Football News 2012 Football News 2012 Phillips Write Up
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Written by Allen J. Dunavant   
Sunday, 02 September 2012 22:30

The Hubbertville Lions football team opened their season by traveling north to Bear Creek to visit the Phillips High Bears. This was the Lions second consecutive week to travel north, following last weeks trip to Tharptown where they departed Franklin County with a successful victory following their fall jamboree. The Lions winning ways continued on the trip to Bear Creek as the Lions defeated the Phillips High Bears 35 - 18.
Following the coin toss the Lion offense took to the field to start the game with Jordan White receiving the opening kick at the 22-yard line and advancing to the Lion 36-yard line. With back to back consecutive rushing carries by Quarterback Aaron Dillard the Lions were quick to approach mid-field facing first down at their own 47-yard line. Landon Miller took the hand-off and advanced across mid-field for a 5-yard gain followed by a successful carry by Corey Stewart who moved the ball to the Bears 44-yard line. Sticking with the rushing attack, Aaron Dillard advanced the ball down to the 33-yard line following two successful carries behind strong blocking from his offensive linemen. First down brought Stewart with the carry for an 8-yard gain followed by Miller who fought his way for the first down at the 21-yard line. With the snap of the ball, Aaron Dillard rushed into the end zone for the first score of the evening. Gabe Stidham added two points following a successful pass reception from David Aldridge, who serves as the holder on the PAT kick attempt, giving the Lions the early lead 8-0 with 6:42 showing on the clock.
Following the ensuing kick by Aaron Dillard, the Bears started their first offensive drive at their own 32-yard line. The mentality of the Bear offense was to challenge the Lion defense with the air attack. Following three successful pass completions which advanced the ball down field to the Lion 33-yard line, Quaterback Rodney Camp switched to the rushing attack but Miller was in position and made the stop for a 3-yard loss. Facing second down, Camp reverted to the passing attack striking deep into the right corner of the end-zone, but Vess Benton came down with the football intercepting the pass and turning the ball over to the Lions.
Sticking with the successful rushing attack which worked on the opening drive, carries by Aaron Dillard, Stewart and Miller quickly moved the ball to the Phillips 34-yard line. Facing second down and 5, Stewart took the hand-off and advanced around the right side line where he was knocked out of bounds just short of the goal line. Not to be held without points, Stewart took the ball to the end zone on first down advancing for the score untouched over right tackle. A perfect kick by Aaron Dillard, with Aldridge holding on the PAT, raised the score to 15 - 0 with .22 seconds remaining in the first quarter.
Dillard's ensuing kick rolled out of bounds at the Bears 35-yard line to set up the Bear offensive front. Camp called his own number on first down but was brought down after a 2-yard gain by Blayke Hill and Devin Marcum as time expired on the first quarter of play. Reverting back to the passing attack, Camp connected with his receiver along the left side line where T.J. Pratt knocked him out of bounds at mid-field. Following a short pass which advanced the ball to the Lion 38-yard line, Trevor Parker took the hand-off and was met immediately by Calan Robertson for the stop after a 1-yard gain. Facing second down and 9, Camp attacked thru the air by going deep to John Hyde who fought his way into the end zone for the score lighting up the home side of the scoreboard with 10:23 remaining in the first half of play. Following an unsuccessful passing attempt on the PAT, the Lions lead remained at 15 - 6.
The ensuing kick rolled out of bounds, lining the Lion offense up at the 35-yard line. Successful rushing attacks by Stewart on first down and Miller on second down placed the ball just near the Lion 45-yard line. Miller got the call to carry again and picked up the first down by fighting his way up the middle to the Lion 48-yard line. Stewart continued the rushing attack by advancing the ball to the Bears 48-yard line for a 4-yard gain and on second down, Aaron Dillard called his own number and fought his way outside the left side of the line of scrimmaged advancing to the 33-yard line for a 15-yard gain and another set of downs for the Lion offense. First down brought an unsuccessful passing attempt to connect with Stewart, but on second down, Aaron Dillard fought his way down field to the end zone for a 33-yard rushing touchdown fighting off would be tacklers as he crossed the goal line. The PAT kick by Dillard, with Aldridge holding, was perfect and with 6:47 remaining in the first half of play the lead for the Lions stood at 22 - 6.
