Football News 2011 Football News 2011 Berry Write Up
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Written by Allen J. Dunavant   
Sunday, 23 October 2011 00:00
The Lions hosted the Berry Wildcats on Friday night in the last region 5 match up for both teams on the season. The Lions entered the contest with an 6-2 record and the Wildcats record stood at 7-1. Following the coin toss which was won by Berry the cross county rivalry got underway with the Lions lined up to defend.  With Aaron Dillard's opening kick rolling out of bounds the Wildcats lined up at their 35-yard line. The fast paced offense of the Wildcats wasted little time finding their end zone as on the first offensive play of the game, Jacob Kennedy called the reverse and Terrance "Tank" Hollingsworth connected thru the air deep down field to Jake Smith who took the tipped ball into the end zone for the early score. The two point conversion attempt on the PAT failed as Jordan Wyma applied pressure on Kennedy forcing the passing attempt to fall to the ground.
Tank Hollingsworth kicked the ensuing kick deep with Corey Stewart fielding the ball at the 20-yard line and advancing up field to the 27-yard line. Brett Smith and Zeb Taylor made the stop on Hunter O'Mary after a 2-yard gain on first down. Dillard took the ball around the right side of the line of scrimmage on second down where Devan Tyree and Maken Potter stopped him after a 5-yard gain. Stewart was met near the line of scrimmage on third down forcing the Lions to punt the ball away on fourth down. O'Mary lined up and punted the ball down field with the ball rolling out of bounds at the 40-yard line.
Hollingsworth was met in the backfield by Dakota Dozier and Blayke Hill for a two yard loss. Following a keeper by Kennedy the Wildcats were penalized and moved back to their 36-yard line to set up third down and 13. Kennedy went to the air attack again and connected with Tyree who advanced to the Lion 32-yard line. The Wildcats jumped off sides on first down and the ball was moved back to the 37-yard line but Kennedy called his own number again and advanced to the 24-yard line for a 7-yard gain. With the snap of the ball the Wildcats found the end zone once again early in the match-up as Hollingsworth took the hand off and rambled his way in for the score. Following a penalty against Berry on the two point conversion attempt, Kennedy found the end zone with a sweep around the left side on the replay giving the Wildcats a 14-0 lead. With 5:36 showing on the time clock the Wildcats were quickly making a statement.
The following offensive possession by the Lions started at the 30-yard line after Stewart advanced Hollingsworth's kick from the 11-yard line. After failing to gain the Lions were facing fourth down and 6-yards at their own 34-yard line so once again O'Mary lined up and punted the ball away with the ball rolling out of bounds at the 44-yard line of the Wildcats.
Four plays from the line of scrimmage by the Wildcats and the numbers on the visitor side of the scoreboard rolled higher lighting up 6-more points for the Wildcats. After gaining enough yardage on the first two downs for another set of downs the Wildcats were facing first down at the Lion 45-yard line. Kennedy completed a swing pass to Tyree who raced down the left side line fighting off would be  tacklers scrambling his way down to the 2-yard line where Dillard brought him down to save the touchdown. Hollingsworth finished the offensive effort by taking the ball to the end zone with 1:32 remaining in the first quarter of play. The PAT two point conversion was unsuccessful as Kennedy's pass to J. Smith fell incomplete.
Zeb Taylor's ensuing kick rolled out of bounds to set Dillard and the Lion offense up at their 35-yard line. Following rushing attacks by O'Mary and Dillard the Lions were facing third down and 3 at the 42-yard line as the first quarter of play came to a close. O'Mary took the ball to the 46-yard line to give the Lions another set of downs before he was tackled by J. Smith. On first down Dillard called his own number and rambled around the left side of the line of scrimmage for a 6-yard gain before Clancy Brown, Z. Taylor and a host of Wildcats made the stop. Sticking with the rushing attack, Dillard called his own number again on second down and carried the ball over his right guard before cutting back across the middle and raced down field to the 18-yard line before being knocked out of bounds by Tyree and Wesley Watkins. With the ball in the Berry red zone the Lions stuck with the rushing attack with O'Mary advancing to the 1-yard line on first down to set up first down and goal for the Lions. O'Mary once again got the call to carry and advanced around his right tackle into the end zone for the touchdown. The PAT attempt appeared to be a kick as the Lions lined up for the snap but David Aldridge connected on a pass with Dillard who raced from the left side untouched into the end zone for the points. With 9:15 remaining in the first half of the contest the Lions had points on their side of the scoreboard.
