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Written by Allen J. Dunavant   
Monday, 08 September 2014 00:00
The Lions traveled north to open region play against the Lynn Bears with hopes that the game would not reminisce the closeness of the victory of last seasons game. The Lions pulled off the win last year by holding the lead in the closing minutes of the game and exiting the stadium with a one point advantage over the Bears. Captains from both teams met at mid-field for the coin toss to get the much anticipated battle underway. McCain Hubbert, Gabe Stidham and Kris Parson represented the Lions as Captains and Robert Horton, Dalton Jackson and Hayden Southern represented the Bears. The Bears won the toss and elected to receive the opening kick.
Dax Benton's opening kick rolled out of bounds setting the Bears offense up at their own 35-yard line and with the snap of the ball the first turn-over of the evening took place with the Lions recovering the loose ball in the backfield at the Bears 31-yard line.
First down brought Vess Benton attempting to connect on a pass with Austin Palmer but the ball fell incomplete. The Lions were penalized on the play for holding moving the ball back to the 44-yard line. A. Palmer moved the ball back up field behind the blocking of Zack Reeves almost reaching the first down marker setting up second and inches just near the 30-yard line. On second down Anthony Dillard rushed up the middle for the first down at the 29-yard line. D. Benton wasted little time finding the end zone following the sweep around the line of scrimmage racing across the goal line for the first score on of the night. The PAT kick by D. Benton, with V. Benton holding, sailed straight down the middle of the uprights and with 10:15 remaining in the first quarter of play the Lions were on the score board.
Drew Kelly and Brandon Heck lined up deep to receive the ensuing kick from D. Benton but the ball soared deep and eventually rolled out of bounds just shy of the 7-yard line moving the ball back out to the 35-yard line for the Bears offense. Garrison Mays lined up as quarterback to lead the Bears and on first down pitched the ball out to Kelly who was met by Reeves and Parson for the stop after a 3-yard gain. The Lion passing defense held on second and third down with A. Palmer and V. Benton on cover for the Lions.  Facing fourth down and 8-yards, Ryan Cagle lined up to punt the ball away with D. Benton fielding the ball at the 35-yard line and advancing up field to the Bear 45-yard line before being brought down.
On first down A. Palmer rushed over left guard for a gain of 5-yards and on second down D. Benton took the hand-off over right tackle for a 17-yard rushing gain before Noah Jackson could make the saving tackle. First down brought Dillard up the middle but he was met for the stop at the line of scrimmage by Heck, Sam Pendley and a host of other defenders. V. Benton went to the air on second down connecting with G. Stidham who raced into the end zone untouched for the score. The PAT kick by D. Benton was perfectly executed and with 7:05 left in the first quarter the Lions were leading 14 - 0.
M. Hubbert's ensuing kick was received by Heck at the 15-yard line and returned up the middle of the field where a host of Lions made the stop at the Bears 41-yard line. First down brought Heck around the right side of the line of scrimmage but David Pitts; Jr., G. Stidham and others were on the stop for the Lions resulting in no gain on the play. Mays on a keeper picked up four yards on second down with Caleb Palmer and M. Hubbert on the stop. Facing third down and 6-yards, Mays completed a pass connection with Garrett Cornelius along the left side line where he was ruled out of bounds at the 48-yard line setting up fourth down and 3-yards. Following a time-out, Mays called upon Cornelius to continue gaining yardage and on fourth down Cornelius moved the ball to the first down marker keeping the possession alive for the Bears. Setting at the Lion 48-yard line, first down brought Kelly up the middle with the rushing attack but M. Hubbert, G. Stidham and Jake Stovall were on the stop. Following the play the Bears were penalized moving the ball back down field to their own 34-yard line for the replay of down. First down brought Noah Jackson with a reception but D. Benton was on coverage for the stop after a 4-yard gain. Mason Stidham remained in position and kept a close coverage on Heck on second down forcing the ball to be over thrown setting up third down and 24-yards for the Bears from their own 38-yard line. Attempting to connect thru the air with Kelly was unsuccessful as V. Benton was on cover for the Lions forcing an incomplete pass. Facing fourth down, Cagle lined-up to punt the ball away but mishandled the ball with the Lions recovering the ball deep in the Bears territory at their 28-yard line.
