Football News 2013 Football News 2013 Lynn Write Up
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Written by Allen J. Dunavant   
Monday, 28 October 2013 00:00

The Lions traveled to Lynn to face the Bears in a much anticipated game and to finish out Region Five play on the season. Serving as Captains for the Lions were Seniors: Spencer Benton, Austin Bourland, Brandon Smith and Jordan White. Following the coin toss the Lion receiving team took to the field with Austin Palmer making the opening kick reception at the 18-yard line and advancing to the Lion 43-yard line where he was knocked out of bounds. Vess Benton and the Lion offense lined up to begin their opening drive with T.J. Pratt taking the hand-off 10-yards for a quick first down to the Bears 47-yard line. Dax Benton was met at the line of scrimmage on first down, but Pratt raced to the end zone untouched on second down for a 47-yard rushing touchdown. The Bears were penalized following the touchdown with the yardage to be accessed on the ensuing kick. The PAT kick by D. Benton was perfect and the Lions were quick to light up the scoreboard with 10:25 remaining in the first quarter.

 

McKain Hubbert's ensuing kick from the Bear's 45-yard line was fielded at the 7-yard line by Chance Henson who was met by a host of defenders for the stop at the 18-yard line. The Bears offensive front opened their first possession with the passing game with Quarterback Brody Meeks connecting with Henson near mid-field before Dakota Dozier and V. Benton could make the saving tackle. The Bears gained five additional yards with the snap of the ball with the Lions penalized for jumping off-sides. On the replay of first down the Bears jumped off-sides moving the ball back to the original line of scrimmage. Dylan Myner mishandled the pitch-out on the replay of down but scooped the ball up with Landon Miller and Anthony Dillard on the spot for the quick tackle. Facing second down and 9-yards, Meeks called his own number and scrambled over left guard with D. Benton making the tackle at the Lion 23-yard line to save the touchdown. First down brought a pass attempt to Henson but the ball was overthrown. On second down Meeks attempted a pass over the middle to Jeremy Tittle but D. Benton was in position to force the ball to the ground. Reverting back to a pass connection with Henson was unsuccessful on third down as A. Palmer was on coverage to force the Bears into fourth down and 10-yards. Once again Meeks attempted a pass connection with Henson but A. Palmer was on the spot again forcing the ball to be overthrown and turning the ball over on downs to the Lions at the Bears 23-yard line.

 

The Lion coaching staff called on Pratt to move the ball down field and after two consecutive rushing attacks and a first down at the Lion 40-yard line, Pratt took the hand-off from V. Benton and raced around the left side line full speed to the end zone untouched for the 60-yard rushing score with 6:14 remaining in the first quarter. On the PAT, V. Benton attempted a pass connection with Justin Hancock for the two-point conversion but the Bears were caught off-guard and were penalized for a holding infraction. On the replay attempt, V. Benton took the ball to the end zone for the successful two points putting the Lions up 15 - 0.

 

On the ensuing kick, M. Hubbert booted the ball to the 14-yard line where Ben Cagle made the reception advancing to the 26-yard line where Nathan Young made the stand-alone tackle. First down brought Garrett Cornelius with the hand-off but Devin Marcum made the stop 4-yards in the backfield for a loss. On second down Meeks went back to the passing attack but the ball was knocked away by White setting up third down and 14-yards. Sticking with the passing game was unsuccessful as A. Palmer was on coverage forcing another in-completion in an attempt to connect with Cagle.

 

A. Palmer dropped back to field the punt and did so at the Lion 46-yard line advancing to the Bears 34-yard line where the Bears were penalized following the play. The penalty moved the ball to the Bears 18-yard line and on first down the Lions were penalized for an illegal procedure setting up first down and 15-yards at the 23-yard line. D. Benton took the handoff over the right side of the line of scrimmage followed by Miller up the middle on second down. Facing third down and 6-yards at the 16-yard line, Miller got the call to move the ball deeper and was stopped after a 2-yard gain setting up fourth down and 4-yards at the 12-yard line. Henson broke into the back field and met Pratt for the stop turning the ball over to the Bears at the 15-yard line.

