Football News 2010 Football News 2010 Brilliant Write-up
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Written by Allen J. Dunavant   
Sunday, 12 September 2010 00:00

Following a mediocre week of practice, the Lion coaching staff showed a deep concern heading into one of the teams most heated rivalries on Friday night.  The Brilliant Tigers played host to the Lions and as expected put up a stringent fight with the Lions narrowly escaping with a key regional victory.

Brilliant Tiger Heath Martin received the opening kick from Hubbertville's Landon Miller to get the game underway.  Martin fielded the ball at the 27-yard line and was met at the Tiger 38-yard line for the immediate stop by Dylan Dillard.

The Lion defense held their ground on Brilliant's first possession of the night forcing Sawyer Nelson to punt the ball away on fourth down and 8 from the Tiger 40-yard line.  Back to receive for the Lions, D. Dillard fielded the punt and rushed up field to the Tiger 47-yard line but a penalty against the Lions moved the ball back to the 22-yard line setting up their first possession.  A penalty against the Tigers on first down for off-sides, moved the ball ahead five yards setting up second down.  D. Dillard took the hand-off from Jake McCollum and rushed up the middle for another set-of downs at the 32-yard line.  Aaron Dillard took over on carries with the next snap of the ball, taking the hand-off from McCollum and rushing to the Tiger 47-yard line.  With a new set of downs, the Lion coaching staff elected to test the passing attack with McCollum attempting to connect with Corey Stewart but the pass fell incomplete.  On second down, A. Dillard continued gaining yardage for the offense, rushing over the right line to the 47-yard line before being tackled by Robert Thompson.  Facing third down and 5, McCollum called on A. Dillard to carry the ball again with the Tiger defense prepared to make the stop after a 1-yard gain.  McCollum then attempted to connect thru the air with Stewart but the pass fell incomplete turning the ball over to the Tigers at their own 42-yard line.

Hubbertville's defensive stood their ground with the turn-over of downs.  On first down, Andrew Price and Colby Ellis met Dustin Whitten at the line of scrimmage refusing any yardage.  Swapping their attack to the passing attack, Fabian Garcia attempted a pass behind the line of scrimmage but Wade Tidwell and Mikey McCraw made the stop for the Lions to set-up third down and 10.  Garcia went deep on the next pass attempt to Jake Davis but the ball was overthrown.  Facing fourth down with no yardage gained on the possession, Nelson lined up and punted the ball away to D. Dillard who was back to receive at the 20-yard line.  Dillard fielded the ball at the 23-yard line and raced up field to the Lion 31-yard line where a host of Tigers made the stop.

McCollum returned the offensive front to the field and on first down handed the ball off to A. Dillard who fought off numerous would be tacklers in the backfield and escaped up to the 37-yard line before Sawyer Nelson and a host of Tiger defenders made the tackle.  On second down, McCollum attempted to connect thru the air with Stewart but the ball was intercepted by Martin who was brought down at the Tiger 48-yard line.

Garcia handed-off to Dustin Whitten on first down with a 3-yard gain prior to the stop by Hunter O'Mary and McCraw.  On a keeper Garcia then gained what appeared to be another set of down's for the Tigers, but following the measurement, the stop by Miller held the Tigers to third down and inches.  Lining up under center, Garcia fumbled the ball on the exchange, but the Tigers managed to recover the fumble to set-up fourth down and 1 at the Lion 43-yard line.  D. Whitten got the call for a rushing attempt and cut outside picking up the first down at the 39-yard line before a host of Lions could make the stop.  With a first down, the Brilliant coaching staff elected to attack thru the air.  On first down Garcia tried to connect with Adam Martin but A. Dillard was on the spot covering for the Lions.  On second down, D. Whitten took the hand-off and burst his way across the line and straight down the middle of the field before cutting back right into the end zone for a 39-yard touchdown run.  With 2:53 remaining in the first quarter, following the PAT, kick by Sawyer Nelson the Brilliant Tigers had the early advantage as the score stood 7-0 Tigers.

