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Written by Allen J. Dunavant   
Sunday, 16 September 2012 00:00

Traveling across county to battle the Berry Wildcats brought the Hub Lions their first loss of the season and their first region 5 loss as well. Hubbertville won the coin toss and elected to receive the kick to get the much anticipated county rivalry cat fight underway.
Terrance Hollingsworth booted the ball deep to Aaron Dillard at the 9-yard line. Dillard made his way up field and handed the ball off to Corey Stewart who raced around the left side line where he was brought down just near mid-field by Maken Potter. The Lion offensive front lined up at their own 49-yard line to start their first offensive possession with Aaron Dillard at quarterback. Dillard called his own number but was brought down in the backfield by Clancy Brown setting up second down. Dillard advanced on a quarterback keeper up the middle on second down but was met immediately by Nathan Morrison for the quick stop after a 1-yard gain. Facing third down at their own 45-yard line, Dillard called his own number once again bouncing off the left side of the line of scrimmage before cutting for the left side line and advancing to the 33-yard line where Brown made the saving tackle. Stewart took the hand off on first down and rambled over left guard for a nine yard gain before Brown once again made the saving stop. Dillard then called his own number and following the blocking of the left offensive linemen advanced to the 8-yard line setting up first and goal. David Aldridge line-up as quarterback with Landon Miller getting the call to rush over right guard for a 4-yard gain where he was stopped by Luke Sanford and other Wildcat defenders. Second down brought Stewart with the rushing attack for another 2-yard gain to set up third down and goal at the 2-yard line. Dillard took the snap and maneuvered his way across the goal line for the first touchdown on the evening with 4:00 off the game clock. The PAT kick by Taylor Oden with Aldridge holding was blocked by Ronnie Finch to leave the score standing at 6 - 0.
Terrence Hollingsworth lined up deep to receive the ensuing kick from Dillard with Jeremiah Chaney signaling for a fair catch and setting the Wildcat offensive front up at their 36-yard line. Maken Potter brought the Berry offensive front to the field with Hollingsworth advancing the ball around the left side line and out of bounds at the Lion 46-yard line. First down brought Potter connecting thru the air to Luke Sanford who was met by Blayke Hill and Austin Palmer after a 5-yard gain. Hollingsworth got the call to carry the ball on third down and rushed up the middle for a first down at the Lion 33-yard line before Vess Benton could make the stop.  Hollingsworth took the snap and rushed around the left side line where Benton once again made the saving stop at the 16-yard line. Not to be withheld, Hollingsworth rushed behind blockers on the left side of the line of scrimmage into the end zone for the score with 6:04 remaining in the first quarter of play. The PAT brought Hollingsworth lined up at quarterback with Brown taking the hand-off across the goal line for the two point conversion to put the Wildcats in the lead
8 - 6.
Hollingsworth's ensuing kick was fielded at the 21-yard line by Stewart who handed the ball off to Aldridge but Hollingsworth and a host of other defenders were on the spot to make the immediate stop to set the Lions up at their own 21-yard line. First down brought misery for the Lions as they fumbled the ball on the exchange but managed to recover to set up second down and 11-yards. Dillard attempted a keeper up the middle but Charleston Huddleston met him immediately to push the Lion offense back to the 19-yard line. Reverting to the passing game, Dillard attempted a connection with Stewart but the ball fell incomplete setting up fourth down and 19-yards deep in the Lions own territory. McKain Hubbert was called on to punt the ball away with the ball rolling out of bounds at the Hubbertville 47-yard line.
