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Written by Allen J. Dunavant   
Monday, 14 September 2015 06:15
Dark skies, rain clouds and a wet playing field welcomed the Hubbertville Lions to the campus of Marion County High School on Friday night. The Lions arrived with hopes of continuing their undefeated record in Region Six play after opening region play with a shut-out against the Lynn Bears last week. The game between the Red Raiders and the Lions was expected to be a battle from the start, as the rivalry between the teams have been fierce in the past years with the Lions facing-off with wins over the Raiders twice in last years season. Team Captains met at center field in a steady rain-fall for the coin toss with Hubbertville winning and electing to receive the opening kick to get the much anticipated game underway.

 

Dax Benton and Caleb Palmer lined-up deep for the opening kick from Braden Pyron with Palmer making the reception at the 10-yard line advancing to the 26-yard line where Travun Waller and a host of others made the stop. Rushing attacks by Benton and Palmer were unsuccessful on the first possession with Jacob Price, Ethan Hollingsworth and Connor Roberts on the stop for the Red Raiders. Facing fourth down at the 28-yard line, McKain Hubbert punted the ball away with the ball rolling dead at the Marion County 33-yard line.

Pyron went to the passing attack on first down, but Trey Snow kept the Raider passing attack in-check by deflecting the ball away from the reach of Wallace. The ball came loose on second down but was recovered by Jacob Price at the line of scrimmage. Following a time-out by the Red Raiders coaching staff, Nic Gardner was brought down behind the line of scrimmage by Benton on a solo tackle leaving the Raiders facing fourth down and nine.

Hancock made the fair-catch reception from Pyron's punt at the Lions 36-yard line. The second possession on the night for the Lion offense proved to be the most critical as the Lions moved the ball down field 64-yards for the first and only touchdown of the game. Rushing attacks by Benton and Lathan Holliday moved the ball to the 42-yard line with Roberts leading the defensive stops for the Raiders. Benton fought his way up the middle with the hand-off but was ruled down just short of the first down marker leaving the Lions facing fourth down and inches. Hancock called his own number fighting for the needed yardage around the left end to the Lion 48-yard line awarding the Lions with another set of downs and keeping the early drive alive. First down brought Palmer out of the backfield with the hand-off rushing down the left side line advancing to the 3-yard line where Pyron made the saving tackle. First down brought Benton over right guard for a 1-yard gain with Pyron and Colbey Cole making the stop. Facing second down and goal deep in the Red Raider red zone, Holliday took the ball across the goal line for the touchdown with 5:40 remaining in the first quarter of play. The PAT kick by M. Hubbert sailed perfectly down the center of the uprights and the Lions were on the scoreboard.

Benton's ensuing kick was received by Gardner at the 10-yard line with Brett Wright and Tanner Upton making the stop for the Lions at the 27-yard line. The Red Raiders started their second possession of the game with the rushing attack by Waller on first down with D.J. Pitts and Nick Smith making the stop after a seven yard gain. Second down brought a pass from Pyron to Jacob Price but Smith was in position to defend for the Lions forcing an in completion. Reverting back to Waller on the rushing attack proved the right decision as the Raiders were awarded a new set of downs following the measurement after the run. Pyron went back to the air attack attempting to connect with Jacob Sanders on first down but Ryan Brubaker was on coverage for the Lions resulting in an incomplete pass. Sticking with the passing attack, Pyron attempted a connection with Keenan McDonald with Brubaker defending once again for the Lions, leaving Marion County facing third down. Not giving up on the air attack, Pyron made his first pass completion of the night connecting with Price who fought his way across mid-field to the Lions 48-yard line where Hancock made the stop. Price got the call to continue moving the ball down field on first down but was met after a 3-yard gain by M. Hubbert for the stop. Benton burst his way across the defensive line and brought Gardner to the ground on second down and the Raiders were penalized for holding on the play moving the ball back across mid-field bringing up third down and fifteen. Pyron went deep with a passing attempt to Sanders but the ball fell incomplete halting the drive and leaving Marion County facing fourth down.

