Football News 2011 Football News 2011 Meek Write Up
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Written by Allen J. Dunavant   
Sunday, 16 October 2011 00:00

The Lion football teams second trip of the season into Winston County proved to be more successful as they played the roll of spoiler to the Meek Tiger's during their homecoming game. Earlier in the season the Lions had traveled to Lynn and took their second loss of the season and first road loss to the Lynn Bears. After winning the coin toss and electing to receive, Corey Stewart and Aaron Dillard lined up deep to receive the opening kick with Stewart receiving the deep-kick at the 4-yard line advancing to the 25-yard line before being stopped by Garrett Raines.
On the first play offensive play Dillard went air-borne deep to Jordan White but the ball was overthrown. After rushing attacks by Dillard and O'Mary the Lions advanced to the 28-yard line with a first down. Stewart took the hand off from Dillard on second down and fumbled the ball on the rushing attempt but managed to recover for the Lions at the 30-yard line. Facing third down and 17, Dillard reverted to the passing attack and attempted connecting with David Aldridge but the ball fell incomplete to set up fourth down. O'Mary lined up and punted the ball away with the ball rolling to a dead stop at the Tiger 45-yard line. Dillard was quick to give the offensive front of the Lions another opportunity early in the game as he stepped in front of a pass on first down and returned the ball to the Lions 37-yard line before being tackled by Jentson Hiller.
First down brought Dillard around the left side of the line of scrimmage for a 5-yard gain before Raines could make the stop. On second down O'Mary appeared to have the first down but a penalty against the Lions moved the ball back to the 37-yard line setting up second down and 10. Dillard called his own number advancing around the right side of the line of scrimmage this time and reaching the 29-yard line. Facing third down and 2, O'Mary attacked the defensive line advancing to the 24-yard line for the first down. With the snap of the ball, Dillard followed his blockers and scrambled to the end zone for what appeared to be his first touchdown of the evening but penalty flags against the Lions moved the ball back to the 19-yard line. With a new set of downs, Stewart took the hand off on first down and was met in the backfield for a 4-yard loss. Dillard took the ball deeper in the red zone on the next carry advancing to the 5-yard line before Roger Cleghorn could make the saving stop. With another set of downs awarded after the carry, O'Mary took the hand off and advanced over right guard to the goal line setting up second down and inches for the Lions. Sticking with the rushing attack, O'Mary took the hand off and pushed his way into the end zone for his first touchdown on the evening. Following the successful PAT kick by Dillard with Aldridge holding the Lions were first on the score board with 4:53 showing on the clock.
Dillard's kick was received at the 6-yard line by Hiller who advanced up field to the 30-yard line with Devin Watkins and Blayke Hill making the stop for the Lions. First down brought Aldridge up field for the stop after a 3-yard gain. On second down Dillard made the tackle on Bailey Heath after a 5-yard gain setting up third down and 2. Levi Henderson got the call to carry and advanced for the first at the 40-yard line where Calan Robertson and Landon Miller made the stop. Henderson took the hand off on first down but was met quickly by O'Mary, Hill and Dillard after a 1-yard gain. Seth Newton was met by Robertson on second down for a 5-yard loss to bring up third down and 14 at the 46-yard line. Robertson and Watkins continued making their presence known on the field by bursting across the offensive line to sack Seth Hayes in the back field. Facing fourth down and long the Tigers attempted to punt the ball away but Dillard burst across the line and blocked the punt with the ball rolling out of bounds at the Tiger 35-yard line.
The first quarter came to an end following Dillard's carry on first down setting the Lion offense up with second down and 5-yards at the 30-yard line. O'Mary took the ball on second down picking up an additional 3-yards. Following a penalty for off-sides against the Tigers the Lions were setting at the 22-yard line with another first down. Dillard called his own number and rushed down field behind his blockers into the end zone for his first touchdown of the night with 11:02 remaining in the first half of play. The PAT kick by Dillard was perfect and the score stood 14-0 in favor of the Lions.
Dillard's ensuing kick sailed out of bounds setting the Tiger offensive front up at the 35-yard line. Excellent defensive maneuvers by Watkins, Hill, Robertson and Dillard ended the offensive possession quickly for the Tigers who were facing fourth down and 10. Hiller lined up and punted the ball away with Stewart fielding the punt at the 24-yard line and advancing back to the 30-yard line where Brian Harrison made the tackle.
Stewart took the hand off on first down and rambled his way around the right side line fighting off would be tacklers and reaching the Tiger 48-yard line before Cleghorn and Hayes could make the stop. O'Mary advanced up the middle on first down for an 8-yard gain and Dillard advanced deeper on second down by being bumped out of bounds at the 26-yard line by Garrett Raines to save the touchdown. On first down Dillard went to the air and connected with David Aldridge near the goal line with Aldridge rushing to the end zone for the score. With 7:21 on the clock the Lions were building their lead. Following the perfect kick by Dillard on the PAT the score stood 21-0 in favor of the Lions.
