St. Clairsville gets past Meadowbrook, 49-38

ST. CLAIRSVILLE — They finally had a home game and the Red Devils treated their fans to some fireworks and another win.

Coming off its first win of the season, St. Clairsville enjoyed its home opener with a 49-38 win in a slugfest with visiting Meadowbrook on Friday night.

Powered by Brady Kolb’s 287-yard rushing effort and a offense that racked up nearly 500 yards of offense, coach Brett McLean’s Red Devils improved to 2-1. They return to action on Friday with a trip to Martins Ferry.

Coach Jeff Twiddy’s Colts, winners over Barnesville last week, fell to 1-2. They play host to Shadyside on Friday.

“You’ve got to find a way to win,” McLean said after the run-and-gun battle. “We had to get a stop. I’m very proud of our team tonight. They didn’t ride a rollercoaster of emotions with the way the game was going. They stay even keel and what shots were fired our way, they reacted well.”

“It was two different kinds of teams out there tonight and that just shows Joe Public that there are a lot of ways to skin a cat and I was very impressed with their skilled kids and their offense.”

McLean had a great deal of praise for Kolb.

“He was called on tonight to be a position that he wasn’t in before,” the coach added. “We put him a much different position than he is familiar with, but he came through very well”.

“They were calling four down plays,” the Red Devil coach added. “Because they weren’t punting, we had to defend them on four plays and that’s not something you can be familiar with.”

Both teams appeared to leave their defenses in the locker room during the first half as they combined for 55 points and 500 yards of offense.

St. C’s first possession off a 26-yard punt return by Justin Heatherington turned into the games first score at the 9:10 mark in the first. Hard-running Kolb followed up a 10-yard run with a five-yarder for a score. Matt Greenwood added the PAT.

Meadowbrook bounced right back with a 14-play drive that was capped off by a Timmy Ferguson score from the four with 4:50 on the clock. The Colts attempt for two on the PAT was stopped short.

Heatherington’s 40-yard return set the stage for the next Red Devil score as Kolb finished it off with a 28-yard run, taking defenders with him at the 2:54 segment of the first. Greenwood again tacked on the PAT.

Down by eight, the Colts came back with a 36-yard scoring pass from Davis Black to Bobby Feyko just 1:02 into the second. Again the run was stopped by the St. C defense on the two-point conversion.

It was the Red Devils turn to light up the board, needing just two plays after the Colt score to tack on another six-pointer. Kolb went off the right side, bowled over a Colt defender and covered 41 yards for the score at 9:44. Greenwood’s booted at the PAT.

With 6:41 on the board in the first half, the Colts climbed back on the board with a three-yard run by Brady Blattner for th score. Blattner added the two-pointer.

Meadowbrook took its first lead of the game with 1:10 left in the half, dominating in the air before Ferguson went off the left side for 32 yards and the score.

Down 26-21, Dustin Carrothers went to the air lead the hosts to another score with just 7.5 seconds remaining. Carrothers threw 20 yards to Craig Bober for the score and Kolb ran for the two-pointer and a 29-26 halftime lead for the Devils.

In the third quarter, the defenses toughened and it wasn’t until there wa just 3:32 on the clock in the third the St. C got on the board closing out a six play drive with a 32-yard rn by Kyle Storer. The two-point try was stopped.

Meadowbrook just need one play to counter as the Colts used a 56-yard pass from Davis Black to Ethan Black for the score with 3:16 the board and the hosts leading 35-32.

A 15-yard Carrothers to Matt Butkus pass pushed the hosts to lead t nine as Butkus scored with 11:53 on the fourth quarter clock.

In the final minute, the Red Devils added another six-pointer on a five yard run by Kolb and the Colts closed with a last second score on a pass from Black to Black.