DeMonte Hobbs scored a pair of second-half touchdowns as the Eagles avenged last year’s loss to the Tigers.
Meek opened the scoring on a 16-yard run TD run by Bailey Heath. After the 2-point conversion, Meek led 8-0 lead with 8:42 left in the first quarter.
Sumiton Christian answered the score with 5:29 left in the first quarter. Tristan Alexander ran six yards to pay dirt to make the score 8-6. The score was set up after a 33-yard fourth down conversion from Josh Yates to Hobbs.
Meek scored with just 17 seconds left in the first quarter on a one-yard run by Ty Griffith. The score was helped by a 58-yard run by Elijah Wilson down the sideline. Griffith converted the 2-point conversion giving Meek a 16-6 lead at the end of the first quarter of play.
Meek scored first in the second quarter on a 30-yard run by quarterback Justin Lane. The two point conversion run by Ty Griffith gave Meek a 24-6 lead with 7:23 left before the half.
With 4:35 left before halftime, the Eagles were held short on fourth-and-goal. On the next play from scrimmage, Meek fumbled and Sumiton Christian recovered on the Meek five-yard line.
Two plays later, Sumiton Christian scored on a 3-yard run by Yates, making the score 24-12 with 3:59 left before halftime.
The Meek Tigers held Hobbs in check the first half except for the one fourth down pass, but that change in the second half.
After the Eagles held Meek to a punt on their second possession, Hobbs received the punt and proceeded to return it 55 yards for a touchdown to cut Meek’s lead to 24-18 with 4:06 left in the third quarter.
Meek was driving the ball and running out the clock when they had their second turnover with 4:25 left in the game.
The miscue set up the game-winning score for Sumiton Christian.
With 3:18 left in the game, Yates hit Hobbs with a 54-yard touchdown pass. The PAT was good by Gu giving the Eagles a 25-24 lead.
The Eagles defense stiffened and held the Tigers on a fourth- and-17 giving the Eagles the victory in a very hard fought and exciting game.
“It was a great and hard fought game,” Sumiton Christian coach Zack Holmes said. “Meek was a very physical team and played really well.”
Meek won last year’s meeting 27-24. The Tigers were able to use the win to make the playoffs for the first time since 2003.
Sumiton Christian (2-1, 1-1) will play host to Collinsville next week while Meek (1-2, 0-2) hosts Falkville in a key region game.