Football News 2010 Football News 2010 Tharptown (Jamboree) Write-up
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Written by Allen J. Dunavant   
Sunday, 22 August 2010 00:00

The Hubbertville Lions football team opened their pre-season game with a win over the Tharptown Wildcats.

The Lions traveled to Franklin County to face the Wildcats in their fall jamboree with both the Junior Varsity team and the Varsity team seeing action on Friday night.  The Junior Varsity Lions took to the field for the first scrimmage with each team having an opportunity to move the ball to the end zone with a 10 minute time clock.  The visiting Lions were given the first scoring opportunity and starting Quarterback Vess Benton wasted little time moving his team down field for the only score of the match-up.  The Lions moved the ball to the end-zone with Brandon Pinkard and Benton swapping out on carrying the ball.  Using most of the time on the game clock, the Lions drive stalled near the 20-yard line bringing up fourth down.  Jordan White was called upon to carry the ball and lined-up in the backfield to take the hand-off from Benton.  White advanced the ball just short of the goal line to give the Lions a much needed new set of downs.  On first down Benton called his own number and scrambled his way into the end zone untouched for the score.  The point after attempt, a two point conversion was no good.  The Wildcat Junior Varsity took their opportunity to answer the Lions scoring drive but the Lion defense held.  The Wildcats moved the ball quickly down field until Benton stepped in front of an intended receiver at the Lion 17-yard line intercepting the pass and returning the ball up field for a large gain to the Wildcats 48-yard line.  With the next snap of the ball, the game clock expired giving the young Junior Varsity Lions a much desired victory.  The Varsity Lions wasted little time proving that their intent was to move the ball to the end zone against the hosting Wildcats as well.  Following the coin toss, Aaron Dillard lined-up and kicked the ball to the Wildcat 30-yard line to get the game underway.  The Wildcat receiver returned the ball to the 45-yard line setting up their first offensive opportunity of the night.  The Lion defense held strong and following three downs, Tharptown lined-up to punt the ball.  Dillon Dillard received the kick at the 22-yard line and advanced to the Lion 41-yard line.  Misery started early for the Wildcats as they jumped off-sides on first down, giving the Lions a first down at their own 46-yard line.  Senior Quarterback Jake McCollum elected to use the running game on the first possession and carries by A. Dillard, Hunter O'Mary, Dillon Tucker, and McCollum himself advanced the ball deep into Wildcat territory.  Facing first down and goal at the 2-yard line, O'Mary was met at the line of scrimmage for little yardage.  On second down, O'Mary proved he wasn't going to be stopped and plowed his way across the goal line for the first score of the evening.  On the PAT; A. Dillard with McCollum holding, sent the ball straight thru the uprights to put the Lions on the scoreboard 7-0 with 5:03 remaining in the first quarter of play.

A. Dillards ensuing kick to the Wildcats sailed to the 28-yard line where Hallmark advanced out to the Cats 38-yard line before being met by Wade Tidwell for the take-down.  Wildcat Quarterback Parker was met for a loss on first down with W. Tidwell in the backfield for the sack.  Parker elected passing attempts on second and third down but both passes fell incomplete forcing the Quarterback to punt the ball away on fourth down.  D. Dillard was back to receive for the Lions advancing the kick out to the 25-yard line before being stopped by a host of angry Wildcats.

First down for the Lions brought A. Dillard with a carry around the right side of the line of scrimmage gaining yardage to the 37-yard line.  With a new set of downs, McCollum elected to pass the ball to Dillon Tucker who picked-up eight yards.  D. Dillard wasted little time moving the ball deeper down field to the Wildcat 20-yard line, where O'Mary then advanced the ball to the 9-yard line for the Lion team.  The Wildcats were penalized for jumping off-sides, moving the Lions closer to their end-zone with a first down at the 4-yard line.  D. Tucker then plows his way to the goal line where he was stopped just inches from the end zone.  A. Dillard finished the series off by crossing the goal on second down to give the Lions a 14-0 edge with 0.40 seconds left in the quarter.  The PAT; kick by A. Dillard was once again perfect.

Kicking off for the Lions, O'Mary booted the ball to the Wildcat 39-yard line where the receiving player was met immediately by a host of defenders forcing him to fumble the ball.  The Lions recovered the loose ball setting up excellent field position near the 45-yard line.  On first down, Mikey McCraw pulled down a reception near the 30-yard line, fighting off defenders and advanced to the end zone for another Lion touchdown.  The PAT; kick by A. Dillard was straight down the middle of the goals and the Lions were on top 21-0 with only 0.25 ticks remaining in the first quarter of play.

