Football News 2011 Football News 2011 Shoals Christian Write Up
2011 Shoals Christian Write Up PDF Print E-mail
Written by Allen J. Dunavant   
Monday, 07 November 2011 00:00
The Hub Lions traveled to the North end of the state just outside of Florence to face the Shoal's Christian Flame in the first round of the AHSAA State 1A play offs. Senior players represented the team as Captain's and met at center field for the coin toss. The Lions won the coin toss and elected to receive the opening kick to get the game underway.
Aaron Dillard fielded the opening kick at the 15-yard line and advanced to the Lion 32-yard line where the Lion offense took to the field. First down brought Dillard with a keeper around the right side of the line of scrimmage for a 3-yard gain. Hunter O'Mary took the hand off on second down and plowed his way up the middle gaining an additional 5-yards. Dillard called his own number on third down and rushed for an 11-yard gain moving the ball across mid-field to the Shoal's Christian 49-yard line. Sticking with the rushing attack, Dillard called on O'Mary once again to advance the ball and O'Mary picked up 8-yards setting up second down and 2. Dillard took the snap and advanced for the first down at the Flames 39-yard line. With a new set of downs, Corey Stewart got the call to carry and was stopped by a host of tacklers after a 2-yard gain. Dillard once again carried the ball on second down and fought his way up the middle of the field reaching the 19-yard line after yardage was added following a personal foul against the Flames. The Lions reached the Flames Red Zone on their first possession of the night setting at the 19-yard line with a first down. O'Mary rushed over right tackle for a 4-yard gain on first down and Dillard was met in the back field for a 1-yard loss on second down. Facing third down and 7, O'Mary was called on again to advance the ball and he rushed up the middle to reach the 11-yard line setting up fourth down and 2 for the Lions. The Lion coaching staff didn't hesitate on the call and elected to fight for the needed yardage on fourth down but the play never materialized as the Flames jumped off-sides to give the Lions a first down at the 6-yard line. Facing first down and goal, Dillard took the ball to the end zone with a 6-yard rushing touchdown giving the Lions the first score of the night with 5:32 remaining in the first quarter of play. The PAT attempt was a fake field goal kick with David Aldridge who serves as attempting to connect with Dillard on a pass but the ball was thrown high and just beyond Dillards reach.
The ensuing kick by Dillard rolled out of bounds at the 37-yard line where the Flame offense took the field. Shoals Christian Quarterback called solely on Chandler Rush who moved the ball down field with rushing carries and five plays following the kick Rush stood alone in the Lion end zone after a 33-yard touchdown run straight up the middle of the Lion defense. The PAT kick by Rush was blocked and the score stood at a tie with 3:47 left in the first quarter.
Waylon Lee booted the ensuing kick deep down field to the 11-yard line where Dillard made the reception and rushed up field to the 28-yard line where he was brought down by Rush and a host of others. Dillard took the ball across mid-field on first down rushing to the Flame 46-yard line where Lee made the saving touchdown tackle. A rushing attack by O'Mary gained 2-yards on first down and Dillard gained another 4-yards to set up third down and 4. O'Mary took the hand off from Dillard and rushed over left guard and following an official measurement the Lions were facing fourth down and inches near the 37-yard line. Dillard on a keeper took the ball straight up the middle rushing into the red zone where he was met from behind knocking the ball free into the hands of Devan Watkins who advanced to the 6-yard line before being brought down. Dillard was injured on the play and David Aldridge took over reigns as signal caller for the Lions.
Facing first down and goal, O'Mary took the hand off and was met at the line of scrimmage by Aaron Bowman and others for the stop. Second down brought O'Mary with the carry again this time rushing up the middle advancing to the 4-yard line as the first quarter came to a close.
Aldridge called his own number on third down and was stopped just inches short of the goal line by Bowman setting up fourth down and inches. O'Mary got the call and rushed over right tackle into the end zone. The two point conversion on the PAT failed as Aldridge was unsuccessful in connecting with Watkins in the end zone.
The ensuing kick by Landon Miller was received by Ryan Wilkes at the 35-yard line but fumbled and recovered setting the Flame up at their own 37-yard line. Aldridge and Jordan White made the stop on first down after an 8-yard gain by Devan Traglia. Reverting to the passing game, Bishop connected with Cory McLeary who was tackled immediately by Stewart. With a new set of downs at the 48-yard line, Rush reminded the Lion defense that he was still on the field as he took the hand off and burst his way down field to the end zone. Following the PAT kick by Rush the score stood 13-12 in favor of the Shoal's Christian Flame with 10:30 remaining in the first half of play.
