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Written by Allen J. Dunavant   
Monday, 21 September 2015 14:22

The Lions traveled to Brilliant High School on Friday night with hopes of regaining their offensive composure following last weeks touchdown win over Region Six foe Marion County High while recording their second straight defensive shut-out win of the season. Lathan Holliday, D.J. Pitts and Brett Wright, team captains for the Lions as team met at center field with the Hubbertville winning the coin toss and electing to receive the opening kick-off to get the much anticipated battle underway.

Trevor Lynch's squib kick was recovered by Ethan McCluskey at the Lions 42-yard line with Holliday taking the ball straight up the middle for 6-yards on first down. On second down, Dax Benton was quick to make his presence known on the field, rambling full speed ahead around the left side of the line of scrimmage fighting his way down field into the end zone for the quick score resulting in a 52-yard rushing touchdown. The PAT kick by McKain Hubbert sailed down the center of the uprights and the Lions were first to light up the scoreboard.

Tyler Durham made the reception on the ensuing kick from Benton and Tanner Upton made the stop forcing and recovering the loose ball at the Brilliant 28-yard line setting Justin Hancock and the Hubbertville offense up with an excellent short-yardage field position. With the snap of the ball the Lions were adding points on the scoreboard again as Hancock connected with a pass over the middle and in the end zone with Nick Smith. Once again on the PAT kick M. Hubbert booted the ball straight down the middle of the goal posts and the Lions continued building their early lead with 10:36 remaining in the first quarter.

Benton's ensuing kick was fielded by Durham at the 18-yard line advancing to the 33-yard line setting the Tigers up for their first drive of the night. Trey Snow was on coverage on first down interrupting a pass intended for Anthony Sartin and on second down Caleb Palmer broke across the line of scrimmage to make the stop on Durham for a 5-yard loss. Following a defensive stand by Smith and D.J. Pitts on third down, Lynch lined-up in the backfield and punted the ball away with Hancock making the reception and David Beasley on the stop for the Tigers at the Lion 45-yard line.

The Lions once again took the ball down field quickly with a five-play drive. Rushing attacks by Palmer and Holliday moved the ball deep into the Tigers red-zone at the 11-yard line following a 14-yard rushing gain by Palmer. With the snap of the ball Hancock connected thru the air with the passing attack to M. Hubbert in the end zone for the score. The PAT kick by M. Hubbert was once again perfectly executed with Trey Tranum snapping the ball and Hancock serving as the holder. With 6:13 remaining in the first quarter the Hubbertville lead continued to build.

Durham made the reception on the ensuing kick from Benton at the 7-yard line and was met once again by Upton for the stop after a 10-yard return. Upton continued his dominance on the field on first down by breaking up a pass from Hyden Bryant intended for Trevor Lynch. Ryan Brubaker was in position to make the stop on David Beasley on second down leaving the Tigers facing third down and 6-yards. Misery continued for the Tigers on third down as Palmer intercepted Bryant's pass and returned the ball to just near the Brilliant 6-yard line with Sartin bringing him down. The Lions were penalized on the play for an illegal block in the back returning the ball to the Tigers 28-yard line.

First down brought Benton with the rushing attack and following the play the Tigers were penalized for a personal foul moving the ball to the 18-yard line. Keeping the ball on the ground with the rushing attack, Benton and Palmer inched the Lions closer to the end zone. Facing third down and 3-yards at the 11-yard line, Holliday got the call to fight for the needed yardage and fought his way up the middle for the touchdown with 3:15 remaining in the first quarter of play. The PAT kick by M. Hubbert sailed left and the score stood at 27 - 0.

The Lions defense stood ground on the next Tiger possession following Durham's reception on Benton's kick. Durham made the reception at the 11-yard line and raced up field with Upton once again on the stop for the Lions. On the solo tackle the ball came loose but shuttered out of bounds setting the Lions 48-yard line. Bryant connected with a short pass to Lynch in the backfield on first down but Snow and Brubaker were on the spot resulting in a 3-yard loss. Second down brought another pass connection down the right side line with Beasley but once again Brubaker was in position to make the stop after a 9-yard gain. Sticking with the passing attack, Bryant attempted a pass to Sartin but Snow was on coverage resulting in an incompletion leaving the Tigers facing fourth down. Snow once again stepped up for the Lion defense and intercepted a pass intended for Lynch and returning the ball to the Lions 37-yard line.