Sawyer Nelson's ensuing kick sailed high and deep to A. Dillard who fielded the ball at the 14-yard line rushing out to the Lion 36-yard line where a host of defenders swarmed to make the saving stop.  First down brought D. Dillard over the left offensive line for an eight yard gain.  On second down, O'Mary showed his powerful rushing ability and scooted out to mid-field before being tackled by several Tiger defenders.  A. Dillard was met at the line by Sawyer Nelson after a two yard gain setting up second down and 8.  D. Dillard bounced off his left guard on the next rushing attempt and was brought down at the 37-yard line after a 11-yard rushing gain.  McCollum then called on O'Mary to take the ball down field, with O'Mary rushing up the middle behind blockers and dragging along would be tacklers making his way down to the Brilliant 25-yard line before Dustin Whitten could make the saving tackle.  D. Dillard got the final carry of the first quarter with a rush around the left line picking up another set-of-downs for the Lions as the first quarter came to a close.  First down brought D. Dillard on the rush attack again, but this time he was met at the line by a host of defenders for the stop after a 1-yard gain.  Sticking with D. Dillard, the Lion offense inched closer to the Tiger goal line after his rushing attempt gained 5-yards.  McCollum then called O'Mary's number on the next rushing attempt with O'Mary pushing his way forward for a tough fought 2-yard gain.  Facing fourth down and 2 at the Tiger 4-yard line, O'Mary got the call to carry again and fought his way forward pushing to the 1-yard line where Martin and Jake Davis held him just short of the goal line.  Determined to find pay-dirt, O'Mary did just that with the next snap of the ball, rushing over the right side of the line into the end zone.  The PAT, kick by A. Dillard was perfect and the Lions had answered the Tigers with 9:06 remaining in the first half of play.

On the ensuing kick by Miller, the Tigers took no chances and signaled for a fair catch setting up first down at their 45-yard line.  Dustin Whitten took the hand-off from Garcia on first down, rushing up the middle prior to cutting outside and rushing around the left side line heading for what appeared to be a quick answer to the Lion offense attack.  But McCollum was there to make the saving  stop for the Lions.  With momentum and the ball on the Lion 35-yard line the Tigers were determined to fight back quick and attack the Lions answering their touchdown with one of their own.  First down brought Dustin Whitten on the attack again but he was met immediately by Colby Ellis, Phil Kizzire and a host of other Lion defenders after a 1-yard gain.  Garcia called his own number on second down, but David Aldridge made the saving tackle at the 15-yard line.  Deep inside the Lion red-zone, Garcia called his own number again but C. Ellis and A. Dillard made the tackle behiind the line for a 1-yard loss.  Jake Davis then carried the ball around the right side but McCraw and a host of defenders made the stop setting up third down and 5 for the Tiger offense.  Garcia decided to call his own number again, but Wade Tidwell burst through the line of scrimmage for an immediate hit, stopping Garcia after a 1-yard gain.  Facing fourth down and 4 at the Lion 9-yard line, Garcia attempted to pitch the ball back to Jake Davis but A. Dillard and McCraw were aware of the play and made the stop short of the first down yardage marker to turn the ball over to the Lions on downs.

McCollum lined up behind his offensive line and on first down, A. Dillard took the hand-off and scrambled to the left side for a 6-yard gain.  After an off-sides penalty against the Tigers the Lions were lined up at the 17-yard line, where Dillon Tucker got the call to carry for the Lions.  Tucker scrambled across the line of scrimmage for a 2-yard gain where Colby Harrison and a host of upset Tigers made the tackle.  Second down brought Tucker with the carry again with H. Martin making the tackle.  On third down, McCollum connected on a pass with O'Mary over the middle to set up first down at the 33-yard line.  The Lions were penalized on first down, moving the ball back to the 28-yard line.  With the replay of downs, D. Dillard took the hand-off and scampered around the left side line where Jake Davis made the tackle after a 4-yard gain.  On second down, McCollum connected on a short pass with O'Mary for a 1-yard gain.  Facing third down and 10, McCollum called on A. Dillard to take the hand-off, with Dillard rushing around the right side lines to the Tiger 16-yard line where William Cole brought him down to save the Tigers from an additional six points disadvantage.  A. Dillard took the hand-off on first down and rushed straight up the middle where Sawyer Nelson and Blake Farley were prepared to make the stop after a 2-yard gain.  Setting deep in the Brilliant red-zone, the Lions knew they couldn't walk away from the scoring opportunity with out points.  McCollum attempted a passing attempt to connect with O'Mary but the ball fell incomplete to bring up third down.  Facing third down and 8, McCollum handed the ball off to A. Dillard who followed his blockers and fought his way into the end zone for a 14-yard touchdown run. Following the PAT, kick by A. Dillard, the Lions were in the lead 14-7 with only 26.1 seconds remaining until half-time.

