PREP FOOTBALL: Meek falls to Hubbertville in region matchup, 57-28

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Meek suffered a 57-28 loss to Hubbertville Friday night. (Sammy Confer for The Cullman Tribune)

ARLEY, Ala.  – Meek looked to pick up its first win of the season at home in a region game against Hubbertville on homecoming night Friday. A first-half deficit proved to be too much for the Tigers, who fell to the Lions, 57-28.

Hubbertville found the end zone on just the second play of its opening series when a 4-yard touchdown gave the Lions a quick 8-0 lead. The Tigers looked to answer on their opening possession, and they did as they pounded the ball on all seven plays of the series and Ethan Grace capped off the drive with a 26-yard run on fourth down to tie the game up at eight. A couple of penalties on the Tigers proved to be costly when a 16-yard touchdown run gave Hubbertville a 15-8 lead. 

Meek looked to respond behind the duo of Grace and Cam Deaver and got the drive off to a promising start, but a penalty took away a Tiger touchdown and they turned the ball over on downs. For the second time in the first quarter, the Lions found the end zone in just two plays when a 51-yard score pushed the Meek deficit to 22-8. The Tigers continued to pound the ball on the ground and that helped them move the ball down the field. Deaver finished off the drive with a 9-yard run to make it 22-16. Hubbertville added a 51-yard and a 6-yard score sandwiched around a turnover on downs by Meek to increase its lead to 36-16.

After fumbling away the kickoff, the Tigers got the ball back when Braxton Dickerson recovered a fumble himself. On just the third play of its series, Meek found the end zone through the air when David Tidwell found Grace for a 50-yard score to make it 36-22. Hubbertville put up the final score of the first half on a 1-yard scamper to put the score at 43-22.

The Tigers coughed up the ball on their opening series of the second half, and the Lions quickly converted on the turnover, scoring on a 46-yard run to push their lead to 50-22. Meek wouldn’t quit, going on a 14-play drive that ended up with Grace finding the end zone from 8 yards out to cut the deficit to 50-28. That was the last Meek touchdown in the contest, and the Lions went on to add a 57-yard score to put the final at 57-28.

Grace led the way for Meek (0-5, 0-3) with 125 yards on 27 carries and a pair of touchdowns; he also added a 50-yard touchdown reception. Deaver had 152 yards on 19 carries and a touchdown, while Tidwell completed a pair of passes for 72 yards and a touchdown.

Meek is off next week and will travel to take on Marion County in another region game Oct. 2 in search of its first win of the season.

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