South Pittsburg grinds out 27-16 win over Meigs County
South Pittsburg and Meigs County are undoubtedly two of the top programs in the Chattanooga area and State of Tennessee. So, it should come as bit of a surprise these two teams haven't played in 37 years with the Pirates being the top ranked team in 1A and Tigers #2 in 2A.
South Pittsburg set the tone early with great defense and two scores from Hunter Frame and Ronto Tipton to go up 13-0. Meigs County would gain life after a fumble recovery that led to an Aaron Swafford touchdown. The Tigers would convert the 2-pt conversion to make it a 13-8 ballgame.
Meigs County received the second half kick and drove right down the field inside the Pirates ten yard line. South Pittsburg would force a turnover on downs but give the ball right back to the Tigers shortly after.
Meigs County was on the doorstep again when Javien Beene picked off a Swafford pass in a huge momentum swing for the Pirates.
On the first play of the fourth quarter Brayden Sanders would find Tipton for a 50-yd touchdown to give South Pittsburg a 21-8 lead.
Swafford would lead the Tigers right back down the field, score his second touchdown of the night, and convert another 2-pt conversion to make it 21-16.
With time running out South Pittsburg would put the nail in the coffin with a De'Andre Kelly touchdown with less than five minutes to go and come away with a huge 27-16 win.
It's Meigs County's first regular season loss since 2016. The Tigers travel to Oneida in region play next Friday.
South Pittsburg welcomes defending 1A state champion Whitwell in a rematch of their two overtime classic in the state quarterfinals a year ago.