Football News 2017 Meek Write Up
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Written by Allen J. Dunavant   
Tuesday, 05 September 2017 12:26

The Lions opened regular season play by traveling to Arley to face-off against the Meek Tigers. Receiving the opening kick, the Tigers moved the ball quickly downfield combining their rushing attack and the passing game.
Facing first down at the Lions 13-yard line, the Tigers drive came to a halt following back to back defensive stops by the Lions with Nick Selman, Logan Moye and Tanner Upton holding ground inside the red zone.

Tiger Quarterback Payton Key called his own number but Selman, Aaron Cribb and Lathan Holliday made the defensive stop at the 5-yard line forcing the Tigers to attempt a short yardage field goal. The kick by John Mark Abercombie sailed left giving the Lions early momentum.

Starting their first possession at their own 20-yard line, Quarterback Ethan Nichols utilized the ground game with Upton, Holliday and Zach Hubbert pushing the ball across mid-field to the Meek 43-yard line. Back to back first down possessions kept the drive alive but the drive almost ended as the ball came loose during the exchange on second down. Nichols managed to make the recovery at the 26-yard line keeping the Lions offensive front on the field. Upton got the call to fight for additional yardage but was met for the stop just short of the first down marker. Facing fourth down and one, the Lions were penalized moving the ball back five yards, but on the replay of down, Nichols connected thru the air with Hubbert for the first score of the game. The PAT kick by Mario Gonzales was perfect putting the Lions on the scoreboard 7 - 0 with 1:33 remaining in the first quarter.

The Lions defense stood their ground holding the Tigers to four downs and out on the next possession requiring Meek to punt the ball away from their own 30-yard line. The first quarter came to a close with the Lions facing third down and four and with the start of the second quarter misery struck the Lions as the ball was fumbled on the exchange with the Tigers taking possession deep in Lion Territory at the 29-yard line.

Four plays later, Abercombie took the hand-off over the goal line for the score. The two point conversion was successful giving the Tigers the lead with 11:16 remaining in the half.

Misery continued for the Lion offense on the ensuing possession as once again the ball was fumbled away on first down giving Meek excellent field position at the Lions 30-yard line. The momentum quickly shifted back to the Lions as Brady Tucker intercepted the deep pass in the end zone returning the possession to the Lions at their own 20-yard line. The Lions were unable to capitalize on the turn-over. Although rushing attacks by Holliday, Upton, Hubbert and Tucker moved the ball across mid-field to the Tigers 43-yard line, the drive halted following an official measurement which came up just short by inches for the Lions.

The Tigers wasted very little time moving the ball deep on the Lion defense. Facing first down at the 7-yard line, Upton and Holliday made back to back defensive stops on Abercombie leaving Meek facing third and goal. After a sliding pass reception by Destin Morris at the 4-yard line, Abercombie was met at the line of scrimmage by Toby Tidwell, Kevin Rich, Holliday, Selman and Upton shutting the door on the Tigers at the 3-yard line.

Keeping the ball on the ground the Lions moved the ball to their own 43-yard line as the first half came to a close with the Tigers holding the lead 8 - 7.

Receiving the second half kick Hub continued with the ground attack advancing the ball to their own 45-yard line before being forced to punt the ball away. Abercombie advanced Hollidays punt to the Tiger 49-yard line but a penalty moved the ball back to the 44-yard line. Key called his own number, scrambling down the right side line with Gage Alexander on the stop for the Lions at the 41-yard line. The Lion defenders stood ground pushing the Tigers back across mid-field forcing Abercombie to punt the ball away from his own 38-yard line.

The Lions possession was short forcing Holliday to punt the ball back to the Tigers after only three down but once again the Lion defense stood ground holding the Tigers offense to three and out.  With the start of the fourth quarter, the misery continued for the Lion offense as once again the ball was fumbled and the Tigers made the recovery deep in the Lions red zone. Two snaps later, Abercombie was in the end zone raising the home teams score. The two point conversion was successful and the Tigers led 16 -7 with 11:05 remaining in the game.

The next possession for the Lions was short lived with the Tigers taking over on downs at the Lions 35-yard line. Three plays later, Key connected in the end zone with Luke Sherer for the quick six. The PAT kick was good building the Tiger lead to 23 - 7.

The Tigers coaching staff called for an on-side kick on the ensuing kick catching the Lions kicking team off-guard. The successful recovery by the Tigers led to three downs and a punt as defensive stops were made by Upton, Blake Anthony, Cribb, Rich and Alexander. Abercombie's punt rolled dead at the 9-yard line where Tucker and the Lions offense returned but two plays later the ball was fumbled away on the exchange. The Tigers took the ball to the end zone two plays later. The PAT was good raising the score 30 - 7 with 3:41 remaining in the game.

Upton advanced the ensuing kick up field to the 34-yard line but following the play the Tigers were penalized for a personal foul, giving the Lions the ball at their own 49-yard line. Hubbert took the pitch-out around the left end and was forced out of bounds at the Tigers 35-yard line. Rushing attacks by Hubbert, Upton and Holliday advanced the ball to the 26-yard line. Facing first down with time ticking away quickly from the game clock, Upton and Hubbert continued the rushing attack and on third down Tucker connected thru the air with Gage Key who fought his way just inside the 5-yard line. The Tigers were penalized for a personal foul on the play moving the ball to the 2-yard line and with the snap Holliday took the ball over center for the score as time expired on the game.

Comments from Head Coach Lamar Harris:
"I thought our guys played extremely hard tonight. The game was very physical from start to finish as we expected. Losing our Quarterback early in the first quarter due to an injury was an issue, but I'm proud of the team for keeping their composure and staying in the game up until the end. We had several mistakes and the two major turn-overs early in the fourth quarter seemed to have taken the wind out of our sails. Can't win games when you have turn-overs and costly mistakes on both sides of the ball. We will continue working with these young players and remain focused on our team goals. We open region play next week at home and will face a tough team so we know we have our work cut-out for us in the practice week ahead."

The Lions will host region foe South Lamar on Friday night. Game time is 7:00p.m.


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