Meadowview wins final game of year versus Marion

Published 12:35 am Saturday, October 22, 2016

Chris Wilson runs the ball during Meadowview's 57-27 win over Marion Academy. --Alaina Denean Deshazo

Chris Wilson runs the ball during Meadowview’s 57-27 win over Marion Academy. –Alaina Denean Deshazo

By Alaina Denean Deshazo
The Selma Times-Journal

Meadowview Christian School capped its season off with a 57-27 win on homecoming Friday over Marion Academy.

“It was a great win for us being homecoming and our last game of the year,” said Meadowview head coach Lebo Jones. “We wanted to end the season on a positive note, and it being homecoming is just a plus for us.”

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Meadowview (3-6) opened the game by recovering a kickoff and running it back to the Marion (2-5) 15-yard line. After a few plays, Chris Wilson ran in a 10-yard touchdown. After a good two point kick, the score was 8-0 with 8:27 left in the first quarter.

With a little more than a minute off the clock, the Panthers answered when William Tutt Jr. caught a 54-yard pass from Jonathan Thurber for a touchdown. With a good one-point attempt, the score was 8-7 with 7:09 left in the first.

Meadowview fumbled on its next possession giving Marion the ball at the Trojans 32-yard line.

Marion’s Tutt ran the ball 10 yards for his second touchdown of the night. After a good extra point, the score was 14-8 with 5:32 left in the first.

Exactly a minute later, the Trojans went ahead with a 42-yard run from Jeremy Lee. Lee then threw a pass to Chambers McGilberry for an extra point to make the score 15-14 with 4:32 left in the first.

Meadowview’s Wilson got his second touchdown of the night on a 47-yard run. With 7:34 left in the second, the score was 23-14.

After Marion’s third turnover, Meadowview’s Lee threw the ball 17 yards to John Ryan Symanski for a touchdown. A good extra point set the score at 31-14 with 5:16 left in the second. Lee left the game with what coaches believe was a mild concussion. He had 110 rushing yards, 37 passing yards and two touchdowns.

“We had another key injury tonight, we seem to get somebody hurt every game,” Jones said. “We had to have some other people step up and they did. The team stepped up and we still won the game.”

After a Trojans’ turnover at the end of the second and a Panthers’ turnover in the third, Meadowview scored again off a 2-yard run from Wilson. With 1:40 left in the third the score was 37-14. On the kickoff, Marion muffed the ball and Meadowview jumped on it, giving the Trojans good field position.

Meadowview took advantage of the field position when Jack Barnes scored a touchdown off a 10-yard pass to bring the score to 42-14 with 9:53 left in the fourth.

Marion was driving the ball down inside the red zone when they turned the ball over the seventh time with a pick-six from Austin Little, who ran the ball back 99 yards. The touchdown made the score 50-14 with 8:08 left in the game.

The Panthers got on the board again with a 40-yard run from Tutt to make the score 50-27 with 6:04 remaining.

On Meadowview’s next drive, Marion’s Tutt recovered a fumble and ran it 60 yards for the Panthers last touchdown of the night. A good extra point made the score 50-27.

Meadowview had one more touchdown in them as Wilson added a score for his fourth touchdown of the night with 1:48 left in the game. With his 9-yard touchdown run, Wilson had 175 rushing yards. A good extra point made the final score of the night 57-27.

“We got a young team, no seniors, and we’re building for next year,” Jones said. “When you go out with a win the last game of the year, it makes everybody excited and looking forward to next year. I’m glad we won the last game.”