Meek fired the first shot with a quick jaunt in by senior Dylan Cleghorn with a good PAT by Alston Wolfe.
After a failed five-play drive by the Raiders offense, the Tigers repeated their first drive exactly with another Murphy-to-Cleghorn touchdown pass at 4:19, topped off with the PAT by Wolfe.
The Raiders answered with a third-down push into the end zone at the 3:12 mark to fire up the visitor side of the scoreboard.
Just under 90 seconds later, Meek’s Casey Lawson hauled in a 15-yard toss from Murphy to make the score 21-7. Another 90 seconds later, the Raiders finished the Tigers trips to the end zone.
Marion’s quarterback Sean Wallace made one of his many runs to start what would be the beginning of the end for the Meek team.
After a Tiger turnover in their own territory, Marion pressed in again at 5:36 in the second and again two minutes later with a huge pass to Christopher Cantrell to make a 28-21 game. Meek’s longest drive of 14 plays left them with a field goal by Wolfe for the only other points the Tigers would score.
Two more Raider scores in the second half finished Meek at 55-24 to leave the Tigers at 2-5 overall, 1-4 in regional play and Marion County at 4-3, 4-1.
“I feel very good, we overcame adversity and made adjustments. We played three great quarters. Our group of kids fought back and took charge,” said Marion coach Rusty Clark, who heads home to face Berry next week.
Meek will be on the road at 1A Hubbertville.