WELLSTON – A game full of big plays, turnovers, and missed opportunities was the layout of the Wellston Golden Rockets 27-18 loss at Minford on Friday night.

The loss leaves the Rockers with a 1-2 mark on the young season as the Falcons raise their record to 2-1.

It was a big night offensively for several players from Wellston, as Isaac Molihan led the way with 148 rushing yards on 17 carries and a touchdown. Quarterback Jeremiah Frisby completed 8-of-15 passes for 124 yards and a touchdown. He also had a rushing score.

Minford quarterback, Devin Parker was 12-of-18 through the air for 170 yards, including a 42-yard touchdown pass. Also, Parker rushed for 85 yards, including a 68-yard touchdown run. Minford’s Jeffery Pica ran for 133 yards and two touchdowns.

Wellston started the game with some good fortune as Evan Brown picked up a Minford fumble, popped lose by Braley Thompson, on Minford’s first play from scrimmage.

However, neither team could move the ball until Minford put together a drive that ended when the Falcons fumbled, which was recovered by Brenton Breech at the two-yard line.

Though the game was scoreless in the first quarter, Wellston broke the drought at the 6:10 mark when Frisby scrambled in from five yards out for a 6-0 lead.

It would not last long as Minford’s Jeffery Pica ran in from 24 yards out at the 4:18 mark to tie the game. Myles Montgomery made the extra-point to give the Falcons a 7-6 lead.

After a Wellston turnover, the Falcons appeared to be driving for a late score, Breech intercepted Parker at the one-yard line with 16 seconds left.

Despite forcing three Minford turnovers in the first half, and a defensive stand that thwarted a score by the Falcons, Wellston trailed 7-6 at the half.

Wellston head coach Mike Smith noted he was pleased with the defensive effort that kept the Rockets in the game.

"Yes, the defense played well,” said Coach Smith, “They were on the field way too long. When you are out there that long, you get worn down. Overall, I thought they played really well.”

Wellston’s pass rush also kept Parker off balance in the first half.

In the third quarter, the turnover ratio began to even up, as Frisby threw two interceptions that led to points for Minford.

Pica scored his second touchdown of the game on a 41-yard run at the 6:05 mark in the third quarter to give the Falcons a 14-6 advantage.

Wellston pulled out all the stops, including an unsuccessful fake punt in the third quarter

From there, the Falcons went to the air attack as Parker hit Ethan Conally for a 42-yard touchdown pass with 52 seconds left.  Minford held a 21-6 lead at the horn, but there was still plenty of action still to come

In the final 12 minutes, the Rockets did not have any quit in them as they put together an impressive drive. The score came when Molihan scored with 8:05 remaining on a one-yard run. The drive was aided by a 44-yard pass from Frisby to Molihan, The two-point conversion attempt failed, but Wellston had narrowed the gap to 21-12.

However, Parker would seal the deal for the Falcons, as he had a 68-yard touchdown scamper to give the Falcons a 27-12 lead.

Wellston still had a lot of fight in them, as they found the end zone on a 27-yard toss from Frisby to Garrett Brown, but Minford was able to run out the clock after the ensuing kickoff.

Although Coach Smith was disappointed with the loss, as well as the inability to convert the extra-point attempts, he saw some positives as well.

“I thought our kids played extremely hard, and that's all we can ask for,” said Smith. “We now have some work to do to prepare for Portsmouth West next week.

Friday’s game is dubbed the Ohillco Bowl where the festival royalty will be represented.

Coach Smith hopes his team gets a little better and can give Portsmouth West and run.

Kickoff time at C.H. Jones field is 7 p.m., which will also be broadcast live on 105.3 FM and the Total Media Radio App.