First down brought D. Benton with the hand-off up the middle but he was met at the line of scrimmage for the stop by a host of angry Bears for the stop. Determined not to be with held, D. Benton took the hand-off again and rambled around the right side line into the end zone for what appeared to be a quick score. Penalty flags neglected the quick six with off-setting penalties against both teams resulting in a replay of the down. Facing second down and 10-yards at the 28-yard line, V. Benton called upon A. Palmer to advance the ball on the reverse with Palmer reaching the 5-yard line for a 23-yard rushing attack on the Bears offensive front. Setting deep in the Bears red-zone, D. Benton took the hand-off and rambled his way up the middle for his second touchdown of the night. The PAT kick by D. Benton was perfect and the score stood 21 - 0 with1:10 remain in the first quarter of play.
D. Hubbert's ensuing kick was fielded at the 26-yard line by Kelly who was met at the 29-yard line for the stop by Reeves and a host of other defenders. First down brought Heck with the rushing attack but Tyler Lolley and Nathan Young was on the stop for the Lions for a 1-yard loss. Reeves remained in position to force an incomplete pass on second down and on third down the Mays went over the middle with a pass intended for Horton but V. Benton was on coverage for the Lions resulting in another incomplete pass and leaving the Bears facing fourth down and 11-yards from their own 28-yard line. Cagle's punt rolled dead at the Lion 28-yard line as the first quarter came to a close.
Following an incomplete pass from V. Benton to D. Benton on first down, the Lions wasted little time moving the ball down field. Second down brought D. Benton on the reverse around the left side line to the Lion 36-yard line where Kelly made the saving tackle. With the snap of the ball, V. Benton connected thru the air with N. Young who raced untouched down the left side line to the end zone for a 65-yard pass reception touchdown with 11:31 remaining in the first half of play. The two point conversion was successful after the touchdown with G. Stidham finding himself standing alone untouched in the end zone to raise the score to 29 - 0.
D. Benton's ensuing kick was fielded by Dalton Adams at the 28-yard line with G. Stidham and A. Palmer making the stop at the Bears 44-yard line. A personal foul against the Lions moved the ball to the Lions 41-yard line where Mays and the Bears offense returned to the field. First down brought Heck up the middle for a 5-yard gain with Tre Tranum and a host of others on the stop. Heck took the hand-off around the right side and cut back up the middle on second down reaching the Lion 25-yard line for the first down before N. Young and A. Palmer could make the stop. On first down Dillard broke across the line of scrimmage and brought Kelly down in the backfield for a 3-yard loss. Second down brought Kelly with the rushing attack out of the backfield but A. Palmer and G. Stidham made the tackle and following the play the ball was moved back to the 40-yard line following a holding call on the Bears. Attempting to catch the Lions off guard the Bears attempted a sweep around the right side with Heck carrying the ball but D. Benton and G. Stidham was in position for the stop and a 1-yard loss. Third down brought a shuttle pass to Heck but Parson was on the stop to leave the Bears facing fourth down and 22-yards. Cagle lined up in the back field and punted the ball away with the ball rolling dead at the 2-yard line.
Rushing attacks by D. Benton and A. Palmer moved the ball out to the 13-yard line setting up a first down for the Lions. On first down V. Benton connected thru the air with Justin Hancock who rambled his way down the right side line to the Lion 38-yard line before Kelly could make the tackle. With the new set of downs, V. Benton called upon N. Young to advance the ball deeper and he took the hand-off to the Lion 48-yard line for another first down. Sticking with the rushing attack by Young on first down resulted in another 18-yard gain to move the ball to the Bears 34-yard line. D. Benton got the call to carry the ball on first down and rushed up the middle for a 7-yard gain where Kelly made the tackle. On second down A. Palmer was met at the line of scrimmage by Hyden Southern for the stop leaving the Lions facing third down and 3-yards. N. Young took the hand-off and rambled around the left side of the line of scrimmage behind his blockers reaching the 13-yard line for a 14-yard rushing attack and keeping the drive alive. A. Palmer rushed up the middle on first down for 3-yards with Southern and Dalton Jackson making the stop. Second down brought M. Stidham out of the backfield  with the hand-off over his right tackle but a penalty against the Lions for holding moved the ball back to the 18-yard line. On the replay of down, Dillard took the hand-off up the middle where Southern, Jackson and Austin Molinar were in on the stop for the Bears after a 3-yard gain. Facing third down and 12-yards near the 15-yard line, V. Benton called his own number and on quarterback keeper advanced into the end zone for the score. The PAT kick by D. Benton was right down the middle of the uprights and the Lion lead increased to 36 - 0 with 1:16 remaining in the first half of the game.