Damien Henderson signaled for a fair-catch as Millers kick was received at the 40-yard line.  Determined not to waste the opportunity and let time tick away on their chances, the Brilliant offensive front had their goal set on a quick touchdown before the half expired.  First down brought Dustin Whitten with a rushing attempt up the middle, bouncing off blockers and cutting back to the outside rushing down field to the 29-yard line before D. Dillard was able to chase him down and make the tackle saving the quick six for the Tigers.  With the snap of the ball, Wade Tidwell reminded Garcia that he was still on the field, sacking Garcia back at the 36-yard line with 8.1 seconds remaining on the clock.  Facing second down and 17 at the 36-yard line, Garcia attempted a pass to connect with Jake Davis over the middle and D. Dillard was in coverage for the Lions.  The Lions were penalized for pass interference and with 2.1 seconds remaining in the first half the Brilliant Tigers had a first down at the Hubbertville Lions 21-yard line.  Garcia attempted another pass, this time to Chance Key in the left-hand corner of the end zone but coverage by D. Dillard brought an incomplete pass as time expired on the first half of play.

Following the half-time break, Robert Thompson's kick-off to open the second half of play was fielded at the 12-yard line by Stewart who scrambled his way out to the 24-yard line before being tackled by a host of defenders.  First down brought D. Dillard with the carry, but Justin Rawls, Sawyer Nelson and Garcia were all waiting for the stop.  A. Dillard took the hand-off on second down and rushed around the right side where Sawyer Nelson and J. Davis brought him down after a 1-yard gain.  Third down brought D. Dillard on the rushing attack around the right side lines to the 30-yard line where Adam Martin made the tackle setting up fourth down and 2 for the Lion offense.  O'Mary was lined up to punt the ball away with Garcia and Jake Davis back to receive, but the Lions faked the punt with A. Dillard taking the ball up the middle for a 5-yard pick-up setting up another possession for the Lion offense.

On first down, A. Dillard continued the rushing attack pushing his way up the middle for a 9-yard gain before Billy McLemore made the stop.  Facing second down and 1 at their own 48-yard line, O'Mary fought his way up the middle to mid-field picking up the first down.  D. Dillard was met in the backfield for a 2-yard loss on the next down followed by a penalty on the Lions on second down moving the ball back to the Lion 43-yard line.  On the replay of downs, McCollum attempted a pass connection with Aldridge but the pass was broken up by William Cole.  Facing third down and 14, the Lions stuck with the air attack with McCollum attempting to connect with McCraw, but the pass was over thrown to set-up fourth down for the Lions.  O'Mary's punt was fielded by Cole and brought up field to the 43-yard line where D. Dillard made the tackle.

After moving the ball across mid-field with rushing attempts, the Tigers reverted to the passing attack, but the Lion defense held forcing the Tigers to punt the ball away on fourth down and 8 at the Lion 43-yard line.  D. Dillard was back to receive for the Lions but the ball soared over his head and rolled dead at the Lion 4-yard line.  Setting deep in Tiger territory, McCollum called on O'Mary to carry the ball, with a rushing attempt of 7-yards before Garcia made the stop.  O'Mary got the call to carry again rushing up the middle where he was met by a determined group of Tiger defenders after a 1-yard gain.  Facing third down and 2, A. Dillard took the hand-off and burst his way over his right tackle for additional yardage.  Following the measurement by officials, the Lions found themselves facing fourth down and just inches near the 14-yard line.  O'Mary got the call and rushed up the middle gaining enough yardage to set up the first down just beyond the 15-yard line.  D. Dillard picked up an additional 6-yards with his carry on first down before Sawyer Nelson and a host of defenders could make the stop.  A. Dillard then took the hand-off and pushed his way across the line for an additional yard prior to getting stopped by Sawyer Nelson and other defenders.  Facing third down and 3, D. Dillard fought his way straight up the middle with Sawyer Nelson on the stop for the Tigers just short of the first down marker as time expired on the third quarter of play.  Facing fourth down and inches near the 24-yard line, Lion Head Coach Lamar Harris gave the signal for O'Mary to line up and punt the ball away.  Jake Davis stood back at the Tiger 35-yard line where he fielded the ball at the 40-yard line racing out across mid-field to the Lion 40-yard line before being chased out of bounds.  Following the play, the Lions were penalized for a late hit out of bounds moving the ball to the Lion 25-yard line setting up excellent field position for the Tiger offense.

