Unranked Meadowbrook pulled off a massive upset Friday night, defeating No. 1 Highland Springs 8-7. For the Springers, who won the 5A state title in 2015, it snapped a 16-game winning streak.
Adam Tiller, Meadowbrook's second-year coach, said the win validates the work he and his players have done the past year and a half. He called it the biggest win of his coaching career.
"People just don't know the work high school coaches put in," Tiller said. "Sometimes you doubt yourself when you get results that aren't up to par."
Last year, Meadowbrook opened the season against the area's three best teams, L.C. Bird, Hermitage and Highland Springs. The Monarchs lost all three and finished the regular season 5-5.
This year, Meadowbrook started with the same three opponents and lost the first two games by wide margins.
"Midweek, our kids started understanding defensively what we wanted to do," Tiller said.
Friday night, Meadowbrook held a team that scored points by the dozens last year to just one touchdown.
Shyrie McKeiver scored in the third quarter to put Highland Springs (2-1) up 7-0.
With four minutes left in the game, K.J McNeil scored on a 2-yard run for Meadowbrook (1-2). Then Cam Bullock completed a pass to Joe Brown for the 2-point conversion.
Highland Springs quarterback Juwan Carter left the game with an injury in the first half. The Springers missed a 26-yard field goal with less than two minutes to go.
"Our kids haven't had much to celebrate the last 16 months," Tiller said. "This will give us a little confidence boost."