Dillard's ensuing kick was received at the 26-yard line by J. Smith who was brought down for the stop at the 30-yard line by Jordan Wyma. Following a face mask penalty by the Lions on first down the Wildcats lined up at the Lion 45-yard line with another set of downs. Hollingsworth took the hand off on first down and advanced to the 37-yard line where Dozier and a host of defenders brought him down. Facing second down and 2-yards, Hollingsworth moved the ball deeper to the 32-yard line before Devan Watkins and O'Mary could make the stop. First down brought Kennedy on a keeper but the Wildcats were penalized for holding moving the ball back to the 43-yard line.  Kennedy called his own number again and rushed around the right side line closer to the Lion red zone. Following the play the Lions were penalized for a personal foul to give the Wildcats a first down at the Lion 9-yard line. First down brought more of Hollingsworth with a 9-yard sprint to the end zone for what appeared to be his third touchdown of the evening. But the score was erased as the Wildcats were penalized for a holding infraction setting the first down marker back at the 21-yard line. Kennedy was sacked by O'Mary and Hill on first down and fumbled the ball away with the Lions recovering the loose ball at their 18-yard line.
Rushing attacks by Dillard and O'Mary moved the ball to the 33-yard line for a first down. Dillard once again called his own number and rushed over right guard for a 2-yard pick-up before Watkins, Potter and a host of other defenders made the tackle. Second down brought more misery for the Lion offense as Dillard was brought down in the backfield by C. Brown and J.C. Finch, fumbling the ball away to the Wildcats.
The Wildcat offense wasted little time finding the end zone once again on the night as on first down Hollingsworth took the hand off and rambled his way around the left side line shaking off would be tacklers and raced to the end zone for his third touch down of the game. Kennedy couldn't  be held out of the end zone on the two point conversion attempt and with 2:14 remaining in the first half the Wildcat lead kept building by the score of 28-8.
Stewart and Dillard lined up to receive the ensuing kick by Taylor with Dillard fielding the ball at the 15-yard line and advancing to the 34-yard line where Weston Bonner and Jeremiah Chaney made the initial contact for the stop by the Wildcat defenders. First down brought a passing attempt from Dillard to Aldridge but the ball fell incomplete. O'Mary battled his way down field over right tackle picking up enough yardage for the first down before Watkins could make the tackle. On first down Dillard called his own number and rushed around the right side of the line of scrimmage for no gain as Chaney, Brown and Taylor made the tackle. Following a time-out by the Lions, Dillard attempted a screen pass to O'Mary but Tyree stepped in front and intercepted the ball returning it untouched to the end zone for what appeared to be a touchdown for the Wildcat defense but penalty flags against the Wildcats for holding moved the ball back to the Wildcat 44-yard line setting the Lions up with a first down.
On first down misery continued for the Lions as Dillard was intercepted by Hollingsworth after attempting to go deep down field. Hollingsworth was chased down and knocked out of bounds at the Lion 34-yard line by Aldridge. First down brought Kennedy on the passing attack going deep in the end zone but the pass was broken up by Aldridge. Kennedy advanced the ball deeper with a keeper to reach the 25-yard line where he was met by Dillard for the stop 1-yard shy of the first down marker. On third down, Kennedy attempted another pass to the end zone but the ball was knocked to the ground by Austin Palmer who was on coverage of Tyree. Facing fourth down and 1-yard with only 12.7 seconds remaining on the clock Hollingsworth took the pitch out from Kennedy and rambled his way along the left side line where Dillard forced him out of bounds at the 10-yard line. With 3.9 seconds showing on the game clock, Kennedy connected with Tyree who stretched the ball across the goal line for the score as time expired on the first half of play. Dillard was on the spot for the Lions on the two point conversion attempt knocking the ball to the ground to leave the half time score standing in favor of the visiting Berry Wildcats 34-8.