Wasting little time on the effort to score Hollingsworth took the snap and raced to the end zone for what appeared to be a 49-yard rushing touchdown but penalty flags moved the ball back to the 40-yard line. Brown took the hand-off and fought his way around the left side of the line of scrimmage reaching the 33-yard line for another set of downs before Zach Jenkins and T.J. Pratt could make the stop for the Lions. Hollingsworth burst his way up the middle on first down reaching the 21-yard line with Miller and Devin Marcum making the tackle. First down brought Brown racing around the left side of the line of scrimmage where Marcum made the stop once again. Facing second down and 6, Hollingsworth took the snap and rushed up the middle where Dillard, Jenkins, Miller and Robertson were in on the tackle. After an official measurement the Wildcats were setting deep in the Lion red zone just outside the 10-yard line with another possession of downs. Brown took the ball to the 2-yard line where Benton made the saving tackle setting up second down and goal. Potter pushed his way into the end zone to give the Wildcats another score with 1:35 remaining in the first quarter of play. The PAT brought Sanford with the hand-off racing around the left side of the line of scrimmage into the end zone for the two point conversion making the score 16 - 6 in favor of the hosting Wildcats.
Ronnie Finch's kick sailed high and deep with Stewart making the reception at the 19-yard line. Stewart raced up field to the 33-yard line where Finch brought him down. Dillard took the snap with the ball coming loose but Miller was on the spot to recover for the Lions. Facing second down and 9, Stewart took the hand-off and raced around the right side line and was forced out of bounds by Ethan Morrison at the Wildcat 49-yard line. The Lions were penalized for illegal procedure on first down moving the ball back across mid-field and setting up a replay of the down from the Lion 47-yard line. Miller took the hand-off up the middle but was met by Zac Pasley and a host of other defenders for the stop for a 2-yard loss. Dillard went to the air and connected with Stewart who managed a 4-yard pick-up before being shoved out of bounds by Potter as the first quarter came to a close.
Dillard called his own number on third down and advanced up the middle for the first down at the Berry 35-yard line before Finch and Potter made the stop. Miller took the hand-off on first and advanced over right tackle for a 7-yard gain before Morrison brought him down. Stewart got the call on second down rushing around the left side of the line of scrimmage just beyond the 25-yard line where Bonner and Brown made the tackle. Miller took the ball deeper on first down after a 5-yard gain with Pasley and Morrison on the stop. Facing second down and 5-yards, Dillard rushed up the middle to the 8-yard line where Potter and others made the saving stop. With a new set of downs, Miller took the ball over the left side of the line of scrimmage to the 3-yard line where Garrett Jones tackled him just short of the goal line. Dillard would not be held out of the end zone with the snap of the ball battling over right guard with 8:54 remaining in the first half of play. The PAT kick by Dillard with Aldridge holding was right down the middle of the up rights and the score stood 16 - 13.
J. C. Finch signaled for a fair catch on the ensuing kick setting the Wildcat offense up at their own 49-yard line. Once again Hollingsworth took the ball and raced to the end zone for what appeared to be another 49-yard rushing touch down but penalty flags returned the ball to the Wildcat 42-yard line following a holding call against the Wildcats. First down brought Brown with the carry but he tripped at the line of scrimmage to set up second down. Dakota Dozier brought Hollingsworth to the ground on second down and the Wildcats were penalized moving the ball back down field to the 34-yard line to set up second down and 25. Potter attempted a pass to Sanford in the backfield but the ball fell incomplete. Third down brought Hollingsworth with a keeper racing up the middle of the field where Benton, Dillard and a host of other defenders made the stop to set up fourth down and 10-yards near the Berry 49-yard line. Following a time out by the Cats coaching staff the Wilcats lined up to go for the needed yardage with Hollingsworth taking the snap and rushing around the right side of the line of scrimmage to reach the Lion 27-yard line easily gaining yardage for the first down. Hollingsworth took the snap again and handed the ball off to Brown who was forced out of bounds by Aldridge after a 2-yard gain. Potter returned as quarterback on second down handing the ball off to Brown who was brought down by Dillard and Marcum after a 2-yard gain. Facing third down and 6-yards, Potter called on Hollingsworth who took the hand off and scrambled his way around in the backfield fighting off would be tacklers racing untouched over the right side of the goal line into the end zone. The PAT attempt brought penalty flags against the Wildcats for holding and on the second attempt Potter attempted to connect with J.C. Finch but the pass was incomplete leaving the score standing at 22 - 13 in favor of the Wildcats with 4:37 remaining before the half time break.