 

Once again the Lion defense held their ground. First down brought a 1-yard loss after M. Hubbert and others made the tackle on Cornelius. On second down Meeks' pass sailed thru the hands of Cagle with A. Palmer on coverage. Third down brought a pass connection attempt deep down field to Tittle with White on coverage but the ball was overthrown setting up fourth down. Meeks lined up and punted the ball away with the ball rolling dead at the Bears 45-yard line.

 

D. Benton took the handoff on first down racing over right tackle to the 33-yard line for a 12-yard gain. V. Benton then connected thru the air on the passing attack to Gabe Stidham who raced untouched to the end zone for the score. D. Benton's kick on the PAT was straight down the middle of the uprights and the score stood 22 - 0 with 1:26 remaining in the first quarter of play.

 

Following the ensuing kick by M. Hubbert which was fielded at the 14-yard line by Henson and returned to the 31-yard line with N. Young and A. Palmer on the tackle, the Lion defense stood its ground once again forcing the Bears to face four and out. Two consecutive stops by Marcum on Meeks brought the Bears facing third down. N. Young forced a fumble on third down but the Bears managed to recover the ball bringing up fourth down and 8-yards at their own 33-yard line as the first quarter of play came to a close.

 

A. Palmer fielded the punt at the 34-yard line racing to the 40-yard line before being brought down. D. Benton took the ball up the middle on first down for 3-yards and on second down Pratt rambled around the left side of the line of scrimmage but was met by Henson for the stop setting up third down and 9-yards at the 41-yard line. V. Benton called on Pratt with a connection thru the air with Pratt reaching mid-field before the stop could be made by the Bear defenders. Facing first down at mid-field, V. Benton called on Pratt once again and connected near the right side line with Pratt cutting back across the middle of the field racing to the end zone for his third score of the night with 9:30 remaining in the first half of play. The two-point conversion was unsuccessful as V. Benton was stopped just short of the goal line leaving the score standing at 28 - 0 in favor of the visiting Lions.

 

M. Hubbert's ensuing kick sailed to the 15-yard line where Henson made the reception moving the ball up field to the 36-yard line with N. Young, D. Benton and others on the tackle. On first down Henson took the hand-off and scampered to the 40-yard line with Dillard and M. Hubbert on the stop. Second down brought Cornelius around the right side line with the ball with D. Benton knocking him out of bounds at the 46-yard line. With a new set of downs, Dylan Murner took the pitch-out from Meeks and gained 5-yards before Miller could make the tackle. Second down brought a pass connection from Meeks to Brandon Heck who rambled down the left side line with Dillard bringing him down at the 33-yard line. Meeks connected with Tittle who raced into the end zone for the score with 6:52 remaining in the first half of play. The two-point conversion was successful with Meeks hooking up with Cornelius in the back of the left corner of the end zone leaving the score at 28 - 8.

 

Dalton Jackson's ensuing kick rolled out of bounds and V. Benton and the Lion offensive front returned to the field at their own 35-yard line. First down brought D. Benton with the carry up the middle for a 7-yard gain but on second down Pratt had the ball stripped causing a fumble which the Bears recovered at the Lion 46-yard line.

 

On first down Meeks attempted a deep down field pass connection with Tittle but White and V. Benton was on coverage with V. Benton knocking the ball away. Sticking with the passing attack was unsuccessful on second down as A. Palmer was on coverage with Henson forcing the ball to be overthrown. Determined to strike quick and score another touchdown on the passing attack proved to be the wrong approach for the Bears. Attempting to go straight over the middle to Tittle was unsuccessful as D. Benton tipped the ball with V. Benton stepping up to make the interception turning the ball back over to the Lions at the 30-yard line.

 

Two play later the Lions struck quick for pay-dirt. On first down, D. Benton raced around the right side of the line and was knocked out of bounds by Cornelius and Cagle after a 5-yard gain. Miller then took the handoff up the middle bouncing away from would be tacklers racing untouched to the end zone for the quick six with 4:33 remaining in the half. The PAT kick by D. Benton was perfect and the Lions score had increased to 35 - 8.

