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Written by Allen J. Dunavant   
Sunday, 12 October 2014 00:00
Following a heavy thunderstorm which produced a down pouring rain the Lion football team exited the locker and entered Wiley Hollingsworth Stadium welcoming the visiting Tigers of Meek High School for their last regional game to be played in their home stadium this season. The Lions will travel to South Lamar and finish out region six play on Friday night against the Stallions. Weather conditions were threatening prior to game time, but once the teams took to the wet field the Lions wasted little time conducting a thirteen play drive down for the first score of the game erasing seven minutes and thirty seven seconds from the first quarter of play. Captains for the visiting Tigers were Heath Bailey, Daniel Griffith, Micah Godfrey and Landon Ory. Vess Benton, Anthony Dillard, Austin Palmer and D.J. Pitts, Jr. represented the Lions as Captains. The Lions won the coin toss electing to receive the opening kick to get the game underway.

Samuel Tidwell booted the ball out of bounds setting Vess Benton and the Lion offensive front up for the opening drive at the Lion 32-yard line. Back to back rushing attacks by  Nathan Young moved the ball to the 44-yard line for the first down. Sticking with the rushing attack Austin Palmer and Dax Benton pushed the ball deeper down field with Benton reaching the Tigers 49-yard line before being tackled by Daniel Griffith and Micah Godfrey for the stop. Facing third down and three, N. Young took the hand-off up the middle before being brought down near the first down marker. Following an official measurement the drive continued with V. Benton calling on D. Benton to continue with the rushing attack resulting in a two yard gain. On second down V. Benton went to the air attack and connected with Zack Reeves who fought his way down to the 29-yard line before the stop could be made by the Tigers. First down brought D. Benton with the ball out of the backfield for a seven yard gain with M. Godfrey and others fighting to make the stop. A. Palmer took the hand-off on second and rushed around the left side of the line of scrimmage where he was met for the immediate stop by Kilor Johnson, Justin Simmons and Godfrey. Facing third down and three, D. Benton rushed over the right side behind blockers reaching the 16-yard line before Justin Simmons and Elijah Wilson could bring him down. A. Palmer took the hand-off out of the backfield and rambled over left guard reaching the 23-yard line with Scott Irving on the stop to save the score. Second down brought the first penalty flags of the evening with the Tigers being penalized for jumping off-sides moving the ball to the 18-yard line. With the snap of the ball, V. Benton connected thru the air with Gabe Stidham who raced untouched into the end zone lighting up the Lions side of the scoreboard with 4:23remaining in the first quarter of play. Sticking with the passing attack on the two point conversion attempt on the PAT, V. Benton connected once again with G. Stidham in the left corner of the end zone giving the Lions the lead 8 - 0.

D. Benton's ensuing kick rolled out of bounds setting the Tigers up for their first offensive possession of the evening at their own 35-yard line. Justin Lane elected to pursue the passing attack early in an attempt to catch the Lions off-guard and connected with Scott Irving in the backfield. Irving scrambled away from tacklers following behind his blockers advancing across mid-field to the Lion 49-yard line where Mason Stidham made the tackle. N. Young made the stop on Lane on first down resulting in no gain. Second down brought Bailey Heath out of the backfield with the hand-off but he was met by McKain Hubbert and N. Young resulting in a one yard gain. Third down brought Elijah Wilson with the hand-off but he was met immediately at the line of scrimmage by Kris Parson, D.J. Pitts, N. Young and others for the stop leaving the Tigers facing fourth down and nine yards. Wilson dropped back to punt the ball away but the Lions were penalized for an off-sides infraction moving the ball up field to the Lions 43-yard line. Once again Wilson lined up in the backfield punting the ball away with the ball rolling dead at the Lion 21-yard line.

V. Benton led the Lion offensive front back on the field and on first down N. Young took the hand-off up field for an eight yard gain. Second down brought Young with the carry once again rushing over right guard before cutting outside for a large gain to the Lions 42-yard line where Wilson made the solo tackle. V. Benton's pass to A. Palmer fell short in the backfield on first down and Anthony Dillard took the hand-off up the middle for a four yard gain before being stopped by Gober and Godfrey as the first quarter of play came to a close. D. Benton continued the rushing attack on third down racing around the right end of the line of scrimmage to the Tiger 41-yard line for a nine yard gain with Wilson on the stop for the Tigers. First down brought penalty flags against the Lions for an illegal procedure moving the ball back to the 46-yard line. A. Dillard took the hand-off on the replay of down and fought his way up the middle bouncing off would be tacklers and rambling down field advancing across the goal line into the end zone for the touchdown with 11:01 remaining in the first half of play. The PAT kick by M. Hubbert didn't clear the cross bar of the goal post leaving the score 14 - 0 in favor of the home-standing Lions.

