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Written by Allen J. Dunavant   
Monday, 10 November 2014 00:00

The Lions opened the first round of play-offs on Friday night by hosting the Thunder of Jacksonville Christian Academy in Wiley Hollingsworth Stadium for the first ever meeting between the two schools. Daylon Brackett and Keith Trantham Captains for the Thunder meet with Lion Captains Dusty Hubbert, Zack Reeves, Jacob Stovall and Nathan Young at center field for the coin toss. The toss was won by the Thunder who elected to receive the opening kick to get the much anticipated event underway. Kristopher Armprester and Daylon Brackett lined-up deep to receive the kick from Dax Benton who booted the ball to the 10-yard line where Brackett made the reception and returned the ball to the 34-yard line. Brackett connected on a pass with Armprester who advanced over mid-field to the Lion 40-yard line where he was eventually brought down by Caleb Palmer, V. Benton and McCain Hubbert at the Lion 40-yard line. Brackett called his own number on first down and was met by N. Young who made the tackle after a 4-yard gain. Young continued his defensive efforts by sacking Brackett on second down for a 5-yard loss. Facing third down and 11-yards, Brackett found N. Young in the backfield along with M. Hubbert for back-to-back sacks and a 9-yard loss setting up fourth down and 20-yards which brought Brackett lining-up deep in the back-field and punting the ball away to Austin Palmer who signaled for the fair-catch at the Lion 18-yard line.

Vess Benton called upon younger brother D. Benton to fight for needed yardage and with the pitch back D. Benton advanced up field over the right side of the line of scrimmage before cutting back across the middle of the field and racing to the 50-yard line before Jayden Mitchell and Armprester could make the stop. A. Palmer took the hand-off and fought his way over the left side of the line of scrimmage following his blockers to the Thunder 40-yard line with Mitchell and Armprester on the stop once again. With a new set of downs, V. Benton called upon Zack Reeves and connected thru the air for the pass deep down field with Reeves racing to the end zone for the quick score with 8:01remaining in the first quarter of play. The PAT kick by D. Benton, with V. Benton holding and Tre Tranum snapping was perfectly executed and the Lions were first on the scoreboard leading 7 - 0.

Armprester and Brackett lined up once again deep to receive the ensuing kick from D. Benton with Armprester making the reception and fighting up field to the 21-yard line where Nick Smith made the solo tackle. First down brought another keeper by Brackett but N. Young and Gabe. Stidham made the stop after a 2-yard gain. On second down C. Palmer stepped in front of a pass which was intended for Mitchell almost intercepting the ball to leave the Thunder facing third down and 8-yards. Anthony Dillard, Kris Parson and M. Hubbert fought their way into the backfield and sacked Brackett setting up fourth down with Brackett finding himself standing in the end-zone to punt the ball away to A. Palmer who signaled for the fair-catch at the Thunder 48-yard line.

First down brought more of D. Benton on the rushing attack taking the hand-off from V. Benton and racing around the right end for a 7-yard pick-up before Brackett could bring him down for the stop. V. Benton reverted back to the passing attack and connected with G. Stidham along the left side line with Stidham breaking out in full speed reaching the end zone for the quick six with 5:11 showing on the clock. The PAT kick by D. Benton was no-good and the Lions were in the lead 13 - 0.
D. Benton's ensuing kick was fielded by Armprester at the 10-yard line with N. Smith and N. Young making the stop at the 19-yard line. D.J. Pitts, Jr. and M. Hubbert met Brackett behind the line of scrimmage for a 1-yard loss on first down. Second down brought more of M. Hubbert in the backfield with another sack on Brackett resulting in third down and 17-yards. Brackett then attempted a pass connection with Walker Messer but once again A. Palmer was in position to knock the ball away bringing up fourth down. Brackett dropped back into the end-zone once again and punted the ball away with the ball bouncing out of bounds at the Thunder 31-yard line.

A. Dillard took the hand-off and fought his way up the middle for a 6-yard gain before tripping on the carry. V. Benton called upon Z. Reeves for the passing attack once again and connected over the middle with Reeves making a diving catch at the six yard line. D. Benton finished the possession off by taking the hand-off up the middle for the score with 2:19 remaining in the first quarter of play. The PAT kick by D. Benton was perfect and the Lions score increased to 20 -  0.

