Football News 2013 Football News 2013 JV Phillips Write Up
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Written by Allen J. Dunavant   
Thursday, 19 September 2013 00:00

The Hub Junior Lions kicked off the season with an impressive win over the visiting Bears of Phillips. Serving as Captains for the Lions were Freshmen Caleb Palmer, Mason Stidham and Tre Tranum. Team Captains met at mid-field and following the coin toss the Lion receiving team took to the field with Palmer lining up back to receive the opening kick.

 

M. Stidham fielded the opening kick near the 30-yard line and advance to the 37-yard line setting up Lion Quarterback Ethan Nichols and the Hub offensive front. Palmer took the hand-off on first down advancing to the 39-yard line but on second down the Lions turned the ball over with the Bears recovering at the Lions 43-yard line.

 

John Upton and Cannon Alexander were on the spot to make the tackle on the Bear rusher on first down holding their line allowing only 3-yards on the gain. Second down brought another strong defensive stand with Lucas Stidham on the stop for the Lions following a 1-yard gain. Facing third down and 8, the Bears faced more misery as Upton and Tranum broke thru the line of scrimmage sacking the Bears Quarterback for another 6-yards loss. Fourth down brought Palmer back to receive for the Lions with the Bears on the stop after a 1-yard gain.

 

Upton rambled his way around the left side of the line of scrimmage on first down picking up 25-yards and setting the Lion offense up at the 46-yard line. First down brought Palmer up the middle to reach mid-field, setting up second down and 6. With the snap of the ball M. Stidham took the hand-off and raced untouched to the end zone for a 50-yard rushing touchdown with 4:04 remaining in the first quarter of play. The PAT was unsuccessful with Upton being held out of the end zone and stopped just short of the goal line. The Lions were first to light up the score board and the score stood 6 - 0.

 

Lathan Holiday booted the ensuing kick deep to the Bears 24-yard line with a host of Lion defenders led by Palmer on the stop at the 27-yard line. Aaron Cribb rushed into the backfield on first down knocking the Bears back for a 3-yard loss. Second down gained one of the yards back as the ball carrier rushed around the right side of the line of scrimmage only to be met by Palmer and Upton for the stop after a short gain. Facing third down and 12-yards at their own 25-yard line the Bears knew they needed a big play to keep the Lion offense off the field. The Bears Quarterback called his own number and scampered down the left side line reaching the 40-yard line before being chased out of bounds by Brady Tucker and Upton. First down brought Palmer and Ethan McCluskey bursting thru the line to meet the runner in the backfield for a 5-yard loss. Palmer continued his powerfulness on the field by sacking the Bears Quarterback in the backfield for an additional 5-yard loss. Facing third down and 20, the Bears gained five of the yards back as the Lions jumped off-sides setting up a replay of downs. The Bears surrendered the five yards back to the Lions by a penalty for an illegal procedure as the first quarter came to a close.

 

Facing third down and 20-yards on the replay of down brought additional yardage erased as the Bears were penalized again for an illegal procedure. Electing to go to the passing game in an attempt to garner much needed yardage proved unsuccessful as Nichols intercepted the pass near the Bears 40-yard line returning the interception to the 25-yard line.

 

Upton got the call to carry on first down picking up 20-yards before being shoved out of bounds near the 5-yard line. Nichols called his own number on first down and advanced into the end zone for the touchdown. The PAT once again was unsuccessful for the Lions as Palmer was met at the goal line to leave the score standing at 12 - 0 with 7:25 remaining in the first half of play.

 

Holiday once again booted the kick deep with Tucker making the tackle on the Bear return player at the 32-yard line. Dylan Marcum-Pollard was on the spot to make the tackle on first down and following the play the Bears were backed up to their 32-yard line. The replay of downs gained only 2-yards as Marcum-Pollard and M. Stidham were on the stop for the Lions. Second down brought more frustration for the Bears offense as Upton met the ball carrier at the line for the stop and no yardage gained. Electing to try a different approach paid off for the Bears as the ball carrier took the pitch out and rambled his way down the left side line with Upton and Palmer on the stop at the Bears 46-yard line. With a new set of downs following the successful rushing attack, the Bears Quarterback called his own number on first down and was met at the line of scrimmage by McCluskey and others where the ball was jarred loose with the Lions recovering at the Bears 47-yard line.

 

Nichols and the Lions offensive front wasted little time moving the ball down field as M. Stidham took the hand-off on first down and once again rambled over the line of scrimmage racing his way down field untouched and into the end zone for the quick six. The PAT was successful with Palmer taking the pitch-out from Nichols and advancing to the end zone raising the score to 20 - 0 with 4:23 remaining in the first half of play.

 

Holiday's ensuing kick took a favorable bounce and rolled into the end zone setting the Bears offensive front up at their own 20-yard line. McCluskey made the tackle on first down following a 3-yard gain. Holiday and Palmer fought thru the defensive line entering the backfield for the stop on second down forcing a loss of 2-yards. Reverting back to the pitch-out garnered 5-yards as Marcum-Pollard made the stop setting up fourth down and 4 at the 26-yard line which forced the Bears to punt the ball back to the Lions.

