PREP FOOTBALL: Meek loses in nail-biter to Berry, 36-30

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ARLEY, Ala. – After suffering a tough loss on the road at Hubbertville last week, the Tigers were back home Friday night for a regional showdown against the Berry Wildcats. The Wildcats took last year’s matchup 33-15 so Meek was definitely hungry to bounce back and get revenge but fell just short late in the fourth quarter to fall at home 36-30.

Berry took a 6-0 lead late in the opening period and managed to stretch that lead to 12-0 early in the second. The Tigers found the end zone for the first time after that and were able to cut the lead to 12-6 but the Wildcats responded with another score to make it a 18-6 game late in the second quarter. However, Meek was able to get on the scoreboard once again before the break to trim the lead to 18-14 and claim some momentum going into the locker room.

The Tigers came out swinging in the third quarter, finding the end zone early in the period to take a 22-18 lead. However, Berry was able to respond yet again and reclaim a 24-22 lead by the start of the fourth quarter.

The Wildcats tacked on another score to make it a 30-22 game early in the fourth quarter Meek was able to score again and successfully pick up a two-point conversion to tie the game at 30 in the final frame. The game looked like it may have been heading to overtime but Berry found a way to get on the scoreboard once again and edged the Tigers in a thrilling, 36-30 game.

Meek drops to 0-5 on the season with the loss and will travel to play Sumiton Christian next week.

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Nick Griffin