Football News 2011 Football News 2011 Lynn Write Up
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Written by Allen J. Dunavant   
Monday, 03 October 2011 00:00
A number 2 statewide ranking in Class 1A, an intimidating offense know for scoring on the ground or through the air, an early score to jump out in the lead against a long-standing rivalry team.... it all added up to a victory for the Lynn Bears over the Hubbertville Lions on Friday night.
The visiting Lions received the opening kick with Corey Stewart fielding the ball with a sliding catch at the 22-yard line. With an opening possession consisting of rushing carries by Stewart, Hunter O'Mary and Aaron Dillard the Lion offense made their way to midfield but the drive came to a halt with the Lions facing fourth down and 6-yards.  O'Mary punted the ball away and the Bear offense lined up for their first possession of the night at their own 5-yard line following a mishandle on the punt reception.
Defensive stops by Dillard, Jordan Wyma and Landon Miller held the Bears to face third down and 4-yards at their own 10-yard line.  Bear Quarterback Brody Meeks connected thru the air with Jacob Carson to move the chains for the Bears with a first down at the 27-yard line.  Sticking with the passing game on the next two downs, Meeks attempted pass connections with Grant Lawson but Dillard was there for the breakup to bring up third down.  Meeks then connected with Daniel Cagle e in the backfield with Cagle breaking away from would be tacklers to reach the Bears 45-yard line setting up first down.  Following an off-sides penalty the Bears were moved back to the 34-yard line but the set back showed no concern as with the snap of the ball Meeks connected over the middle with William Henson who high stepped his way into the end zone for the first score of the evening.  Following the PAT kick by Henson the Bears had a 7-0 lead with 4:21 remaining in the first quarter.
Stewart and Dillard were back to receive the ensuing kick with Stewart advancing to the 23-yard line to set up the Lion offense front.  The Bears held the Lions on the first three downs forcing O'Mary to punt the ball away with the Lions facing fourth down and 9-yards at the 24-yard line.  Meeks fielded the punt at the Bear's 48-yard line and raced up field to the Lion 43-yard line where he was forced out of bounds by Justin Franklin. Three plays later the Bears were in the end zone once again after Meeks connected over the middle with Henson who zipped his way down field for the score.  The PAT kick was perfect and the fast paced Bears were on the scoreboard.
With 1:32 remaining in the first quarter, Dillard and Stewart lined up deep to receive the ensuing kick. Henson's kick was received at the 13-yard line by Stewart who was brought down immediately by William Murray and a host of Bears. The Lions moved the chains picking up a first down at their 37-yard line as the first quarter of play came to an end.  Dillard with a keeper advanced for 3-yards on first down and on second down the Bears were penalized for an offside infraction to move the ball to the 45-yard line.  Stewart was met at the line by Meeks, Cagle and Bell for no gain on the replay of down to bring up third down and 2-yards.  Dillard took the ball over his left guard to the Bears 49-yard line giving the Lions anther set of downs.  Following rushing carries by O'Mary, Stewart and Dillard the Lions were penalized for a delay of game to set up second down and 15-yards at the Bears 38-yard line.  Second down brought Stewart with the carry for a 7-yard gain.  On third down Dillard attempted a pass connection with Aldridge deep in the back of the end zone but Henson was on coverage to break up the pass and bring up fourth down at the 31-yard line.  The Lion coaching staff elected to go for the yardage on the down but the pass attempt to O'Mary was just short falling from his finger tips.  With the incompletion the ball was turned over to the Bears on downs.
Henson took the hand-off on first down and scrambled his way up field for a 13-yard gain before David Aldridge made the stop.  Bell then took the hand-off and advanced around the left side line with Austin Palmer on the stop for no gain.  Second down brought Meeks thru the air to connect  with Cagle in the backfield who rushed to the Lion 35-yard line where Jordan White made the saving tackle.  Sticking with the air attack, Meeks connected with Bell over the middle with Stewart making the saving tackle at the 12-yard line.  On first down Devin Watkins was on the spot breaking up a pass intended for Jacob Carson.  Sticking with the passing attack, Meeks went to the air attempting to connect with Lawson in the end zone but the ball fell incomplete bringing up third down.  Lawson took the hand-off and walked his way untouched into the end zone. The PAT kick Henson was good and the Bears continued to build their lead over the Lions with 5:35 remaining in the first half of play.
Stewart bobbled the ensuing kick forward but managed to recover to keep the possession for the Lions.  First down brought Dillard around the left side of the line of scrimmage for a nine yard gain.  O'Mary burst his way up the middle gaining enough yardage to award the Lions with another set of downs.  Switching out carries between O'Mary and Dillard the offense crossed midfield to the Bears 47-yard line.  First down brought Stewart with the carry but he was stopped for no gain.  On second down, Dillard managed a 2-yard gain to set up third and long.  Dillard called his own number again but was met by Nathan Berry, Henson and a host of defenders for short yardage gain.  Facing fourth down and 7-yards, O'Mary was called to punt the ball away with the ball rolling out of bounds at the 13-yard line.
With the snap of the ball misery continued for the Hubbertville Lions.  Meeks went deep airing the ball down field to Carson who raced untouched for the score with 1:06 remaining in the first half of play.  The PAT kick by Henson was perfect and the score stood 28-0 in favor of the Bears.