Ronnie Finch's kick was fielded by Adridge at the 26-yard line and advanced to the 37-yard line where Finch made the tackle. First down brought Dillard up the middle to the 47-yard line to give the Lions another set of downs before a host of defenders could make the tackle. Miller fought his way up the middle but was met immediately by R. Finch and others after a 1-yard gain. Stewart got the call to carry on second down but was met in the backfield by Brown and Pasley for a 3-yard loss setting up third down and 13-yards at the Berry 49-yard line. Dillard then called his own number and gained 5-yards to set up fourth down and 8-yards at the 44-yard line. Following a time out by the Lion coaching staff, the Lion offense lined up to attempt the needed yardage. Dillard reverted to the passing attack and connected with Aldridge who was brought down by Sanford at the 31-yard line. First down brought Dillard over the right line of scrimmage scrambling his was down to the 6-yard line before Roman Howton and a host of defenders could make the stop. Facing first and goal the Lions were penalized for a false start to move the ball back to the 11-yard line. On the replay of down, Miller took the hand-off and fought his way into the end zone to edge the score closer. Following the PAT kick by Dillard the score stood 22 - 20 in favor of the Wildcats with 1:57 remaining before the teams hit the locker room for a much needed half time break.
Dillard's ensuing kick was signaled for a fair catch with the reception being fumbled but successfully recovered by the Wildcats at their 30-yard line. First down brought Potter on a connection with Hollingsworth who cuts his way across the middle of the field where Dillard made the tackle at the 35-yard line. Hollingsworth took the snap on second down and raced around the right side line where he was hit out of bounds by the Lion defender bringing a 15-yard penalty against the Lions. With the penalty moving the ball deep down field to the Lion 42-yard line, Potter connected with Brown who was tackled by a host of Lion defenders and another penalty followed with the Lions being penalized for grabbing the face mask during the tackle. With a new set of downs at the Lion 27-yard line the Wildcats were penalized on first down for an illegal procedure moving the ball back to the 32-yard line and setting up first down and 15-yards. Hollingsworth took the snap and rushed up the middle for a 5-yard gain where Calan Robertson and Stewart made the tackle to set up second down. Potter was brought down in the backfield on second down as time expired on the first half of play with the lead in favor of the home-standing Wildcats by the score of 22 - 20.
Starting the second half of play Dillard's kick rolled out of bounds setting the Wildcats up at their own 35-yard line. Sticking with Hollingsworth and Brown as ball carriers, Berry wasted little time using only five plays to move the ball across mid-field setting up first down and goal at the Lion 5-yard line. Potter handed the ball off to Brown on first down with Brown advancing for 3-yards and then on second down Hollingsworth hit pay dirt moving the ball into the end zone over the left side of his line of scrimmage for the score. Following the unsuccessful two point conversion after a fumble by Hollingsworth in the backfield Berry added to their lead by the score of 28- 8 with 9:14 remaining in the third quarter of play.
Misery continued for the Lions as the coaching staff was forced to call a time out on the ensuing kick.  Miscommunication among the kicking team resulted in a shortage of players on the field for the Lions. Following the time out, T.J. Pratt made the reception signaling for a fair catch at the Lion 35-yard line. First down brought Miller rushing over right tackle for a 5-yard gain with Hollingsworth and Pasley on the stop. Dillard called his own number on second down and was stopped inches short of the first down marker by Weston Bonner and Pasley. With the snap of the ball Dillard rushed over the right side of the line behind his offensive blockers moving the ball to mid-field to give the Lion offense another set of downs. First down brought more misery for the Lions as they were penalized for illegal procedure moving the ball back to the Lion 45-yard line. Misery continued as the passing attack didn't connect for the Lions and on third down and 15-yards they were penalized again for illegal grounding as Dillard attempted to get rid of the ball. The Lion offense was moved back an additional 5-yards from the spot of the penalty forcing the Lion coaching staff to send Hubbert to the field for his second punt on the evening. Facing fourth down and 32-yards from their own 28-yard line, with Hollingsworth back to receive, Hubbert's punt sailed out of bounds at the Lion 44-yard line.