Hiller received Dillard's ensuing kick at the 11-yard line and raced up field to the 36-yard line dodging would be tacklers until he was met by Hill and Jordan Wyma for the tackle. Cameron Hallmark was held for a 2-yard gain after Robertson and Miller made the stop. Second down brought Hill and Dillard bursting across the line into the backfield for an 11-yard loss and sack on Hayes to set up third down and 21-yards at the 27-yard line. A swing pass from Hayes to Hiller gained 5-yards but Hill and Dillard once again made the stop for the Lions. Hiller lined up in the back field and punted the ball away to Stewart who was brought down immediately to set up first down for the Lions at the 25-yard line.
Continuing their offensive domination on the night the Lion offense moved the ball down field quickly. First down brought Stewart over left guard for a 5-yard gain. Second down brought O'Mary up the middle for an 8-yard gain and a new set of downs. Dillon called his own number on first down and rambled his way to the Lion 45-yard line to bring up second down and 3. On second down Dillard connected thru the air to Watkins who rambled down field to the Tiger 22-yard line before Hiller and Raines could make the saving stop. Stewart took the hand off on first down and mishandled the ball but Drew Price was on the spot to recover the loose ball giving the Lions possession at the 27-yard line. O'Mary took the ball around the right side of the line of scrimmage but was met by a host of defenders to set up third down and 14. Dillard connected with O'Mary on the swing pass in the backfield with O'Mary scrambling his way to the 13-yard line to earn the Lion offense another first down. O'Mary advanced up the middle on first down for four yards. On second down, White took the hand off from Dillard and scooted down the seam untouched into the end zone. The PAT kick by Dillard was straight down the middle of the uprights and the Lions continued their dominance with1:03 remaining in the first half of play.
The ensuing kick by Dillard was fielded at the 14-yard line by Raines who advanced to the 35-yard line where he was met by Hill for the stop. First down brought a swing pass to Raines but Austin Palmer was in his position for the stop. Dillard met Seth Newton at the line of scrimmage for no gain on second down and on third down a pass in the backfield to Raines fell incomplete. With time expiring on the first half Hayes went deep with a pass attempt to Hiller but A. Palmer and Hill made the stop to end the first half of play.
Returning to the field after half-time activities, O'Mary's ensuing kick sailed out of bounds to set the Meek offensive up at the 35-yard line. Dillard met Newton for the stop on first down after a 3-yard gain. Switching quarterbacks to start the second half, Seth Hayes connected thru the air with Andrew Johnson who was brought down for the tackle by Stewart at the Lion 45-yard line. Dakota Dozier and Miller made the stop on Newton on first down for no gain. Second down brought Hill bursting thru the line to sack Hayes in the backfield. Following the play the Tigers were penalized for a personal foul and found themselves facing second down and 30-yards at their own 35-yard line. Misery continued for the Tigers as on first down the flea-flicker pass was fumbled with Dakota Dozier recovering the loose ball for the Lions.
Facing first down at the Tiger 24-yard line, Stewart got the call to carry but was met by Raines at the line of scrimmage to set up second down. Dillard went to the air attack attempting to connect with Watkins but Watkins lost his footing and went to the ground before reaching the ball. On third down Dillard went back to the pass attack attempting to connect with Aldridge but the ball was overthrown to set up fourth down. Dillard called his own number and rambled 16-yards to the 8-yard line for a first down. Dillard continued his rushing attack reaching the 3-yard line with another carry up the middle to bring up second down and goal at the 3-yard line. Dillard reverted to the air attack and connected with Aldridge in the right corner of the end zone for the score. The PAT kick by Dillard was perfect and the score stood 35-0 with 7:43 remaining in the third quarter of play.
Hiller lined up deep to receive Miller's ensuing kick but the ball was fielded at the 29-yard line by Newton who was met for the stop at the 36-yard line by Hill and a host of Lion defenders. Newton carried the ball on first down rushing up the middle where Aldridge, A. Palmer and Stewart made the stop. Dozier made the tackle on Hallmark on second down to bring up second down and 4. Dozier once again met Hallmark at the line of scrimmage stopping him for no gain to set up third down. Raines took the hand off on third down but Watkins was in the back field for the tackle and a 4-yard loss to set up fourth down and 4-yards at the 35-yard line. The Tiger's elected to go for the needed yardage on fourth down but White burst across the line making the sack on Hayes in the backfield to turn the ball over on downs to the Lions.