The ensuing kick by M. Hubbert was received at the 9-yard line by Kelly and returned to the 19-yard line where a host of Lion defenders made the stop. The Bears were penalized on the play moving the ball back to the 14-yard line. First down brought Mays with a keeper but he was met at the line for the stop setting up second down. Kelly was met in the backfield by G. Stidham, D. Pitts, Jr. and a host of others as time expired on the first half leaving the Lions with a comfortable half-time lead of 36 - 0.
Robert Horton attempted an on-side kick to start the second half of play but N. Young recovered the ball at the Lion 30-yard line setting up V. Benton for his last drive on the night as the Lion quarterback. First down brought Dillard up the middle with the hand-off where he was met by Southern, Horton, A. Molinar and a host of others for the stop after a 1-yard gain. V. Benton pitched the ball out to C. Palmer on second down with Palmer advancing around the left side of the line of scrimmage for 1-yard with Joseph Pruitt, Cornelius and others on the tackle. Facing third down and 8-yards, D. Benton took the hand-off from V. Benton and raced around the right side of the line of scrimmage rambling his way to the end zone for a 68-yard rushing touchdown. The touchdown was his third of the night. The PAT kick by D. Benton was perfect and the Lion lead increased quickly on the Bears to 36 - 0.
The Lion coaching staff replaced numerous starters with other players on the kicking team with M. Hubbert remaining as the Lion kicker. Hubbert's kick was fielded at the 20-yard line by Cornelius who was met by Hancock and a host of others for the stop at the 31-yard line. On first down Heck advanced the ball with Reeves making the tackle at the 40-yard line. On second down Kelly sweep around the left side line with the carry and following the play the ball was moved back to the 40-yard line following a penalty against the Bears. Facing second down and 20-yards, Mays connected with a pass to Dalton Adams who was brought down by M. Stidham at the Lion 49-yard line. With a new set of downs, Mays handed the ball off to Heck who rushed over the right side of the line with Nick Smith on the tackle for the Lions deep down the field at the Lion 29-yard line. On first down Mays attempted a pass in the backfield but the ball fell incomplete with Tyler Lolley making the recover for the Lions to save the scoring threat.
A. Palmer lined up at the quarterback position relieving V. Benton of his duties and on first down M. Stidham took the hand-off around the right side of the line of scrimmage for a 4-yard gain. C. Palmer took the hand-off on second down advancing around the left side of the line but following the play the ball was moved back to the Lion 30-yard as the Lions were penalized for holding on the play. Facing second down and 16-yards on the replay of down, the ball came loose on the exchange but the Lions recovered setting up third down and 14-yards from the 32-yard line. A. Palmer attempted a pass connection with C. Palmer but the pass fell incomplete leaving the Lions facing fourth down and long yardage. M. Hubbert returned to punt the ball away with A. Palmer rushing down field to down the ball at the 20-yard line.
First down brought Heck around the right side line with the ball where Lathan Holliday and a host of others made the stop for the Lions following a 2-yard gain. Kelly took the hand-off around the left side of the line and cut back up the middle to reach the 43-yard line where Hancock and Luke Stidham made the stop. With the snap of the ball, Kelly continued the rushing attack reaching the Lion 43-yard line before Smith, C. Palmer and John Upton could make the tackle. First down brought Heck up the middle with M. Stidham and Ethan McCluskey on the stop at the 28-yard line. Facing second down and 2-yards, Mays attempted a pass connection with Adams but L. Stidham was on coverage to knock the ball away near the goal line. Reverting back to the rushing attack, Kelly rushed around the right side of the line of scrimmage with Holliday and Upton making the tackle to leave the Bears facing fourth down and 2-yards from the 26-yard line. Fourth down brought a pass attempt to Adams but Smith was on coverage for the Lions forcing the ball to be overthrown and turning the ball over on downs to the Lions.
