It may not have been the prettiest way to start off a year, but a win is a win, just the same.
Tanner Tutterrow, one only a handful of returning starters for the Meridian football team, scored on a 22-yard run in the third quarter, breaking a tied game and lifting the Trojans to a season-opening 14-7 victory over Hoquiam on Friday, Sept. 5, at Olympic Stadium.
Tutterrow also hit Kyle Young on a 30-yard pass in the first quarter to give Meridian an early 7-0 lead.
The senior quarterback finished the night with 88 yards passing and an interception on 6 for 22 passing. He also rushed for 32 yards on six carries.
Nik Dritsas was the top Trojans’ ball carrier, rushing for 94 yards on 22 carries, while Young finished with 51 yards receiving on two catches. Dakota Jones also rushed for 58 yards on 15 carries.
The Meridian defense flexed its muscle, holding the Grizzlies to 143 yards of total offense — 81 on the ground only 2.2 yards per attempt and 62 through the air. The Trojans also forced three turnovers in the game.
Meridian returns home to host Squalicum at 7 p.m. on Friday, Sept. 12.