D. Benton booted the ensuing kick deep to the six-yard line where Irving made the reception. M. Stidham made the solo tackle on Irving at the Tiger 29-yard line where Lane and the offensive Tigers returned to the field. The Lion defensive front led by D.J. Pitts, Jr., N. Young, M. Hubbert, Parson, Reeves, and V. Benton and continued their dominance on the field holding the Tigers to four downs and out. On first down, Irving gained three-yards before N. Young, M. Hubbert and D.J. Pitts, Jr. made the stop. Reeves sacked Lane deep in the backfield on second down and on third down V. Benton stopped B. Heath in the backfield leaving the Tigers facing fourth down and long yardage. Wilson lined-up and punted the ball away with the ball coming to a rest at the Tiger 36-yard line.

N. Young advanced for two-yards on first down and on second down A. Palmer took the hand-off and rambled over left guard for a 34-yard rushing touchdown with 7:46remaining in the game. The PAT Kick by D. Benton sent the ball right down the middle of the uprights and the Lions score increased to 21 - 0.

The ensuing kick by D. Benton once again sailed deep down field to the 5-yard line where Gabriel Jones made the reception with Nick Taylor making the tackle for the Lions at the 22-yard line. Once again the Lion defense held their ground. The Tigers attempted using a combination of the rushing and passing attack but the Lions remained firm holding their ground. First down brought B. Heath up the middle but D.J. Pitts, Jr., M. Hubbert and others were on the stop for the Lions resulting in no gain. On second down, Lane attempted a pass connection with Simons but D. Benton was on coverage knocking the ball away. The Lions were penalized on the play for an interference call moving the ball to the Lion 47-yard line and awarding the Tigers with the first down. On first down Griffith was stopped after a four-yard gain by A. Palmer, Reeves and others. Second down brought Griffith with the carry out of the backfield but G. Stidham, M. Hubbert and Parson was in place for the tackle. Facing third down and two-yards, D.J. Pitts, Jr., fought his way into the backfield to make the solo tackle on B. Heath resulting in a five-yard loss. WIlson once again lined-up in the backfield and punted the ball away with the ball sailing out of bounds at the 33-yard line.

Six plays later, N. Young took the ball 42-yards with the rushing attack over the left side of the line of scrimmage and raced untouched to the end zone for the quick six. Moving the ball down field successfully were rushing attacks by A. Dillard. On first down he raced over right guard for an eight-yard gain. On second down V. Benton attempted a pass over the middle to Reeves but the ball fell just beyond Reeves finger tips. Reverting back to Dillard and the rushing attack, Dillard picked up one-yard leaving the Lions facing fourth down and inches just near the 42-yard line. Dillard got the call to advance the ball deeper and rushed over the right side of the line of scrimmage reaching the Tiger 44-yard line for another first down with Irving, Griffith, Lane and Simons on the stop for the Tigers.  First down brought D. Benton around the right end of the line of scrimmage for a two yard gain with Griffith, Gober and others on the tackle. With the snap of the ball N. Young took the ball the remaining 42-yards for the score with 2:08 remaining on the clock. The PAT kick by D. Benton was perfect and the Lions were building a comfortable lead 28 - 0.

M. Hubbert's ensuing kick was fielded by Irving at the 11-yard line with N. Young and Caleb Palmer on the stop at the 21-yard line. First down brought Irving over the left tackle but N. Young was there for the tackle after a three-yard gain. Second down brought Dillard advancing into the backfield to sack Lane for an eight-yard loss. Third down brought Lane connecting thru the air to Irving along the left side line with D. Benton making the stop at the 39-yard line. Sticking with the passing attack, Lane connected once again with Irving on the slant route with D. Benton on the stop for the Lions at the 42-yard line setting up second down and eight-yards. Lane once again attempted a pass connection this time with Simons but the Tigers were penalized for an ineligible receiver down field moving the ball back to the Tiger 37-yard line. The replay of down brought another passing attempt with Lane attempting to connect with Irving once again, but V. Benton and D. Benton were in position to knock the ball to the ground. Third down brought Dillard into the backfield where he met Wilson for the stop and a loss of additional yardage as time expired on the first half of play with the Lions taking the halftime lead to the locker room 28 - 0.

