SUMITON - With his hands in the air, eyes skyward, Meek’s Coach David Norwood shouted, “It’s a miracle,” while Meek played Sumiton Christian Friday, Sept. 27. He was referring to a play Meek got through without getting the penalty flag thrown at them, a rarity Friday night. The Tigers ultimately lost 28-6.
Meek started strong on offense at the beginning of the first quarter. They worked their way down to the Sumiton Christian goal line before Matthew Clark went straight over the line for the touchdown. The two-point conversion failed. It was to be Meek’s only score on the night.
Meek kept their defense up, forcing their opponents to punt. Even though Clark got a first down then connected with Bryson Hudson, the penalties started pushing the Tigers backward. When the downs turned over, the Eagles swooped in and scored a touchdown on a 70-yard pass play, leaving the score tied 6-6 at the end of the first.
Meek began the second with the ball, but officials continued calling penalties. Meek was 2-and-16 then, 3-and-14 and with another penalty, “4th and forever” 28 yards back before getting the first down on a long run. When the Eagles took over on offense, Corbin Hicks successfully made it into the end zone on a 50-yard pass play. Their two-point try was good, making it 14-6.
Meek tried again with two penalties accrued before a pass was intercepted by Hicks. On first down, there was a merry-go-round of Tigers pulling down the Eagles followed by an interception, courtesy of Meek’s Trinton Ory. The first half ended before Meek could do anything with the ball.
Third quarter saw Sumiton Christian’s Jeremy Brown score after a 56-yard drive. The two-point try was no good, tipping the scales more in the Eagles’ favor, 20-6.
Meek’s turn got them to the Eagles’ goal line, taking it to the limit. The football landed on the goal line on fourth down, but officials declared it a non-touchdown.
Meek’s Stuart Waldrep got in a quarterback sack just before the last score came in the last quarter by Hicks. Even as a flag was thrown on the field, officials gave the Eagles the touchdown. The two-point try was good, making it 28-6. The Eagles’ Jeremy Brown turned around and answered Meek’s quarterback sack as a parting shot.
Meek plays at Brilliant Friday, Oct. 4.
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