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Wildcats end year on sour note, 38-6

By By Matt Barrett/The Meridian Star
Nov. 10, 2001
Hattiesburg High School dominated the game on both sides of the ball as the visiting Tigers took a 38-6 win over Meridian High School at Ray Stadium on Friday night.
The loss dropped MHS' record to an uncharacteristic 3-8 on the season.
The Tigers opened the first quarter with a nice offensive drive from their own 32-yard line. The drive ended with a 12-yard touchdown run from running back Curtis Hayes with 10:08 left in the first quarter. Jordan Kobs booted the point after to make it 7-0.
A couple possessions later the Tigers pinned the Cats to their own 1-yard line on a nice punt. Meridian went four-and-out and gave the ball up to the Tigers.
Hattiesburg's drive is cut short by a Interception by Dion Hampton ending the first quarter.
Meridian pounded the ball to the 30-yard line with 8:40 left in the second quarter. a field goal attempt by Andrew Gambrell was wide left.
Hattiesburg took advantage of the situation and drove the ball 70 yards. The drive ended one a 6-yard run by Josh Barnes on an inside trap with 6:49 left in the half. The extra point made it 14-0.
After a Meridian fumble, HHS took over at the Wildcats' 19-yard line. Two plays later Raymond Dukes scored on a 20-yard sweep with 5:47 left in the half. The kick made it 21-0.
The Cats first possession after the touchdown ended in a fumble on the Meridian 28-yard line. Hattiesburg couldn't score, as the MHS defense held.
With 8:05 left in the third quarter Kobs kicked a 20-yard field goal, making the score 24-0 in favor of the Tigers.
The Tigers began their next scoring drive when they took over the ball with 11:40 left in the fourth quarter. Hattiesburg score on a 25-yard run up the middle by Curtis Hayes for a touchdown. The point after was good making the score 31-0 in favor of the Tigers.
With 5:26 left in the game, the Tigers put their final points on the board with a 22-yard pass from Martin Hankins to James Hollingsworth, making the score 38-0.
Meridian could not find the end zone until late in the fourth quarter when quarterback Ken Mitts found wide receiver Dante' Baker on a 23-yard pass.
The point after was no good, making the final 38-6.

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