 

Palmer fielded the punt at the Bears 47-yard line and rambled his way down field fighting off would be tacklers to reach the 7-yard line before the saving tackle could be made. First down brought more of Palmer as Nichols called his number for the rushing attack with Palmer advancing deeper into the Bears red zone after a three yard gain. On second down Palmer was met in the backfield for a 1-yard loss setting third down and goal. Confusion in the backfield resulted in a sack on Nichols and a two yard loss setting up fourth and goal at the 8-yard line. Misery continued for the Lions as the ball was fumbled away on the exchange and the Bears offense took over at their own 10-yard line.

 

Holiday made the tackle on first down after a successful 9-yard gain and McCluskey made the stop behind the line of scrimmage on second down as the half came to a close. The Lions exited the field with a 20 - 0 half-time lead.

 

Opening the second half of play, Holiday once again booted the ball deep with the reception being made at the 21-yard line with a host of Lions making the stop at the 30-yard line. Upton and McCluskey were on the spot to make the stop after no gain on first down. M. Stidham broke his way into the backfield for the sack on second down and a three yard loss. Third down brought misery to the Bears as they were penalized for an illegal procedure pushing them back to the 22-yard line for the replay of down. Electing to go with the passing game, the Bears Quarterback made the connection with his receiver but Lucas Stidham was on the spot to make the tackle immediately resulting in a first down for the Bears at their own 43-yard line. McCluskey once again made the tackle on first down setting up second down and 5 for the Bears. Second down brought the rushing attack over the right guard with Cribb, Alexander and Upton on the stop to set up third down and 2. Tranum stood his ground on third down and met the rushing attack at the line resulting in no gain to force the Bears into a decision at mid-field. Facing fourth down and 2, the Bears elected to go for the needed yardage but the ball was fumbled on the exchange with Holiday on the recover for the Lions advancing to the Bears 41-yard line before being brought down.

 

First down almost brought the ball back to the Bears as the ball was fumbled on the exchange but Nichols made the saving recovery for the Lion offense. On second down Nichols pitched the ball out to M. Stidham who rambled his way around the right side of the line of scrimmage before cutting back down the middle of the field where the saving tackle was made at the 27-yard line. Upton carried the ball on first down but was met in the backfield for a 4-yard loss. Palmer took the hand-off on second down and fought up the middle for a 5-yard gain setting up third down and 9 at the 26-yard line. M. Stidham rushed over the right side of the line of scrimmage on third down but was stopped after a 2-yard gain setting up for down and 7 at the 24-yard line. Determined to find his way into the end zone once again on the evening, M. Stidham took the ball to across the goal line for the score with 21.9 seconds remaining in the third quarter. The two point conversion failed on the PAT as the pass fell incomplete in the end zone to leave the score 26 - 0 in favor of the home-standing Lions.

 

Holiday's ensuing kick was fielded at the 16-yard line with Marcum-Pollard on the stop after a two yard gain. The Bears found themselves starting another drive deep in their own territory and on first down Palmer added to that deepness by bringing the quarterback down behind the line for a 3-yard loss. The Bears decided to revert to the air attack but the ball was overthrown setting up third down and 13-yards at their own 15-yard line. The pitch-out brought the runner rushing around the left side of the line of scrimmage with Upton and Marcum-Pollard on the stop for the Lions. Following the play the ball was moved to the 37-yard line as the result of a penalty against the Lions. Reverting back to the air attack proved unsuccessful once again as the ball was overthrown on first down. On second down Upton and Palmer made the stop after a 3-yard gain. Palmer remained in position and made the tackle short of the first down marker on third down setting up fourth and 1 for the Bears at their own 46-yard line. Electing to fight for the needed yardage was a mistake as Tranum and Cribb along with others made the tackle in the backfield resulting in the ball being turned over on downs to the Lions.

 

Nichols and the Lion offensive front took over at the Bears 45-yard line. First down brought Upton over the left side of the line of scrimmage for a 3-yard gain. Palmer took the hand-off on second down but was met immediately in the backfield by a host of defenders for a 1-yard loss. On third down Palmer appeared to have regained the yard as well as adding additional yardage but the Lions were penalized resulting in the ball being moved back to the Bear's 47-yard line. On the replay of down, facing third down and 12, the ball was fumbled on the exchange but Palmer scooped the ball up and advanced to the 29-yard line before being tackled from behind to save the touchdown. Palmer rushed over the right side of the line of scrimmage on first down for a gain of 3-yards. Second down brought Upton up the middle but the ball popped out near the line of scrimmage with a Bear defender on the spot to recover the loose ball and ramble his way down field to the end zone with 2:14 remaining in the ball game. The PAT attempt brought more misery for the Bears as they were penalized for an illegal procedure. On the retry the ball carrier was brought down in the backfield by Palmer, Cribb and a host of other Lion defenders to leave the score at 26 - 6

 

Upton recovered the ensuing kick at the Lion 48-yard line where Nichols and the Lion offense took the final possession. Palmer advanced to the Bears 38-yard line on first down before being tackled. On second down the ball was fumbled on the exchange but Palmer once again scooped the loose ball up leaving the possession in favor of the Lions. Palmer took the handoff on second down but was stopped at the line of scrimmage and M. Stidham took the pitch-out on third down with time expiring to end the game.

 

The Junior Lions exited Wiley Hollingsworth Stadium victorious with the only score against them coming off of a turn-over late in the game. They will travel to Berry on Monday, September 23 to visit the Wildcats. Game time is 6:30pm.

 

 
 

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