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Clarkdale tops another ranked foe

By By Tony Krausz / assistant sports editor
August 14, 2004
A little more than 500 fans got a sneak preview of the Meridian High School football team on Friday night.
Meridian High held its "Meet the Wildcats" night at Ray Stadium, giving the program's fans a chance to meet players on the varsity football team, members of the band and cheerleading squad and players on the junior high teams at Northwest and Kate Griffin.
Those in attendance also had the chance to purchase season tickets for upcoming home games, and they could join the newly formed Meridian Wildcats quarterback club.
After introductions were made to the crowd, the Wildcats took to the field for a full-team scrimmage. The crowd thinned out considerably, with over three-quarters of the crowd leaving, as the scrimmage went past 10 p.m.
The offense started strong, completing its first five plays for 47 positive yards, but the defense recorded its first of seven sacks on the sixth play of the night to slow down the offense.
The defense was able to keep the offense out of the end zone until the 27th play of the night.
Wildcats running back A.J. Brown finally broke the goal line with a 10-yard run up the middle.
Though it took a while to get a score, Meridian High's offense had a strong start, especially with its passing game.
The Wildcats, who have worked extensively in the offseason and over the first two weeks of the preseason on its passing attack, gained 45 yards through the air in the first 27 plays.
Meridian High quarterback Justin Baylor completed 8-of-10 passes to start the night.
The Wildcats did have one area of concern during the scrimmage the team's kicking game.
Meridian High converted only one point-after attempt following three offensive touchdowns, and the Wildcat kickers only made one of five field goals from about 30 yards out.
The Wildcats open the 2004 season on the road against Clinton at 7 p.m. on Aug. 27. Meridian High will play Wayne County in a preseason jamboree at 7:30 p.m. on Aug. 20 at Wayne County.

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