 

M. Hubbert's ensuing kick rolled out of bounds and the Bear's offense lined up at the 35-yard line. First down brought a pass connection from Meeks to Tittle who was tackled by Dozier at the 46-yard line. Meeks called his own number and was met by M. Hubbert and N. Young for the stop after a 3-yard gain. On second down the Lions were penalized for holding moving the ball to the Lion 41-yard line. With the snap of the ball, once again the Lions were penalized for holding moving the ball to the Lion 31-yard line. First down brought an incomplete pass with Meeks attempting to connect with Tittle but the ball sailed thru his hands. Meeks called his own number on second down but the yardage was erased due to a block in the back by the Bears. Facing second down and 17-yards at the 37-yard line, Meeks connected thru the air with Cagle who was brought down immediately after the reception by A. Palmer at the 30-yard line. Once again Meeks went to the air attack and once again the Lions were penalized for a holding infraction setting the Bears up in the Lion red-zone with a first down at the 16-yard line. Dozier and N. Young made the tackle on Cornelius on first down after a 3-yard gain and on second down Meeks went to the air attempting to connect with Tittle deep in the back of the end zone but the ball was overthrown setting up third down. Murner took the shuttle pass from Meeks on third down and fought his way into the end zone for the score with 0.17 seconds remaining in the first half of play. The two-point conversion was successful on the PAT with Meeks connecting with Tittle in the left corner of the end zone to leave the score standing at 35 - 16.

 

G. Stidham recovered the on-side kick setting the Lion offense up at their own 49-yard line. V. Benton called his own number on first down and rambled his way around the left side line scrambling down to the Bears 31-yard line before being forced out of bounds with only two seconds remaining on the clock. Attempting to connect with G. Stidham was unsuccessful as the ball was thrown out of reach as the first half of play came to an end with the score 35 - 16 in favor of Hubbertville.

 

D. Benton's opening kick to start the second half of play sailed out of bounds setting the Bears up at their own 35-yard line. First down brought Meeks scrambling in the backfield with Pratt on the sack for an 8-yard loss. M. Hubbert made the tackle on Murner on second down after a 3-yard gain and on third down Murner took the shuttle pass but was met by M. Hubbert for the stop after a 3-yard gain. Facing fourth down and 7-yards, Meeks lined-up and punted the ball away.

 

Miller took the hand-off up the middle on first down from the Lions 37-yard line for an 8-yard gain before Brandon Heck could make the saving tackle. D. Benton advanced the ball to mid-field over right guard with a host of angry defenders on the stop. With a new set of downs, Miller got the call to gain yardage once again and fought his way over left tackle for 3-yards with Murner and Heck on the tackle. V. Benton called upon Pratt to carry the ball and Pratt fought his way down field almost reaching the 40-yard line before being tackled by a host of defenders. Following official measurement the Lions faced third down and inches. Miller took the handoff and fought up the middle to the 34-yard line for the first down with Pratt taking the ball deeper on first down to the 25-yard line before Cornelius and Tittle made the saving tackle. Reverting back to Miller on second down moved the ball to the 22-yard line with Tittle and a host of others on the stop. D. Benton got the call to finish the drive and he took the handoff around the right side of the line of scrimmage following his blockers to the end zone for the score. The PAT kick by D. Benton was perfect and scoreboard showed 42 - 16 with 5:13 remaining in the third quarter of play.

 

The ensuing kick by D. Benton was fielded successfully by Joey Pruitt at the Bears 46-yard line setting Meeks and the Bears offensive front up with excellent field position. First down brought Meeks with a keeper around the left side line and out of bounds in Lion territory. The Lions were penalized for an illegal hit moving the ball to the 20-yard line. On first down misery almost struck for the Bears as the ball came loose on the pitch-out but Murner scooped the ball up with N. Young on the tackle setting up second down and 13-yards at the 23-yard line. Meeks connected with Heck on the out route for the quick touch down with 4:00 remaining in the third quarter of play. The two-point conversion was successful with Meeks once again connecting with Cagle in the left corner of the end zone and the score stood 42 - 14 in favor of the Lions.

