards on 11 carries, with all six players rushing for at least five yards per carry and Matthews, along with Carmichael, collecting over 10 yards per carry in the victory. Holden and Lowery also added four catches apiece while combining for 109 yards on eight catches in the win.
Overall, Wheelersburg’s defense, which allowed 207 passing yards but held Lambiotte and Keedrick Cunningham to five yards on 19 carries and the entire Fairland team to just 29 yards on 26 carries, moved to 2-0 on the season. Wheelersburg will take to the road to play Heath on Friday evening before a massive home bout with Division III Columbus Bishop Watterson occurs on Sept. 15.
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