Meek makes move to tough region in ‘18

By JOHNATHAN BENTLEY Eagle Sports Editor
Posted 7/5/18

David Norwood’s first season at Meek was a success.The Tigers matched their highest win total since 2003 in Norwood’s first year in Arley, while advancing to the Class 1A playoffs.Meek (7-4 in …

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Meek makes move to tough region in ‘18

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David Norwood’s first season at Meek was a success.

The Tigers matched their highest win total since 2003 in Norwood’s first year in Arley, while advancing to the Class 1A playoffs.

Meek (7-4 in 2017) makes the move to Class 1A, Region 6 for the 2018 season. The Tigers placed fourth in Region 7 last year.

Meek plays just three teams with winning records this year, but all three — Pickens County, South Lamar and Lynn — are region foes. The remainder of the schedule combined for a 17-53 record. All three of the Tigers’ non-region games come against Class 2A opponents — Cold Springs, Winston County and Sumiton Christian.

The season opens on Thursday, Aug. 23 at Cold Springs. After three straight playoff appearances, the Eagles fell to 1-9 last season, scoring just 71 points. Meek leads the all-time series 19-12. The teams last played in 2007 with Cold Springs winning 13-6.

Meek renews its rivalry with Winston County (2-8) in Week 2. The teams last met in 2001. The Tigers trail the series 12-48-5, losing the last five meetings. The Yellow Jackets are under new head coach Mark Mitchell this season. 

The Tigers open region play with a trip to Millport to face the South Lamar Stallions (10-4). South Lamar advanced to the 1A quarterfinals last season, losing to Pickens County. The Stallions lead the series 7-1. The teams last played in 2015 with South Lamar winning 46-36 at Meek.

Hubbertville (2-8) makes the trip to Arley in Week 4 for a region matchup. Meek snapped a six-game losing streak to the Lions last year, winning 30-13. Hubbertville leads the series 24-14. 

Meek travels to Berry (3-7) for a region game in Week 5. The Wildcats struggled through their worst season since 2003 last year, scoring just 133 points under first-year coach Caleb Hynds. Berry has won seven games in a row against Meek and leads the series 10-7-2. 

The Tigers step out of region play for a home game against Sumiton Christian (4-6) in Week 6. The teams have played each of the last six seasons with Meek leading the series 4-2. The Tigers won 36-21 last season. The Eagles are under new head coach Bart Black this season. 

Meek follows with a home game against Brilliant (2-8). The Tigers snapped a 27-game losing streak with a Week 2 win over Vina last season. The teams last played in 2015. Meek leads the series 15-13.

The Tigers play at Class 1A state runner up Pickens County (12-3) in Week 8. The Tornadoes lead the series 3-0, including a 34-7 playoff win over the Tigers last season — in the first matchup between the teams since 1966.

Meek makes the trip to Guin in Week 9 to face Marion County. The Red Raiders have struggled through three straight 2-8 seasons. Marion County leads the series 20-8. Meek won the last meeting in 2015, snapping a seven-game losing streak to the Raiders.

The Tigers close the season with a home game against county rival Lynn (11-1). The teams have played every year since 1957. The Bears lead the series 45-26-2. Lynn won 28-12 last year. 

The Bears went through their first undefeated regular season since 2000 in 2017, losing to Cherokee in the second round of the playoffs.