 

White lined-up deep to receive the ensuing kick with the reception made at the 11-yard line and advanced to the Lion 49-yard line with Heck making the tackle to save the quick score. First down brought D. Benton with the handoff up the middle for a 5-yard gain before a host of defenders could make the tackle. V. Benton called upon Pratt to carry the ball on second down and Pratt took the handoff racing around the left side of the line of scrimmage following his blockers and advancing to the end zone untouched for his fourth touchdown on the evening. The kick by D. Benton on the PAT was perfect and with 2:52 remaining in the third quarter the scoreboard read 49 - 24.

 

Henson and Cagle lined-up deep to receive the ensuing kick from D. Benton but the ball rolled out of bounds setting the Bears up once again at their 35-yard line. First down brought Heck up around the left side with the handoff but A. Palmer, M. Hubbert and N. Young were on the spot for the stop after a 1-yard gain. Meeks went to the air attack on second down connecting with Tittle along the left side line with Tittle racing to the end zone for the quick six with 1:48 remaining in the third quarter of play. The two-point conversion was once again successful with a pass to Cagle raising the score to 49 - 32.

 

Jackson's ensuing kick rolled out of bounds setting V. Benton and the Lion offensive front up at their 35-yard line. D. Benton got the call to carry on first down taking the handoff and racing around the left side line to mid-field before Cornelius and Meeks could bring him down. Miller took the ball up the middle on first down but was met by Austin Jones and Murner for the stop and a 1-yard loss. Pratt then took the handoff and moved the ball behind the right side of the line of scrimmage following blockers to the Bear 49-yard line as the third quarter came to a close.

 

Facing third down and 8-yards, D. Benton got the call to carry and took the handoff around the right side of the line of scrimmage for a 4-yard gain to leave the Lions facing fourth down and 4-yards at their own 44-yard line. The Lions elected to fight for the needed yardage with Pratt getting the call to carry the ball. Pratt took the handoff and fought his way around the left side of the line of scrimmage before tripping over one of his blockers and falling to the ground 3-yards short of the needed yardage and turning the ball over on downs to the Bears.

 

Heck took the handoff on first down and was brought down in the backfield by Pratt for a 3-yard loss. Meeks attempted to connect with Henson on second down but V. Benton was on the spot to make his second interception on the evening advancing the ball back up field to the Lion 32-yard line before being forced out of bounds.

 

Miller took the ball up the middle on first down but was met at the line of scrimmage by Jones for no-gain. D. Benton fought for 2-yards on second down with Cornelius and Sam Pendley on the tackle for the Bears. Facing third down and 8-yards brought penalty flags against the Lions for a false start moving the ball back to the 35-yard line. On the replay of down, Miller advanced over left guard but Murner, Pendley, Jones and others were on the stop forcing the Lions to face fourth down and 11-yards at their own 31-yard line. M. Hubbert lined up in the backfield to punt the ball away with Cagle and Meeks back to receive the ball. Cagle made the reception at the Bears 31-yard line and rambles his way back across mid-field to the Lion 24-yard line. Following the play the Bears were penalized for an illegal block in the back moving the ball back to the Lions 42-yard line.

 

First down brought an incomplete pass with Meeks attempting to connect with Cagle but the Lions were penalized for interference on the play giving the Bears first down at the 27-yard line. Sticking with the passing attack, Meeks attempted a connection with Henson but the ball was way out of reach setting up second down. On second down Meeks continued in his pursuit to connect thru the air with Henson but once again the ball fell incomplete. Following the play the Lions were penalized once again for interference moving the ball to the 14-yard line and giving the Bears another first down deep in the Lions red zone. Meeks connected with Cagle in the right corner of the end zone with 7:41 remaining in the game and following the successful two-point conversion on the PAT the score stood 49 - 40 with the visiting Lions holding on to the lead.

