PREP FOOTBALL: Cold Springs opens season with 25-0 road shutout over Meek

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The Cold Springs Eagles shut out the Meek Tigers at home 25-0 to start the 2019 season 1-0. (Martha Needham for The Cullman Tribune)

ARLEY, Ala. – It was a perfect night to kick off the High School football season as the Cold Springs Eagles traveled to take on the Meek Tigers. Cold Springs looked sharp on offense and defense all night long as they got a convincing 25-0 victory to start the season.

Lawson Burgess quickly put an end to the opening Meek drive by intercepting the ball on the sixth play and took it all the way down to the Tigers’ 1-yard line. The Eagle offense quickly took advantage. On the very next play, Ayden Alexander plunged his way into the end zone, giving the Eagles an early 6-0 lead. Meek’s ensuing possession looked promising but was denied on fourth down. As Cold Springs was knocking on the door to go ahead by two scores, Meek’s Jon Williams recovered a fumble to put an end to the Eagle drive.

The Tigers marched into Cold Springs territory but once again the Eagle defense came up with a stop on fourth down. Wasting no time, the Eagles found the endzone on the first play of the drive when Brodi Williams hooked up with Lawson Burgess for a 62-yard touchdown that put the Eagles up 12-0 midway through the second quarter. On the fifth play of Meek’s ensuing possession, Roberto Ayala got the ball back to the Eagle offense by way of an interception. Once again, they would find the endzone as Jordan Lacey rumbled for a 2-yard touchdown to put the Eagles up 18-0 late in the first half. Meek ran the remainder of the clock out, sending the game to halftime.

It wasn’t until late in the third quarter when Ayden Alexander extended the Eagles lead from one yard out, making it 25-0.  The Meek offense went three and out on their next possession, but James Brown intercepted the ball to give it back to the Tiger offense. However, they were unable to move the ball. Both teams would punt one more time to end the game.

After the game, Cold Springs Head Coach Rod Elliot was proud of his team for the effort they showed throughout the game. He also mentioned that they are limited on how much they can practice so that was really their first scrimmage of the year. He also added that they seemed to get more comfortable as the game went on, but they still had some disciple issues to correct.

“Anytime you can shut an opponent out it is a good night,” Elliott said. “You don’t have to score a lot of points when you shut someone out.”

Cold Springs will be back on the road next week when they travel to take on Berry and the Tigers will have to travel as well to face Winston County.

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