After 13 minutes of no-score football, the Meigs Wildcats came on strong to blast the Destin Marlins 46-0 in middle school football action Thursday evening in Shalimar.
With 4:58 left in the second quarter, Meig's Jack Childers broke loose for a 40-plus yard run to the end zone to put the Wildcats on the board. Meigs was good for the two-point play and a 8-0 lead.
Destin got the ball back and before they could get anything going, Meigs' Chris MacGuey picked off a Brady Ooten pass and ran it back 30-yards for the score. MacGuey also ran in the two-point play and Meigs led 16-0.
On the Marlins next possession, they failed to gain any positive yardage and had to punt.
With the ball at the 50-yard line, Lincoln Studley broke loose for a 50-yard scamper to the end zone. The two-point conversion attempt was stuffed by the Marlin defense.
On the Wildcats next possession, Destin's Callahan Phillips dropped the quarterback for a 5-yard loss. Meigs fumbled on the next play, but Studley picked it up and ran it in for a 45-yard score. The two-point try failed. Meigs led 28-0 at the half.
At the start of the third quarter, Meigs continued to outdo the Marlins with Jacob Pulliam scoring on a 65-yard run.
On the Marlins first possession of the third, Ooten connected with Jacob Edelman for a gain of 9 yards. Two plays later, Ooten hit Nick Sherer who picked up 14 yards on the play for a first down. Four plays later, Destin was punting the ball away.
Late in the third quarter, Meigs started a drive from its own 45-yard line and managed to score on a 28-yard run by Childers at the start of the fourth quarter for a 40-0 advantage and the start of a running clock on the game.
In the fourth, Destin picked up a first down on a bit of a trick play with Ooten picking up 29 yards. Two plays later, the Marlins fumbled the ball away.
Studley scored once more for the Wildcats on a 63-yard run.
On the ensuing kickoff, Sherer returned the ball 35 yards. The Marlins failed to gain a first down and turned the ball over.
Meigs had the ball for two plays and time ran out.
Up next for Destin is a 6:30 p.m. game Thursday at home against the Lewis Falcons.