Football News 2012 Football News 2012 Spring Garden Write Up
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Written by Allen J. Dunavant   
Saturday, 17 November 2012 00:00

 

Hubbertville welcomed the Spring Garden Panthers to Wiley Hollingsworth Stadium on Friday night for the first ever match-up between the two schools. The game was geared to be a historic cat-fight between the visiting Panthers and the home-standing Lions with both teams eager to remain in the battle of the 1A play-offs. Spring Garden entered the match-up with only two losses on the season. The Panthers won the coin toss and deferred to the second half, setting Dax Benton deep to receive the opening kick-off. 
Corey Stewart made the reception at the 22-yard line advancing to the 30-yard line, setting up Vess Benton and the Lion offense. With the snap of the ball on the first offensive play of the game the Panthers got too know Aaron Dillard and realized what the night ahead would hold with Dillard taking the pitch-out to the 42-yard line for another Lion first down. Rushing attacks by Corey Stewart and Aaron Dillard moved the ball across mid-field but facing third down and inches the Lions were penalized for an illegal procedure and on the replay of downs Aaron Dillard was met in the backfield to bring up fourth down. McKain Hubbert punted the ball deep with a line drive kick over the head of the return man with the ball rolling dead deep in the Panthers territory at the 4-yard line.
Calan Robertson and Devin Marcum were quick to make their presence know on the field after bring to rushing attack to a halt on first and second down. Facing third down and 6-yards at the 8-yard line, a scramble by Panther quarterback William Ivey moved the ball to the 16-yard line for the first down. A first down stop by
Marcum coupled with a penalty backed the ball up to the 8-yard line. The replay of down brought no gain as Ivey was met at the line by a host of determined Lions. Facing second down and 16-yards, Anthony Dillard and David Aldridge were kick on the attack stopping the runner after a 1-yard gain. On third down Aldridge was on the spot breaking up the intended pass to leave the Panthers facing fourth down deep in their own territory. Aldridge made the punt reception at the Panthers 39-yard line where V. Benton and the Lion offensive front returned to the field.
The Lions were penalized on first down for an illegal procedure moving the ball back to the 46-yard line. With the snap of the ball, Aaron Dillard followed his blockers over the right side of the line of scrimmage breaking loose from would be tacklers before cutting back to the left and rambling down field for his first touchdown of the night. The PAT kick by Dillard, with Aldridge holding and Miller snapping the ball was good and the Lions were first on the scoreboard with 5:41 showing.
The ensuing kick by Aaron Dillard sailed deep into the end zone setting Spring Garden's offense up at their 20-yard line. Rushing attacks were held in check by Robertson and Marcum on first and second down with T.J. Pratt and Robertson making the stop on third down leaving the Panthers facing fourth down and 1-yard. Ivey with a keeper moved the ball just over the first down marker to keep the drive alive but the momentum was stalled as Marcum and Robertson held their ground on the first two downs and Stewart forcing Ivey out of bounds on third down, bringing up fourth down and 4-yards. The Panthers attempted to draw the Lion defense off-sides but were unsuccessful resulting in a 5-yard penalty for a delay. Facing fourth down and 9-yards from their own 34-yard line the Panthers punted the ball away with the Lions taking control at their own 49-yard line.
Miller got the call to carry on first down advancing for 3-yards and rushing attacks by Aaron Dillard moved the ball deeper down field as the first quarter closed with the Lions facing first down at the 33-yard line. Stewart took the hand-off on first down and rambled around the left side of the line of scrimmage behind blockers and down the side line where he was knocked out of bounds at the 12-yard line to save the score. First down brought Miller with the rushing carry for 3-yards. Aaron Dillard was stopped after a 3-yard gain over right tackle by a host of defending Panthers but Stewart was not withheld on third down taking the ball the needed 6-yards for the score. Aaron Dillard was perfect with the kick on the PAT and the score stood 14 - 0 with 11:14 remaining in the second quarter.
Forest Livingston made the ensuing kick reception at the 7-yard line and was met at the 14-yard line by Jordan White for the stop. Marcum, Robertson and Aaron Dillard continued the dominance on defense on the first two downs leaving the Panthers facing third down and 6-yards. On third down Blayke Hill made presence known on the field by bursting across the defensive line into the backfield to bring Livingston to the ground for a 2-yard loss. The Panthers punted the ball away with Aldridge back to receive. The kick took a hard landing with the ball bouncing high and shooting backwards to the Panther 38-yard line.
