Shamrocks roughed up by Colts

BYESVILLE – Barnesville had its chances to score early on here Friday night on Eugene Capers Field, but the Shamrocks squandered both.

They wouldn’t get close again until it was too late.

Big and physical Meadowbrook piled up 423 yards of total offense in rolling to a convincing 35-6 victory over Barnesville.

“I’m not happy where we are at right now,” a disgruntled Barnesville head coach Matt Johnson admitted. “This is unacceptable. It’s unacceptable for our fans to watch the performance we’re putting out there.

“Something has to be done. Like I told the guys, we’re evaluating this film starting tonight,” Johnson continued. “Some of them aren’t going to like where they are, but they either need to accept it … or make a decision. (Being) 0-2 is totally unacceptable.”

Kyle McIntire gave the white-clad visitors good field position when he returned the opening kickoff 42 yards to the ‘Rocks 47. However, three plays netted four yards and a punt ensued.

On the Colts’ second play from scrimmage, Jamie Wells made a diving interception at the Meadowbrook 37.

A 31-yard completion from quarterback Austin Hannahs to a sliding McIntire advanced the ball to the hosts’ 7. A pair of Tyler Carleton 2-yard runs moved the ball to the three, but a third-down pass fell incomplete. On fourth-and-goal, Hannahs was brought down at the line of scrimmage by Justin Ayers.

A 21-yard jaunt by Clay Lapp and a 27-yard hookup from Dalton Wiggins to Andrew Stine got the Colts out of their of end of the field, but Wiggins fumbled while scrambling three plays later as Barnesville’s Josh Schnegg fell on it at the Meadowbrook 40.

Barnesville couldn’t get any movement as a Hannahs’ screen pass was snuffed out by ‘big’ Josh Sills (6-4, 280) who returned it to the Barnesville 38.

On second down, Wiggins dropped back and lofted the ball down the left sidelines where Cody Johnston ran underneath of it in stride for a 38-yard scoring strike. Sills’ PAT made it 7-0 with 2:53 on the first-quarter clock.

The Shamrocks gave the ball back again when Jacob Quinn picked off a Hannahs’ pass at the midfield stripe. This time it took the Colts 12 plays to go the distance, with Lapp, a hard-running senior, going the final six. Sills made it 14-0 when he banked the PAT off the right upright with 9:01 on the second-quarter clock.

To compound things, Hannahs was injured on the touchdown play and did not return. He remained on the sideline with a bag of ice on his left knee the rest of the game.

Stine recovered a Shamrocks’ fumble on the first play and Lapp went 17 yards untouched. Sills’ extra-point made it 21-0.

Just before the half, Wiggins rolled left and spotted Johnston all alone in the back of the end zone from nine yards out. Sills boomed the point-after for a 28-0 advantage.

Barnesville avoided the shutout when freshman quarterback Matthew Burkhart connected with Collin Wilson down the left sidelines for a 30-yard scoring strike. Burkhart lobbed the ball down the field and the 5-5 Wilson outleaped a pair of defenders at the 15 before racing into the end zone with 3:04 left in the third quarter. The extra point was blocked.

Meadowbrook completed the scoring when Lapp took a shovel pass from Wiggins and bolted 16 yards up the gut for six points.

Off the Colts’ 423 total yards, 222 of them came on the ground behind an offensive line that featured a pair of 320-pounders on the left side; the aforementioned Sills at center, a 250-pound right guard and a 205-pound right tackle.

“They beat us up and that’s embarrassing,” Johnson explained. “We worked so hard in the weight room to get stronger, and we come down here and basically got beat down. We couldn’t even slow them down.

“We’re in a little bit of turmoil right now, but there’s only one way to go and that’s up. We’re going to challenge out guys next week in practice.”

Lapp led a balanced attack with 75 yards on 13 carries. Stine finished with 47, one more than Wiggins. Wiggins had an excellent night via the air as he went 14 of 16 for 190 yards and three scores.

Dylan Burkhart, who played only the second half due to disciplinary reasons, ran eight times for 23 yards as Barnesville was held to 41 stripes on the ground and 125 total. Hannahs had 44 yards and Matt Burkhart 40 and the TD. Wilson landed three passes for 53 yards.

Johnson said that today’s jayvee game at home against the Colts has been cancelled due to injuries suffered last night. In addition to Hannahs going down, Isaac McGee suffered an ankle injury and didn’t return.

Barnesville (0-2) travels to Morristown next Friday to meet unbeaten Union Local (2-0). Meadowbrook (1-1) is at Shenandoah (0-2).

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