“Thirty-four years in the making." Those were the words from the Meeker coaches to the players before the game Friday night against the Mounds Eagles.
“Thirty-four years in the making."
Those were the words from the Meeker coaches to the players before the game Friday night against the Mounds Eagles.
Meeker's football program began competing in district play in 1979. Fast forward to the 2013 edition of the Bulldogs, 34 years later… Meeker, ranked seventh in Class 2A, clinched its first-ever district championship with a 49-7 win over Mounds while racking up 515 yards of total offense.
Meeker head coach Mike Hedge said after the game, "We set three goals this year — to win the district, finish 10-0, and play on Thanksgiving."
The Bulldogs (8-0 overall, 5-0 in District 2A-5) were lethal with the combination of senior receiver Dallas Jackson and sophomore quarterback Jake Standlee. The two hooked up six times for 143 yards and three touchdowns against Mounds (5-3, 2-2).
"Standlee threw the ball well tonight, and Dallas Jackson is a go-to kid for us; he makes a lot of big plays," Hedge said.
After throwing an interception on Meeker's first offensive possession, the Bulldogs were flawless the rest of the game. The Bulldogs scored on their next five possessions in the first half.
Standlee found Jackson for touchdown receptions on the next two series on plays of 23 and 14 yards. Meeker led Mounds 14-0 with 8:04 remaining in the second quarter.
Mounds answered Meeker on the next series with an 84-yard throw and catch for a score from Shane Milam to Evan Spradley.
Meeker dominated the Eagles defensively with the exception of that play. On Mounds' other 35 offensive plays, the Bulldogs allowed only 22 yards, including only 14 yards on 24 rush attempts.
With 4:20 remaining in the second quarter, Standlee found Jackson again for a 43-yard touchdown pass. Leven Hendley closed the first-half scoring with a 2-yard run as Meeker took a 35-7 lead into intermission.
Tim Whitfield increased the Bulldog lead to 42-7 with a 4-yard touchdown run only two minutes into the third quarter. The scoring play was set up by a 39-yard reception by Jackson while battling for the ball despite being covered by two defenders.
Meeker reserves played the remaining 22 minutes of the contest with a running clock.
Freshman running back Justin Keith scored the final points for the Bulldogs on a 10-yard run.
The quest for the first district football championship in Meeker is over after 34 years.
After the game, coach Hedge praised his team, "This is big for our kids; they realize how big it is. They want to host two games in the playoffs and play on Thanksgiving Day."
Meeker will step out of district competition next Friday night as they host Class A Central Sallisaw. Kickoff is set for 7:30.