Sam Key's ensuing kick was fielded at the 25-yard line by Austin Mitchell who advanced up field rambling past would be tacklers before Aaron Dillard and Stewart made the saving stop for the Lions at their own 25-yard line. Camp called his own number on first down but Marcum was on spot for the stop after a 1-yard gain. Second and third down brought incomplete pass attempts with Stewart breaking up the third down attempt at the 5-yard line. Facing fourth down, Camp went to the end zone with another passing attempt but Aldridge made the reception intercepting for the Lions to end the Bears scoring threat.
First down brought a passing attack from the Lions with Dillard connecting with Aldridge who fought is way down the side lines before being shoved out of bounds at the Lion 38-yard line. Dillard rushed up field behind his blockers advancing across mid-field to the Bears 48-yard line for another set of downs before being brought down. On first down Stewart made the pass reception from Dillard but was brought down immediately to set up second down and 10. Stewart was called upon again taking the hand-off and advancing over right tackle for a 9-yard gain setting up third down and 1 at the Phillips 39-yard line. Dillard went back to the passing attack attempting to connect with Aldridge but the pass was intercepted by Camp just short of the goal line.
The Phillips offensive front began at their own 10-yard line with the mentality of attacking thru the air. First down brought and incompletion to Josef Bates but second down brought a successful completion from Camp to Tyler Crumpton along the left side lines with Zack Jenkins and Aldridge making the stop for Hubbertville to bring up third down at the 17-yard line. Continuing with the air attack, Camp connected with Josh Hyde who was brought down at the Bears 40-yard line for the stop by Austin Palmer. First down brought Camp connecting with Crumpton once again with Crumpton being forced out of bounds by Pratt at the Lion 45-yard line. Once again Camp elected to attack thru the air deep down field but the ball was overthrown setting up second down. Camp continued his air attack and connected with Josh Hyde who was tackled at the Lion 35-yard line by Stewart. On first down Camp, eluded the Lions and advanced around the right side lines and out of bounds at the 23-yard line giving the Bears a first down inside the Lions red-zone. First down brought an incomplete pass near the end zone intended for Crumpton. Reverting back to Hyde, Camp made the connection by completing the pass with Hyde advancing close to the first down marker before Stewart and Miller could make the stop. Facing third down and inches, Camp dropped back and connected over the middle with Crumpton in the end zone for the touchdown. The PAT attempt was unsuccessful as Stewart was on coverage for the pass attempt to leave the score standing at 22 - 12 in favor of the Lions with .43 seconds to play in the first half.
Following an unsuccessful on-side kick attempt which was recovered by White for the Lions at the 40-yard line, Dillard took a knee on first down and allowed time to expire on the half.
Returning to the playing field following the half time break, Dillard's ensuing kick was bobbled by Jonathan Long at the 34-yard line but Long managed to recover the ball to set up the Phillips offense. Sticking with the passing game, the Bears were unsuccessful in moving the ball across mid-field forcing a punting situation on fourth down and 3-yards at their own 43-yard line. Stewart received the ball at the 23-yard line and advanced to the Lion 43-yard line before being met by a host of angry Bears.
The Hubbertville offensive front wasted little time moving the ball down field. Swapping successful carries between Aaron Dillard and Stewart the Lions were resting comfortably at the Bears 23-yard line. On first down, Aaron Dillard called his own number and raced untouched for a 23-yard carry to the end zone untouched. The PAT attempt, pass from Aldridge who was the holder to Dillard was unsuccessful as Dillard was stopped just short of the goal line. With 6:00 showing on the clock the Lions lead increased to 28 -12.
The ensuing kick by Dillard rolled out of bounds at the 43-yard line where the Phillips offensive front returned to the field. First down brought an unsuccessful pass attempt which was broken up by Justin Franklin. Second down brought Dillard bursting thru the defensive line and forcing Camp out of bounds before he could find his receiver open down field. Facing third down and 6, Camp went deep down field attempting to connect thru the air with Crumpton but the ball was overthrown to bring up fourth down.
Stewart lined up to receive the ball from the punt, but Dakota Dozier fought his way thru the offensive line to block the punt with the Lions recovering the ball at the Bears 30-yard line. Stewart
took the hand-off on first down and advanced over left tackle for an 8-yard gain. Anthony Dillard got the call to carry on second down and fought his way to the 15-yard line before being brought down by a host of defenders. Second down brought Anthony Dillard with the carry once again advancing to the 11-yard line to set up second down. Jordon White got the call to carry and advanced to the 4-yard line before the saving stop could be made. Facing first down and goal, Anthony Dillard fought his way over the right side of the line of scrimmage for his first touchdown on the season. The kick by Aaron Dillard on the PAT was perfect, with Aldridge holding, to put the Lions in a comfortable lead at 35 - 12 with 2:08 remaining in the third quarter of play.
