Tigers fall to Meridian

Published 12:00 am Tuesday, August 30, 2016

Gerrian Key (far right) carries the ball for South Panola against Meridian while teammate Derek Cunningham, No. 20, blocks for him. The Panolian photo by Ike House

Tigers fall to Meridian

By Ike House
Being on a losing streak is something South Panola has not experienced in years and now they have started this season rather slow. Now 0-2 and having faced two good teams in both games, the Tigers were stalled and did not score an offensive touchdown losing 18-6.
“They just did a really good job and we didn’t,” Head coach Lance Pogue said “We had some good offense but we just hurt ourselves in the end.”
Meridian was first to strike with a 36 yard pass that led to a touchdown. After a failed PAT the Wildcats were up by six and that lead lasted until the third quarter when the Tigers put their own on points the board after Quin Bradford scored on a 60 yard punt return.
 Bradford scored the punt return after being tackled but landing on striking down the sideline for the big run. That was the biggest play of the night for the Tigers.
 After a good PAT by new kicker Blaine Ware the Tigers led by 7-6 and the Tigers were depending on their defense to hold their lead in a defensive struggle.
The lead did not last long because in the fourth quarter the Tigers gave up another touchdown.
 The Wildcats scored on a 15 yard touchdown pass. The score was 13-6 after a failed 2-point conversion. After the Tigers failed to put points on the board, the Wildcats came back and put six more points on the board on a 36 yard touchdown pass.
 The score held at 18-6 after A.J. Polk blocked the kick on the PAT. That score would hold on that ended the game for the Tigers after they could not find any more points.
 Patrick Shegog led the Tigers throwing 4-11 for 50 yards and an interception and also rushing for 64 yards on 19 carries.
Other rushers were Gerrian Key with three carries 14 yards, Jamian Johnson, 10 carries, nine yards and Jamicheal Robinson, five carries, seven yards.
Receiving the ball were Jameel Thompson, two catches, 22 yards; Kanada Lewis, one catch, 18 yards and Jordan Strong, one catch, 10 yards.
“We need to get a win this week and find a way to get some momentum,” Pogue said “I remember a couple of years ago when Meridian started off rough and still ended up in the North Half so it’s too much football left to give up now.”
The Tigers will be back home this week against Greenville to kick off at 7 p.m.
The weekly coach’s call in show will air Thursday night from 6 to 7 p.m. on WBLE, 100.5 FM. Call (662) 563-2457 in order to ask questions. 

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