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Defense carries FHS past Meek

Published 1:40pm Monday, September 24, 2012

Lauren Estes
Special to the Enquirer

Falkville snatched win number four on the season after they defeated the Meek Tigers in a defensive game on Friday.

“We’re just going to keep doing what we are doing.” Head coach Joel Schrenk said. “Our process is what we can do the next day to get better. Our offensive line did a great job. Our center went down on the first play, so we had to move some guys around, get some things figured out. But they did a great grinding tonight. I was proud of them, especially our offensive line, for adjusting to being a man down. And Hunter (Woodall) on offense – he just runs so hard. He finds creases, it looks like nothing, and it becomes a three-yard gain, it looks like five yards, and it becomes 12, he just does such a great job.”

After a scoreless first quarter and for most of the second quarter, Falkville (4-0, 4-0) managed to get on the board first with 1:55 to play in the first half. An intercepted pass by Aaron Estes on the Blue Devils’ five-yard line set up a 12-play drive for the initial Blue Devil touchdown. Estes found Lucas Johnson on a 12-yard pass play and Ryan Sullivan was there to add his PAT.

Fifty-one seconds later, Meek’s quarterback Seth Hayes connected with Jentson Hiller on a 30-yard pass play for a touchdown. The extra point failed, bringing the score 7-6 at the half.

The score came despite a sack by FHS’s Eddie Knowles for a loss of five yards

In the third quarter, a deep punt by the Blue Devils and an unsportsmanlike penalty put Meek on its own five-yard line.

Patrick Knowles caused a fumble, which Meek recovered in the end zone, giving the Blue Devils a safety and a 9-6 lead at the 3:37 mark of the third quarter.

Falkville started the next drive on its own 46-yard line. Six plays later, Hunter Woodall found the end zone on a five-yard carry with 1:57 on the clock in the third. Ryan Sullivan was true on the PAT, raising the score 16-6.

Estes and Woodall ended two Meek drives with interceptions in the third quarter.

“The type of game we got in on defense, we were just really good tonight,” Schrenk said. “To me it was just that, a defensive game. We may need that later on down the road so we can know we can win a close one. This is two weeks in a row we have shut out an offense in the second half.”

The fourth quarter demonstrated the strength of the Blue Devil special teams and defense, forcing Meek to punt twice, one of them being blocked. Neither team would score again, granting Falkville another win, and giving Meek their first loss on the season.

Falkville’s Hunter Woodall would finish the night with 147 rushing yards on 29 carries. Estes went 17 of 23 for 103 yards on the night.

Falkville will travel to Sumiton Christian (2-2, 1-2) for another key region game for the Blue Devils Friday.

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