Football News 2012 Football News 2012 Brilliant Write Up
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Written by Allen J. Dunavant   
Sunday, 21 October 2012 00:00

Going into Friday night's game against regional foe Brilliant, the Lions knew the stakes were high. In order to remain in contention for a play-off position the Lions would have to depart Brilliant with a win. The Tiger offense made it clear early in the game their strategy would be to test the Lion passing defense. After Aaron Dillards kick rolled out of bounds, Riley Cole lined up under center and went deep on first down attempting to connect with Chance Key but David Aldridge was on coverage for the Lions forcing the in completion on first down. Defensive stops by Anthony Dillard and Aaron Dillard along with a penalty against the Tigers for holding set the Tigers up facing third and 19-yards at their own 25-yard line. Cole attempted to connect with Key once again but Aldridge remained on coverage forcing another in complete pass. The fourth down punt was fumbled on the reception with the Tigers recovering the ball at the Lion 38-yard line. The Tigers fumbled the ball on the exchange on first down but managed to recover the ball setting up second down and 16-yards at the 43-yard line. Key took over reigns as quarterback and was met on first down by Aaron Dillard and others after a six yard gain. Third down brought another passing attempt with Key attempting to connect with Heath Martin but once again the ball fell incomplete. Facing fourth down and 10-yards, Key connected with Drew Fields along the left side line advancing the ball to the 14-yard line. Devin Marcum, Blayke Hill and Aaron Dillard made the stop on Key on first down for no gain and the Lion defensive line made a stop on second down by knocking the attempted pass to the ground. Cole returned as quarterback on third down and attempted to connect with Blake Henderson in the back of the end zone but once again Aldridge was on coverage to make the play for the Lions. Key lined up under center and attempted a pass over the middle on fourth down but Aaron Dillard brought the receiver to the ground immediately turning the ball over on downs to the Lions at the 9-yard line.


Vess Benton and the Lion offensive front took the field and on first down Aaron Dillard gained 6-yards before being brought down by a host of Tiger defenders. Second down brought Benton with a keeper for a 1-yard gain to set up third down. Aaron Dillard got the call to carry and rushed around the right side of the line of scrimmage to the 30-yard line before Key and Henderson could make the tackle. Corey Stewart took the ball to the 39-yard line before Landon Miller rushed up the middle to the 44-yard line giving the Lions another set of downs. Following rushing attempts by Miller and Stewart the Tigers were penalized for an off-sides infraction to set the Lions up with a first down at the Tiger 45-yard line. Reverting back to Aaron Dillard as the primary ball carrier the Lions wasted little time, following three rushing carries by Dillard the Lions were setting at the Tiger 3-yard line facing first down and goal. Miller took the hand-off and took the ball across the goal line standing straight up for the first score of the evening. The PAT kick by Aaron Dillard with Aldridge holding was perfect and the Lions were on the scoreboard with 15 seconds remaining in the first quarter.
The ensuing kick by Aaron Dillard was received by Heath Martin at the 5-yard line and advanced to the Tiger 30-yard line where Dakota Dozier and Nathan Young made the stop. The Brilliant coaching staff made it clear that they were determined to continue their fight with the passing game and on first down Cole connected with Martin who scrambled to the Lion 29-yard line before the stop was made. First down brought another pass completion to Henderson moving the ball to the 18-yard line. With the ball inside the Hubbertville red zone, the Tigers continued with the passing threat but Aldridge intercepted a pass intended for Key near the 10-yard line. Key made the tackle on Aldridge but the Lions once again held off the scoring threat with a defensive stand turning the ball over deep in their own territory.
The Lion coaching staff elected to attack with the passing game on first down and Vess Benton connected with T.J. Pratt who raced untouched to the end zone for a 87-yard passing touchdown with 10:39 remaining in the first half of play. The PAT attempt, a pass from Aldridge who serves as the holder to Gabe Stidham, was unsuccessful and the score stood 13 - 0 in favor of the Lions.