Following the half-time break Stewart and Jordan White were set to receive the second half kick from Hollingsworth with White advancing the ball from the 15-yard line to the 28-yard line.  First down brought additional misery as the ball was fumbled on the exchange but recovered by the Lions. Second down brought another misfortune on the snap but Aldridge managed to recover the mishandled ball and advance three yards before Potter and host made the tackle. Facing third down and 7-yards at their own 31-yard line, Aldridge who had taken over as signal caller for the Lions, attempted to make a pass connection with Justin Franklin but the ball fell from Franklin's finger tips to set up fourth down. O'Mary lined up to punt the ball away with Hollingsworth set back to receive. Misery continued for the Lions as Zeb Taylor burst his way into the back field and blocked the punt with the ball rolling back to the Lion 10-yard line where Taylor recovered the ball for the Wildcats.
Once again it was first down and touchdown for the visiting Wildcats. Kennedy connected thru the air with Tyree who raced into the end zone untouched for the score. Hollingsworth took the hand off and went to the end zone untouched on the two point conversion and the Wildcats were comfortably building a larger lead early in the second half with 9:38 remaining in the third quarter.
Taylor's ensuing kick was received at the 21-yard line by White who was brought down at the 29-yard line by Tyree. Stewart rushed over right tackle on first down and was met by Tyree for the stop after a 1-yard gain. Stewart got the call to carry again and was met by Kennedy for the stop. A face mask penalty against the Wildcats moved the ball to the Lion 35-yard line. Facing third down and 4-yards, Stewart took the hand off once again and rushed around the left side where Brown made the stop at the 44-yard line. On first down O'Mary rushed over right guard with Kennedy, Chaney and B. Smith on the stop for the Wildcats. Second down brought O'Mary on the rushing attempt again but B. Smith was in the backfield to make the tackle immediately. Third down brought a passing attempt from Aldridge to Devin Watkins but the connection was unsuccessful setting up fourth down and 4-yards for the Lions. O'Mary lined up once again in the backfield and punted the ball away.
On first down at the Wildcat 32-yard line, Kennedy connected with Tyree on a swing pass with Landon Miller making the tackle at the Lion 48-yard line. Hollingsworth took the hand off and rambled down the left side line but following the play the ball was returned to the Lion 33-yard line after a face mask penalty against the Wildcats. Reverting to the passing attack, Kennedy connected on a swing pass to J. Smith but the gained yardage was reverted after a penalty against the Wildcats for holding. With the ball placed at the Lion 47-yard line the Wildcats were facing first down and 10. Hollingsworth gained 7-yards on first down before Dozier and Aldridge could make the tackle. Kennedy rushed around the left side advancing to the 14-yard line before Aldridge and Miller brought him down saving the touchdown. On first down Kennedy connected thru the air to J. Smith who was standing alone in the end zone. The two point conversion attack was successful as Kennedy rushed around the right side of the line of scrimmage and crossed the goal line untouched. With 2:00 minutes remaining in the third quarter the Wildcat lead continued building and the score stood 50-8.
