St. Clairsville Takes Down Meigs, 34-14
ST. CLAIRSVILLE — About the only thing that could’ve stopped Justin Heatherington from having one of those memorable games was the weather.
Fortunately for the St. Clairsville senior, he did all of his damage early on.
Heatherington scored a trio of touchdowns three different ways Saturday night as the Red Devils (2-0) remained undefeated with a 34-14 conquest of visiting Meigs (0-2) at Red Devil Stadium. The contest was delayed for 51 minutes at the start of the third quarter due to lightning before finally being canceled.
“We did some things that were good. We did some things that were bad, but we got a couple of big plays from Justin,” St. Clairsville coach Brett McLean said. “The offensive line did a good job and Dustin (Carrothers) did a nice job of standing in there (the pocket) and delivering the ball at times.
“We had a great effort defensively, especially in the backfield with Justin returning his interception for a touchdown and Tyler (Tonkovich) making the other. Hopefully, those young defensive backs back there can build on tonight.”
After the Marauders failed on a 4th-and-13 gamble from deep in their own territory to begin the game, Heatherington snagged a 20-yard touchdown pass from Dustin Carrothers to start the scoring. The left-handed quarterback threw a 4th-and-10 strike that Heatherington hauled in at the 2 before keeping his balance and striding into the end zone. Josh Bolyard added the placement and it was quickly 7-0.
Heatherington returned a Meigs punt 20 yards to the Marauders’ 32, and four plays later he swept around left end from 15 yards out. Bolyard was once again perfect as the lead grew to 14-0. Keying the drive was a 15-yard throwback screen from Carrothers to running back Brady Kolb.
Bolyard, St. Clairsville’s soccer-style sophomore kicker, made it 17-0 with a 28-yard field goal.
Meigs got on the scoreboard on the final play of the first quarter. Freshman quarterback Coulter Cleland found senior Cole Adams streaking down the far sidelines for a 47-yard pass-and-catch. The PAT was blocked, leaving the hosts on top 17-6.
On the Marauders first play from scrimmage in the second quarter, Cleland lofted the ball downfield where Heatherington hauled it in. The 6-foot-2, 170-pounder had a clear path down the near sidelines for a 35-yard return. Bolyard made it 24-6 and then added another field goal — this one from 32 yards out as the margin ballooned to 27-6.
“I’ve never scored three touchdowns three different ways in a game before,” Heatherington said. “I was feeling it. I felt good (Satuday).”
Meigs found the end zone on a 14-yard strike from Cleland to Zach Bartrum. Cleland then speared Adams for the two-point conversion.
Kolb finished the scoring with a 7-yard run around right end. Bolyard tacked on his fourth PAT.
St. Clairsville held Meigs to two yards rushing on nine carries. The Marauders managed 153 via the air.
Kolb ran for 93 stripes on 10 carries. Heatherington added 47 on eight attempts and also had two catches for 48. Craig Bober had two receptions for 47 yards.
“Rules are good for safety here and being that they are so far away, it was (Meigs) Coach Bartrum’s decision that it was best that they just got on the bus and not try and continue this thing. It’s an unconventional ending for a Week 2 game, but we’re 2-0 and all we can do is continue moving forward.”
St. Clairsville hits the road for the first time this season Friday night when it travels to Byesville to meet Meadowbrook (2-0).