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Written by Allen J. Dunavant   
Monday, 20 September 2010 06:57

For two weeks straight the Hubbertville football team traveled into Marion County for regional play, with the latest visit to Guin to take on the Marion County Red Raiders.  The night proved early in the contest that the game was going to become an offensive battle with both teams fighting to take the lead in region 7 play.

Marion County won the coin toss and elected to receive the opening kick.  DeShawn Riebeschi fielded Landon Millers opening kick at the 25-yard line and raced up field to the Lion 39-yard line where Jake McCollum made the touchdown saving tackle.  Wasting little time bringing his offense onto the field, Red Raider Quarterback Sean Wallace took to the air with a passing attempt to connect with Riebeschi deep in Lion territory but the ball was beyond reach.  On second down, Wallace handed the ball off to Justin Sanderson who rushed for a 6-yard gain before Hunter O'Mary made the stop for the Lions.  Sticking with the running game, Sanderson plowed his way up the middle of the field to the 24-yard line before Colby Ellis could bring him down.  Riebeschi got the call to carry the ball on third down and rushed around the right side of the line of scrimmage where he was brought down just short of the goal line by Dylan Dillard.  After a penalty on the Lions, the ball was moved just inside the 1-yard line, where Sanderson took the hand-off from Wallace and burst his way up the middle for the first points of the evening.  Benjamin Riggs kick on the PAT was perfect and the Marion County Red Raiders were first on the scoreboard.

David Aldridge fielded the ensuing kick at the 30-yard line and advanced to the Lion 43-yard line to set up the Hubbertville offensive front.  McCollum on a keeper gained 4-yards on first down.  Second down brought Aaron Dillard up the middle but he was met immediately by Jacob Gann.  Facing third down and 6, McCollum went to the passing attack and connected with O'Mary who fought his way down to the Marion County 35-yard line before Ben Crow could make the saving tackle.  A. Dillard took the hand-off on first down and advanced around the right side of the line of scrimmage to the 22-yard line before Riebeschi could make the tackle.  With a new set of downs, McCollum stuck with A. Dillard who took the ball to the 18-yard line where Sanderson and Nathan Rickles brought him down.  D. Dillard rushed with the ball on second down moving the ball just inches from the first down marker.  On third down, McCollum's pass to O'Mary was just beyond his reach, setting up fourth down and inches for the Lions close to the Raiders 13-yard line.  A. Dillard took the hand-off and fought his way to the 8-yard line where Devin Cantrell made the tackle.  Second down brought D. Dillard with the carry being brought down by a host of Red Raiders close to the goal line.  A. Dillard then took the ball to the end zone lighting up the Lions side of the scoreboard with 4:23 remaining in the first quarter.  The PAT, kick by A. Dillard clipped the left upright of the goal post but bounced thru to tie the score.

Landon Millers ensuing kick was received at the 20-yard line by Jamal Thomas.  D. Dillard tackled Thomas near the 40-yard line forcing a fumble which he recovered turning the ball back over to the Hubbertville offense with excellent field position at the Marion County 43-yard line, however two plays later McCollum was intercepted by Riebeschi who returning the interception back to the Lion 7-yard line before McCollum was able to drag him down for the save.  Wallace wasted little time finding the end zone, as he called his own number on first down and rushed across the goal line for the score.  Riggs' kick on the PAT was perfect and the Red Raiders were back on top.

Dillon Tucker fielded the ensuing kick at the 22-yard line and rushed up field to the 36-yard line where Ready Swanigan brought him down.  Sticking with rushing attacks by A. Dillard and D. Dillard, the Lion offense quickly moved across mid-field down to the 24-yard line as the first quarter came to a close.  Facing second down and 4 at the 18-yard line, McCollum passed the ball to D. Dillard who rushed his way into the end zone for the score.  The Lions went for two points on the PAT and McCollum passed to O'Mary for a successful connection giving the Lions their only lead of the long evening with 11:54 remaining in the first half of play.
Two offensive plays later and the Red Raiders would regain the lead with a 63-yard rushing touchdown.  The PAT kick by Riggs was perfect and the Red Raiders were up 21-15 with 10:57 showing on the clock.
The ensuing kick by Riebeschi was high and sailed deep into the Lion end zone for a touchback.  With the snap of the ball, the Lions night would turn to dissatisfaction as D. Dillard fumble the ball and Ready Swanigan recovered for the Red Raiders.  With momentum and determination building, the Raiders wasted little time moving the ball into the end zone, with Riebeschi taking the ball across the goal line untouched.  The PAT, kick by Riggs was right down the middle of the uprights and the Marion County Red Raiders were looking more confident in the siege for victory with a 28-15 lead.


