Meek nips rival Winston County, 14-13

By BARRY BARNETT, Eagle Sports Correspondent
Posted 9/1/18

ARLEY — The Meek Tigers and Winston County Yellow Jackets engaged in a battle to remember Friday night at Tiger Stadium, with Meek claiming the victory by a score of 14-13.

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Meek nips rival Winston County, 14-13

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ARLEY — The Meek Tigers and Winston County Yellow Jackets engaged in a battle to remember Friday night at Tiger Stadium, with Meek claiming the victory by a score of 14-13.

The slugfest lasted one play beyond regulation, as the Tigers denied a Winston County two-point conversion after the Jackets scored on the last play of the fourth quarter to close the gap to a single point.

Neither team could get on the scoreboard in the first period, but the quarter ended with Meek driving.

With 10:44 remaining in the half, Payton Key found Nelson Martin open in the right flat. Martin was able to turn the short throw and catch up the sideline to complete a 31 yard touchdown that put the Tigers ahead 6-0.

The home team's lead was extremely short-lived, however, as Austin Owens fielded the ensuing kick-off at the 15, dashed up the middle and then cut to the right sideline to out run the coverage to the end zone. The extra point put Winston County up 7-6.

That is exactly where the score would stay until 5:36 remaining in the game. A three yard run by Gabriel Jones capped a 6 play drive to regain the lead for Meek. Jones also added the two point conversion to make the score 14-7. Winston County then mounted its best drive of the night, going 64 yards in 13 plays. Brooks Bonds scored on a one yard quarterback sneak as time expired to narrow the margin to 14-13. The Jackets then decided to go for the win, but Bonds was stopped just short of the goal line on the two point attempt.

Jones was the workhorse for the Tigers, gaining 221 yards rushing on 29 carries. Winston County was led by a huge multi-purpose game from Owens. In addition to his kick-off return TD, the Yellow Jacket sophomore rushed 14 times for 89 yards, and also added two interceptions on defense.

Winston County (1-1) will host Addison next week, while Meek (1-1) will begin region play at South Lamar.