No matter who is at quarterback for the South Meck Sabres, their strength is on the defense, and they showed it Friday night, pitching their third shutout of the season in a 24-0 road victory over Olympic at Dave Johnson Stadium.
The first quarter was scoreless, but South Meck got on the board early in the second with special teams. After a South Meck punt, Olympic’s Ryan Reese fielded the ball in play, then went back into the end zone and was tackled for a safety.
After a free kick, South Meck quarterback A.J. Elam, starting for the injured Antonio Wallace, had a 43-yard run to set the Sabres up in the red zone, then Zack Gilbert scored from three yards out for a touchdown, which was really all South Meck needed.
Olympic drove into South Meck territory on a few occasions but missed two field goals, and South Meck forced the hosts into negative yardage on 12 plays for the game.
Quote: “Our front seven is solid and definitely our biggest strength,” South Meck head coach Rocky White said. “What’s really impressive about them is they work hard during the week watching film so they’re very well-prepared.”
Records: South Meck improves to 7-2 overall and 3-2 in the SoMeck 8, and Olympic falls to 3-6 and 1-4.
Worth mentioning: Gilbert, South Meck’s standout defensive lineman, touched the ball on offense three times. Two went for rushing touchdowns, and the third was a score on a two-point conversion.
Starting his third game at quarterback, Elam threw for 87 yards and a touchdown and was picked off once. Running Back Travis Prince led the offense with 101 yards on 23 carries, and Moryah Johnson had 79 yards receiving with a touchdown.
Olympic running back Marquis Robinson ran hard, gaining 91 yards on 14 carries but went out midway through the third when he appeared to injure his hand or forearm on a South Meck defender’s helmet.
What’s next: South Meck will travel to Providence next week, and Olympic will be on the road at Harding.