Brackett and Elijah McCormack lined up to receive the ensuing kick from D. Benton with McCormick allowing the ball to roll to the one yard line before scooping the ball up and attempting to maneuver up field but G. Stidham was quick on the spot to make the stop at the 4-yard line. First down brought McCormick with the hand-off over left guard but K. Parson and Reeves were on the stop after a 1-yard gain. The Lions were drawn off-sides to gain and additional 5-yards leaving the Thunder facing second down and 4-yards at the 10-yard line. G. Stidham, K. Parson, N. Young and Reeves made the sack on Brackett for a two-yard loss putting the Thunder at the 8-yard line where they faced third down and 6-yards. Brackett attempted a pass connection once again to W. Messer but A. Palmer remained in position forcing the ball to be overthrown deep down field.  Once again Brackett found himself standing deep in his own end zone to punt the ball away to A. Palmer who made the reception at the Thunder 40-yard line where he scrambles his way back down field to the Thunder 18-yard line before Brackett and others could bring him down.

The Lions found themselves pushed back for five-yards following a false start on first down. Facing second down, V. Benton connected with A. Palmer through the air on a pass moving the ball back to the 18-yard line and setting up second down and 10-yards as the first quarter came to a close.  Second down brought V. Benton with the keeper but he slid down in the backfield with Tranthum on the tackle resulting in a four yard loss. On third down, D. Benton took the hand-off and rushed over the right side of the line of scrimmage where McCormack, Mitchell and others made the tackle. Facing fourth down and 13-yards at the Thunder 21-yard line, V. Benton attempted a pass connection with Reeves but the ball fell short just beyond the out stretched arms of Reeves turning the ball over on downs to the Thunder.

The Thunder were penalized on first down for an illegal procedure and on the replay of down Brackett found himself face-to-face with M. Hubbert, N. Young, D.J. Pitts, Jr. and others for the sack resulting in a six-yard loss. Brackett went to the air attack on second down but A. Palmer remained close on Armprester forcing the ball to fall incomplete. Third down brought N. Young into the backfield once again sacking Brackett for a seven-yard loss. Brackett lined-up deep in his own end zone once again to punt the ball away with A. Palmer making the reception returning the ball to the Thunder 25-yard line.

First down brought N. Young over left guard with the carry for an eight-yard gain with Mitchell making the saving tackle. Facing second down and two-yards, D. Benton took the hand-off around the right end for the quick score with 7:39 remaining in the first half. The PAT kick by D. Benton sent the ball right down the middle of the uprights and the Lions continued building their lead 27 - 0.

Brackett fielded D. Benton's ensuing kick at the 11-yard line and was brought down by Luke Stidham and a host of other defenders at the 24-yard line. McCormack took the hand-off on first down and was met in the backfield for a five-yard loss with G. Stidham and K. Parson on the stop. Brackett attempted a pass connection to Mitchell  on second down but pressure by M. Hubbert resulted in the ball being overthrown. Third down brought another passing attack with Brackett making the connection with W. Messer along the left side line but Reeves was on the stop with a solo tackle resulting in no gain on the play forcing Brackett to drop back near the goal line to punt the ball away on fourth down. Justin Hancock made the reception at the 44-yard line and returned the punt up field to the Thunder 28-yard line with Sean Bonds on the stop.

A. Palmer took over quarterbacking duties for the Lions and with the snap of the ball the Lions were penalized for an illegal procedure moving the ball back to the 33-yard line. On the replay of downs, Joseph Rutledge took the hand-off from A. Palmer and rushed over right tackle for a four yard gain with Armprester and Joshua Boling on the tackle. Mason Stidham advanced the ball deeper around the left side of the line of scrimmage leaving the Lions facing third down and one-yard at the 19-yard line. A. Palmer called upon younger brother C. Palmer to rush for the needed yardage with C. Palmer taking the hand-off up the middle to the 14-yard line before S. Bonds and others could bring him down for the stop. With a new set of downs, J. Rutledge took the hand-off and bounced outside around the right side of the line of scrimmage following his blockers out side for the score with 3:56 remaining in the first half of play. The PAT kick by D. Benton was perfectly executed and the Lions were cruising comfortably with a 34 - 0 lead.

D. Benton's ensuing kick was fielded at the 12-yard line by Armprester who was brought down with a solo tackle by N. Smith at the 31-yard line. First down brought Brackett with the keeper but N. Young and C. Palmer were in position for the stop after a one-yard gain. Brackett was brought down in the backfield by N. Young, K. Parson, C. Palmer and others for a five-yard loss leaving the Thunder facing third down and 14-yards from their own 28-yard line. With the snap of the ball, Brackett was sacked again by M. Hubbert, D.J. Pitts, Jr. and G. Stidham for an additional four-yard loss. Brackett lined up again to punt the ball away but pulled the ball down in an attempt to reach the needed yardage to keep possession but pressure by A. Dillard forced him to the left side-line where D. Benton forced him to run out of bounds at the 35-yard line where A. Palmer and the Lion offense took over on downs.