Aaron Dillards ensuing kick was booted deep down field to the 18-yard line where Camp made the reception and fought his way back to the Bears 45-yard line before Blayke Hill made the tackle. First down brought the passing attack once again with Camp connecting with Crumpton who advanced to the Lion 40-yard line before Zack Jenkins and a host of Lion defenders made the saving tackle. Justin Franklin was on coverage on first down with the passing attempt intended for Long falling incomplete. Second down brought another incompletion as Aldridge was defending for the Lions. Third down brought more misery for Camp and the Bears offense as Miller burst into the backfield sacking Camp back at mid-field to set up fourth down. Following the punt, the Hubbertville offensive front lined up deep in their own territory with Aldridge taking over reigns as Quarterback for the Lions as the fourth quarter of play got underway. On first down Stewart advanced for needed yardage setting up second down and inches just short of the 15-yard line. Anthony Dillard got the call to carry for the Lions and advanced to the 24-yard line to give the Lions another set of downs. First down brought Anthony Dillard with the carry again but the ball came loose with Dillard recovering at the line of scrimmage for the Lions. Second down brought Anthony Dillard once again on the rushing attack for a 5-yard gain. Stewart advanced down field on third down behind his blockers for a 15-yard gain before being stopped by a host of defenders. Austin Palmer took the ball deeper down field for the Lions advancing down the left side line before being knocked out of bounds just near mid-field. First down brought Anthony Dillard around the right side of the line of scrimmage for a 6-yard gain to set up another set of downs for the Hubbertville offensive front. Palmer rushed up the middle on first down for a 6 yard gain and Dozier fought his way over the left line of scrimmage to reach the Bears 32-yard line before a host of defenders could make the saving stop. With a new set of downs, Palmer was called upon again to advance the ball but the ball came loose with the Bears recovering the fumble at their own 37-yard line.
Camp called his own number on first down but Blayke Hill and Jenkins were there for the stop after short yardage. Second down brought Camp scrambling in the backfield before completing his pass deep down field but officials ruled the catch was made out of bounds. Following a penalty against the Bears the second down the ball was placed near the 20-yard line and the down was replayed with Camp connecting with Crumpton along the side line where Aldridge forced Crumpton out of bounds. Misery continued for the Bears as the ball was placed at the 18-yard line to bring up third down and 29, but Crumpton once again connected with Austin Mitchell along the side lines with Justin Franklin making the stop for the Lions. Facing fourth down and 23-yards, the Lions jumped off-sides and were penalized moving the ball to the 30-yard line and forcing the Bears to punt the ball away. Crumpton's punt rolled dead at the Lions 27-yard line and Vess Benton brought the Hubbertville offensive front back on the field. Benton called his own number on first down advancing for a 7-yard gain. Anthony Dillard took the hand-off around the right end but was stopped just short of the first down marker to bring up third down and inches. Anthony Dillard got the call to carry again but was met at the line of scrimmage for no gain to bring up fourth down forcing McKain Hubbert to line up and punt the ball away. Hubberts punt rolled dead at the Bears 41-yard line with .20 seconds remaining in the game.
Camp was determined to add points on the scoreboard before the final horn was blown to end the game. With the snap of the ball and defenders rambling deep down field, he scrambled free in the backfield and rushed down field breaking away from would be tacklers reaching the end zone as time expired to leave the score standing at 35 - 8 in favor of the visiting Hubbertville Lions.
Comments from Coach Lamar Harris:
"A lot of good things happened on the field tonight. There were different areas of the game throughout the night where our guys showed their determination and proved that the practice sessions have paid off. Our defensive game gave up some yardage with the passing game, but our offensive front made some big plays as well. The offensive control of the game was in our favor and our guys both on the line of scrimmage and in the backfield played good all night. Overall our execution as a team was well but we have some mistakes to correct and we'll get started on the practice field Monday. The effort of the team tonight was good and I'm hoping that our efforts remain good, our work ethic has been good and that too is important as a team. The guys are working well together as a team and I expect that too continue throughout the season."
The Lions will open region play on Friday night by hosting the Purple Tornadoes of Parrish High School in Wiley Hollingsworth Stadium. Game time is 7p.m.

 

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