Starting the second half, M. Hubbert's kick sailed to the 14-yard line where Irving made the reception. Justin Hancock and John Upton were on the stop for the Lions at the 16-yard line setting up Lane and the Tiger offensive front. First down brought Wilson out of the backfield with the ball but Dillard, Reeves and a host of other Lion defenders were in position to make the tackle after a five-yard gain. Wilson continued the rushing attack on second down with D.J. Pitts, Jr., M. Stidham, G. Stidham and others on the stop after a three-yard gain. Lane connected thru the air with Irving on third down with D. Benton on the tackle at the 32-yard line. Wilson took the hand-off our of the backfield on first down but G. Stidham was in position for the solo tackle after a one-yard gain. Second down brought a pass attempt to Simons but A. Palmer was on coverage for the Lions forcing the incompletion. Sticking with the passing attack, Lane connected with his unintended receiver as the bounced off Irving and was caught by Simons just near the Tiger 48-yard line. Wilson got the call to rush with the ball on first down but he was met immediately by N. Young for the stop and no gain. Second down brought misery for the Tigers as V. Benton intercepted the pass intended for Irving at the Lion 36-yard line and returned the ball to the Tiger 41-yard line where Godfrey made the saving tackle.
D. Benton got the call to advance the ball deeper on first down and he took the hand-off to the 29-yard line for a twelve-yard gain down the right side line before being knocked out of bounds by Landon Ory. On first down A. Palmer took the hand-off over left tackle for a three-yard gain with John Abercombie and Lane on the stop. V. Benton attempted a pass connection with G. Stidham on second down but Wilson was in position to knock the ball away setting up third down and seven-yards for the Lions. D. Benton took the hand-off and rushed to the end zone for a twenty-six yard rushing touchdown with 6:28 remaining in the third quarter of play. The PAT kick by M. Hubbert was perfect and the Lions lead increased to 35 - 0.

Irving and Simons lined up deep to receive the ensuing kick from M. Hubbert with Hubbert's kick being fielded at the 25-yard line by Collin Brock. Brock was met immediately for the stop by Upton and a host of other defenders. First down brought Irving with the hand-off out of the backfield around the left side of the line of scrimmage but M. Hubbert met him for the take down and a two-yard loss. V. Benton remained in position on coverage of Irving and knocked the ball away on a passing attempt on second down. Third down brought N. Young and Reeves across the line of scrimmage and into the backfield for the sack on Lane bringing up fourth down and ten-yards for the Tigers. Wilson lined up in the backfield and punted the ball away with D. Benton back to receive for the Lions but the ball rolled out of bounds at the Lion 43-yard line.

Justin Hancock replaced V. Benton as quarterback and on first down, N. Young took the hand-off but was met by Godfrey and a host of others after a three-yard gain. Second down brought M. Stidham out of the backfield with the rushing attack cutting back to the inside where he was met for the stop by Lane and Griffith at the Tiger 44-yard line. First down brought a turn-over for the Lions with Hancock's pass intended for G. Stidham being picked-off by Irving near the Tigers 30-yard line.

Heath rushed around the right side of the line of scrimmage on first down but D. Benton remained in position for the stop at the 41-yard line. Wilson was brought down in the backfield by N. Young, M. Hubbert and Caleb Palmer for a one-yard loss on first down and on second down Heath was met at the line of scrimmage by N. Young and Reeves resulting in no-gain on the play. Jake Stovall fought his way across the line of scrimmage on third down sacking Lane in the backfield to force the Tigers to punt the ball away on fourth down. Wilson's punt was fielded by Hancock at the 34-yard line and advanced to the Lion 40-yard line where he was brought down for the stop by Griffith and others.
First down brought Joseph Rutledge with the rushing attack rambling down the left side line but Lane was in position for the stop as the third quarter came to an end. On second down M. Stidham took the hand-off from Hancock and gained seven-yards before Lane, Griffith and a host of others made the tackle. Facing third down and three-yards, Rutledge took the ball over left tackle but was stopped one-yard short of the first down marker by Simons and Lane. N. Young got the call to fight for the needed yardage and raced up the middle to the Tiger 48-yard line for the first down with Brock and Gober on the stop. With the snap of the ball, M. Stidham took the hand-off and raced out of the backfield over the right side of the line of scrimmage rambling down field to the end zone for the score with  9:55 remaining on the game clock.  The PAT kick by D. Benton was right down the middle of the goal post and the Lions lead continued building 42 - 0.