White and Stewart lined up deep to receive the ensuing kick with White making the reception at the 8-yard line and rushing up field to the 25-yard line where a host of defenders brought him to the ground. Rushing attacks by O'Mary and Stewart were unsuccessful and a pass attempt from Aldridge to Watkins on third down and 14, feel incomplete setting the Lions up for the first punt on the evening. O'Mary's punt sailed high with Daniel Wood returning the ball to the Lion 49-yard line where Watkins made the tackle.
Two plays later with a first down at the 38-yard line following a rushing attack by Rush, Bishop connected with Wood thru the air and wood raced untouched into the end zone. Rush's kick on the PAT was perfect and the Flame lead increased to 20-12 with 7:32 left in the third quarter.
The next possession for the Lion offense proved to be quick and out. After Justin Franklin returned the ensuing kick from the 34-yard line to the 40-yard line, O'Mary rushed over left tackle for a 4-yard  gain. Second down brought Stewart with the carry around the right side of the line of scrimmage where he was met behind the line for a 2-yard loss. Facing third down and 8, the ball was fumbled on the exchange and Shoal's Christian recovered with possession at the Lion's 38-yard line. Misery continued for Hubbertville as with the snap of the ball Bishop connected on a pass to Traglia who raced untouched into the end zone. Rush's kick on the PAT was straight down the middle of the uprights. With only 1:51 ticking off the clock the Flame continued increasing their lead.
Stewart fielded the ensuing kick at the 13-yard line and rushed out to the 31-yard line where he was met for the stop by Wood and a host of other defenders. On first down Stewart got the carrying call and was brought down behind the line for a 2-yard loss. Aldridge called his own number on second down and advanced for 5-yards setting up third down and 7.  O'Mary was brought down in the backfield by McLeary to bring up fourth down and 9 forcing the Lions to punt the ball away. O'Mary's punt was fielded at the 32-yard line by Traglia who raced untouched to the end zone for his second touch down of the night. The PAT by Rush was perfect and the Lions were finding themselves deeper down as the Flames rested comfortably with 2:53 remaining in the first half of play.
Misery continued haunting the Lion offense. After Stewart returned the ensuing kick from the 14-yard line to the Lion's 40-yard line, Aldridge turned to the passing game. First down brought success as Aldridge connected with White who advanced to the 45-yard line but the success stopped there. Second down brought an in completion with Aldridge attempting to connect with Watkins and on third down Aldridge's pass was intercepted by Kelly who raced to the Lion 47-yard line before Landon Miller and Justin Franklin made the tackle.
First down brought a pass completion from Bishop to Rush who rambled down to the 27-yard line with White making the saving stop. First down brought a shuttle pass to Rush but the yardage was returned following a holding call by the Flame. With a first down at the 44-yard line, Bishop went deep with a pass to Kelly but Stewart stepped up and knocked the ball to the ground. Bishop took the ball back to the ground game on second down and Rush advanced up the middle for a 1-yard gain where he was met by Devin Marcum, Calan Robertson and Blayke Hill for the stop. Third down brought another pass attempt to Kelly but Jordan Wyma was on cover for the Lions to break up the pass. The Flame found themselves in a position they hadn't experienced in the game up to this point. Facing fourth down and 9 at the 43-yard line, Lee lined up and punted the ball away.
Stewart was lined up deep to field the ball and upon the reception at the 9-yard line, Wood and Kelly were there for the stop. With time ticking off the clock for the first half, the Lion offense returned to the locker room down to the Flames by a score of 34-12.
Dustin Covington lined up deep to receive the second half opening kick but the pooch kick by Miller was fielded at the 32-yard line by Samuel Stephenson. Sticking solely with the rushing attack by Rush, the Flame moved the ball down field to the Lion 41-yard line. First down brought misery for the Flame with penalty flags for holding. Facing first down and 20 at mid-field, a false start brought more negative yardage as the offensive front was backed deeper across mid-field, but relying on Rush to erase the negative yardage the Flame moved the ball down field with two plays setting up first down at the 21-yard line. Rush took the ball deeper on first down reaching the 16-yard line  before O'Mary and Wyma could make the stop. Facing second down and 5, Bishop pitched the ball back to Wood who turned on the speed and raced untouched into the end zone. Rush's kick on the PAT was successful and the score stood 41-12 with 8:42 on the clock.