On first down, Garcia on a keeper was met immediately by W. Tidwell and McCraw for the stop after a 3-yard gain.  R. Thompson took the hand-off from Garcia on second down and rushed around the left side line where McCraw made the stop for the Lions.  Jake Davis was then called upon to take the ball down field but McCraw, McCollum, D. Dillard and a host of angry Lions met him for the stop.  After a penalty the Tigers found themselves at the 20-yard line with first down and 19.  Garcia attacked up the middle with a keeper but McCraw was there for a big stop after a 1-yard gain.  Second down brought Dustin Whitten straight ahead but O'Mary and Kizzire made the stop after a 3-yard pick-up.  Facing third down and 7 at the Lion 8-yard line, Garcia went back to Dustin Whitten with Whitten attempting to go up the middle again but O'Mary, Colby Ellis and Kizzire made the stop to bring up fourth down and 4 deep in the Lion red-zone for the Brilliant Tigers.  Garcia was met quickly behind the line by McCraw for the sack on fourth down turning the ball over on downs to the Lions deep in their own territory.

With a first down on the 9-yard line, McCollum went to D. Dillard who rushed to the outside where Garcia chased him down for the stop after a 10-yard rush.  McCollum called on D. Dillard again, with Dillard fighting his way over the left line for an additional 8-yards before being tackled by Adam Martin.  Second down brought A. Dillard on the rushing attempt, but Sawyer Nelson and others were there for the stop.  D. Dillard was met again on the next carry by Sawyer Nelson for no-gain, forcing the Lions into fourth down and 3 at their own 26-yard line.  O'Mary lined up and punted the ball away with the ball rolling dead at the Tiger's 39-yard line.

Determined to move quickly down-field, the Tigers attacked with the passing game and connected on a short pass to Jake Davis who scrambled down field and out of bounds at mid-field.  With a new set of downs, Garcia found himself along in the backfield until Colby Ellis broke across the line and sacked him for a 2-yard loss.  Second down brought a pass behind the line to Jake Davis but Dillon Tucker and a host of Lion defenders made the stop to set up third down and 9 at the Lion 49-yard line.  Garcia decided to go to the air and deep to connect with Key but A. Dillard was there to break the pass up for the Lions.  Facing fourth down and long yardage, the Tigers punted the ball away to the Lions with D. Dillard back to receive at the 10-yard line.  Dillard signaled for a fair catch and the Lion offense lined up at the 17-yard line with hopes of finishing the long second half of play without returning the ball to the Tiger offense.

First down brought D. Dillard over the right guard with the carry where Thompson made the stop at the line of scrimmage.  D. Dillard got the call to rush again and followed his blockers around the right side where Colby Harrison made the stop for the Tigers at the 36-yard line.  Sticking with D. Dillard on the rushing attack, he was met at the line of scrimmage by a host of angry Tigers for the stop after gaining no additional yardage.  On second down the Lions were penalized for delay of game and with the next snap of the ball, misery almost found it's way into the offensive plan as the ball was fumbled on the snap, however the Lions managed to recover the loose ball.  Facing third down and 15 at their own 29-yard line, McCollum called on D. Dillard once again to carry the ball but William Cole and Billy McLemore stayed in position to make the stop for the Tigers with time ticking off the game clock.

With 46.4 seconds remaining in the game, the Lions O'Mary lined up to punt the ball back to the Tigers giving their offense on last attempt to reach the end zone.  Jake Davis stood at his own 30-yard line allowing O'Mary's punt to come to a rolling stop at the Tiger 37-yard line.  First down brought Garcia attempting to connect with Jake Davis but the ball was thrown high and out of reach with D. Dillard on coverage for the Lions.  With 31.9 seconds remaining, Garcia went to the air once again trying to connect with Cole but Aldridge was on cover for the Lions and the ball once again was thrown out of reach.  Facing third down with only 26 seconds left in the game, Garcia was brought down behind the line by McCraw for another sack on the evening with only 2 seconds remaining in the game.  The fourth down attempt to connect with Jake Davis fell incomplete with A. Dillard on coverage for the Lions bringing a hard fought game to close with the Lions victorious in the strong defensive battle.

This week the Lions wil be on the road traveling again to visit another Region 7 match-up with another Marion County school.  The Lions will visit Guin to take on the Marion County Red Raiders.  Game time is 7 p.m.

Coaches Comments:

" An ugly win but a win.  Brilliant's defense throughout the evening amounted to playing a goal line defense.  They stuck it to us all night.  We had a game plan to face that type of defense but we just couldn't execute tonight.  Our incomplete passes could have made a big difference, forcing them to change their defense early-on in the game but once again we just couldn't execute our game plan.  During the second half we did manage to keep the slim lead but it's still not an offensive approach that we should be proud of.  Our defense played much better in the second half and we stepped up and made some big plays there in the second half which saved the victory for us.  We've got to continue to work with the guys during our practices and we've got to find the right rhythm at practice or we're going to find ourselves where we don't want to be on game nights."

Last Updated on Tuesday, 14 September 2010 06:45
 
 

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