WELLSTON – The Wellston Golden Rockets labored in the first half on Friday night.

The second half, however, was a different matter, entirely, as the Rockets scored five touchdowns and pitched a 40-0 shutout against Alexander on “Senior Night” at C.H. Jones Field.

“We did not look like us in the first half,” said Wellston head coach Mike Smith. “We were slow getting started tonight. I think this school schedule affects these kids because they are not in a routine.

“On game nights, that is extremely important, and we do not always get that.”

The second half was indeed impressive, as the Rockets controlled every phase of the game while holding Alexander to six-yards of offense and just two first downs.

They forced Alexander to turn the ball over on downs on a fake punt attempt on the Spartans opening drive in the third quarter.

From there, it took the Rockets six-plays to go 27 yards, as quarterback Jeremiah Frisby scored on a third-and-2 play when he faked a handoff to running back Jonathon Garvin and walked into the end zone from nine-yards out. The two-point conversion was successful on Frisby’s pass to R.J. Kemp with 8:08 left.

Leading 14-0, Wellston caught a break on Alexander’s next drive, as a bad center exchange that sailed over the head of Schulz was recovered by the Rockets at the Spartans six-yard line.

Two plays later, the Rockets went up 21-0 on Frisby’s five-yard touchdown run and Michael Weber’s extra-point kick with 5:58 left in the third quarter.

After forcing Alexander to punt on its ensuing possession, Wellston went 39 yards in five plays to take a 27-0 lead on Frisby’s 29-yard touchdown pass to Hunter Smith.

Then R.J. Kemp got his third interception of the season, coming on the opening play in the fourth quarter, and the Rockets put together their best drive of the game, capped by Frisby’s 10-yard touchdown pass to Smith. The big plays came on a 14-yard pass from Frisby to Kemp on 3rd-and-10 from the Spartans 29, and then two plays later, an 8-yard pass to Ingalls, who took the ball to the Spartans 10.

Smith’s third touchdown reception came on the next play to give Wellston a 33-0 lead with 8:02 remaining.

“We have a talented receiving corps,” said Smith. “We have to shore up things upfront, and we are still missing some blitzes that we have to take care of, but overall, I was pleased with our effort tonight, especially the way we played in the second half.”

Frisby finished 10 of 23 for 139 yards, with three touchdowns and one interception. He also ran for two scores on 22-yards rushing. Ingalls led the receiving corps with seven catches for 73 yards and one touchdown, while Smith finished with four catches for 52 yards and two scores, while Garvin had 21 yards rushing on eight carries.

The Spartans were limited to 109 yards of offense and just six first downs for the game. Schulz completed 3 of 11 passes for 9 yards and one interception. Logan Neal rushed for 100 yards on 19 carries.

Wellston added a late score on a 15-yard touchdown pass from reserve quarterback Isaac Molihan to Zach Wilbur, and Weber’s extra-point kick gave Wellston a 40-0 lead with 2:19 to play.

The Rockets were totally out of sync in the first half. Wellston turned the ball over twice in the first quarter, but led 6-0 at the half, despite being outgained 103-69, while both teams had four first downs each.

Wellston’s initial first down did not come until their third possession of the game on a 20-yard completion from Frisby to Ingalls. The next one came on the next play on a 12-yard pass from Frisby to Ingalls, and with 9:53 left in the half, Wellston opened a drive with a 14-yard pass from Frisby to Ingalls for a first down.

Alexander turned the ball over on its next possession on a backward pass, and Ingalls scooped the ball and returned it to the Spartan 23.

On the next play, Frisby threw a 23-yard touchdown pass to Ingalls, and the Rockets took a 6-0 lead with 6:42 remaining in the first half.

Wellston moves to 3-0 on the season, and in TVC-Ohio play, while Alexander drops to 0-3, and 0-2 in the league.

The Rockets will try to keep the momentum going in their favor next week when they travel to The Plains to face the Athens Bulldogs at Joe Burrow Stadium.

NOTE – Senior football players, cheerleaders, and band members were recognized on the field for senior night, alongside their parents before the game.

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TEAM STATISTICS

                                                A                      W

First Downs                              6                      14

Scrimmage Plays                      57                     46

Rushing (No.-Yds.)                    44-100              21-58

Passing (Cmp.-Att.-Int.)             3-13-1               12-25-1

Passing Yards                           9                      173

Total Yards                               109                   231

Fumbles (No.-Lost)                    3-2                    2-2

Penalties (No.-Yards)                 8-68                  7-62

INDIVIDUAL LEADERS

RUSHING

Alexander: Logan Neal 19-100, Xander Karagosian 15-29, Keaton Pack 1-1, Logan Jenkins 1-(-1), Andrew Wheeler 2-(-3), Jagger Cain 3-(-4), Jordan Schulz 3-(-22); Wellston: Jeremiah Frisby 11-22 (2 TDs), Jonathon Garvin 8-21, Brenton Breech 1-10, Garrett Brown 1-5.

PASSING

Alexander: Jordan Schulz 3-11-1 9 yards, Xander Karagosian 0-2-0 0 yards; Wellston: Jeremiah Frisby 10-23-1 139 yards (3 TDs), Isaac Molihan 2-2-0 34 yards (1 TD)

RECEIVING

Alexander: Logan Jenkins 1-4, Colton Ashcraft 1-3, Xander Karagosian 1-2; Wellston: Chase Ingalls 7-73 (1 TD), Hunter Smith 4-52 (2 TDs), RJ Kemp 3-23, Brenton Breech 1-19, Zach Wilbur 1-15 (1 TD)