Taylor's ensuing kick rolled down to the 23-yard line where White downed the ball to set up the Lion offense. Aldridge called his own number on first down and gained four yards before Chaney and a host of defenders made the stop. O'Mary took the hand off on second down and was met by Watkins, B. Smith and a host of others after reaching the 35-yard line to give the Lions another set of downs. O'Mary got the call to carry again and rushed up the middle where J. Smith and others made the stop. Facing second down and 5-yards, Aldridge was brought down in the backfield for a sack by J. Smith. Third down brought O'Mary
with the rushing attack again but he was met by Luke Sanford and a host of others to hold the Lions just short of the first down marker. Facing fourth down and inches, the Lions opted to go for the needed yardage but Watkins, Potter and B. Smith and others met O'Mary near the line of scrimmage to hold the line and turn the ball over on downs to the Wildcats.
Once again with the snap of the ball on first down the Wildcats were celebrating another quick score. Kennedy hooked up with Hollingsworth on a sweep pass with Hollingsworth rambling his way down the left side line before cutting back across field and fighting off would be tacklers along the way before reaching the end zone. The two point conversion with a rushing attempt by Kennedy was unsuccessful as O'Mary and host made the stop short of the goal line. With 10:25 remaining in the game the score stood 56-8 with the Wildcats comfortably on top.
Following the ensuing kick the Lion offensive front returned to the field after Justin Franklin fell on the ball to cover for the Lions at the 34-yard line. First down brought Stewart around the right side of the line of scrimmage but Watkins, Potter and a host of others were in on the stop after a 4-yard gain. Aldridge called his own number on second down and was met by Chaney, Bonner and others after a 3-yard pick up. Third down brought a stop on O'Mary by Chaney, Watkins and Tyree for no gain. Facing fourth down and 3-yards at mid field the Lions elected to go for the needed yardage with Aldridge advancing around the right side of the line of scrimmage for the first down. With a new set of downs at the Wildcat 40-yard line O'Mary got the call to advance the ball and was brought down immediately by Chaney, Zac Pasley and others. The Wildcats were penalized for an off-sides infraction moving the ball to the 34-yard line. Aldridge advanced over left tackle to the 25-yard line for another set of downs before Chaney, Potter and others could make the stop. O'Mary took the hand off on first down and picked up 6-yards before Pasley and Brown made the tackle. Second down brought Aldridge with a keeper racing to the left side line where Chaney forced him out of bounds. Facing third down and 1, O'Mary was met at the line of scrimmage by Chaney, Potter and Brown to set up fourth down and inches. Aldridge on a keeper advanced to the 13-yard line for the first down. Aldridge called his own number again on first down and advanced to the 8-yard line before Watkins and Finch made the stop. O'Mary took the hand off on second down and was met by Chaney and host for the stop after a 2-yard gain. Third down brought O'Mary again with the rushing attack to set up fourth down and 1-yard after Chaney, Jody Smith and others were in on the tackle. Aldridge once again gained the needed yardage on fourth down by taking the ball up the middle to the 2-yard line. Following a time-out by the Lions, Aldridge took the ball to the end zone by rushing over the left side of the line of scrimmage for the touchdown. The two point conversion was successful with Stewart reaching the end zone. With 22.9 seconds remaining in the game the score stood 56-16.
Miller's onside kick was recovered immediately by Kennedy at the 48-yard line. First down brought a pass connection with Hollingsworth who was brought down by Dozier with 5.5 seconds remaining in the game. The Wildcats were determined to reach the end zone one last time on the night as Kennedy attempted to fake taking a knee on the final snap but officials ruled that time expired ending the game.
The Lions will close out regular season play this Friday night by traveling to Franklin County to visit the Vina Red Devils. Game time is 7pm.
Comments from Lion Head Coach Lamar Harris:
"The scoreboard pretty much sums up our efforts with regard to the out come of this game. We played very poorly tonight. We didn't just play poorly, we played very poorly against a really good team and that pretty much sums it up. Berry got up on us early in the game and didn't let up early. They scored three times quickly in the first quarter and we just couldn't get our game going defensively nor offensively. When your team plays poorly against a very good team the outcome is always going to end as it did tonight. We just couldn't recover mentally nor physically from the early scoring attacks and I am sure that played a big part in our defeat tonight."
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