Big plays lead No. 7 South Lamar past Meek, 62-0

By BARRY BARNETT, Eagle Sports Correspondent
Posted 9/7/19

ARLEY — The Meek Tigers faced the difficult task of hosting the No. 7 ranked team in their classification Friday night in Arley.

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Big plays lead No. 7 South Lamar past Meek, 62-0

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ARLEY — The Meek Tigers faced the difficult task of hosting the No. 7 ranked team in their classification Friday night in Arley.

Unfortunately for the home team, the visiting South Lamar Stallions lived up to their ranking and their name, unleashing a stable of speedy backs and receivers to race to a 48-0 halftime lead and an eventual 62-0 victory.

In the first half alone, South Lamar produced five touchdown plays of 60 yards or more, with the scoring strikes coming in multiple phases of the game. The first Stallion TD, however, was of a much shorter variety, coming on the third play of their initial drive, after recovering a Meek fumble on the opening kick-off at the Tiger 6-yard line.

Quarterback Herachio Washington found Jarrett Bryant on a swing pass in the left flat, and less than two minutes into the game, South Lamar led 7-0.

Things went rapidly downhill from there for the Tigers. After a Meek punt, the Stallions scored on a 67-yard run to take a 13-0 lead. Meek punted again on their next possession, but found new life when South Lamar fumbled the kick and Tommy Daniel recovered at the Stallion 33. A penalty on South Lamar then gave the Tigers a first down at the 18, and a chance to cut the lead to a single touchdown. The Stallion defense rose to the occasion, though, stopping Meek on downs, and fully regaining the momentum.

South Lamar scored five touchdowns in the next 15 minutes of game time leading into intermission. The kicking team and defense provided plenty of help to the Stallion offense, adding a punt return for a 60-yard score, and a 95-yard interception return for a TD, as well.

A short kick-off to start the second half gave South Lamar excellent field position, and the Stallions capitalized once again, scoring on the fifth play of the drive to take a 55-0 lead. At that point, the Tigers reached down deep and found the determination to pound the ball ahead on the ground, controlling the clock for most of the remainder of the game. Quarterback Stuart Waldrep and running back James Brown carried the load, running hard and combining to carry the ball 17 times in the half. The Tiger defense also showed more grit as the half went on, exemplified by Daniel chasing down a Stallion runner at the 2-yard line, preventing the touchdown after a 73-yard gallop.

With the win, South Lamar moves to 2-0 overall and 1-0 in the region, while Meek drops to 0-3 overall and 0-1 in region play.

The Tigers will travel to Hubbertville next week for another Class 1A, Region 6 contest.