Frustration for the Hubbertville Lions continued to mount as was evident with their next possession.  After Riebeschi's kick sailed deep to the 10-yard line, A. Dillard fielded the ball and returned it to the Lion 36-yard line where Swanigan and Cullen Reece made the stop.  Sticking with the rushing attack, the Lions moved the ball to their own 40-yard line but an illegal procedure penalty moved the ball back to the 35-yard line.  Facing third down and 12, McCollum pitched the ball back to D. Dillard who attempted to pass down field to Aldridge but the ball was intercepted by Riebeschi who returned it to the Lion 48-yard line but penalty markers were thrown on both sides of the field.  Following the sort by the officials, the Red Raiders found themselves with the ball at their own 43-yard line.  First down brought additional yardage against the Red Raiders to set up a replay of downs, but the penalties didn't seem to phase the Raiders as on second down, Wallace connected with Devin Cantrell who raced 64-yards into the end zone.  Riggs' kicking accuracy was perfect and the Raiders continued to build their lead with 5:53 remaining in the first half.

Misery struck the Lions on the ensuing kick as D. Dillard fumbled the ball away on the return with the Red Raiders recovering the loose ball setting up possession at the Lion 45-yard line.  Two plays later Swanigan was kneeling in the end zone in what appeared to be another touchdown for the Raiders, but officials ruled that he had stepped out of bounds at the 8-yard line.  Not to be withheld, Sanderson moved the ball across the goal line two plays later after Wallace connected with him over the middle.  With a large lead and time winding down on the half, the Raiders elected to try for two points on the PAT attempt, but Wallace's pass to Cantrell was incomplete with 4:06 remaining.

A. Dillard lined-up deep for the Lions at the 10-yard line for the ensuing kick by Riebeschi.  Dillard fielded the kick at the 12-yard line and rushed out to the Lion 46-yard line where Riebeschi made the saving stop for the Red Raiders.  First down brought A. Dillard with the hand-off from McCollum rambling his way up the middle over the right guard to the end zone untouched for his second score on the evening.  His kick on the PAT was perfect and the score offensive battle continued for both teams.

Miller's ensuing kick was fielded at the 35-yard line by Riebeschi who raced to the Lion 23-yard line before Miller could run him down and save the kick return touchdown for the Lions. However, two plays later, Sanderson would walk his way untouched into the end zone for another touchdown.  True form continued for the Raiders Rigg's as his kick on the PAT sailed perfectly thru the uprights.

Dillon Tucker fielded the ensuing kick from Chris Bryant at the  26-yard line and was met at the 36-yard line by a host of Red Raiders for the stop.  First down brought an additional yardage gain as the Raiders were penalized for jumping off-sides.  On the replay of downs, A. Dillard was met at the line for a 1-yard loss.  Second down brought McCollum fighting for yardage thru the air, but his pass intended for D. Dillard fell incomplete.  Facing third down and 5, D. Dillard took the hand-off and rushed around the left hand side of the line of scrimmage to the Marion County 24-yard line before Caleb Mitchell could make the tackle.  A. Dillard then took the hand-off and rushed around the right side.  Following the play the Raiders were penalized and the Lions lined-up at the 11-yard line with a new set of downs.  On first down D. Dillard fought his way up the middle where Cantrell and a host of defenders made the stop at the 3-yard line.  O'Mary took the hand-off on second down and 1, fighting his way into the end zone for the touch down with 34.5 seconds remaining in a hard fought first half of play.  A. Dillard's kick on the PAT was perfect and the score stood 48-29.

Miller's on-side kick was recovered by Cantrell at the Red Raiders 49-yard line.  The Raiders were determined to find the end zone prior to half-time moving the ball down field deep into Lion territory but time managed to expire leaving the Red Raiders with an 19 point advantage at the half time break.

Starting the second half of play, Riebeschi's kick was fielded at the 13-yard line by A. Dillard who rushed up field to the Lion 38-yard line where he was stopped to set up the Lion offense.  First down brought D. Dillard with a rushing attempt up the middle where Rickles and Sanderson made the stop after a 6-yard gain.  A. Dillard took the hand-off from McCollum on second down and broke several tacklers in the backfield fighting his was across mid-field to the Marion County 49-yard line for a first down.  With the snap of the ball the Raiders were penalized moving the ball to the 44-yard line where D. Dillard rushed over left guard for a 3-yard gain.  Facing second down and 2, O'Mary took the hand-off and was met at the line of scrimmage by Rickles and a host of Raiders for no gain.  On third down, A. Dillard rushed around the left side in what appeared to be a first down for the Lions but officials ruled the ball was fumbled on the take down with the Red Raiders recovering the loose ball.