On first down  A. Palmer took the snap and fell immediately to his knee and then again on second down he took the knee allowing time to expire on the first half of play. The teams exited the field for the locker rooms with the Lions in the Lead 34 - 0.

D. Benton received the second half opening kick from Daniel Hughes at the 22-yard line advancing up field to the Thunder 41-yard line where he got entangled with his blockers for the stop. Justin Hancock took over as quarterback for the Lions and on first down M. Stidham rushed up the middle fighting his way down to the 22-yard line where Mitchell, W. Messer and a host of other defenders finally made the stop to save the quick score. C. Palmer took the hand-off up the middle with Boling and Bonds on the tackle after an eight-yard gain. Second down brought J. Rutledge over right tackle for the 14-yard rushing touchdown with 10:28 showing on the clock. The PAT kick by D. Benton was perfect and the score stood 41 - 0.

Brackett and Armprester lined up deep to receive the ensuing kick from D. Benton with Armprester making the reception and moving the ball up field to the 28-yard line where N. Smith made the solo stop. Trystan Garcia was brought down immediately on first down for no gain by Dusty Hubbert. Brackett with a keeper moved the ball to the 43-yard line where N. Smith made the tackle. First down brought Brackett connecting thru the air with Armprester who fought his way down to the 6-yard line before M. Stidham could bring him down for the saving tackle at the 6-yard line. Brackett called his own number on first down and took the ball around the left side of the line of scrimmage for the score putting the Thunder on the scoreboard with 8:18 remaining in the third quarter of play. The coaching staff called for a two-point conversion on the PAT and Brackett connected thru the air with Armprester to leave the score standing at 41 - 8 in favor of the Lions.

Joshua Thorton's ensuing kick sailed out of bounds setting the Lions up at their own 35-yard line. Justin Hancock brought the Lion offensive front back to the field and on first down handed the ball off to J. Rutledge who rushed over the right side of the line of scrimmage for a twenty-seven yard gain with Armprester and others on the tackle. First down brought M. Stidham with the carry up the middle with Mitchell and a host of others making the tackle at the 25-yard line. C. Palmer took the ball deeper on first down rushing up the middle with Boling, Bonds and others on the stop at the 23-yard line. Facing second down and eight-yards, J. Rutledge took the hand-off and raced around the right side of the line of scrimmage before McCormack and host could make the stop. Third down brought M. Stidham up the middle with the ball to the 13-yard line to keep the drive alive with Mitchell, Hughes and others making the saving tackle. C. Palmer was met at the line of scrimmage for the stop by Garcia and host on first down but on second down J. Rutledge rambled his way around the right side of the line of scrimmage fighting off would be tacklers and crossing the goal line for the score with 4:40 remaining in the third quarter.  The PAT kick by M. Hubbert sailed right and the score stood 47 - 8.

M. Hubbert's ensuing kick was fielded by Boling at the 23-yard line with Brett Wright and N. Smith on the tackle at the 38-yard line. Brackett went to the air attack on first down and connected with Mitchell who raced down field to the Lion 35-yard line where Hancock made the tackle. First down moved the ball back five-yards as the Thunder were penalized for an illegal procedure. The replay of down brought Armprester around the right side line where he was forced out of bounds by a host of Lions. Beckett went back to the air attack and connected with Armprester who fought his way to the 24-yard line for the first down with Hancock on the tackle. First down brought Garcia up the middle with the rushing attack reaching the goal line where John Upton made the saving tackle for the Lions. Second and goal brought misery for the Thunder as they fumbled the ball on the exchange but managed to come out of the pile up with the ball and remain with the possession facing third down and goal short of the one-yard line. Brackett took the snap and went into the end zone for the score with 36.5 seconds remaining in the third quarter. The PAT kick by Brackett was perfect and the scoreboard showed 47 - 15 in favor of the Lions.

