The Wheelersburg Pirates were just too much to handle Friday night in their home SOC victory over Minford by a score of 49-0.
The Pirates first score of the contest came on a Makya Matthews 51 yard punt return for a touchdown to take the lead 7-0 with 10:51 left in the first quarter after Minford went three and out on their opening possession.
Matthews continued his incredible play on Wheelersburg’s first offensive possession. Senior quarterback Trent Salyers found Matthews for a 22 yard touchdown pass to extend their lead to 14-0 with 7:31 left in the first quarter.
Wheelersburg would not waste any time getting the ball back and putting more points on the board. Salyers found senior wide receiver Tanner Holden on a 52 yard pitch and catch to extend their lead to 21-0 with 5:19 left in the quarter.
Trent Salyers had a career day against the Minford defense. Salyers was able to find Hunter Ruby on a 45 yard touchdown pass to extend the Pirates lead to 28-0 nearing the end of the first quarter.
Salyers would go on to throw two more touchdown passes in the first four minutes of the second quarter: a 13 yarder to Ashton Clevenger, and a 74 yarder to Dustin Darnell. Wheelersburg would tout a 42-0 lead heading into the half. Salyers finished Friday night’s contest 9/10 for 255 yards and five passing touchdowns.
It wouldn’t be until 3:24 left in the contest where Wheelersburg would score their final touchdown of the game as Aaron Mastes found Corey Maxie for a 39 yard touchdown pass. That score would be the final one of the game, giving the Pirates the 49-0 home victory over the Minford Falcons.
“Our guys came out and prepared this week like they have all year, to go out and play the best football that they can” said Pirates head coach Rob Woodward following his team’s resounding victory Friday night, “I thought they did an excellent job tonight of executing in all three facets of the game. I’ve really got to give it to our younger guys this week. They have really stepped up their game in helping to prepare our varsity guys for the teams they play every week. That has also helped our younger guys play at a top notch level, that way when they can get opportunities like they did tonight, they can excel.”
Next Friday night for Wheelersburg means senior night for a group of seniors who have a record of 37-3 heading into their final two games of the regular season, including last year’s state championship run. “Our guys understand that their opportunities to play here at Ed Miller Stadium are dwindling” said Woodward, “They’re going to prepare this week like they have every single week to go out and play at the highest level that they can and work to get better. I look for our guys to do the same thing as we prepare for Valley next week.”
Kickoff at Ed Miller Stadium between the Indians and the Pirates is set for 7:00 p.m. next Friday night.
Minford will play host to conference foe Waverly next Friday night with kickoff also slated for 7:00 p.m.
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