Hancock made the fair-catch reception on the punt from Pyron at the 20-yard line setting his offensive front up deep in the Red Raiders territory. A keeper by Hancock moved the ball 10-yards for another first down with Cole and Waller on the tackle. Rushing attacks by Benton and Palmer moved the Lions to the 43-yard line with Hubbertville head coach Lamar Harris calling for a time-out. Benton took the hand-off out of the backfield on first down for a 6-yard gain with Price and a host of others on the stop as the first quarter came to a close.

The first play of the second quarter moved the Lions back five yards after being penalized for an illegal procedure leaving them facing second down and 9-yards. Palmer was met for the quick stop by Ethan Hollingsworth and Gardner on second down and Roberts fought his way across the line bringing Benton down in the backfield leaving Hubbertville facing fourth down and fourteen.

The Red Raiders allowed the punt by M. Hubbert to roll dead at the 15-yard line setting up Pyron and the Red Raiders offense deep on their own end of the field. The possession got off to a rocky start for the Raiders as they were penalized for an illegal procedure on first down moving the ball to the 10-yard line. Pyron connected thru the air with Drake Hollis at the line of scrimmage but Hancock was on the stop following a 4-yard gain. Facing second down and eleven, Pyron set the Raider offense up for the screen pass to Gardner but Benton was in position for the stop after a 2-yard gain and on third down Pyron connected deep down field with Sanders who made a one-handed catch along the right side line awarding the Raiders with a first down at the Lions 27-yard line. Price took the hand-off out of the backfield but was met by D.J. Pitts for the stop after a 4-yard gain. Pyron on a keeper raced around the right side of the line of scrimmage and down the right side line before Palmer made the saving tackle at the 15-yard line. First down brought Price up the middle but Benton made the tackle after an 8-yard gain followed by a rushing attack by Gardner but Palmer was in position for the stop resulting in no gain on the play. Facing third down and two, Gardner got the call to fight for the needed yardage but D.J. Pitts and a host of defenders met him at the line for the stop after a one yard gain leaving the Red Raiders facing fourth down and 1-yard at the 6-yard line. Sticking with Gardner on the rushing attack was unsuccessful as Benton broke thru the line of scrimmage to make the solo tackle on Gardner at the 9-yard line turning the ball over on downs to Hubbertville deep in their own territory.

Rushing attacks on the first three downs by Benton moved the ball to the Red Raiders 30-yard line. Facing third down and three at their own 17-yard line, Benton took the hand-off over right guard with Waller on the stop denying Benton of an 83-yard rushing touchdown. Following a time-out by the Lions, Benton continued the rushing attack moving the ball deeper down field into the Red Raider red zone with Noah White and others on the stop at the 17-yard line. The Red Raiders coaching staff called for a time-out in an effort to set up a defensive plan to hold the Lions out of the end zone just prior to the half-time break. Palmer was met in the backfield for the stop by Tyler Thomas on first down moving the Lions back to the 20-yard line. Cole met Hancock at the line of scrimmage on second down and on third down Hancock's pass fell just beyond the finger tips  of M. Hubbert leaving the Lions facing fourth down. Following a time-out by Hubbertville, M. Hubbert lined up in the backfield for the field goal attempt but the Raiders jumped off-sides moving the ball back to the 15-yard line. With the snap of the ball, Hancock attempted a pass connection with Smith in the end zone but Pyron and Gardner were on coverage forcing the in completion and turning the ball over to the Raiders at their own 15-yard line.

With time running out on the first half, Pyron went to the air attack on first and second down but coverage by Snow left the Raiders facing third down. The last play prior to the half-time break brought Gardner up the middle with the rushing attack with Brubaker on the stop as time expired, leaving the Lions with the lead 7 - 0.

