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Meridian dumps 'Dogs, stays unbeaten

By By Tony Krausz / assistant sports editor
Oct. 23, 2004
BRANDON With enough flags flying to make the game look like a parade, Meridian High School pulled out its fifth straight district football win of the season Friday night.
The No. 4-ranked Wildcats overcame 80 yards in penalties to defeat the Brandon High School Bulldogs 17-7 at Louis Gene Strickland Field.
Meridian High's offense was flagged seven times, and the Wildcats had two touchdowns called back by holding penalties.
Meridian High running back Derrick Davis, who rushed for 146 yards on 18 carries, had an 11-yard touchdown called back, and running back Cordera Eason, who ran for 50 yards on 10 carries, had a 16-yard scoring run called back.
The Wildcats were also flagged for five false starts on offense.
While the Wildcats' offense which gained 241 yards in the game worked through its penalties, Meridian High's defense held down the fort.
The Wildcats limited the Bulldogs to 140 yards and six first downs three in each half.
Brandon struck first on the scoreboard, scoring five minutes into the game when Bulldogs running back Jeremy Horton carried the ball 61 yards into the end zone after Brandon quarterback Gary Schaffhauser faked the handoff to the fullback.
Bulldogs kicker Tucker Hoge hit the extra point, and Brandon took a 7-0 lead with 6:58 left in the first quarter.
Meridian High allowed Brandon just 70 yards the rest of the game after Horton's long scoring run.
Phillip Sullivan put the Wildcats' first points on the board, connecting on a 33-yard field goal with 2:37 left in the first quarter. The field goal cut Brandon's lead to 7-3. Meridian High had to settle for three points after an apparent 11-yard touchdown run by Davis was called back for holding from the one-yard line.
Eason gave the Wildcats their first lead of the game with 4:52 left in the first half.
The junior back rumbled into the end zone coming off his left tackle on a 17-yard run. Sullivan connected on the point-after attempt to give Meridian High a 10-7 lead, which it took into halftime.
Meridian High fullback Desmond Lloyd, who gained 62 yards on five carries, set up the Wildcats' lone touchdown of the first half, sprinting 34 yards on a fullback trap. Lloyd's run brought the ball down to Brandon's 17-yard line, and Eason scored on the next play from scrimmage.
Meridian High wrapped up the scoring in the fourth quarter with 8:01 left on the clock. Davis broke out for an 81-yard touchdown run to seal a four-play drive that started on Meridian High's 7-yard line.
Meridian High continues its season against Hancock at 7:30 p.m. Friday at Ray Stadium.

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