Hollingsworth took the snap on first down and raced his way down field to the 6-yard line where Pratt forced him out of bounds short of the goal line. Potter lined up at quarterback and handed the ball off to Brown who was stopped by Robertson, Marcum and Dillard after a 1-yard gain. Facing second down and goal, Hollingsworth took the snap again and was met by Anthony Dillard who brought him to the ground at the 2-yard line. Not to be withheld, Brown fought his way into the end zone on third down with 4:58 left in the quarter. The PAT attempt for a two point conversion was unsuccessful as Benton, Pratt and a host of other defenders fought their way across the line to bring Hollingsworth down in the backfield leaving the score standing at 34 - 20.
A.J. Johnson's ensuing kick was fielded at the 36-yard line by Pratt who advanced up field to the 41-yard line where a host of defenders brought him down. First down brought Anthony Dillard with the rushing attack up the middle for a 6-yard gain. Dillard called his own number on second down and rushed up the middle before cutting to the left side lines where Howton and J.C. Finch shoved him out of bounds at the Wildcat 29-yard line. Anthony Dillard took the hand off from Dillard on first down advancing up the middle to the 15-yard line where Hollingsworth made the saving stop. Facing first down inside the Wildcat red zone, the Wildcats were penalized for an off-sides infraction setting the Lions up at their own 10-yard line. On the replay of downs, Anthony Dillard followed his blockers into the end zone for the touchdown with 3:22 left to play in the third quarter. Dillard's kick on the PAT sailed perfectly down the center of the uprights making the score 34 - 27.
Sam Key recovered Dillard's ensuing onside kick to set the Hubbertville offensive front up for another chance to find the end zone quick but following successful rushing attacks by Dillard and Dillard the Lion offense hit a wall and couldn't produce. Facing third down and 5-yards at the Berry 33-yard line the Lions were penalized for movement moving the ball back to the 38-yard line. Stewart was met at the line of scrimmage by Pasley for no gain to set up fourth down. Dillard attempted to connect with Aldridge thru the air but the pass fell incomplete turning the ball over on downs to the Wildcats
Hollingsworth took the hand-off from Potter on first down and gained 5-yards before Pratt and Benton made the stop as the third quarter of play came to an end.
Hollingsworth lined up and took the snap on second down handing the ball off to Brown who rushed around the right side of the line of scrimmage to the Lion 44-yard line before Jenkins and Aldridge could make the saving stop. With a new set of downs, Hollingsworth got the call to carry again rushing around the right side of the line of scrimmage reaching the 24-yard line before Stewart and Pratt made the saving stop. Potter took the snap and handed the ball off to Brown who was met by Dakota Dozier for the stop after a 4-yard gain. Reverting to Hollingsworth as the ball carrier the Wildcats moved deeper into the Lion red zone and following a face mask penalty against the Lions the Wildcats were setting comfortably just inside the 5-yard line with a new set of downs. Misery struck the Wildcats as the ball was fumbled on the exchange with Aldridge on the spot to scoop the ball up and race 93-yards into the end zone for the Lion score. The PAT kick by Dillard was unsuccessful following a tip by a Wildcat defender to leave the score setting at 34 - 33 in favor of the Wildcats with 9:46 remaining in the ball game.