Benton's second half-kick off was fielded by Waller at the 7-yard line with Upton on the tackle for the Lions at the 21-yard line. Once again Marion County moved the ball deep down field into Lion territory with Pyron and Price carrying the load moving the ball on the ground with the rushing attack. Facing first down at the Lions 16-yard line, Brubaker rushed into the backfield and made the sack on Pyron resulting in a 3-yard loss. The first passing attempt of the drive resulted in an in completion as Pyron attempted a connection with Waller in the right corner of the end zone, but Brubaker was on coverage for the Lions. On third down a pass connection behind the line of scrimmage with Sanders fell incomplete resulting in fourth down for the Red Raiders. Facing fourth and thirteen at the 19-yard line, Pyron went to the air again attempting to connect with Sanders in the end zone but the ball sailed in and out of his hands, resulting in the ball being turned over on downs to the Lions.

First down brought misery for the Lions as they were penalized for off-sides moving the ball back to the 14-yard line. The replay of downs brought Benton with the hand-off up the middle for a seven yard gain before Sanders could make the tackle. Sticking with Benton on the rushing attack, the Lions fought to the 31-yard line to be rewarded with another set of downs. Palmer continued the rushing attack moving the ball to the 36-yard line leaving the Lions facing third down and 6-yards. Benton got the call to fight for needed yardage advancing up field to the 42-yard line for the first down.  Following a stop on Palmer by William Roberts and a host of other defenders, Benton took the pitch-back but was smothered in the backfield by Cole, Roberts, Price and others leaving the Lions facing fourth down. M. Hubbert's punt came to a rolling halt at the Red Raiders 19-yard line.

D.J. Pitts made the solo tackle on Pyron on first down and on second down a pass intended for Waller fell to the ground leaving the Red Raiders facing third down and 8-yards. Price took the hand-off but was met head-on by Holliday and M. Hubbert for the stop after a 5-yard gain leaving Marion County facing fourth down and 3-yards as the third quarter came to a close. Pyron dropped back and punted the ball away with the ball rolling dead at the Hubbertville 28-yard line.

First down brought Hancock attempting a pass connection with Benton over the middle but the pass was broken up by Pyron. Strong defensive stops by White, Roberts and Cole on the rushing attack resulted in the Lions facing fourth down and 9-yards at their own 28-yard line. M. Hubbert punted the ball away with the ball taking a bounce backwards before coming to a rest at the Lions 29-yard line where Pyron and the Red Raiders offense started their drive with excellent field position and another short field opportunity. The drive was cut short as Gardner fumbled the ball on the rushing attack and Snow made the recovery on the loose ball just shy of the end zone at the 2-yard line.  Once again the Red Raider defense stood strong only allowing the Lions only three yards on the possession with big defensive stops by White, Roberts, Cole and Gardner leaving the Lions facing fourth down deep in their own red zone at the 5-yard line. M. Hubbert booted the ball away with the ball rolling out of bounds at the Lion 43-yard line.

The Red Raiders once again marched down field with rushing attacks by Price, Pyron and Gardner. First down brought Price with the hand-off over the left side of the line of scrimmage with Benton making the saving stop for the Lions. With another first down at the 31-yard line, Gardner got the call to continue the rushing attack but he was denied by D.J. Pitts and M. Hubbert after being met for the stop and a one yard loss. Pyron called his own number on second down but Ethan McCluskey and M. Hubbert made the tackle after a 2-yard gain. Facing third down and 9-yards, Pyron went to the air attack in an attempt to connect with Gardner but M. Hubbert was on coverage resulting in an in completion and bringing up fourth down. Pyron went to the air attack once again but Smith was in position making the interception and holding the Red Raiders out of the end zone giving the Lions possession of the ball at the 7-yard line.