White and Stewart lined up deep to receive the ensuing kick but Lee's kick soared high and rolled into the end zone for the touchback. Aldridge and the offensive front lined up at the 20-yard line with O'Mary getting the call to carry on first down. Second down brought a pass completion with Aldridge connecting with Watkins to move the ball up field to the 38-yard line. With a new set of downs, Stewart took the hand off and raced around the right side line across mid-field but officials determined that he stepped out of bounds at the 44-yard line of Shoal's Christian. O'Mary got the rushing call on first down advancing for 2-yards. Second down brought Aldridge with a keeper over right tackle for a 4-yard gain. The Lions were penalized on third down for a false start and on the replay of down, Aldridge went to the air attack connecting with O'Mary who fought his way to the first down marker to give the Lions another set of downs. Rushing attacks by O'Mary and Stewart failed to gain yardage and the offensive front found themselves at the 39-yard line facing third down and 17. Aldridge reverted to the passing game but Traglia stepped in front of the intended receiver and intercepted the pass and rushed deep down field into Lion territory before Landon Miller brought him down from behind. An illegal block in the back by a Flame player at mid field nullified the gained yardage as the third quarter came to a close. Facing first down at their own 40-yard line the Flame only took four plays to move the ball to the end zone. Rush was the lone ball carrier on all but one snap but facing second down and 7 at the 26-yard line, he took the hand off from Bishop and rushed straight up the middle bouncing off would be tacklers to reach the end zone with 11:47 remaining in the last quarter of play. The kick on the PAT by Rush was perfect and the lead continued to build against the visiting Lions.
Lee's ensuing kick was fielded at the 9-yard line by White who raced to the 31-yard line before being tackled. Stewart was met near the line on first down after a 2-yard gain. Second down brought O'Mary up the middle to the Lion 43-yard line for the first down. Stewart took the ball around the right side of the line of scrimmage on first down and second down brought O'Mary rushing again too the Shoal's Flame 43-yard line. Switching out on attacking duties, O'Mary and Stewart continued moving the ball down field advancing the Lions to the Flame 2-yard line where Stewart took the ball across the goal for the score. O'Mary finished the scoring drive off by taking the ball to the end zone on the two point conversion attempt and the score stood 48-20 with only 2:33 remaining in the game.
Miller's onside kick was successfully recovered by Rush at mid-field setting the Flame offense up with short field as time was ticking off the playing clock. First down brought Dustin Covington with the rushing carry up the middle but White and Dakota Dozier was on the spot for the stop after a 2-yard gain. Not to be discouraged, Covington took the hand off from Wood and raced untouched into the end zone for a 48-yard rushing touchdown with 1:19 remaining in the game. The PAT kick by Jonathan Brock was good and the lead continued to build for the Shoal's Christian Flame.
With little time remaining on the game clock, the Lion offense returned to the field and White lined up deep to receive the ensuing kick from Lee. White fielded the kick at the 14-yard line and was met at the 30-yard line for the stop by a host of defenders. First down brought the Lion offense attempting to run the reverse but the ball was fumbled with Stewart recovering the loose ball. O'Mary got the final call as he took the hand off and raced up field approaching mid-field before being tackled as time expired on the game.  The final score stood at 55-20 in victory for the home standing Flame.  The Lions wrapped up a great season with a regular season record of 7-3 and a pre-season jamboree victory over Tharptown.
Comments from Coach Lamar Harris:
"Another successful year by a good group of young men who have given a lot of effort thru out the year. This game alone cannot reflect the success we've had in our program. We come from a very tough region which produces good physical teams each year. I'm proud of the team for making it to this point in the season and I know they are disappointed with the outcome tonight, but the overall picture isn't as dreadful as it seems. This group of guys worked hard and accomplished some of their goals which were set early in the off season. I'm proud of their effort and determination to pull together as a team and their ability to make a positive image for our school and our football program. I've had the privilege of leading this team with five senior players who have given a lot to our program this year alone. I hope that they can look back and reflect on the season realizing that the hard work did pay off."
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