By P.J Gossett
Northwest Alabamian Staff Writer
Meek 34 Marion County 14
ARLEY - The Meek Tigers (4-2, 3-1) went up against the Marion County Raiders (5-2, 2-2) Friday, Oct. 1, and gave the homecoming crowd a 34-14 win over the visiting Raiders.
Meek received the kickoff, and after four first downs and a 70-yard drive, Cameron Deaver scored the first touchdown with Blake Miller offering a good 2-point conversion, lighting the scoreboard 8-0, Meek.
As Marion County got the ball, a fumble resulted in a pick-up by Meek who took it past the Raiders’ defense for their second touchdown. The honor this time went to Miller. The 2-point try was no good, which left the score 14-0, Meek.
As the clock ticked down to zero, Raiders’ quarterback Jacob Madison threw a complete pass to Dearioh Lipsey for their first touchdown. Another complete pass by the two added 2 points, leaving the first quarter 14-8.
Meek showed they could do the same with a complete pass to Deaver for a touchdown on second down in the second quarter. The 2-point try was again no good, making it 20-8, Meek. Marion County turned the downs over to Meek, though they decided to get the ball back when on third down, Landon Morrow intercepted a pass. Without scoring, they turned the downs over to Meek once more.
As the third quarter began, the Raiders again turned the downs over to Meek after receiving the kickoff. This time, Meek’s Ethan Grace took the honors for the touchdown after a 37-yard drive. The 2-point try was no good, though, showing the board 26-8, Meek.
Meek answered the earlier interception with one of their own by Justin Freeman. Deaver tried and got the ball in the end zone, but a dead ball foul negated the touchdown. Meek took it on to first and goal by the end of the quarter.
As the last quarter began, Meek was able to take it to fourth and one before Meek’s Matthew Clark got the ball over the line. Grace got a clean pass for the 2 points, finalizing Meek’s part at 34-8.
As the Raiders received the kickoff, Madison returned the ball on a 70 yard run for their second touchdown on the night. Their 2 points were no good, stopping the score 34-14, Meek.
Meek was not finished though. After a fumble resulting in the Raiders with the Ball, Jarrett Benson sacked Madison, and on fourth down for the Raiders, Miller intercepted a pass. Later, the Raiders one last time turned the downs over to Meek, who had the ball yards away from another touchdown when the clock ran out.
Marion County travels this Friday to South Lamar (2-4, 2-2). Meek travels to Lynn (1-5, 0-4) for Lynn’s homecoming.
See complete story in the Journal Record.