Peabody breaks Meigs Co.’s heart – again – in state championship

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COOKEVILLE, Tenn. (WDEF) — Meigs County football has never won a state title. The Tigers came close last year but lost the halftime lead, and game, to Peabody.

Heartbreak turned into motivation. Tigers riding an undefeated record into a state championship rematch with the Golden Tide Saturday afternoon.

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First quarter, the Golden Tide had a 4th and 14 from the Tigers 29, and they convert on the pass from Sam Driggers to Malik Ganaway for a 20-yard hook up to the nine. Then Drequan Vaughn caps the drive with a powerful touchdown run. It’s 7-0.

It appeared Meigs County had the answer. Logan Carroll throws to Cody Cawood for a 52-yard touchdown. But it was called back by a chop block.

The Tigers struggled to find their offensive rhythm. They had two first downs in the first half, and no points.

“Looked like they were beating us up-front,” Meigs coach Jason Fitzgerald said. “Y’all known me all year long. What I say. If you win the line of scrimmage, you’re going to win the football game. We weren’t winning the line of scrimmage in the first half.”

Peabody added two more short touchdowns in the first half to go up 21-0 at the break.

Third quarter couldn’t have started any worse for Meigs County. Logan Carroll is picked off Carson Vandiver. He returns it 22 yards for a touchdown. It’s 28-0.

Meigs County showed grit afterwards, scoring two touchdowns. But the deficit was too much.

Peabody won 35-13. It was the Tigers first loss of the year.

“We were supposed to be 5-5 this season with our graduating class leaving,” Meigs quarterback Logan Carroll said. “I think it was just huge for us to make it back, especially with our senior class. They’ve done so much in four years.”

“We had it going to the fourth quarter within two scores. Hats off to Peabody. Coach Jacobs. You’re not a three time state champs without being a real good football team,” Fitzgerald said.

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Angela joined the News 12 team in November of 2017 as the weekend sports anchor and reporter. Angela is a proud member of an Army family, which means she has hometowns all over the Eastern Seaboard. Most recently, she calls Peachtree City, Georgia, home, where she graduated from Trinity Christian School and spent her free time driving her purple golf cart. She then headed to Milledgeville, Georgia, to attend Georgia College and State University. A proud Bobcat, Angela graduated Summa Cum Laude with a BA in Mass Communication and represented her December 2016 class as one of three valedictorians. Angela comes to the Scenic City from Myrtle Beach, South Carolina, where she worked at the NBC affiliate, WMBF News. Before the big move, she worked as Georgia College's Sports Information Assistant, which let her get paid to be the Bobcats' biggest fan. It all started in Savannah, Georgia, though, where she interned for SAV's number one station, WTOC. When she's not working, you can find Angela watching the New York Giants, Rangers or basically any other game that's on. She also loves traveling, hiking and exploring new places, all with her camera in hand. If you have any story ideas, big or small, feel free to reach out to her on Facebook and Twitter, or email her at amoryan@wdef.com."