Football News 2011 Football News 2011 Vina Write Up
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Written by Allen J. Dunavant   
Monday, 31 October 2011 00:00
The Lions arrived in Vina Friday night with hopes of completing their regular season schedule with a victory. The Lions were welcomed not only by the home team Red Devils, but were also facing obstacles which they had not incurred earlier in the season as a drop in temperature and wet field conditions brought a cold chill to the field. Rain showers had fallen earlier in the afternoon and the night air was crisp with fog lingering close by the stadium.
Following the coin toss which was conducted with Senior players from both teams representing as Captains at center field, the Lions received the opening kick with Aaron Dillard signaling for a fair catch at the 40-yard line. The Lion offense quickly moved the ball across mid field with a rushing attack by Dillard and a pass completion to Devin Watkins. Facing first down at the Vina 44-yard line, Hunter O'Mary and Jordan White moved the ball deeper to the 31-yard line for another set of downs. Dillard with a keeper rushed up the middle to reach the 23-yard line followed by a rushing attack by O'Mary who reached the 18-yard line to push the Lions inside the Red Devil red zone. Following an unsuccessful pass intended for David Aldridge, Dillard reverted to the rushing attack with O'Mary as the primary rusher and two plays later O'Mary took the hand off and reached the end zone on a two yard carry. The PAT kick by Dillard was perfect and with 7:54 showing on the clock the Lions were on the scoreboard.
Vina's offensive front started the night from the Lion's 40-yard line following a 40-yard kick off return by Nicholas Schmittou. Dillard made the tackle to save the kick off return touchdown. The Red Devil offense wasted little time moving deeper into Lion territory with a rushing attack around the right side line by Adam Pharr. Vess Benton made the stop for the Lions at the 24-yard line by forcing Pharr out of bounds. Misfortune found it's way into the line up for the Devils at this point as they were moved back 5-yards following a false start on first down. On the replay of down, misery stuck with the Devils as the ball came loss on the exchange and Dillard recovered the fumble giving the Lions possession at the 27-yard line.
Dillard called his own number on first down and raced down field untouched to the end zone for a 72-yard rushing touchdown with 6:58 remaining in the first quarter. The PAT kick by Dillard with Aldridge holding was straight down the middle of the uprights giving the Lions an early lead 14-0.
With a fair catch on the ensuing kick the Devils begin their second possession of the evening at the 35-yard line. On first down, Adam Pharr scrambled from left to right in the backfield before cutting back up the middle and reaching the Lion 34-yard line where Jordan White made the stop for the Lions. Pharr was met by Landon Miller on first down after a 4-yard gain. Ethan Pharr took the hand off on second down and rushed to the 23-yard line before Dillard could make the stop, giving the Red Devils a first down. Blayke Hill and White made the stop at the line of scrimmage for no gain on A. Pharr on first down. Calling his own number on second down, A. Pharr was met by Dillard after a 2-yard gain. Facing third down and 8, A. Pharr attempted a pass connection but the ball was knocked to the ground by White to bring up fourth down. A. Pharr attempted to reach the first down marker by rushing around the right side of the line of scrimmage but Blayke Hill and Dakota Dozier were on the stop for the Lions to turn the ball over on downs.
Facing first down at the 14-yard line, Dillard called on White to move the ball out of the Lion red zone. White rushed around the left side of the line of scrimmage for a 5-yard gain and on second down Dillard reached the 27-yard line on a keeper to give the Lion offense another set of downs. White was called upon again to carry the ball and gained 2-yards. Sticking with the rushing attack by Dillard and White the Lions moved deeper down field to the 44-yard line as the first quarter of play came to an end.
O'Mary took the hand off and rushed up the middle on the next three snaps, moving the ball across midfield reaching the Vina 44-yard line. Dillard called his own number on first down and rushed around the right side of the line of scrimmage racing his way to the end zone for his second touchdown of the evening. Once again Dillard's kick was perfect on the PAT and the Lions lead extended with 10:30 remaining in the half.
Landon Miller booted the ensuing kick deep with Michael Hester making the reception at the 13-yard line rushing up field to the 24-yard line where Miller made the tackle. First down brought Cody Renfrow lining up under center as the quarterback. With the snap of the ball, A. Pharr took the hand off and rushed around the left side of the line of scrimmage where he was met after a 4-yard gain by Dillard for the stop. Second down brought A. Pharr with the carry again around the right side of the line of scrimmage with D. Aldridge on the stop for the Lions at the 36-yard line. N. Schmittou took the hand off and rushed up the middle where O'Mary and Devin Watkins made the tackle setting up second down and 9. Renfrow went to the air attack connecting with Christopher Pierce who scurried out of bounds near the 45-yard line. Facing third down and inches, Renfrow called his own number and reached the Devil's 47-yard line giving the offense another set of downs. First down brought pressure on Renfrow by Watkins and Wyma forcing an incomplete pass. On second down White fought his way through the line of scrimmage and brought A. Pharr down in the back field for a 4-yard loss. Third down brought more misery for A. Pharr as Watkins and Dillard met him at the line of scrimmage for the stop with no gain. Facing fourth down and 14, A. Pharr lined up deep in the back field and punted the ball away.