The Tiger offense started the possession at their own 45-yard line and with an unsuccessful passing attempt deep down field on first down followed by a defensive stop by Blayke Hill and Justin Franklin to stop Heath Martin at the line of scrimmage the Tigers were facing third down. Dozier continued making his presence on the field known as he burst into the backfield to sack Cole for a three yard loss. Facing fourth down and 13-yards at the Lion 44-yard line, Cole attempted another deep pass to Henderson but the ball was overthrown turning the ball over on downs to the Lions.
Rushing attacks by Miller, Stewart, and Aaron Dillard moved the ball down field to the 20-yard line where the Lions were facing second down and eight. Aaron Dillard took the hand-off and rushed over left guard following his blockers to the 6-yard line before Martin was able to bring him to the ground to save the score. Not to be held out of the end zone, Aaron Dillard switched sides and followed his blockers on the right side of the line of scrimmage into the end zone. The PAT kick was right down the middle of the uprights and the Lions built their lead 20 - 0 with 2:17 showing on the clock.
Martin took the ensuing kick at the 5-yard line and was met by Dax Benton, Nathan Young and Gabe Stidham at the 23-yard line for the stop. Sticking with the passing attack, Key attempted a connection with Cole on first down but the ball fell incomplete. Devin Marcum and Calan Robertson met Key on second down bringing him to the ground for no gain. Third down brought another passing attempt but once again the pass was incomplete to set up fourth down and 10-yards for the Tigers at their own 23-yard line. Key lined up to punt the ball away but Dozier rushed into the backfield blocking the punt with the Lions successfully recovering the ball at the Tigers 20-yard line.
With 50.8 seconds remaining in the first half of play Miller got the call to carry on first down. His rushing attack gained two yards and the Lions called for a time-out to save time on the clock. Following the time-out Vess Benton connected with Aldridge who raced untouched into the end zone for the score with 45.5 seconds remaining until half-time. The PAT kick by Dillard sailed right and the score stood 26 - 0 in favor of the visiting Lions.
Seth Nelson received the ensuing kick at the 12-yard line and raced out to the 34-yard line where he was met for the stop by Austin Bourland and a host of defenders. Continuing with the passing threat, Cole connected with Henderson who advanced the ball to the 41-yard line and on second down connected with Martin on a screen pass moving the ball to the Lion 42-yard line before Aaron Dillard made the stop. With time running out on the half, Cole spiked the ball on first down to stop the clock with 12.7 seconds remaining. Second down brought another passing attempt but Justin Franklin stepped in front of the pass attempt to intercept the ball killing the Tigers quick scoring attempt. V. Benton took a knee of first down and the first half expired with the Lions in a comfortable lead.
Dax Benton fielded the second half kick at the 20-yard line and rushed up field to the Tiger 49-yard line setting the Lion offense up with excellent field position to start the second half of play. The Lions quickly gain an additional five yards as Brilliant was penalized for having to many men on the field. Aaron Dillard rushed up the middle on first down for a 24-yard gain before Henderson made the saving tackle. With the snap of the ball Stewart took the ball to the end zone for the score. The PAT kick by Dillard was perfect and with only 48 seconds erased from the clock the Lions continued building their lead.
Seth Nelson lined up deep to receive the ensuing kick at the 3-yard line advancing to the 27-yard line where he was met by Jordan White and Gabe Stidham for the tackle. Sticking with the passing game proved unsuccessful for the Tigers on first down but following a holding call against the Lions, Key connected with Cole deep down field with Austin Palmer making the saving tackle for the Lions at the 18-yard line. Sticking with the passing game Key called on Ron Sutliff who made the catch at the 13-yard line. Trouble continued to haunt the Tigers as Aaron Dillard stripped the ball from the Tigers on second down and returned it to the Lion 27-yard line.
First down brought Anthony Dillard with the rushing attack for a ten yard gain setting V. Benton and the Lion offense up with another possession at their own 37-yard line. T.J. Pratt took the hand-off and rushed up the middle behind excellent blocking crossing mid-field. Following the play the Tigers were penalized for a personal foul moving the ball down field to the Tiger 41-yard line. Penalty flags continued haunting the Tigers for personal fouls before the snap of the ball moving the Lions closer with a first down at the 26-yard line. Jordan White took the hand off and rushed up the middle followed by Anthony Dillard who picked up the first down after a 9-yard gain. Sticking with the rushing game, carries by White, Anthony Dillard and Pratt advanced the ball deep inside the Tigers Red Zone to the 3-yard line where Pratt crossed the goal line for his second touchdown of the evening. The PAT kick was blocked and with 5:05 left in the third quarter the Lions continued building their lead by the score of 39 - 0.