First down brought more of Aaron Dillard with the rushing attempt but the Lions were penalized moving the ball back 5-yards. The replay of down brought an off-sides penalty against the Panthers moving the ball back to the original line of scrimmage. Aaron Dillard was called upon again to rush with the ball bouncing away from would be tacklers and racing to the 21-yard line before being tackled by a host of defenders. Stewart rushed over left guard moving the ball to the 1-yard line but the Lions were penalized erasing the gain placing the ball back at the original line of scrimmage. Rushing attacks by Aaron Dillard and Miller set the Lions up at the 9-yard line with Stewart taking the hand-off to the 4-yard line on first down. Facing second down and goal, Aaron Dillard raced untouched up the middle for his second touchdown of the game with 5:05 on the clock. The PAT kick by Aaron Dillard was perfect and the Lion lead increased.
Aaron Dillard's ensuing kick was received at the 2-yard line by Livingston with a host of Lion defenders making the stop at the 37-yard line. Sticking with the rushing attack on first and second down proved unsuccessful with stops by Marcum and Robertson leaving the Panthers facing third and 4-yards at their own 33-yard line. Livingston took the ball over right tackle stumbling forward to reach the first down marker giving the Panther offense additional time on the field but the Lion defense shut the drive down with Pratt and Stewart making the stop on first down after a 1-yard gain. On second down, Ivey attempted to connect with his receiver down field but pressure by Aaron Dillard forced the ball to be overthrown. Anthony Dillard burst his way into the backfield for the stop on third down resulting in a 4-yard loss leaving the Panthers facing fourth down and 14-yards from their own 36-yard line. Aldridge lined-up to receive the punt but the ball came to a rolling stop at the 31-yard line.
First down brought Stewart around the left side of the line of scrimmage for a 4-yard gain and Aaron Dillard took the pitch-out on second down racing around the right side line before being knocked out of bounds at the Panthers 39-yard line. Stewart raced around the left side line to the 31-yard line where he was forced out of bounds setting up second down and 2-yards. The Lions were penalized on second down forcing a replay of the down from the 36-yard line. The hook and ladder play was successful as V. Benton connected with Aldridge on the right side of  the field with Aldridge pitching the ball out to Stewart who raced to the 14-yard line before he was knocked out of bounds to save the score. With the snap of the ball Aaron Dillard rambled across the goal line ending the drive with 47.2 seconds remaining before half-time. The PAT kick by Aaron Dillard was right down the middle of the uprights and the score stood 28 - 0 in favor of the Lions.
William Penton bobbled the ensuing kick from Aaron Dillard but managed to hold on to the ball before Dakota Dozier and Pratt met him immediately for the stop at the 25-yard line. Aldridge made the tackle on first down and a penalty flag moved the Panthers back to the 15-yard line for a replay of the down. Attempting to catch the Lion defenders off guard Ivey connected with his receiver along the right side line but Justin Franklin and Anthony Dillard made the stop as time expired on the first half of play.
D. Dozier continued his defensive stand by making the stop on the opening kick at the 33-yard line. Marcum and Robertson continued their dominance on first and second down setting up third down and 2-yards but on third down the Panthers gained momentum and raced down field to the Lion 44-yard line where Pratt made the saving tackle. First down brought a 3-yard gain with V. Benton on the stop. Pratt made the tackle on second down to set up third down and one. Pratt continued his defensive stand and with the assistance of Anthony Dillard the Panthers were stopped for no-gain on third down following measurement by the officials. Electing to go for the needed yardage on fourth down was successful after a 2-yard gain moved the ball across the first down marker. Momentum kicked in for the Panthers and on first down the ball carrier broke loose around the right end where Franklin, Anthony Dillard and Stewart made the tackle. The Lions were penalized for a face-mask penalty moving the ball to the 28-yard line. Anthony Dillard made the stop behind the line on first down and on second down pressured the quarterback to force an incomplete pass down field. Facing third down and 6-yards the Panthers coaching staff called a time-out. Livingston took the pitch-out and raced down the right side line and once again the Lions were penalized for a face mask infraction moving the ball inside the Lion red zone for the first time on the night. From first and goal from the 8-yard line, Livingston was met at the line of scrimmage by V. Benton and Robertson for the stop but on second down the pass connection was successful putting points on the scoreboard for the visiting Panthers with 6:24 remaining in the third quarter. Robertson broke into the backfield blocking the kick on the PAT.
