Meigs scouting report: Marauders bring diverse, dynamic offense to Logan Friday night
ROCK SPRINGS — The circus is coming to town.
No, not P.T. Barnum: instead, it’s the Bartrums.
Meigs head coach Mike Bartrum, a former NFL Pro Bowl long snapper, brings his diverse and dynamic offense — piloted by his son Cody — to Logan Chieftain Stadium Friday night.
Oh, and for good measure, Cody’s freshman brother, Zach, will occasionally get in on the act as well.
The Maroon and Gold enter the matchup 2-0 with wins over Gallipolis (26-12) and perennial small-school power Amanda-Clearcreek (42-27).
Cody Bartrum has completed 32 of 49 passes for 460 yards and five touchdowns without an interception so far this season. The junior has run for 100 yards and a pair of scores as well. Last week against the Aces, Cody threw for 354 yards and four touchdowns and ran for 74 yards.
And while Cody Bartrum is the ringleader, he has plenty of other attractions to keep opposing defense coordinators up at night, starting with senior receiver-running back Kaileb Sheets (6-1, 190).
Sheets leads the Marauders with 227 yards rushing and one touchdown and has 10 receptions for 100 yards and another score. His 85-yard run set the pace against Gallipolis.
Receivers Colton Lilly (6-1, 170, senior) and Jared Kennedy (6-1, 155, junior) each had a pair of touchdowns at Amanda last Friday. Lilly made 10 catches for over 200 yards last week. Bailey Caruthers (5-9, 115, sophomore) and Zach Helton (5-7, 110, sophomore) also play at receiver.
Trae Hood (5-10, 200, junior) is the primary running back with Lane Callums (6-0, 170, sophomore) and Jake Korn (6-0, 175, senior) playing fullback and tight end, respectively.
Tackle Dalton Clark (6-2, 300, senior) anchors the line. Garrett Buckley (6-2, 200, junior) and Coltin Neutzling (6-1, 210, senior) are the guards, with Layne Acree (6-0, 195, junior) playing center. Nick Combs (6-2, 265, senior) is will play tackle opposite Clark.
On defense, the Marauders are much improved over 2014, allowing less than four yards per carry against opposing running attacks. A trio of seniors set the tone.
Clark will be the noseguard lined up over the center with Combs and Colton Atkinson (5-10, 200, senior) forming the bookends. Jake Andrus (6-3, 250, junior) and Weston Kelly (6-3, 217, junior) add some depth to the front line.
Cody Bartrum and Devon Hawley (6-1, 145, sophomore) line up at outside linebacker. Inside, Acree, Hood, and Sheets all rotate at the two linebacker spots. Sheets has a pair of interceptions, including a key 28-yard pick-six against the Aces last week.
K.J. Tracy (6-0, 145, junior) and Helton are the cornerbacks with Christian Mattox (5-8, 125, sophomore) playing free safety and Caruthers at strong safety. Zach Bartrum (6-0, 160), Grant Adams (6-1, 165, junior) and Kennedy add depth in the secondary.
Meigs has not successfully converted a point-after-touchdown kick all season, but Cody Bartrum has run for three conversions with Sheets adding one.
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Logan football historian Spencer Waugh of loganfootball.com previews the Chiefs’ opponent every Thursday in The Logan Daily News. And Friday night, you can once again listen to Logan Chieftain football live on the Internet by logging onto loganfootball.com, where Waugh and Kevin Dunigan will bring the play-by-play.