After the Bears were penalized for an off-sides infraction and the ball was moved back to the 35-yard line for the re-kick, more misery struck the Lions as Stewart fumbled the ball on the return with the Bears recovering at the Lion 41-yard line.  First down moved the ball deep into Lion territory as Meeks connected with Lawson who advanced to the 10-yard line before being brought down.  With the snap of the ball Lawson was standing alone in the end zone for his second touch down of the night.  The PAT kick was perfect and with 0.33 remaining the Lions were finding themselves in a position that was going to prove to be hard to overcome.
Switching fielding sides with Stewart and Dillard who were back to receive the ensuing kick, Dillard made the kickoff reception and moved up field to the 32-yard line where he fumbled the ball with the Bears making the recovery with .18 seconds remaining in the first half.  On first down Meeks attempted to connect with Lawson but White made the breakup for the Lions.  On second down Meeks called his own number and scrambled to the 10-yard line before being knocked out of bounds with 6. seconds remaining on the game clock.  Miller made the stop for the Lions as Meeks attempted to reach the goal line allowing time to expire and the first half come to a close.
Following half-time the Bears were set to receive the second half kick.  Dillard's kick was fielded at the 21-yard line by Lawson who was brought down by Jordan Wyma at the 24-yard line. The Bears' offense used little time to move the ball down field and into the end zone using their passing attack.  Facing first down and goal at the 7-yard line, Meeks connected with Lawson again for his third touchdown of the evening.  The PAT kick by Henson was perfect and with only one minute and nine seconds off the clock the Lynn Bears were proving their status on the playing field.  With substitutions from the side lines most of the Bear starters were quickly getting more rest following the half-time break.
Henson's ensuing kick was fielded at the 18-yard line by Stewart who raced out to the 40-yard line setting the Lion offense up with their best field position from a kick off on the evening.  Sticking with the rushing attacks from O'Mary and Dillard the Lions moved the ball across midfield.  Facing fourth down at the Bear's 48-yard line, O'Mary punted the ball away with the ball coming to a rest at the 25-yard line.
Payton Baughn was brought down by Devin Watkins after a 1-yard gain on first down.  Cagle took the screen pass deeper down field for another first down where White made the stop at the Bear's 41-yard line.  Following a penalty against the Lions the Bears were setting at the Lion 30-yard line with a new set of downs. Meeks connected with Henson thru the air but Miller fought for the ball and took the ball away returning the ball down field giving the Lions possession at their own 25-yard line.
Dillard attempted a pass connection with Aldridge on first down but Henson was on coverage for the breakup. Dillard on a keeper advanced to the 34-yard line setting up third down and 1-yard.  O'Mary took the hand off and fought his way to the Bears 49-yard line setting up a first down for the Lion offense.  With rushing attacks by Stewart, Dillard and O'Mary the Lions found themselves inside the Bear's red zone facing second down and 10-yards as the third quarter came to a close. With the snap of the ball to start the fourth quarter of play, Stewart took the ball to the end zone untouched.  The PAT kick by Dillard, with Aldridge holding, was perfect and the Lions finally had points on the scoreboard with 11:53 remaining in the ball game.
Following a fair catch on Dillards ensuing kick the Bears offense set up at their 35-yard line. With defensive stops by Dillard, O'Mary, Watkins and Wyma the Bears were held to three downs and out, facing fourth down and 12-yards, Bell was called on to punt the ball away for the first time on the night.  Stewart fielded the punt at the 33-yard line and was brought down immediately by Henson.  The Lion offensive front returned and on first down the ball was fumbled on the snap but Dillard snatched up the loose ball and raced untouched to the end zone.  The PAT kick by Dillard was off to the right of the goal post and with 10:12 remaining the score stood 42-13.
O'Mary's ensuing kick was received at the 45-yard as Ben Cagle signaled for a fair catch.  O'Mary made the tackle on Bell on first down after a 3-yard gain.  Second down brought the passing attack but Aldridge stepped in front of the ball for the incompletion.  On third down, Cagle took the ball across midfield to the 42-yard line where Austin Palmer made the tackle.  Sticking with the passing attack and rushing attack with Lawson as the ball carrier the Bears moved inside the Lion red zone to face fourth down and 5-yards at the 16-yard line.  Stewart broke up the pass intended for Carson on fourth down with the Lions taking over on downs.
Misery continued on the Lions side as Dakota Dozier fumbled the ball away on first down with the Bears making the recovery at the Lion 34-yard line.  Stops by O'Mary, Wyma, Dozier and Dillard found the Bears facing fourth down and 3-yards at the 27-yard line.  Henson attempted a field goal on fourth down but the ball fell just short of the cross bar and the Lions took over on downs with 4:31 remaining in the game.
White and Dozier gained yardage on carries and on third down, Aldridge called his own number and raced around the right side line racing down field but stepping out of bounds at the Bears 26-yard line.  Swapping out on carries between White and Aldridge the Lions moved the ball to the 10-yard line where Aldridge unsuccessfully attempted a pass connection to Danny Bagwell in the end zone as time expired.  The Lions will host the Parrish Purple Tornadoes on Friday night as they celebrate homecoming at Wiley Hollingsworth Stadium.  Kickoff time is 7pm.
Comments from Coach Lamar Harris:
"Tonight we had a case of not showing up to play ball.  It's pretty simple, our guys weren't ready to play ball tonight.  Lynn has a really good and well coached football team and they were ready to go  full force tonight.  We had told our guys prior to arriving tonight that we would have to be ready to give a good fight in this game and we did just the opposite.  Lynn took full advantage of that and you see the end result.  We've got some work ahead of us on the practice field to prepare for our upcoming game."


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