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Wildcats hope loss is out of the way

By By Tony Krausz / assistant sports editor
November 8, 2004
There was no doubt in the voice of Meridian High School's Chris Spencer last Friday.
As the 6-foot-4, 280-pound offensive lineman made his way to the locker room following the No. 3 Wildcats' 30-14 loss to No. 13 Northwest Rankin, he was sure his team will meet the Cougars again this season.
While he wasn't happy with the loss, Meridian High head coach Ed Stanley focused on the positives his team could take away from the 16-point defeat.
Meridian High fell into a two-touchdown deficit in the game's opening four minutes against Northwest Rankin. The Cougars scored on the opening kickoff and a 44-yard touchdown pass.
The Wildcats started to comeback late in the first half, as Derrick Davis scored on a four-yard touchdown run to cut the Cougars' lead to 14-7 entering the break.
Meridian High running back Cordera Eason tied the game at 14 just 48 seconds into the second half on an 82-yard scoring run, but The Wildcats would never take the lead in the game.
Northwest responded with 16 unanswered points scoring on an 80-yard pass, a 40-yard field goal and a 13-yard run to give the Meridian High its first loss of the season.
While Meridian High struggled against the Northwest Rankin offense's big-play abilities, the Wildcats mainly hurt themselves in the loss.
Meridian High fumbled the ball five times, losing three of the loose balls, in a game eerily similar to the Wildcats' preseason jamboree match up against Wayne County on Aug. 20.
Meridian High turned the ball over five times in the two-quarter jamboree against the War Eagles.
Meridian High's opening-round playoff game can be heard locally on WJXM (105.7 FM) and WZKR (103.3 FM).

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