A. Palmer called on M. Stidham to gain needed yardage on first down with Stidham picking up 8-yards on the carry. Second down brought more of Stidham with the ball as he took the hand-off but was met for the stop at the line of scrimmage by a host of Bear defenders. Sticking with Stidham on the rushing attack, the Lions moved the ball to the 38-yard line for the first down as the third quarter came to a close. On first down, Cannon Alexander took the hand-off and was met at the line of scrimmage by A. Molinar and a host of others for the stop after a 2-yard gain. Second down brought C. Palmer out of the backfield around the left side of the line of scrimmage where Tre Anderson, Pendley and others were on the stop for the Bears. Alexander got the call to carry again on first down rushing for 3-yards to the Bear 45-yard line and on second down M. Stidham took the hand-off out of the backfield to the 42-yard line where he was brought down by Anderson, Chris Calvert, Jackson and Justin Cook. Upton took the ball up the middle fighting his way to the 15-yard line for the first down where he was tackled by a host of defenders to save the touchdown. A. Palmer called his own number on first down but was met at the line of scrimmage setting up second and 10-yards. Justin Hancock took over reigns as quarterback and the Lions were penalized for an illegal procedure moving the ball back to the 20-yard line. Hancock called on Upton to regain the yardage but he was met in the backfield by a host of angry Bears leaving the Lions facing third down and 22-yards at the 27-yard line. Third down brought a passing attempt from Hancock but pressure by Pruitt and others forced an incomplete pass leaving the Lions facing fourth down. Hancock advanced the ball up the middle on a keeper but the Bears took over on downs at their own 22-yard line.
First down brought Kelly with the hand-off up the middle where M. Stidham made the tackle after an 8-yard gain.  On second down Heck came out of the backfield with the rushing carry up the middle to reach the 49-yard line where Hancock made the saving tackle. First down brought Heck with the carry once again and on second down Brett Wright and Dusty Hubbert made the stop at the Lion 39-yard line. Clay Gray broke up the intended pass at the line of scrimmage on first down but on second down Mays connected thru the air with his receiver who ramble to the end zone for the Bears score with 3:14 remaining on the game clock. The two point conversion was successful and the score stood  43 - 8.
C. Palmer lined up deep to receive the ensuing kick-off from Cody Noles but the onside kick was recovered by Hancock setting the Lion offense up at the 30-yard line. First down brought Upton with the rushing attack  but he was met at the line of scrimmage by a host of Bears and the ball was fumbled away with the Bears recovering.
First down brought Mays passing the ball to his receiver who fought his way to the 1-yard line where he was stopped but with the snap of the ball Heck rambled his way into the end zone for the first rushing touchdown of the night for the Bears.The two point conversion was successful on the PAT and with 2:09 remaining in the ball game the score stood 43 - 16.
Noles' ensuing kick was once again an onside kick with the Lions recovering the ball at the 35-yard line. M. Stidham took the hand-off up the middle on first down but was met at the line of scrimmage for no gain. On second down, C. Palmer rushed around the left side line and was forced out of bounds after a 2-yard gain. Third down brought Hancock with the keeper up the middle but Southern and a host of other defenders made the stop after a 3-yard gain. Facing fourth down and 5-yards, Hancock called his own number once again but was stopped 2-yards shy of the first down marker by A. Molinar, Southern, and others to turn the ball over to the Bears at the Lion 45-yard line.
Attempting to score quickly, Mays went deep down field with a pass attempt but Reeves stepped in front of the intended receiver for the interception giving the Lions the ball at their own 14-yard line with little time remaining on the game clock. Hancock took  the snap and took a knee as time expired leaving the Lions with the victory over the Bears by the score of 43 - 16.
Next week the Lions will continue Region play by hosting the Marion County Red Raiders at Wiley Hollingsworth Stadium. Game time is 7p.m.
Comments from Head Coach Lamar Harris:
"Overall I thought that our guys played better than they did last week. We stayed focused and played really good on both sides of the ball throughout the game tonight. We came out of the locker room and got on the scoreboard early taking control of the game, which gave us the opportunity to play a lot of our younger players in this game. Taking the lead into the locker room at the half-time break allowed us to prepare our younger players as well as our backup players in some positions to the take to the field for their first playing time this season. That's an important part of building any program and I'm glad we got that opportunity early in the season allowing the younger guys playing time. We've got a very tough game coming up this week against Marion County. Marion County is a really good and well coached team and we had better be ready for them because they'll come ready to play. The guys need to put this win behind them and remain focused on our goals as our Region play only gets tougher as our season progresses. We are going to prepare and plan for a good week of practice ahead and we had better use the practice time wisely in preparing as a team for we know the Red Raiders will be prepared to play when they come to our stadium. We've had a great fan base early in our season and we hope the fans will arrive at the stadium and support us as we open Region play on our home field."
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