The Meeker Bulldogs get one last break from district play this week against visiting Lexington, but head coach Mike Hedge and crew are all too aware that this venture is anything but a vacation.


The Meeker Bulldogs get one last break from district play this week against visiting Lexington, but head coach Mike Hedge and crew are all too aware that this venture is anything but a vacation.
Hedge is not taking lightly Lexington’s 3-5 overall record.
“They’ve struggled a little, but they’re not a bad football team,” Hedge said of Lexington’s Bulldogs, who are 1-4 in District 2A-7. “They could easily beat anybody.”
A handful of untimely mistakes is all that makes the difference between Lexington being 3-5 or 5-3, Hedge said.
“They’re scary,” he said.
Friday’s kickoff is set for 7:30 p.m.
Meeker (6-2, 3-2) is currently fourth in District 2A-5 after last week’s 43-14 drubbing of Mounds. That game was called short when Meeker’s Jacob Wood was injured with 2:32 left to play.
Wood, a freshman, was hauled down hard by his facemask, Hedge said.
“It was a good case of whiplash, is what it amounted to,” Hedge said.
Wood was transported from the field by ambulance for evaluation.
“Better safe than sorry when a kid is talking about his neck,” Hedge said.
Wood was released to go home the night of the injury, but Hedge will keep him on the sideline this week to give him that much more recuperation time.
Stroud, 7-1 overall, leads District 2A-5 with a 4-1 record. Okemah (6-2, 3-1) and Morris (5-3, 3-1) are tied for second, and Holdenville (6-2, 2-2) is fifth. Only the top four teams at the end of the 10-week season go on to the playoffs.
“We could finish as high as No. 2, or finish out,” Hedge said of Meeker’s overall chances.
A shift in the district is all but inevitable these next couple of weeks as Okemah hosts Stroud this Friday and then Morris next Friday. Meeker ends its regular slate with visiting Holdenville next week.
But as far as Meeker’s focus this week, Lexington has a lethal weapon in running back Travelle Pelkey. Pelkey, a senior, averages about 10 yards per carry.
“He’s good,” Hedge said. “If you can’t contain him, they’ll beat you.”
Against Mounds, Meeker churned out 318 total yards of offense — 222 via the rush and 96 through the air. Tyler Jones scored three times for the bulldogs, including a 70-yard kickoff return halfway through the third quarter.
In other 2A-5 games Friday, Mounds travels to Holdenville and Morris goes to Haskell.
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