Snow took the hand-off on first down but was brought down in the backfield by Everett McGuire as the first quarter came to a close.

Rushing attacks by Holliday, Palmer and Benton moved the ball across mid-field with Benton taking the hand-off from the Tigers 45-yard line down the right side line before Tyler Bell and Sartin could bring him down to save the rushing touchdown at the 24-yard line. Holliday took the ball up the middle for 3-yards and was met by Hayden Norris, Durham and others after a 3-yard gain. Hancock went to the passing attack in an attempt to connect with Benton but Durham knocked the ball away leaving the Lions facing third down at the 21-yard line. Snow lined-up in the backfield taking the pitch-out around the left end for what appeared to be the score but the Lions were penalized for a chop block on the play moving the ball back to the 27-yard line. First down brought Benton around the right end for a 10-yard gain where he was met for the stop by a host of Tigers. Lynch made the stop on Palmer on second down after a seven yard gain leaving the Lions facing third down near the 11-yard line. Determined to find the end zone, Palmer took the hand-off from Hancock and raced his way around the left end advancing untouched into the end zone for the score with 6:42 remaining in the first half of play. The PAT kick by M. Hubbert was good and the Lions increased the score 33 - 0.

The ensuing kick from Benton was fielded at the 11-yard line by Lynch with Snow, Palmer and Holliday making the stop at the Tigers 30-yard line. Nathan Winslett moved the Tigers across mid-field to the Lions 46 with a pass reception from Bryant with Hancock on the solo tackle for the Lions. First down brought Lynch up the middle but D.J. Pitts, M. Hubbert and a host of others were on the tackle resulting in a two-yard loss. On second down Brubaker stepped in front of a pass intended for Beasley knocking the ball out of reach and on third down Lynch took the pitch-back from Bryant around the right side but M. Hubbert and Upton were on the stop after a one-yard gain resulting in fourth and 11-yards for the Tigers. Lynch's punt rolled dead at the Lions 28-yard line where Hancock and the Lion offensive front returned to the field.

With the snap of the ball Holliday took the hand-off and fought his way straight up the middle following his blockers and eluding would be tacklers taking the ball to the end zone for a 72-yard rushing touchdown. Following the PAT kick by M. Hubbert the Lions lead had increased to 41 - 0 with 4:23 remaining before the half-time break.

Lynch and Durham lined up deep to receive the ensuing kick from Benton with Durham making the reception at the 8-yard line and rushing up field down the left side-line in front of the Tigers bench all the way to the end zone for the quick 92-yard kick-off return touchdown. The PAT kick by Lynch was unsuccessful but the Tigers were on the scoreboard with 4:04 remaining in the first half of play.

Lining up for the ensuing kick, Lynch's onside kick didn't travel the 10-yards requirement setting the Lions offensive front up at the Tigers 48-yard line. First down brought Palmer up the middle with the hand-off for a 7-yard gain but on second down the Tigers broke across the line of scrimmage to bring Benton down in the backfield. Third down brought additional problems for the Lions as they were penalized for holding moving the ball back to the Lions 45-yard line. Holliday recovered nine yards on the replay of downs leaving the Lions facing fourth down with M. Hubbert punting the ball away to Lynch who made the reception at the 14-yard line where Smith brought him down for the stop immediately.

First down brought an unsuccessful passing attempt from Bryant to Beasley with Snow on coverage for the Lions and second down brought Bryant with a keeper around the right side of the line but Holliday made the solo tackle following a 4-yard gain. Misery struck once again for the Tigers as Palmer intercepted the deep pass and returned it up field to the 14-yard line where he was brought down with time expired on the first half of play leaving the score 41 - 6.