O'Mary's ensuing kick-off was received by Gray at the 38-yard line where D. Tucker and A. Dillard immediately made contact and brought him down.  Tough defense by W. Tidwell, Phil Kizzire, Colby Ellis and D. Tucker brought the Wildcat offense to the line of scrimmage facing fourth down and 9.  Parker lined-up to punt the ball away, but faked the kick and attempted a pass to Gray but the ball fell incomplete turning the ball over on downs to the Lions at the Wildcat 40-yard line.  The Lions were penalized for movement on first down moving the ball back to the 45-yard line.  Facing first down and 15, A. Dillard took the hand-off from D. Dillard and rushed up the middle to the 26-yard line before being dragged down from behind by a host of defenders.  After an unsuccessful attempt to connect with McCollum on a passing route, D. Dillard reverted back to the running game and handed the ball off to A. Dillard who advanced the ball inside the 5-yard line but a penalty flag against the Lions moved the ball back to the 29-yard line.  Reverting back to the passing game D. Dillard again attempted to connect with McCollum but the ball fell incomplete.  Second down brought another attempt to connect with McCollum but once again the pass was defended and broken up by the Wildcats.  On third down, Parker stepped in front of the pass and intercepted the ball racing untouched to the end zone giving the Wildcats a much needed spark of enthusiasm.  The PAT; kick by Stedman was good and the Wildcats were on the board with 9:14 remaining in the first half of play.

D. Dillard fielded the ensuing kick at the 17-yard line and advanced out to the 38-yard line where a host of emotionally-pumped-up Wildcats made the stop.  Remaining as Quarterback for the Lions, D. Dillard proved he was pumped-up as well and on first down took the ball across mid-field to the Wildcat 47-yard line.  O'Mary, D. Tucker and McCollum along with D. Dillard advanced the ball down field with excellent offensive blocking by the line to set up first down and goal at the 5-yard line.  With the snap of the ball, D. Dillard scrambled into the end zone to put another six points on the board for the Lions.  The PAT; kick by McCraw was good and the Lions lead advanced to 28-7 with 5:43 showing on the clock.

McCraw lined up to kick the ball back to the Wildcats and a flutter kick off the side of his foot sent the ball sailing to the unexpected Wildcat defender near the 40-yard line where Colby Ellis made the recover for the Lions.  Sticking with the running game, McCollum called on D. Tucker on first down with Tucker advancing to the Lion 31-yard line, giving the Lion offense another set of downs.  McCollum on a keeper advanced for 8 yards and O'Mary rushed up the middle to move the ball to the 16-yard line for another first down for the Lions.  D. Dillard wasted little time getting the ball closer moving the Lions to the 6-yard line setting up first and goal.  Second down brought the ball even closer as the Wildcats were penalized for off-sides moving the line of scrimmage to the 3-yard line.  Corey Stewart took the hand-off in the backfield and rushed over the left-line behind offensive blockers to the end zone.  The PAT attempt; kick by McCraw was perfect and the Lions built their lead to 35-7 with 2:23 remaining in the half.

The ensuing kick by McCraw was received by Mahjecak inside the 20-yard line and advanced to the 26-yard line where Kizzire and D. Tucker made the stop for the Lions.  First down brought Hallmark with a 7 yard gain before Landon Miller made the stop for the Lions.  Parker on a keeper advanced to the 35-yard line where Kizzire made the tackle.  Facing third down and 1, the Wildcats fumbled the ball in the backfield with the Lions recovering setting up excellent field position at the Wildcat 36-yard line.

D. Tucker took the hand-off and advanced around the left-side of the line where Parker and a host of angry Wildcats made the stop.  The Lions allowed time to expire to bring the game to half-time.

The Wildcats were penalized on the second half opening kick for kicking the ball prior to the officials signal moving the ball back to the 35-yard line for the kick-off.  Stewart received the opening kick for the Lions and advanced to the 42-yard line.  The Lion offense started the second half by testing their abilities with the passing game.  McCollum connected with O'Mary on first down and O'Mary scampered for a 5 yard gain prior to being brought down by Parker and Daniels.  Second down brought a passing attempt from McCollum to David Aldridge but the pass was broken up by Stedman.  Facing third down and 5, the Lions reverted back to the ground and D. Dillard took the hand-off from McCollum and advanced behind his blockers to the Cats 30-yard line for another set of downs for the Lions offense.  First down brought another passing attempt to connect with Aldridge but the ball fell incomplete.  Second down brought McCollum a passing connection in the backfield with D. Dillard who picked up for 4-yards before being stopped.  Facing third down and 6, McCollum connected with D. Tucker who advanced to the 19-yard line before Stedman and Daniel could make the stop for the Wildcats.  Sticking with the passing attack, the Lions failed to move the ball on first and second down.  O'Mary got the call to carry the ball on third down and rushed around the right side of the line of scrimmage where he was met and brought down by Gray and Daniel.  Facing fourth down and 6, McCraw was sent to the field to attempt his first field goal of the evening.  With 7:24 showing on the clock the kick by McCraw was straight down the middle of the uprights and the Lions lead expanded to 38-7.

