Destin Marlins run out of gas, fall to Meigs

Tina Harbuck | 315-4466 | @DestinLogTina |
Destin Jackson Smith comes down with the catch late in the fourth quarter for a 38-yard gain. Smith scored two touchdowns for Destin in the 48-28 loss to Meigs in middle school football action Thursday night. TINA HARBUCK/THE LOG

After an unbelievable start, the Destin Marlins lost 48-28 to the Meigs Wildcats in the first round of the playoffs in the small school division for Okaloosa County middle school football program.

In the first three plays of the game, Destin had 14 points on the board.

Destin’s Trey Wainwright connected with Cooper Stanford for a 6-yard gain, and then Wainwright put it up again to Jackson Smith to take it 45-yards for the touchdown. The two-point try failed, but Destin was on the board 6-0 just 50 seconds into the game.

On the kickoff, Destin got Meigs deep on their own 14-yard line. On the Wildcats first play, quarterback Cannon Patterson went to the air and was picked off by Smith for a quick six-points as he took it in from 15 yards out for the TD. Wainwright went to Smith for the two-point conversion and Destin was up 14-0 with 7:37 left in the first quarter.

On Meigs next possession, the Wildcats started from their own 26-yard line and put together a 16-play drive for the score. Patterson connected with Coltin Kilpatrick for a 14-yard strike. Patterson went to Elijah Johnson for the two-point conversion and a 14-8 game.

Destin failed to make a first on their next possession.

Meigs however, evened the score up with Kybert Mcglothlin breaking loose for a 58-yard run for the goal line. The two-point try was no good for a 14-14 game.

Destin got the advantage back on their next possession with Wainwright hitting Brady Bachman up the middle on a catch-and-run for 49 yards and the score. Destin led 20-14.

On Meigs next possession, the Wildcats fumbled on the first play with Smith coming up with the ball for the Marlins. Three plays later, Meigs got the ball back with Kilpatrick picking off a Destin pass.

Meigs, starting from the 15-yard line, put the ball in the air with Mcglothlin catching a tipped pass for a gain of 45 yards. Five plays later, the same thing happened with Mcglothlin pulling down a pass that was tipped by Destin, but this time for a 36-yard score. The game was tied 20-20 at the half.

In the third quarter, Destin fumbled on a couple of punt returns, giving the ball over to the Wildcats. On the second turnover, Meigs converted on a 9-yard pass play from Patterson to Argus Harville. Patterson went to Johnson for the two-point conversion and a 28-20 lead.

Late in the third quarter, Destin was on the move with Wainwright connecting with Smith for a 30-yard gain. However, Wainwright was picked off by Kaleb Harrellson. Three plays later, Patterson hit Harville for a 64-yard catch-and-run for the touchdown. Patterson ran in the two-point conversion for a 36-20 lead.

At the start of the fourth, Meigs picked off another Destin pass and scored on the first play from scrimmage. Mcglothlin ran 53 yards up the middle for the score. Destin’s Houston Adams blocked the extra-point kick for a 42-20 game.

Destin scored one last time about midway of the fourth. Wainwright hit Smith on a route for a 38-yard gain, and then went to Blake Orr for a 20-yard touchdown reception. Bachman passed to Smith who cut the left corner of the end zone for the two-point conversion and a 42-28 game.

Meigs scored one more TD ona 16-yard run by Johnson.

“We came out really good,” said Destin Coach Daniel Griffin as he walked off the field.

“You couldn’t ask for a better situation. They came out and played hard. Very proud of the effort they gave tonight. Obviously I’m sad for the eighth graders.

“Against a quality opponent like Meigs can’t make mistakes like we did tonight,” Griffin said.

“Shape and conditioning came into play, because we haven’t played a full game in a while.

“We gave a lot in the first half and didn’t have enough in the second half.”