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September 24, 2017

9/9/2017 3:54:00 AM
FOOTBALL: WEEK THREE - Rockets win 2017 Coal Bowl
Wellston wins in a 48-6 blowout over Adena
Wellston’s Jordan Lucas (#7) rushed one time for 11, threw for 105 yards and two touchdowns to lead the Rockets in a 48-6 win over Adena on Friday night. (Photo By Red Thompson, Jr.)

Wellston’s Jordan Lucas (#7) rushed one time for 11, threw for 105 yards and two touchdowns to lead the Rockets in a 48-6 win over Adena on Friday night. (Photo By Red Thompson, Jr.)

Sports Editor

WELLSTON - The Wellston Golden Rockets celebrated their home-opener on and off the football field Friday night in the 2017 Coal Bowl.

The Golden Rockets were honored after the game and presented the Coal Bowl trophy by the Coal Festival Royalty after having their way with Adena in a 48-6 blowout to improve to 2-1 on the season.

Wellston senior quarterback Jordan Lucas was efficient for the second straight week, as he completed 6 of 7 passes for 105 yards and had two touchdown passes, including one to senior Michael Graham and one to senior Travis Jayjohn.

Jayjohn also had a rushing touchdown on Wellston first series of the game.

Wellston's offense was in a rhythm, scoring on all five of its possessions in the first half and two of its three drives in the second half, en route to the 42-point win.

Wellston's defense kept the Warriors (1-2) off the scoreboard until Nate Throckmorton capped a 10-play, 66-yard drive on a seven-yard touchdown run with 2:01 remaining in the fourth quarter.

The Rockets dominated the line of scrimmage, running for 361 yards on 32 carries.

Jayjohn was explosive, as he carried the ball 19 times for 111 yards, but sophomore Rylan Molihan rushed for 148 yards on four attempts and two touchdowns to lead the Rockets. John Dupree, who came in late in the fourth quarter, ran two times for 60-yards and scored the final touchdown for Wellston on a 51-yard run with 23-seconds left in the game.

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Wellston got things going from the start, as Jayjohn had five-straight runs to cap a 65-yard drive and Chase Ingalls booted the extra-point attempt for a 7-0 lead at the 10:18 mark of the first quarter.

The Rockets forced a turnover against Adena on its ensuing drive, which was recovered by Michael Graham at the Wellston 45.

From there, it took the Rockets just 7-plays to cap a 55-yard drive on a three-yard touchdown run by fullback Zach Dress.

After a three-and-out by the Warriors, Molihan exploded for a 45-yard touchdown run late in the first quarter and Wellston increased its lead to 20-0.

Then Lucas threw a 28-yard touchdown pass to Graham to take a 27-0 lead on its next drive and then, Molihan, who was a nightmare for the Warriors defense in the first half, capped a two-play drive with a 65-yard touchdown run to give Wellston an insurmountable 34-0 advantage at halftime.

The Rockets' defense had a goal line stand just before the half on a second-and-goal play at the 2-yard line.

The game was played with a running clock in the second half and after a scoreless third quarter, Lucas threw a 16-yard touchdown pass to Jayjohn to cap a 59-yard drive for a 41-0 lead.

After Throckmorton's seven-yard touchdown for Adena, Dupree ended the scoring for the Rockets with his 51-yard scamper.

J.D. Blevins ran 10 times for 57 yards to lead Adena, which finished with 122 yards on 39 rushing attempts. Preston Sykes threw for 29 yards, completing 3 of 6 passing attempts.

However, an interception by Dupree on Adena's touchdown drive was negated because of a roughing the passer penalty.

Wellston will look to win its third straight game next week, when they hosts Portsmouth West at C.H. Jones Field.

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