Corey Stewart lined up to receive for the Lions and on the reception bobbled the ball up field. Following the scramble the Lions were beneficial of the mishandle with possession of the ball at their own 47-yard line. Following an unsuccessful passing attempt to connect deep down field with Watkins on first down, O'Mary rushed up the middle moving the ball across mid field to the Red Devil 46-yard line. A keeper by Dillard gained an additional six yards to place the ball at the 40-yard line.  Reverting to the passing attack, Dillard attempted a connection with Aldridge but the ball feel from his finger tips setting up second down.  Dillard with a keeper scrambled his way close to the first down marker bringing up third down and inches. White took the hand off and rushed up the middle behind blockers where he was tripped up at the 25-yard line. Dillard went to Aldridge again on a pass connection with Aldridge advancing to the 21-yard line. Sticking with the passing attack Dillard connected with Watkins over the middle with Watkins advancing to the 6-yard line where A. Pharr and Tyler Hammack made the stop. Dillard took the snap and rushed around the right side line untouched into the end zone for his third touchdown on the night. The PAT kick by Dillard was perfect and with 1:53 remaining in the first half of play the Lions lead was 28-0.
Miller's ensuing kick was bobbled and recovered at the 10-yard line by Nicholas Schmittou setting the Vina offensive front up deep in their own territory. First down brought a keeper by Renfrow for an 8-yard gain. E. Pharr got the call to carry on second down and rushed up the middle for a first down at the 22-yard line before D. Dozier made the tackle. Dillard was on the stop for the Lions after breaking up a passing attempt at the line of scrimmage on first down. Renfrow called his own number again and rushed around the right side of the line where O'Mary and Wyma made the tackle setting up third down and 5. A. Pharr took over as quarterback and Miller applied pressure forcing the ball loose with Dakota Dozier on the spot to recover the fumble for the Lions as time expired on the first half.
Opening the second half of play, Nicholas Schmittou lined up back deep to receive the opening kick from Miller.  Schmittou fielded the ball at the 10-yard line and rushed up field to the 30-yard line where Blayke Hill made the tackle. First down brought a pitch out to Renfrow but Austin Palmer and Wyma were on the spot to make the stop. Miller burst across the line and batted the ball to the ground on second down breaking up a passing attempt. Facing third down and 13-yards, Dillard burst across the line and sacked A. Pharr in the backfield for an additional 6-yard loss. Fourth down brought A. Pharr deep in the back field to punt the ball away with White waiting to receive for the Lions.
The Lion offensive front returned to the field with the ball placed at the Red Devil 45-yard line where the ball had rolled out of bounds following A. Pharr's punt. First down brought Dillard connecting through the air on a pass with Watkins who advanced to the 35-yard line before being knocked out of bounds. Sticking with the passing attack, Dillard attempted a connection with Aldridge but the ball was overthrown. On third down Dillard connected with Watkins at the line of scrimmage with A. Pharr on the stop for the Devils at the 32-yard line. Third down brought O'Mary with the rushing attack advancing up the middle bouncing off would be tacklers and rushing 32-yards to the end zone for his second touchdown of the night. Dillard's kick on the PAT was perfect and with 8:10 showing the Lions were building their lead by the score of 35-0.
