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September 20, 2017

9/8/2017 4:25:00 AM
FOOTBALL: Previewing Wellston this week
The Golden Rockets will host Adena in their home opener

Sports Editor

The Wellston Golden Rockets will be looking to improve to 2-1 on the season when they take on Adena tonight at C.H. Jones Field.

It will be the home-opener for the Golden Rockets, who are coming off a 21-9 win at Huntington last week.

In addition, Wellston will be looking to improve to 3-0 all-time against Adena, which was a 28-6 winner in Frankfort in 2016.

"It's great to finally be at home this week," said Wellston head coach Jason Lucas. "I feel like Wellston is a great place and they love football and they support the kids here. We have a great school, a great administration, who support us and our town has really rallied behind us.

"We want to put a product out on the field they are proud of. I know they are proud of their kids and we just want to go out and play well in front of our home crowd."

In Wellston's win at Huntington last week, the Golden Rockets overcame a 7-7 tie at halftime and showed a much improved defense, forcing three interceptions and a fumble. Two of those interceptions came late in the fourth quarter and the forced fumble set up a Wellston touchdown.

The defense also stepped up big with a goal line stand early in the fourth quarter. Huntington mounted an 18-play, 86-yard drive before stalling at the Wellston 1-yard line.

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However, Wellston quarterback Jordan Lucas was sacked in the end zone, resulting in a safety to cut the lead to 13-9.

After the free kick by Michael Graham, Huntington drove to the Wellston 25-yard line, but it would prove costly after Allagree fumbled and the Rockets recovered at its own 29.

Wellston needed just one play to respond when Lucas threw his third touchdown pass of the game, as he found Travis Jayjohn, who turned it into a 71-yard touchdown, which gave the Golden Rockets the lead for good at 21-9, after Jayjohn successfully scored on the two-point conversion attempt with 5:43 remaining in the game.

Lucas attempted 14 passes, completing seven for 187 yards and three touchdowns with an interception.

"We made adjustments at halftime," said Lucas. "We made some mistakes early. We had a penalty that hurt us, we dropped a couple of passes and we missed blocks. In the second half, we were able to move the ball on the ground and we were able to get yards through the air. We limited our mistakes in the second half, but we still had two touchdowns called back in the fourth quarter.

"Overall, we played well defensively. They played good fundamental defense and they tackled well."

The Rockets were held to a mere 128-yards rushing last week, but hope to get the ground game back on track in front of the home crowd this week.

However, it will come down to the play of their offensive line, which are young. But in fairness, Huntington's defense was playing to stop the run first, as it slipped eight and nine guys in the box in an attempt to stifle Wellston's run game last week, according to Lucas.

Adena (1-1) which opened the season with a 27-0 win on the road at Greenfield-McClain two weeks ago, lost in its home-opener, 45-0 against West Jefferson last week.

"They (Adena) have a good team. Their score last week is not indicative of the kind of team they have," Lucas said. "Then again, they were playing in bad weather conditions. They like to run the option, which is not real good in the rain.

"We just have to go do what we do this week. The kids just need to keep playing hard and keep getting better each week. The kids are really working hard. They have a good attitude about everything and that's all you can ask for."

Kickoff is set for 7:30 p.m. at C.H. Jones Field

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