Cole signaled for a fair catch on the ensuing kick setting the Tigers up at their own 32-yard line. First down brought Cole connecting with Sutliff along the left side line where Stewart chased him down for the saving tackle at the Lions 20-yard line. Key returned as quarterback and on first down attempted an end zone pass to Sutliff but the ball was overthrown. Key called his own number on second down and rushed for 7-yards before Dozier and Justin Hancock brought him down. Facing third down and three yards, Key connected thru the air with Nelson who scrambled his way into the end zone to put points on the scoreboard for the Tigers. A successful pass on the two point conversion left the score at 39 - 8 with 3:47 remaining in the quarter.
The ball sailed out of bounds on the ensuing kick setting the Lions up at their own 35-yard line. David Aldridge took over helm as quarterback calling on Anthony Dillard to advance the ball on first down but he was met after a one yard gain by Blake Young. White took the ball up the middle on second down but he too was met by Young for the stop setting up third down and eight at the 37-yard line. Anthony Dillard was called upon to gain the needed yardage and he advanced to the Tigers 48-yard line for the first down. On first down, Pratt rambled down field behind blockers on the left side of the line of scrimmage for a 39-yard gain to set up first and goal at the 9-yard line. Young burst across the line bringing White down for a one yard loss on first down and Anthony Dillard was met at the line of scrimmage by Michael Kingsbury on second down to leave the Lions facing third down and ten as the third quarter came to a close.
The fourth quarter got off to a rocky start for the Lions as the ball was fumbled on the exchange but Aldridge managed to recover setting up fourth down and goal from the sixteen yard line. Aldridge connected with Pratt but Nelson made the stop at the 10-yard line turning the ball over on downs to Brilliant.
Stewart almost intercepted the ball on first down as Key attempted to connect down field with Cole. Second down brought an overthrown pass to Heath Martin with Dax Benton on coverage for the Lions. Key connected with Martin over the middle just beyond the line of scrimmage but Stewart and Taylor Oden were on the spot to make the stop. Facing fourth down and fourteen, Key attempted another short connection over the line of scrimmage but Zack Jenkins was on the spot to break the pass up and bring possession back to the Lions.
Nathan Young took the hand-off up the middle on first down for a two yard gain but Anthony Dillard fumbled the ball on second down with the Tigers making the recovery at their own 18-yard line. Key went deep down field on first down connecting with Nelson but penalty flags against the Tigers for holding returned the ball to the 18-yard line. Gabe Stidham made the stop on Sutliff at the 47-yard line and on the following down again at the 41-yard line. Dax Benton stepped in front of Martin knocking the ball away on second down but Key connected deep down field with Henderson who made the catch in the end zone for the score. Key connected with Nelson on the PAT for the two point conversion leaving the score standing at 39 - 16. The Tigers added the last points of the evening to the scoreboard with 7:14 remaining in the game.
Gabe Stidham recovered the on-side kick setting the Lions up at their own 45-yard line. Successful carries by White moved the ball to the Tigers 27-yard line setting up first down. Young took the ball deeper after a six yard gain and on second down Austin Palmer rushed over left guard to set up third down and two at the 21-yard line. Young got the call to carry again advancing to the 10-yard line before Martin and a host of defenders made the saving tackle. Facing first down and goal at the 10-yard line, Aldridge took the snap and took a knee on back to back plays allowing time to expire on the game.
Comments from Coach Lamar Harris:
"The guys started out with some mental errors early in the game tonight but managed to make the necessary corrections before those errors came back to haunt us. We gave up some deep defensive coverage plays which we are not accustomed too but managed to play well enough to keep them from scoring and corrected those errors as the game continued. We had our concerns coming into the game tonight because Brilliant has played some good games on the season and they have the passing game which they like to utilize. Overall it was a good game for us tonight and another great win. It keeps us alive for a play-off spot and we knew prior to coming into the game that we needed this win."


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