Barnesville rallies by Meadowbrook

Barnesville sophomore Collin Wilson might not be too hefty at 5-4, 115, but under the Friday night lights at Shamrock Stadium, he played like he was 6’5. The Shamrock sophomore took two interceptions back to the house helping Barnesville even its record at 1-1 against the visiting Meadowbrook Colts thanks to a cherished 36-32 victory.

The Shamrocks got things started in their second drive with a wide receiver screen to Colton Pritchard from 34 yards out. Going for two, senior Kyle Yaquinta hit Pritchard again in the corner of the end zone to start the scoring off.

After a Meadowbrook 3-and-out on the next drive, the Shamrocks put a 70-yard scoring drive together concluded by Yaquinta punching it in from 5 yards out and a successful David Brown PAT to make it 15-0. The Colts eventually would find their spark in the second quarter as Clay Lapp began his night breaking free for a 56-yard run up the sideline. The Colts would fail going for the 2-point conversion leaving the score 15-6 at the midway point.

With 11:06 left in the third, senior quarterback Trey Pugh hooked up with fellow classmate Christian Kirkman as he slipped past the Colts secondary on a 54-yard touchdown grab . Again, the Colts would fail going two. The next possession, Kirkman made another catch to reach pay-dirt, this time from 10 yards out. Pugh would run it in for the 2 point conversion with 7:21 left in the 3rd.

At the 4:05 mark in the third and momentum finally starting to shift back into Meadowbrook’s favor via a defensive stop, a Pugh pass would be picked off by junior David Stewart and taken back 36 yards for the score.

With the score sitting at 21-20 Shamrocks, Meadowbrook junior running back Clay Lapp began to get into a rhythm, toting the next 3 carries on the drive and eventually running it in from 10 yards out and time winding down at the end of the 3rd. As the two teams entered the 4th quarter, the stage was set for Wilson to put on the show. With 10:07 left in the 4th, Wilson would drop back in coverage making an excellent effort to jump a Pugh pass and take it back 70 yards for the score. Yaquinta ran the 2-point conversion in to bring the reading to 29-26.

“The style that we play, you have to have a short-term memory” said Shamrock first year head coach, Matt Johnson.

And he couldn’t have said it any better as the final quarter unfolded.

Proving how much of a roller coaster life can be for a defensive back, Wilson then got caught allowing Meadowbrook’s Cody Johnston to sneak behind him for a 73-yard touchdown, bringing the Green momentum to a slamming halt. Just like that, in a matter of 3 minutes, the tides had changed dramatically for the aforementioned Wilson, making a complete 180 degree turn – only that wasn’t the last one of his night.

Barnesville was stopped and forced to punt with just a couple ticks over the 3:00 mark left. After two Lapp rushes for losses, Pugh dropped back and floated another pass up in Kirkman’s direction. Just like 7 minutes before, Wilson jumped the pass and took it back up the sideline in an emphatic fashion.

Another Brown kick inflated the score to 36-32 with 2:52 left in the game- and that’s where the Colts made their last chance effort. A 15-play, 53-yard drive ensued, with Meadowbrook making it all the way up to the Shamrocks’ 27 before a Pugh pass fell incomplete on fourth down, sealing the first win of the season for the Green and White.

The first-year head coach has put in many years before getting a chance to win one at the helm and he was quick to place credit elsewhere.

“I’ve coached 19 years, and to finally coach a Bill Dowler game, that man was so, so instrumental to me. It’s the biggest win I’ve ever had.” an emotional Johnson went on to say speaking of the late coach.

Leading the ground attack for both sides was Lapp, accumulating 128 yards on 14 carries- good for 2 scores. Johnston led the receivers with 153 yards.

on 5 catches. Meadowbrook did gain more first downs than the Rocks moving the chains 17 and 12 times, respectively.

Barnesville will continue its season next week hosting the Jets of Union Local on Friday evening.