The ensuing kick was fielded at the 15-yard line by A. Pharr who raced by would be tacklers to the Lion 37-yard line where Dillard made the tackle saving the touchdown. Misery continued for the Red Devil's as David Aldridge intercepted the pass intended for Tyler Hammock giving the Lion's possession at their 11-yard line. The Lion offense was unable to benefit from the turn-over as O'Mary punted the ball away on fourth down with Renfrow fielding the ball at the 44-yard line and returning it to the Lion 48-yard line where Watkins made the tackle. First down brought Renfrow with a keeper but Watkins, Aldridge and Miller made the stop at the 44-yard line setting up second down and 6. A.Pharr took the hand off and rushed around the right side line on second down but Miller and White made the tackle setting up third down and 2. White burst through the offensive line and made the stop on Schmittou the backfield setting up fourth down and 5 for the Devils. Reverting to the passing attack, A. Pharr connected with Christopher Pierce with Vess Benton on the stop for the Lions at the 37-yard line. Jordan Wyma made the stop on first down by tackling E. Pharr after a 2-yard gain. A. Pharr called his own number on second down, but Blayke Hill and White were on the spot making the stop with no yardage gained. Facing third down and 8, A. Pharr reverted to the passing attack with pressure from Landon Miller forcing an early throw down field but E. Pharr managed to make the reception reaching the 25-yard line before Aldridge could make the tackle. With a new set of downs, A. Pharr took the hand off but Austin Palmer made the stop as the third quarter came to a close. Schmittou took the ball deeper on the Lion defense picking up a first down at the 13-yard line before O'Mary and Calan Robertson could make the tackle in the Lion red zone. A. Pharr rushed into the end zone for a 13-yard rushing touchdown putting the Red Devils on the scoreboard with 11:28 remaining in the game. A. Pharr booted the extra point through the uprights and the score was 35-7 in favor of the Lions.
Watkins made the reception on the ensuing kick by A. Pharr at the 36-yard line setting the Lion offense up but first down brought a fumble on the hand off with Zachary Hall on the spot to recover for the Red Devils. Renfrow with a keeper on first down advanced to the 29-yard line for a  7-yard gain before Vess Benton made the stop. Calan Robertson burst across the line to make the stop on Schmittou for a 1-yard loss on second down. Facing third down and 4, A. Pharr took the ball to the 24-yard line gaining yardage for the first down. Renfrow went to the air attack connecting with Schmittou in the end zone for the score. The PAT kick by A. Pharr was blocked by Miller and with 8:58 remaining the score stood 35-13.
Aldridge signaled for a fair catch on the ensuing kick and following a penalty against the Devils for interference with the catch, the Lion offense lined up at the Devil's 43-yard line or first down. O'Mary got the call to carry on first down and bounced off would be tacklers reaching the 26-yard line before Tyler Hammock could drag him down from behind to save the touchdown. Aldridge on a keeper advanced for 6-yards to set up second down and 4-yards at the 20-yard line. Dakota Dozier took the hand off and rushed up the middle for the first down at the 15-yard line. Jordan White got the call to carry and advanced for 6-yards to the 9-yard line before Christopher Pierce could make the saving tackle. Dozier fought his way to the 4-yard line with a carry over the right side of the line of scrimmage before Pierce and Hammock made the tackle a With the snap of the ball Dozier rushed over the right side of the line of scrimmage untouched into the end zone for the touch down. The PAT kick by Dillard was blocked by A. Pharr and with 5:17 remaining in the game the Lions continued building their lead.
Dillard's ensuing kick sailed high and was received at the 20-yard line by Pierce who advanced to the 36-yard line where Hill and Wyma made the stop. Renfrow on a keeper was met by Miller after a 2-yard gain on first down. Second down brought Justin Franklin and Devin Marcum bursting through the line for a sack on Renfrow to set up third down and 10. A. Pharr took the hand off from Renfrow and rambled his way down field and out of bounds at the 46-yard line to give the Devils another set of downs. A. Pharr called his own number on first down and scrambled to the Lion 40-yard line before Miller could force him out of bounds. Michael Hester lined up in the back field and took the hand off from A. Pharr and raced around the right side scrambling down field to the end zone for the final score of the night. The PAT kick by A. Pharr was unsuccessful and the score stood 41-19 in favor of the Lions.
Watkins received the ensuing kick at the 28-yard line and immediately took a knee to down the ball. Vess Benton took the hand off from Aldridge on first down and rambled around the right side where he was met by Justin Garrett for the stop. Second down brought Dozier with the rushing attack scrambling around the left side of the line of scrimmage. On third down Gabe Stidham rushed up the middle where he was brought down by Pierce, Hammock and host just inches from the first down marker. Facing fourth down and inches near the 38-yard line, Aldridge with a keeper gained the needed yardage for the first down and on first down Dozier rushed around the left side of the line of scrimmage allowing time to expire on the game clock with the final score 41-19 in favor of the visiting Lions.
The Lions finish the regular season with an 8-3 record and will advance to the first round of play-offs by traveling to Muscle Shoals to face the Shoals Christian Flames.
Comments from Coach Lamar Harris:
"It's really hard to say how well we played tonight. Vina is having a really tuff year this year. We went out and put the game away early although at times early in the game we seemed to play very flat and that's of concern. We don't need to approach any game with that mind-frame. We did manage to do what we needed to do to win the game and it was an emotional win for the seniors. We also had the chance to give the younger players an opportunity to be involved in the game and that too is important for team building. Overall I'm pleased and proud of the team for keeping focus and staying on track to end the regular season with the victory."
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