Quarterback Trent Salyers set program records in helping the Wheelersburg High School football team win the Division V state championship last season.
On Sept. 14, the senior gave Watterson’s defense all kinds of headaches, completing 15 of 23 passes for 287 yards and two touchdowns in the Pirates’ 21-0 victory at Hilliard Darby.
“That kid’s a really good player,” said Watterson coach Brian Kennedy, whose team dropped to 2-2. “We knew going in that he was the guy we were going to have to try and stop, and we just weren’t able to do it.”
Salyers’ 20-yard touchdown pass to Tanner Holden in the second quarter gave the Pirates a 7-0 lead at halftime, and his 29-yard touchdown pass to Hunter Ruby made it 14-0 in the third quarter.
Salyers’ top target was Mayka Matthews, who had five catches for 125 yards. Holden finished with four catches for 71 yards.
“He did a great job spreading the ball around,” said Wheelersburg coach Rob Woodward, whose team improved to 3-1. “Teams are going to try and find things to limit him … but I thought our offense line did a great job giving him the time he needed.”
Watterson was limited to just 30 total yards in the second half. The Eagles’ only scoring threat came on their opening drive, which went 42 yards in 12 plays and reached the Wheelersburg 18 before the Pirates blocked Jonah Fortkamp’s 35-yard field-goal attempt.
Sophomore quarterback Jacob Hoying completed 18 of 29 passes for 118 yards. Davis Boone (6 catches, 44 yards) and Andrew Bettendorf (6 catches, 41 yards) were his top targets.
It was the third career start for Hoying, the son of former Ohio State quarterback Bobby Hoying.
Watterson’s Dominic Dean recovered two fumbles, including one that ended a Wheelersburg drive at the Watterson 15-yard line in the second quarter.
==========Team 1 2 3 4 Final WHEELERSBURG 0 7 7 7 21 WATTERSON
0 0 0 0 0
W—Holden 20 pass from Salyers (Miller kick)
W—Ruby 29 pass from Salyers (Miller kick)
W—Horsley 15 run (Miller kick)