D. Benton's ensuing kick was received at the 27-yard line by Griffith who was met at the Tigers 43-yard line for the stop by C. Palmer. Lane called his own number on first down and raced around the left side line where he was forced out of bounds by Upton at the Lion 41-yard line. First down brought Brock with the ball over the right side of the line of scrimmage where M. Stidham made the tackle immediately leaving the Tigers facing second down and nine-yards. Nick Smith was in position to knock the ball away from the reach of Lane on second down and the Tigers were penalized for holding on the play. The Lions declined the penalty setting up third down and ten-yards for the Tigers at their own 40-yard line. Following a time-out by the Tigers, Lane connected on a pass in the backfield to Brock who rambled down the right side line of scrimmage with Upton and Tyler Lolley making the saving tackle at the 19-yard line. Wilson took the hand-off on first down and rambled down the left side line and was forced out of bounds by Upton at the 3-yard line. Facing first down and goal, Griffith took the hand-off and rushed over right guard for the score with 6:50remaining to put the Tigers on the scoreboard. Lane took the ball around the left side of the line of scrimmage into the end zone for the two point conversion on the PAT and the score stood 42 - 8.

Samuel Tidwell's onside kick was fielded by C. Palmer at the Lions 48-yard line. First down brought Hancock with a keeper out of the backfield but he was met at the line by Robert Campbell for the stop. On second down M. Stidham took the hand-off from Hancock and rambled his way out of the backfield down the right side line where he was chased down from behind by Irving to save the touchdown run. With the snap, Rutledge took the hand-off and rambled over the left side of the line of scrimmage racing to the end zone for the touchdown with 5:46 remaining in the ball game. The PAT kick by M. Hubbert was no good as the ball was bobbled on the snap, leaving the score standing at 48 - 8.

D. Benton's ensuing kick was fielded by Irving at the 18-yard line and returned to the Tiger 42-yard line where Rutledge and Upton made the stop. First down brought Griffith with the hand-off around the right end for a five-yard gain with N. Smith on the stop for the Lions. Brock got the call to rush with the ball on second down with Lolley and Clay Gary making the tackle after a one-yard gain. Griffith rushed over left tackle on third down and was met by Upton at the Lions 47-yard line picking up the first down. Jones took the hand-off on first down and rushed around the right side line where N. Smith and Upton made the tackle after a five-yard pickup. On second down the Tigers were penalized moving the ball back to the 47-yard line and on the replay of down, Irving was met by Rutledge after a two-yard gain. Lane attempted a pass connection deep down field on third down but the Tigers were penalized for an ineligible receiver down field setting up fourth down. Jones took the hand-off and raced around the right side of the line of scrimmage but Mason Drummond and N. Smith were in position to make the stop short of the first down marker turning the ball over on downs to the Lions.

Ethan Nichols lined-up under center as the Lion quarterback and called upon Upton to advance the ball but he was met by Brock and a host of defenders for the stop after a one-yard gain. Luke Stidham brought the ball out of the backfield for an additional two-yards before Hayden Smith and others brought him down. Upton took the hand-off for an additional five-yards on third down before being shoved out of bounds just short of the first down marker. Facing fourth down and two-yards, the Lions elected to fight for the needed yardage but the ball was fumbled away with Irving recovering the loose ball for the Tigers.

Brock took the hand-off for five-yards on first down with Rutledge on the stop for the Lions. Second down brought Wilson with the rushing attack out of the backfield with Sonny Morrison making the solo tackle for the Lions as the game came to an end with time expiring on the clock.

The 6 - 0 Lions will travel to Millport to face-off against the South Lamar Stallions (3-4 Overall/2-2 Region) and close out Region 6 play on Friday night. Game time is7pm.
Comments from Head Coach Lamar Harris:

"Overall I thought our guys played a really good game. We dominated early on tonight which played well into our game plan. Our offense excelled every possession during the first half of the game and our defense did their job holding their own and keeping Meek off the scoreboard.  We had the opportunity to play a lot of additional players at different  positions in the last half of the game tonight and that's always a benefit to the program. It's another region win and the win gives us the title but we want to finish out the season by winning the region out right. We will have the opportunity to accomplish that goal in the game we face Friday night against South Lamar. We still have a lot of goals to accomplish in the season and there's still a lot of football to be played. We're excited about our goals and we want our fans to follow us down to Millport and show their continued support as the guys close out Region play against a team that continues to improve."
Last Updated on Sunday, 23 August 2015 20:17
 
 

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