V. Benton was hands-on for the on-side kick attempt making the recovery at the Lion 48-yard line. On first down Aaron Dillard got the call to carry and was met by a host of upset Panthers for the stop after a 1-yard gain. Not to be withheld, Aaron Dillard took the hand-off and raced down the right side line untouched into the end zone for the score with 5:30 showing on the clock. The PAT kick by Dillard was perfect and the Lions led 35 -  6.
Livingston bobbled Dillard's ensuing kick at the 5-yard line and Anthony Dillard made the tackle at the 35-yard line. V. Benton broke across the line into the backfield on first down to make the stop and on second down Franklin and Aaron Dillard made the tackle setting up third down and 4-yards. Stewart raced into the backfield and made the stop for no-gain on third down setting up fourth down and 4-yards at the Panther 41-yard line. The Panthers elected to go for the needed yardage with time ticking away on the game clock but the Lion defense made their stand with Robertson and Anthony Dillard making the stop and turning the ball over to the Lions at the 42-yard line.
First down brought Stewart around the left side of the line of scrimmage for a 6-yard gain and on second down Miller was met at the line of scrimmage. Facing third down and 4-yards, Aaron Dillard took the hand-off advancing over the left side of the line of scrimmage following his blockers down field to the end zone for his fifth touchdown of the game with 1:34 remaining in the third quarter. The PAT kick by Dillard was straight through the uprights to leave the score at 42 - 6.
Pratt and Dax Benton made the tackle on the ensuing kick at the 34-yard line. First down brought Aaron Dillard into the backfield for the tackle and no gain. Misery continued for the Panthers as V. Benton stepped in front of the would be receiver intercepting the ball on second down to bring his offensive front back on the field.
The Lion coaching staff began substituting and Aldridge took over reigns as quarterback as the third quarter came to a close. Rushing attacks by Anthony Dillard and Jordan White moved the ball deeper down field but the Lions were penalized moving the ball back to the 37-yard line to bring up third down and 12-yards. Aldridge took the snap and scrambled in the backfield before taking the sack at the 44-yard line. McKain Hubbert was sent to the field to punt the ball away with the ball rolling dead at the 13-yard line.
The Panther offense got the possession off to a rocky start with an illegal procedure penalty but sticking with the rushing attack racing from side to side proved successful in picking up need yardage to keep the drive alive. Pratt, Hill and White continued the defensive stand but a scramble in the backfield resulted in a break away with a 16-yard gain around the left side of the defensive line. White burst into the backfield for the sack on first down and D. Benton was on the spot knocking the ball away on the second down passing attempt. Facing third down and 11-yards, Ivey connected over the middle with his receiver to gain the needed yardage moving the ball down field to the Lion 11-yard line. The rushing attack on first down was met by Anthony Dillard and D. Benton after a 6-yard gain. Hubbert and Devin Lane were on the spot to make the stop on second down setting up third down and goal at the 2-yard line. With a quick snap of the ball, Livingston broke away and across the goal line for the score with 4:26 remaining in the game. Electing to attempt a two point conversion was unsuccessful as Nathan Young was on coverage forcing an incomplete pass on the PAT.
D. Benton fielded the ensuing kick at the 18-yard line and raced up field to the 38-yard line before being tackled for the stop. Rushing attempts by Anthony Dillard, Young and White were unsuccessful forcing Hubbert to punt the ball away. The reception was made at the 30-yard line and Austin Palmer made the hit knocking the ball loose and out of bounds at the 33-yard line. With time ticking away the Panthers turned to the passing attack and five plays later successful made the connection in the end zone for a successful scoring drive with 19.8 seconds remaining. The PAT kick was no-good.
D. Benton fielded the ensuing kick and advanced up field for 9-yards before being tackled. Aldridge took the snap and took a knee to end the game with the final score in favor of the Lions 42 - 18.
The Lions will travel to Guin on Friday night to face the Marion County Red Raiders. The game will be a rematch as the Red Raiders are in Region 5 as well and hosted the Lions earlier in the season.
Comments from Coach Lamar Harris:
"Overall I'm very pleased with our effort tonight. Our start tonight on offense as well as defense was executed just as what we had expected from our guys. We shut them down in the first quarter and we continued the fight scoring three times in the second quarter to take the momentum into the locker room at the half. Although they came out of the locker room and scored halfway through the third quarter, we answered quickly and scored again continuing with our game plan. I would have to say that this was one of our best defensive showings tonight. I'm just really proud of the guys and am happy to continue leading them into the play-off's."

 

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