CHANDLER—The Meeker Bulldogs were looking to bounce back after a tough loss to Jones last week, and did just that, coming away with a 42-12 road win over the Chandler Lions Friday night.
The contest was sloppy, at best. Both teams combined for 10 turnovers and 130 yards of penalty yardage.
“We were really sloppy tonight,” said Meeker head coach DJ Howell. “We were able to execute better in the second half and made enough plays to separate from them.”
Making most of those plays was Dawson Stansberry. The 5’11” senior wide out hauled in six passes for 140 yards, including three touchdown receptions. He also came up big on the other side of the ball, returning an interception 54 yards for another score.
Meeker struck first, scoring on its opening drive. Stansberry caught a Jacob Martin offering for a 77-yard beauty. Martin then hit Noah Breedlove for the two-point conversion, giving the Bulldogs a 8-0 lead with 8:58 remaining in the first quarter.
The Lions answered and it looked like there was going to be a shootout in Chandler. Darian Mahan scored on a 31-yard pass from Chabon Anderson to cut the Meeker lead to 8-6 with 5:46 left in the first.
The Martin to Stansberry combo struck again late in the first quarter. This time Stansberry scored form 31-yards out to give Meeker a 14-6 lead at the end of the opening quarter.
Halfway through the second quarter Stansberry struck again. This time he picked off Anderson’s tipped pass and bolted 54-yards to increase the Bulldogs' lead to 22-6.
Chandler cut into the lead late in the half. Mahan intercepted Meeker’s Martin at the 50-yard line and returned it all the way to the Bulldog 18-yard line. Mahan, on the next play, took the handoff and rumbled in for the score, cutting the lead to 22-12 at the half.
The second half saw Meeker take full control, scoring 20 unanswered points to win going away.
Martin scored the first of his three second half touchdowns on a 16-yard run with 3:29 left in the third. He followed that up with his third and final pitch and catch to Stansberry with 9:55 left in the game and finally a 5-yard roll out at the 3:30 mark.
Meeker improves to 5-1 overall and 2-1 in district play. They will play host to Okemah next Friday night. The Lions fall to 2-4 overall and 0-3 in the district. They too will be at home as the Prague Red Devils will pay a visit.