Meigs Wildcats blasts Destin Marlins

Tina Harbuck
Destin's Dylan Ogle carries the ball for the Marlins. Ogle rushed for 39 yards in the 40-6 loss.

The Meigs Wildcats dominated on the gridiron for a 40-6 win over the Destin Marlins in middle school football action last Thursday in Shalimar.

Meigs scored on five of their six possessions with Lincoln Studley leading the effort scoring all five touchdowns while rolling up 207 yards.

Destin got the ball first and made one first down on a 14-yard run by Dylan Ogle. However the Marlins were stopped a yard short of making the second first, turning it over on downs.

Meigs, starting from their own 39-yard line, scored in three plays. Studley picked up eight yards, then 10. Destin was hit with a face mask penalty putting the ball on the Marlin 38. On the next play, Studley broke loose around the left side for the first touchdown. Studley was good for the two-point conversion and Meigs was on the board 8-0.

On Destin’s next possession, Nick Greer picked up 15 yards on the first play. But Destin lost ground due to a block-in-the-back penalty, followed by an intentional grounding penalty. Destin was forced to punt.

The Wildcats didn’t waste any time scoring. Studley, who rushed 14 times on the evening, scored on a 40-yard run. He was also good for the two-point conversion.

Late in the first quarter, Destin had the ball again, but fumbled it away deep in their own territory.

Meigs scored on a 15-yard run by Studley, plus added on a two-point conversion for a 24-0 lead at the end of the first quarter.

In the second, Destin picked up another first on a run by Greer and Ogle, followed by a late-hit penalty by Meigs. But again they came up a yard short on the second first down try and turned it over on downs.

This time it took the Wildcats seven plays to score with Studley finally taking it in from 27-yards out. Studley added on the two-point play for a 32-0 advantage at the half.

At the start of the third quarter, Meigs scored early on a 15-yard run from Studley. Stiles Johnson scored the two-point conversion for a 40-0 showing and a running clock on the game.

In the fourth quarter, Destin finally got on the scoreboard. Starting from the 47-yard line, Destin scored in seven plays with Payton Kerle capping off the drive with a 13-yard dash across the goal line. The extra point kick failed.

For the game, Destin had 153 yards rushing, while Meigs rushed for 222.

Tops for Destin were Kerle with 10 carries for 55 yards, while Ogle rushed nine times for 39 yards. Greer had six carries for 30 yards and Jamison Brundidge rushed five times for 27 yards.

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