The Miners traveled to Eagle Lake to take on the Class 7A Lake Region Thunder and with a second half explosion of four touchdowns, they beat the Eagle Lake team 42-6.
It took the Miners just four plays as Jay Smith connected with Chris Morris for a 50-yard touchdown pass. Following the PAT kick by Jack Cortez, the Miners led 7-0 with 10:11 left in the first quarter.
The Thunder would show hospitality fumbling on their second play giving the Miners the football at the Thunder 40-yard line.
On third and seven, Ryan Fulse took a pitch from Smith around the left end dashing 36 yards for the Miners second score.
Following the PAT the Miners led 14-0 with 7:56 left to go in the first quarter.
Fort Meade would recover yet another Thunder fumble. Jay Smith attempting to go deep would be picked off deep in Thunder territory.
The two teams would exchange possessions and the Miners would take over at their own 15 following a Lake Region punt.
The Miners would eventually face a fourth and three at the Lake Region 41. They would be held on downs giving the ball the back to the Thunder.
Lake Region would go on a seven-play drive, scoring on a one-yard touchdown run with 5:13 left in the second quarter. The PAT kick would hit the right upright leaving the Miners with a 14-6 lead.
Morris would return the ensuing kickoff all the way to the Thunder 49-yard line.
On the first play from scrimmage Fulse took a handoff off tackle and behind excellent blocking raced 49 yards for paydirt.
Cortez was true again and the Miners led 21-6 with 4:53 left in the first half.
A 10-play Thunder drive would advance to the Miners 20-yard line. On fourth down the Thunder attempted a 46-yard field goal but it would fall short and wide right.
The Miners would run out the first half clock and hit the locker room with a first half lead.
Fort Meade continued to pour it on in the second half especially on defense. After giving up 141 yards on the ground in the first half, the Miners would yield just 42 yards in the second half.
Tanner Bell would get things started for the Miners defense picking off a pass at the Miners 13. Bell would return the pick 62 yards to the Lake Region 25 and nine plays later freshman Isham Alexander would take it in from four yards out for the score.
The kick was good and the Miners led 28-6 with 4:25 left in the third quarter.
Following a Thunder punt, the Miners set up shop at their 25-yard line. On first down freshman Tyler King would race 53 yards to the Thunder 22-yard line.
The Miners would commit several penalties and eventually face a third and 34 at the Region 46. But on a Smith pass to the goal line the Thunder would be called for pass interference, giving the Miners an automatic first down at the Lake Region 30. A 26-yard dash by Fulse would make it first and goal and Alexander dashed in from the two for another Miners touchdown. Following the Cortez kick the Miners led 35-6 with 11:34 left in the fourth quarter. This was the first time Fort Meade had a 30-point lead since the 2010 season.
On the Miners kickoff, Cortez attempted a pooch kick seeking to avoid a Thunder return. Fortunately for the Miners the Thunder would mishandle the ball and the Miners would recover at the Lake Region 40-yard line. A 12-yard run by King moved the ball to the 28. On that play the Thunder would rough up King and start a pushing match. The Thunder would be assessed three penalties on the play giving the Miners a first and goal at the two-yard line.
From there a play later, Ladarius Clark blew through for the touchdown and Cortez’ kick would make it 42-6 with 11:13 to go in the game.
From there the Miners defense would hunker down keeping the Thunder inside their own 20 for the remainder of the game.