Destin Marlins fall in jambo

Destin’s Nolan Berry stretches for some extra yardage after the catch against the Meigs Wildcats.

The statistics were close but the Destin Marlins still came up short 30-20 to the Meigs Wildcats in the Okaloosa County Middle School football jamboree last Thursday at Steve Riggs Stadium in Fort Walton Beach.

Destin had 224 total yards on offense while the Wildcats rolled up 256.

“They gave an excellent effort,” said Destin Coach Demetris Stevens as he walked off the field Thursday night. “They fought to the last whistle and responded with some big touchdowns.”


Meigs got the ball first and scored in six plays with Lincoln Studley breaking loose for a 51-yard run to the end zone. Kris Mason ran in the two-point conversion.

On the Marlins first possession, Destin mixed it up putting the ball in the air as well as gaining yardage on the ground. Jack White hit Cameron Gagliano on a route for the score to cap off a 15-play drive covering 70 yards. The two-point try failed.

At the start of the second quarter, Meigs had possession and scored again in six plays. Diante Smith, in at quarterback, kept the ball for a gain of 24 and 44 yards. Smith scored on the sixth play on an 8-yard run around the left end. Smith connected with Markus Maloy for the two-point play and a 16-6 lead.

The Marlins failed to make a first down on their next possession, turning it over on downs.

Starting from the Destin 35-yard-line, Meigs scored on the second play after being knocked back by Will Robinson for a loss of 2 yards. Smith then scored on a 37-yard run. Marketrius Warmble scored on a two-point play.

With 8:06 left in the first half of the jamboree, Destin got the ball on the 30-yard line and put the ball in the air immediately. Harrison Brice connected with Matt Pierce for a gain of 10 and then Destin picked up 10 yards on two offside penalties against the Wildcats. White, back in at quarterback, put up three passes for completions. Nolan Berry had a catch for a gain of 26 yards, then Aaron Richardson had a reception for 10 yards. Pierce had the scoring catch from 8-yards out. White went to Nick Greer for the 2-point play and a 24-14 game.

On Meigs next possession, the Marlin defense knocked the ball loose on the first play with McDaniel Summerall making the recovery for Destin.

The Marlins chipped away but White capped off the drive on a 1-yard run up the middle and a 24-20 game with 3 minutes left to play.

The Wildcats answered on their first play from scrimmage. Studley broke loose for a 70-yard run. Destin’s Gagliano had the stop on the two-point attempt.

Destin had the ball one last time and made one first down on a 13-yard pickup by White before turning it over on downs.

For the game, White completed 12 of 21 passes for 131 yards and two touchdowns. White also rushed for 54 yards and a TD. From White, Jackson Stanford had three catches for 26 yards. Berry had two catches for 34 yards, Greer had two catches for 12 yards and Gagliano had three catches for 14 yards.

Brice completed 3 of 4 passes for 24 yards.

Top ball carrier for Meigs was Studley with 140 yards and two touchdowns. Smith rushed four times for 113 yards and two TDs.

Up next for Destin is a 6:30 p.m. game Thursday at home against the Bruner Spartans.