On first down the Raiders were penalized and moved back 5-yards.  On the replay of down, Wallace connected with Joseph Johnson to regain 14-yards of the loss yardage before D. Dillard could make the stop.  On second down, the Raiders fumbled the ball on the exchange but managed to recover setting up another set of downs at the Lion 48-yard line.  Sanderson took the hand-off from Wallace on first down and rushed up the middle where McCraw made the stop after a 3-yard gain.  On second down, Wallace connected on a quick over the middle pass to Mitchell who raced untouched into the end zone in what appeared to be another touchdown for the Red Raiders but penalty flags were visible near the line of scrimmage.  The Red Raiders were penalized for offensive pass interference much to the displeasure of the home crowd.  With a loss of downs, and facing third down at their own 49-yard line, the Lion defense held the Raiders facing Jacob Gann to punt the ball away to the Lion offense for the first time on the evening.  Gann's punt rolled dead at the Lion 16-yard line.

McCollum returned under center for the Lions and on first down A. Dillard took the hand-off and raced down field breaking tackles fighting his way down to the 1-yard line for what appeared to be an excellent offensive attack for the Lions, but the huge gain was called back as the Lions were penalized for holding during the run and the ball was marked down at the Lion 32-yard line.  Dillon Tucker took the hand-off and advanced over the left guard on first down for a 3-yard gain.  Second down brought A. Dillard on the rush and third down brought D. Dillard rushing up the middle.  Following measurement by the officials the Lions drive was still alive with a first down marked just beyond the 42-yard line.  Dillon Tucker took the hand-off from McCollum on first down and raced full speed scrambling his way around the left side of the line of scrimmage into the end zone for the touch down with 2:44 remaining in the third quarter of play.  McCraw was called upon to attempt the kick on the PAT, but the ball sailed just outside the goal post and the Raiders held their lead 48-35.

Thomas and Wallace lined-up deep to receive the ensuing kick from Miller but Swanigan fielded the ball at the 34-yard line and gained yardage to the Marion County 47-yard line before Caleb Tucker could make the stop for the Lions.  The Raiders stuck with the rushing attack with Riebeschi, Sanderson and Thomas moving the ball to the Lion 26-yard line as the third quarter came to a close.  Sanderson took the ball to the end zone with a 14-yard rushing attempt to give Marion County more icing on their lead early in the fourth quarter of play.  On the PAT, the Raiders faked the kick but the passing attempt fell incomplete leaving the score at 54-35.

Bryant's ensuing kick was fielded at the 15-yard line by D. Dillard who mishandled the ball with the ball advancing up field into the hands of D. Tucker who rushed out to the 26-yard line where he was met and brought down by a host of Red Raiders.  The Lion offense was unable to move the ball beyond their own 40-yard line forcing O'Mary to punt the ball away to the Raiders.  O'Mary's punt sailed high setting up the Raider offense at the Lion 49-yard line.  Seven plays later, the Marion County Red Raiders added an additional seven points to their score as Swanigan fought his way into the end zone on fourth down and inches.  Following Wallace's perfect kick on the PAT, the score stood 61-35 in favor of the home standing Red Raider crowd with 3:08 remaining in the game.

D. Dillard received the ensuing kick and misery continued for the Lions as the ball came loose on the take down with the Red Raiders recovering the fumble near the Lion 35-yard line.  Tyler Gunter replaced Wallace at quarterback and with time ticking off the game clock the Red Raiders inched the ball closer to the Lion red zone with Damonz Walker getting the call to carry the ball on all rushing attempts.  With a new set of downs at the 19-yard line, Walker took the hand-off from Gunter and rushed to the 16-yard line as time expired to give the Red Raiders a boost of momentum for the season as the 61-35 victory gave them their third regional win in the short season.

The Lions will host the Holy Spirit Titans at Wiley Hollingsworth Stadium on Friday night.  Game time is 7 p.m.


Comments from Coach Lamar Harris:

"Disappointing.  This is the first time that I've seen the ball turned-over so many times in a game since I've been the coach here at Hubbertville.  It's just unbelievable that we managed to let ourselves get in the position of losing the game with turn-overs and poor defensive play during the first half of the game.  Our defense tonight just wasn't there, they just didn't show up for the game.  Throughout the first half of the game we were just flat defensively but we managed to stay in the game with our offensive battle.  We struggled defensively and I'm not pleased with the effort which was shown at the start of the game.  Combine the defensive struggles with the offensive turn-overs and your team will get beat every time.  We showed our fight and stuck with them up.  We thought if we came out and scored on our opening drive to start the second half we could still come home with the win.  With the third quarter touchdown bringing us to within 13 points we still had an opportunity, but once again defensively we just couldn't stop their fight and determination.  The quick score following our touchdown showed us how determined they were to win the game.  In the end, I can only say that they were prepared and ready to take a victory and they fought us hard and got the win.  Very disappointing."

Last Updated on Monday, 20 September 2010 07:06

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