McCraws ensuing kick sailed into the end zone setting up the Wildcat offense at the 20-yard line.  Parker was met at the line of scrimmage on first down by W. Tidwell and Taylor Oden for no gain.  On second down Parker connected with his receiver who raced to the Wildcat 40-yard line before being brought down by D. Dillard.  First down brought Parker down at the line by a host of Lion defenders.  McCraw broke up the passing connection on second down almost intercepting Parkers attempt.  On third down, Hallmark was stopped at the line of scrimmage by Miller.  Facing fourth down, Parker attempted a pass but the connection was broken up by D. Dillard and McCraw, turning the ball over on downs to the Lions.

First down brought a penalty against the Lions for an off-sides infraction.  On the replay of downs, Stewart took the hand-off and advanced around the left side where Daniel made the stop after a 6-yard gain.  Penalized again, the Lions were moved back to the 44-yard line.  D. Dillards attempt to connect with Aldridge fell incomplete setting up third down for the Lions.  Jordon White took the hand-off and advanced to the 35-yard line before being stopped 4 yards shy of the first down marker.  O'Mary was called to the field to punt the ball away to the Wildcats with Caleb Tucker rushing down field to down the ball at the 3-yard line.

Parker returned his offense to the field and on first down connected with Gray who advanced to the 16-yard line giving the Wildcats a first down and moving them away from the danger zone.  Gray then takes the hand-off and scrambles to the 27-yard line for another set of downs before Kizzire and D. Dillon made the stop.  With the snap of the ball, Hallmark took the hand-off and made a fast break toward the end zone breaking his way around the side line for another Wildcat touchdown.  The PAT attempt; a two point conversion, was successful as Hallmark passed to Gray in the end zone marking the score at 38-15 in favor of the Lions with 0.12 seconds remaining in the third quarter of play.

The Wildcats ensuing kick was fielded at the Lion 41-yard line by Aldridge who advanced to the 44-yard line before being met and stopped by Lopez.  D. Tucker took the hand-off on first down and advanced around the right side of the line of scrimmage where he was stopped for no gain.  Second down brought D. Dillard on a keeper scrambling up field to the Lion 47-yard line where Gray made the stop.  On third down the Lions were once again penalized for illegal procedure moving the ball back to the 42 yard line.  Replay of the down brought D. Dillard with another keeper but O'Mary lined up to punt the ball away on fourth down with the Lions facing long yardage.  O'Marys punt was bobbled by the receiver and the Lions recovered the ball setting up first down deep in the Wildcats territory at the 16 yard line.

First down brought White with a carry around the left side of the field where Daniel made the stop after a 3-yard gain.  On second down D. Dillard fumbled the ball on a keeper and the Wildcats recovered the loose ball.  First down brought Mahjecak around the left end for a two yard gain before C. Tucker and a host of defenders made the stop.  Parker then connected with Hallmark who managed to pull the ball in before falling out of bounds at the 26-yard line.  The Wildcats stuck with the passing attack but on first and second down Parkers passing attempts fell incomplete.  On third down, Parker reverted back to the rushing game with a hand-off to Hallmark who was brought down in the back-field for a 10-yard loss by a host of angry Lions.  Facing fourth down and 10, Parker connected with Gray who advanced to the 28-yard line giving the Wildcats another opportunity.  Parker stuck with the passing attack and connected with Hallmark who rushed to the 49-yard line where Jordon White made the stop for the Lions.  With momentum building, Parker called his own number on the next snap and took the ball to the end zone untouched to raise the score 6 more for the Wildcats.  On the PAT attempt, the kick was no good narrowing the Lions lead to 38-21 with 3:52 remaining in the game.

The ensuing kick was received at the 22-yard line by Stewart who came to a sliding stop at the 25-yard line after catching the ball.  First down for the Lions brought D. Dillard up the middle with a keeper to the 30-yard line.  On second down, the Lions fumbled the ball on the hand-off and the Wildcats recovered deep in the Lions territory.  Parkers passing attempt to Hallmark, who was open fell incomplete on first down.  Mahjecak took the hand-off on second down and rushed up the middle to the 3-yard line where Aldridge made the stop saving the touchdown.  Gray the took the ball to the end zone untouched to cut the Lions lead shorter with another six points added to the Wildcat side of the scoreboard.  The Wildcats elected to attempt a two point conversion on the PAT attempt with Mahjecak rushing into the end zone untouched for the conversion leaving the score standing at 38-29 in favor of the visiting Lions.  With 2:17 remaining on the game clock the Wildcats were fighting for their ground.

Stewart was back deep to receive the ensuing kick from the Wildcats.  The kick was fielded by Stewart at the 22-yard line and advanced up field to the 33-yard line.  D. Tucker took the hand-off from McCollum on first down and picked up 7-yards before Gray made the stop.  McCollum called on D. Tucker to carry the ball again, with a 6-yard gain being posted on the carry by Tucker.  With time winding down freely on the game clock and a new set of downs, McCollum took the snap and bent down to his knee to end the game with a victory for the Lions.

The Lions will open their schedule by traveling to Bear Creek to visit the Phillips High Bears on Friday night.  Game time is at 7pm.

Last Updated on Tuesday, 14 September 2010 06:56

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