Sanford successfully recovered the ensuing onside kick by Dillard to set Hollingsworth and the Wildcat offense up at their own 49-yard line. Hollingsworth lined up at quarterback on the first down and moved the ball to the Lion 22-yard line leaving the Berry offense setting in good position to redeem themselves from the earlier mistake. First down brought the hand off from Hollingsworth to Brown who fought his way over the left side of the line of scrimmage for a 2-yard gain before Miller made the tackle. Hollingsworth called his own number on second down and advanced with a keeper up the middle where Blayke Hill, Dillard and Stewart were in on the tackle. Facing third down and 3-yards, Potter returned as quarterback and Hollingsworth took the hand off over the left side of the line of scrimmage powering his way into the end zone for the score with 7:25 remaining on the game clock. Following a time-out by the Wildcats coaching staff, the PAT was successful with Hollingsworth powering his way across the goal line for the two point conversion to raise the score to 42 - 33.
The ensuing kick by A.J. Johnson was fielded by Jenkins at the 46-yard line where Dillard lined up his offense front once again. Dillard rushed with the ball on first down advancing over right tackle and racing down field bouncing off would be tacklers before being knocked out of bounds by Potter at the Wildcat 15-yard line. Dillard gained an additional 3-yards on first down before Pasley and a host of defenders brought him to the ground. Second down brought Aldridge in the line up as quarterback with Anthony Dillard taking the hand off for no gain as he was met immediately by Brown and a host of defenders for the stop at the line of scrimmage. Aaron Dillard returned as quarterback and on third down called his own number advancing for an additional 3-yards before Brown and a host of defenders made the tackle. Facing fourth down and 4-yards at the 9-yard line, Dillard was stopped just short of the first down marker turning the ball over on downs to the Wildcats with time running down on the game.
Potter lined up at quarterback with the ball setting just inside the 6-yard line. First down brought a hand off to Hollingsworth who was met immediately by Aldridge for the stop after a 1-yard gain. Hollingsworth was met by Stewart and Aldridge on second down for the stop and following the play the ball was moved half the distance to the goal line for a penalty against the Wildcats. Facing second down and 13-yards at the 3-yard line, Hollingsworth took the snap and advanced to the 16-yard line where Benton made the tackle. With 3:35 remaining on the game clock and a new set of downs, Potter took the snap and handed the ball off to Hollingsworth who was met immediately in the backfield by Stewart for a 2-yard loss setting up second down and 12-yards. Second down brought Benton across the offensive line to bring Hollingsworth down in the backfield for and additional 4-yard loss setting up third down and 16 for the Berry offense. With 1:44 showing on the game clock the Berry coaching staff called their last time out. Following the time out, Hollingsworth took the snap and raced around the right side line rambling his was to the 27-yard line where Pratt knocked him out of bounds to stop the clock at 1:34. With a new set of downs, Potter took the snap and dropped to his knee forcing the Lions to utilize their last time out in an effort to save time on the game clock. Facing second down and 12-yards, Potter again took a knee with time remaining at 1:20. Third down and 14-yards at the 27-yard line brought a fumble on the exchange but the Wildcats managed to recover the ball. Fourth down brought a penalty for delay of game against the Wildcats but with 1.6 seconds remaining the county rivalry cat fight was coming to an end as time expired with Potter taking a knee to end the game.
The Lions will face the defending 1A State Champions on Friday night as they travel to Guin to meet up with the Marion County Red Raiders. Game time is 7p.m.
Comments from Head Coach Lamar Harris:
"We knew before arriving tonight that this was going to be a difficult game as we knew Hollingsworth would be back on the field following his absence from their previous games. Our penalties tonight hurt us as well but ball control was the difference in the outcome of this game. On the defensive side of the ball our team was not together nor did they seem as though they were ready to make the defensive stops when we needed them. Overall our defensive stand was just not a part of our team tonight. But we did have some positive sides of the game. We had a successful onside kick as well as a turnover for a touchdown. Had we have scored when we were in their red zone late in the game, the outcome of the game may have been different. We have a great group of guys who will continue the fight and there is more ball to play on this season with a very though area schedule ahead of us."

 

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