 

White lined up deep to receive the ensuing kick but Cagle pursued a different approach against the Lion kicking team with a successful onside kick which was recovered by the Bears at the Lion 41-yard line. Moving the ball down field quickly, Meeks completed a pass to Henson who was brought down at the Lion 28-yard line by N. Young, M. Hubbert and other defenders. Meeks scrambled in the backfield on first down in an attempt to find an open receiver but tucked the ball and fought for yardage with D. Benton on the solo tackle at the 17-yard line to save the touchdown. With a new set of downs, Meeks went to the air attack once again connecting with Cagle who was stopped by a host of Lion defenders near the 1-yard line. Meeks then took the snap advancing up the middle behind his blockers for the score. The two-point conversion was successful with Cagle taking the ball untouched into the end zone to raise the score to 49 - 48 with the Lions holding on to the slim lead with 6:51 remaining on the game clock.

 

Attempting another onside kick wasn't successful for the Bears as Miller made the safe reception at the Bears 49-yard line. First down brought Pratt around the left side of the line of scrimmage behind blockers with Tittle, Cagle, and Jones attempting to knock the ball loose on the stop. Facing second down and 6-yards, V. Benton called on Pratt once again to fight for the needed yardage and Pratt took the handoff around the right side of the line of scrimmage following his blockers to the 39-yard line before Heck, Pendley and others could bring him down for the stop. With a new set of downs, D. Benton took the handoff and rambled around the left side of the line of scrimmage to the 34-yard line before Henson and Jones brought him down setting up second down and 5-yards. Pratt took the handoff over right guard for a 4-yard gain with Henson and Pendley on the stop forcing the Lions to face third down and 1-yard near the 30-yard line. Miller got the call to gain the needed yardage and he fought up the middle to the 25-yard line for a 6-yard gain giving the Lions another set of downs at the 25-yard line. D. Benton took the handoff and rambled behind his blockers along the right side of the line of scrimmage with Murner and Meeks on the stop after a 2-yard gain. On second down Pratt took the ball outside and around the left side of the line of scrimmage breaking away from would be tacklers to reach the 19-yard line with Tittle on the tackle. Facing third down and 4-yards, V. Benton called upon Miller to advance the ball and Miller fought his way up the middle with Henson and Pendley on the stop. Following the play officials called time for measurement and following the measurement the Lions were facing first down at the 15-yard line. Miller took the handoff up the middle again reaching the 10-yard line before Henson, Cornelius and Meeks made the saving tackle. Facing second down and 5-yards, Miller pushed his way up the middle once again over right guard and stopped at the 3-yard line where he was marked down with time ticking off the clock. Facing first down and goal at the 3-yard line, V. Benton took the snap and took to his knee using time off the clock wisely. On second down at the 4-yard line, V. Benton once again took the snap and took a knee setting up third down with only seconds remaining on the clock. Before the ball could be snapped on third down time expired leaving the visiting Lions with a squeaky victory over the Bears by the score of 49 - 48. Following results of other games from across Region Five on the night, the close victory leaves the Lions setting in second place in Region 5 with a 7 -2 record, (5 - 2 in Region play), behind the Pickens County Tornadoes. The Lions will finish out regular season play by visiting the Vina Red Devils on Friday night. Game time is 7p.m.

 

Comments from Coach Lamar Harris:
"I thought the guys played really well in the first part of tonight's game. Both our offense and defense seemed to be clicking and sticking with our game plan early on in the game. Our halftime lead was very impressive and we continued to play well in the first part of the second half. Lynn has a very good Quarterback in Meeks and we were aware of his abilities coming into tonight's game. Adding to the fact that they have the three very tall receivers that have a height advantage over our defenders and that tends to lead to points on the scoreboard. We knew that prior to the game and we knew we would have to produce points when we had possession of the ball. The two drives that could of cost us the ball game were not impressive on our behalf. We ended up punting the ball away on the one drive and then we lost our footing on the fourth down carry resulting in turning the ball over on downs in the other drive. Of course the onside kick was a benefactor of field position as well and one which we just seemed to allow without a lot of effort in trying to recover the ball. But in the end I'm extremely proud of our guys. They stood their ground, moved the ball down field on the final possession and ran the clock-out to secure the win. It takes a team effort to remain calm and stick with the game plan when the other team fights back to within points of taking the game. This group of guys stood strong once again and didn't panic and I'm proud of them for keeping their composure and I'm proud to get this win. It speaks volume for their character and their leadership and builds as a team effort."

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