Coach Lamar Harris immediately started sending in substitutions and moving players to secondary positions with Aldridge taking over reigns as quarterback for the Lions. Facing first down at their own 40-yard line, White took the hand off from Aldridge and advanced for 5-yards. On second down Dozier burst up his way over left tackle for a 3-yard gain. Facing third down and 2, Aldridge with a keeper burst his way down field to the 37-yard line for a momentum gain and following penalty flags against the Tigers for a personal foul the Lions found themselves setting at the 22-yard line with a first down. White took the hand off on first down for two additional yards. Dozier advanced over left tackle for a gain of 6-yards to bring up third down and 2. Aldridge on a keeper advanced to the 11-yard line for a first down. Aldridge handed the ball off to Dozier on first down but he was met in the backfield by Raines for a 2-yard loss. Facing second down and 13-yards, a bad snap forced White to fall on the ball before the exchange as the third quarter came to a close. Third down and 19-yards brought more misery for the Lions as Aldridge tried to recover from another bad snap of the ball and found himself sacked in the back field. Facing fourth down and 27-yards at the 28-yard line the Lions turned the ball over to the Tigers on downs.
With the ball setting at their own 18-yard line the Tigers Hallmark took the ball over right guard where Jordan Wyma made the tackle after a 1-yard gain. The Tigers were penalized and the ball was moved back to the 9-yard line setting up second down. Hallmark once again got the call to carry and was met by O'Mary in the backfield for a 4-yard loss. Facing third down and 15-yards at the 5, Newton got the call to carry and advanced up the middle to the 37-yard line where A. Palmer made the stop. Hallmark rushed up the middle to the 45-yard line where White, Aldridge, Palmer and a host of other Lions brought him down. With a new set of downs, Newton rushed around the right side of the line of scrimmage for no gain as Robertson and Wyma were there for the tackle. Second down brought Hallmark on the scramble with the ball but Dozier and Aldridge made the tackle to save the touchdown. With another set of downs at the 25-yard line, Newton carried the ball again reaching the 14-yard line before Dozier and Justin Franklin could make the tackle at the 14-yard line. First down brought more of Hallmark who rushed up the middle to the 5-yard line where Dozier and Robertson made the saving tackle. Facing second down and 1-yard deep in Lion territory, Hallmark got the call to carry and rushed around the outside of the left line of scrimmage managing to reach the end zone for the score with 6:19 remaining in the ball game. The two point conversion on the PAT attempt, a pass connection from Harrison to Hiller was unsuccessful as A. Palmer stepped in front of Hiller knocking the ball to the ground leaving the score standing at 35-6 in favor of the Lions.
Gabe Stidham successfully recovered the onside kick for the Lions setting up Aldridge and the offensive front at the 38-yard line. Dozier took the hand off on first down but was met in the backfield by Steven Sloan and a host of defenders for a 3-yard loss. Dozier was met at the line of scrimmage on second down setting up third down and 13. Aldridge called his own number but was held from the needed yardage setting up fourth down. Harrison lined up back to receive O'Mary's punt with the ball rolling out of bounds at the 36-yard line.
Miller brought Newton down at the Tiger 48-yard line following the snap on first down. With a new set of downs, Hallmark took the hand off and rambled around the left side line to the Lion 46-yard line where Dozier made the tackle. Facing second down and 2, the Tigers fumbled the ball on the exchange but Harrison managed to scoop the ball up and advance down field to the Lion 40-yard line.
First down brought Newton again with the rushing attack but Dozier and Justin Franklin were there for the stop after a 7-yard gain. Hallmark got the call on second down and advanced to the 23-yard line for another set of downs before Franklin and Aldridge could make the tackle. Harrison pitched the ball out to Raines on first down and Miller and Dozier made the tackle after a 1-yard gain. On second down Hallmark was met by Dozier for no gain setting up third down and 9. Hallmark was called on again to advance the ball but Hill and Miller made the stop at the 16-yard line to set up fourth down and 3-yards for the Tigers. Attempting a keeper was unsuccessful for Harrison as he was met in the backfield by Hill for the sack turning the ball over on downs to the Lions with 0.1 seconds remaining in the game.
The Lion offensive front returned to the line of scrimmage and with the snap Aldridge took a knee to end the game. The Lions spoiled the Tigers homecoming by the score of 35-6. Next week the Lions will play host to Region 5 and their cross county region rivals as the Berry Wildcats come visiting Wiley Hollingsworth Stadium. Game time is 7pm.
Comments from Coach Lamar Harris:
“We started out slow. We weren't in sync as a team which isn't admirable at this point in the season. We had a good drive going early but miscues and penalties set up back. We finally produced in the third drive without any major set backs and got our rhythm and put points on the scoreboard. On the defensive side of the ball we had our best game of the year. The guys were getting to the ball, making plays and holding their positions. I know that Meek has not had one of their best years but that will change. Tonight we came out and played good once we got our mindset on the game plan and we left with a win. A lot of our younger players got the opportunity to hit the field and that's always a building block as they need that opportunity to build growth as a team.”

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