Pirates outscore Dragons, 42-22
PROCTORVILLE — Offense wasn’t a problem for either team. Turnovers were.
The Fairland Dragons suffered four costly turnovers — two fumbles and two interceptions — in a 42-22 loss to the Wheelersburg Pirates Friday.
“Turnovers are what got us. We moved the ball,” said Fairland coach Dave Carroll as his team racked up 471 yards of total offense, one more than the Pirates.
Fairland quarterback Chad Fisher did most of the damage against the Pirates as he ran 20 times for 153 yards and completed 16-of-21 passing for 267 yards and two scores.
But Brandon Schankweiler hurt the Dragons as he ran just nine times for 195 yards and three touchdown. Quarterback Alex Shears had 95 yards rushing including a TD and was 4-of-8 passing for 124 yards and a touchdown.
“Schankweiler is the real deal. He’s good,” said Carroll.
Schankweiler ran 4 yards for a touchdown to put the Pirates up 7-0 in the first quarter.
Moments later, Dakota Luster intercepted a pass and returned it 45 yards for a touchdown as Wheelersburg (2-2) took a 14-0 lead.
The lead went to 20-0 with 5:17 left in the half when Schankweiler broke free on a 74-yard scoring run.
The Dragons (1-3) reached the 5-yard line with time running out in the half and no time outs remaining.
“Our kids played hard. If we put that one in at the end of the first half, it’s a different ball game. We just ran out of time,” said Carroll.
Schankweiler had a 1-yard touchdown run less than two minutes into the third quarter and Tommy Graf’s conversion run made it 28-0.
Fairland came right back to score as Fisher hooked up with Jon Baise on an 86-yard touchdown pass and it was 28-6.
But the Pirates answered with their own scoring pass as Shears found Andy Stegman on a 23-yard play and it was 35-6.
The fast-pace scoring in the quarter continued as Fisher and Baise teamed up on a 47-yard TD play. Fisher threw to Jonathan Holbrook for the conversion and it was 35-14.
Shears came back with a 26-yard scoring run and Dillan Lewis kicked the conversion to make it 42-14 just before the end of the quarter.
Fisher’s 55-yard touchdown run with 2:37 to play capped the scoring.
Wheelersburg 14 6 22 0 = 42
Fairland 0 0 14 8 = 22
Wh — Brandon Schankweiler 4 run (Schankweiler kick) 6:25
Wh — Dakota Luster 45 interception return (Brandon Schankweiler kick) 5:49
Wh — Brandon Schankweiler 74 run (kick blocked) 5:17 by Jonathan Holbrook
Wh — Brandon Schankweiler 1 run (Tommy Graf run) 10:39
Fa — Jon Baise 86 pass from Chad Fisher (pass failed) 7:13
Wh — Andy Stegman 23 pass from Alex Shears (Brandon Schankweiler kick) 3:43
Fa — Jon Baise 47 pass from Chad Fisher (Jonathan Holbrook pass from Fisher) 2:26
Wh — 40 Alex Shears 26 run (Dillan Lewis kick) 0:40
Fa — Chad Fisher 55 run (Jonathan Holbrook pass from Fisher) 2:37
First downs 18 15
Rushes-yards 41-346 32-204
Passing yards 124 267
Total yards 470 471
Cmp-Att-Int 4-8-1 16-21-2
Fumbles-lost 3-0 2-2
Punts-average 2-28.0 3-37.7
Penalties-yards NA 9-67
RUSHING-Wheelersburg: Brandon Schankweiler 9-195, Alex Shears 13-95, Brett Hood 4-22, Dakota Luster 3-5; Fairland: Chad Fisher 20-153, Tyree Ceaser 4-2, Tanner Sowards 8-49.
PASSING-Wheelersburg: Alex Shears 4-8-1 124; Fairland: Chad Fisher 16-21-2 267.
RECEIVING-Wheelersburg: Andy Stegman 2-58, Tommy Graf 1-49, Brandon Schankweiler 1-17; Fairland: Kyle Lawhorn 4-59, Jonathan Holbrook 4-35, Jon Baise 8-167.