Thornton's ensuing kick was fielded by Luke Stidham at the 40-yard line with Garcia and a host of others on the tackle. Hancock brought the Lion offense to the line and on first down handed the ball off to M. Stidham who raced down the left side of the line of scrimmage to the Thunder 45-yard line where Thornton made the tackle as the third quarter came to a close. Facing second down and five-yards, Hancock called upon J. Rutledge to fight for additional yardage with Rutledge taking the ball to the 39-yard line for the first down before Bonds, McCormack and others could bring him down for the stop. M. Stidham then took the hand-off up the middle for a nine-yard gain with W. Messer and Armprester on the stop. Third down brought J. Rutledge over right guard for a ten-yard gain with Boling, Bonds, McCormick and others making the tackle. On first down L. Stidham fought his way up the middle for two-yards with Garcia on the tackle. Second down brought Upton over the right side of the line of scrimmage with Mitchell and W. Messer making the stop. Facing third down and five-yards, Hancock called upon Upton to fight for the needed yardage and Upton took the hand-off around the right side to the 10-yard line where McCormack made the saving tackle. First down brought L. Stidham around the left side of the line of scrimmage where Armprester, Bonds, Garcia and a host of others made the tackle. Brady Tucker relieved Hancock as head signal caller and facing second down and goal he handed the ball off to Upton who fought around right end to reach the end zone for the touchdown with 7:21 remaining in the ball game. The PAT kick by M. Hubbert with J. Hancock holding was good and the scoreboard showed the Lions dominating at 54 - 15.

M. Hubbert's ensuing kick was received at the 21-yard line by McCormack who was brought down by B. Wright and M. Hubbert at the 40-yard line. First down brought Brackett with a keeper rambling down the right side line where J. Rutledge made the tackle at the Lion 37-yard line. Boling took the ball up the middle on first down with Will Gray and Dusty Hubbert on the tackle after a two-yard gain. Second down brought McCormack around the left end with the ball but Rutledge and Upton were in position for the stop at the 17-yard line. D. Hubbert and Upton fought their way into the backfield on first down and put pressure on Brackett forcing an incomplete pass attempt near the line of scrimmage setting up second down. Brackett connected thru the air with Armprester along the right side line with Hancock, N. Smith and J. Rutledge making the stop at the 5-yard line. On first down, Garcia took the hand-off up the middle with Robert Pitts and Will Gray on the stop just shy of the 2-yard line. McCormack got the call  to carry and was met at the line of scrimmage for the stop by W. Gray and Upton leaving the Thunder facing third down and goal. Brackett called his own number and fought his way into the end zone with a carry up the middle for the score. The PAT kick by Thornton was good and with 3:01 remaining in the contest the score stood 54 - 21 in favor of the Lions.

Thorton's ensuing kick was fielded at the 22-yard line by B. Tucker who was brought down for the tackle by a host of defenders at the 27-yard line. B. Tucker lined up under center as quarterback and called on Upton to fight for needed yardage on first down. Upton took the hand-off for two-yards and was brought down by Boling and McCormack. Second down brought L. Stidham with the ball out of the backfield around the left end with Thornton making the tackle at the 35-yard line. Facing third down and two, Upton took the hand-off from Tucker and scrambled around the left end for the first down at the 38-yard line. First down brought penalty flags against the Lions for delay of game. Cannon Alexander took the hand-off on the replay of down and fought his way over left tackle for yardage with Garcia, McCormack, Bonds and others on the stop as time expired on the play clock awarding the Lions the first round play-off victory by the score of 54 - 21.

The Lions will continue their play-off fight by hosting the Phillips High of Bear Creek Bears on Friday Night. Game time is 7pm. Admission is $8.00 for play-off games.

Comments from Head Coach Lamar Harris:
"We found ourselves in a predicament tonight where the team we were facing had several key players injured. That makes it extremely hard on a team who makes it into the play-offs and I think they were just out manned tonight. They have some stellar athletes and they came ready to play but our guys were focused as well. We contained their quarterback from the start of the game and we scored early taking the big lead. Doing so gave us the opportunity to play lots of our younger players and to switch some of the guys around to other secondary positions as well. It's a good feeling for the younger players to be able to participate on the field. They play a big role in our game preparations and I'm thankful for the opportunity to put them in the game.  We have a large group of guys who want to be a part of the team.  It's a good feeling to get the first round play-off win but we know with each game we play in the play-offs it's going to get tougher. We've just got to keep our guys focused, stay on track with our goals and continue pursuing those goals in our fight. I'm thankful for the opportunity to move on in the play-offs with this group of guys and we are hoping to continue our paths even deeper with victories each time we take to the field. The crowd support and enthusiasm pays dividends to the guys and tonight was no different. We are thankful for our faithful fans and for the continued support they've shown throughout the season. We're hoping to continue in the play-off run next week here on our home field and the crowd support will be a big part of the game."

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