First down brought Palmer out of the backfield with the carry and a three yard gain with Roberts on the solo tackle. On second down Palmer took the ball around the left end and down the side line for a first down at the 23-yard line with Price making the stop. Benton got the call to fight for needed yardage on first down taking the ball up the middle of the line of scrimmage for a first down at the 34-yard line before Sanders and a host of others brought him down. First down brought more of Benton as he took the hand-off over left tackle and scrambled his way down field to the 15-yard line for a 51-yard rushing attack before Price could bring him down saving the score. On first down Hancock scooped up the loose ball on the exchange and scrambled his way around in the backfield for a 14-yard loss with Price, Cole and others on the tackle. Facing second down and twenty-four at the 29-yard line, Hubbertville elected to use a time-out. Benton got the call to fight to recover yardage on second down but was met by Cole and others after gaining two yards. Third down brought Palmer with the ball out of the backfield down the left side line but Price and a host of others made the tackle at the 23-yard line leaving the Lions facing fourth down. Hancock attempted a pass connection with M. Hubbert but the ball fell incomplete turning the ball over to the Red Raiders.

With time on the game clock becoming a factor, Pyron attempted a pass connection over the middle with Price on first down but the ball fell incomplete. Sticking with the passing attack, Pyron connected with Sanders with Smith making the stop at the Red Raiders 40-yard line for the first down. First down brought Pyron with the keeper rushing up the middle with Holliday and M. Hubbert making the stop for the Lions at the 43-yard line. On second down, M. Hubbert stepped in front of a pass intended for Gardner almost making the interception to bring the drive to a stop and on third down Pyron went deep down field attempting to connect with Waller but the ball was in and out of his hands leaving the Raiders facing fourth down and seven yards with time winding down. Pyron stuck with Waller on his passing connection with Waller making the reception and fighting his way to the Lions 47-yard line where Snow made the tackle. First down brought a spike of the ball by Pyron and then on second down a pass intended for Gardner sailed in and out of Benton's hands with the Lions being penalized on the play for a holding infraction moving the ball to the Lions 38-yard line and setting up the Red Raiders with a first down. On first down Pyron connected thru the air with Waller who made the completion along the side line and went out of bounds near the 25-yard line. Pyron then went to the end zone in an attempt to connect on the passing attack with Sanders but the ball was dropped on the reception setting up second down with little time remaining on the game clock. On second down the fighting drive came to an end as Benton stepped in front of a deep pass returning the ball back down the right side line near the

43-yard line where he was knocked out of bounds. Following the play the Red Raiders were penalized for a personal infraction moving the ball beyond mid-field and into Marion County territory setting the Lions up with first down at the 42-yard line. With the snap of the ball, Hancock dropped to his knee ending the long hard-fought defensively battle between the two teams, giving the Lions the victory.

On Friday night the Lions will continue their Region Six battle by traveling north to face the Brilliant Tigers. Game time is 7:00p.m.

Comments from Head Coach Lamar Harris:

"We didn't play our offensive game tonight. Total frustration from the side-line view tonight, our guys got whipped at the line of scrimmage. We had opportunities and we didn't follow through and take advantage of those opportunities. I know the guys found themselves frustrated as the game continued on tonight because there were so many mental mistakes which kept them from reaching the end zone. Marion County was ready for us, they had their changes and had a good game plan and they too missed some opportunities which would have been disastrous for our offense had those opportunities led to points. I will say our defense stood strong and played a very disciplined game and that was a big benefit to our win as well. I'm thankful that we drove down the field and scored early in the game and the defense took a stand and kept them off the scoreboard. Nick Smith, Trey Snow and Dax Benton were in on some big defensive plays tonight which led to a halt on scoring drives. The defense stand is what kept the team in the game tonight and allowed us to walk away with the win. We have got to buckle down and improve on several components of our offensive game if we want to continue winning in this Region. The road ahead will only get tougher and there's a lot of ball left to be played. We need leadership on the team to step up and help make a difference  in the locker room as well as on the field."
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