Returning to the field from the locker rooms both coaches agreed to play a with a shorter time on each remaining quarter. The scoreboard showed six minutes on the clock with Benton's second half opening kick rolling into the end zone setting Brilliant up at their own 20-yard line for their first possession of the second half. Palmer and Smith made the stop on first down following a pass completion to Sartin resulting in an eight yard gain. With the snap of the ball the Tigers were penalized for an illegal procedure and on the replay of down, Bryant went deep down field with a passing attempt to Durham but Hancock was on coverage for the Lions forcing the incompletion. On third down the Tigers moved the ball out of the backfield with Palmer and D.J. Pitts on the stop for the Lions but the Tigers were penalized again moving the ball back and setting up the replay of down from their own 35-yard line. Facing third down and 17-yards, Ethan Nichols made the immediate stop on Sartin following a pass connection leaving the Tigers facing fourth and 15-yards. Bryant went deep down field on a passing attempt with Winslett but Smith was on coverage for the Lions resulting in an incompletion and the ball over on downs to the Lions at their own 33-yard line.

Nichols took over quarterback duties and brought the second team offensive to the line of scrimmage. Upton took the hand-off up the middle on first down for a 13-yard gain giving the Lions a first down at their own 46-yard line. Snow took the pitch-back from Nichols on first down and rambled down the left side line leaving the Lions facing second down and inches. Palmer took the ball deeper to the 33-yard line setting up another first down but the ball came loose on the exchange with Nichols recovering for the Lions at the 34-yard line as the third quarter of play ended.

With the break in time for the quarter, Coach Harris sent additional substitute players on to the field and on second down the ball was fumbled again on the exchange with Nichols making the recovery at the 36-yard line. Facing third down, Brady Tucker took the pitch-out sweeping around the right end and down the side line where he was knocked out of bounds by Beasley at the 20-yard line. The Lions were penalized on first down for an illegal procedure and on the replay of down, Snow took the pitch-out from Nichols rushing around the left side of the line of scrimmage to the end zone for the 25-yard rushing touchdown with 4:01 remaining in the ball game. M. Hubbert's kick sailed perfectly thru the uprights and the score stood 48 - 6 in favor of the visiting Lions.

Lynch fielded Benton's ensuing kick at the 14-yard line with Cannon Alexander on the solo tackle for the Lions at the 25-yard line. Aaron Cribb and Nichols was on coverage to break-up a passing attempt to Winslett on first down and on second down Bryant with a keeper scrambled his way up field to the 37-yard line for the first down before Zach Hubbert, Austin Tucker, Robert Pitts and a host of others brought him down. Bryant went to the air attack and connected with Durham moving the ball to the Tigers 48-yard line and setting up another first down. With the snap of the ball Durham made the reception on a pass from Bryant and moved the ball deeper to the Lions 30-yard line with Blake Anthony, Hunter Berryhill and others making the stop. Bryant stuck with the passing attack and attempted a pass down the right side line to Beasley but Berryhill remained on coverage forcing an incompletion. Sticking with the passing attack paid dividends as Bryant connected deep down field with Sartin who raced into the end zone for the touchdown with 2:01 remaining on the game clock. The two-point conversion attempt was unsuccessful as Beasley was stopped short of the end zone by a host of Lion defenders leaving the score standing at 48 - 12 in favor of the Lions.

Bryant's ensuing kick was fielded at the 30-yard line by Upton who raced down field fighting off would be tacklers and reaching the 17-yard line where Beasley and Winslett brought him down to save the kick-off return touchdown. First down brought penalty flags against the Tigers moving the ball deeper to the 12-yard line. On the replay of down, Anthony was met at the line of scrimmage with the hand-off by a host of angry defenders for the stop. Gage Seaborn made the stop on Anthony on second down after a two-yard gain and on third down Anthony gained an additional yard before time expired on the game clock bringing the hard-fought battle to a close.

The Lions will have an open date this coming Friday night before continuing Region Six play and meeting up with their cross-county rivals, by hosting the Berry Wildcats on Friday, Oct 2. Game time is 7:00p.m.

Comments from Head Coach Lamar Harris: "They guys came out of the locker room fired up and ready to play tonight. I think we played extremely well early-on in the game tonight and kept our focus. Playing well early in a game is our key to winning. We need that mind-set and approach to all of our games. The guys on both sides of the ball took control early and made their statement. I'm proud of the effort as a team and proud of the physical dominance showed in this game as opposed to our play last week against Marion County. We set the tempo early in the game tonight, we set the pace of our playing and allowed some of our younger players the opportunity to see time on the field. I'm proud of the guys for their conduct on the field and I'm happy to come home with the win. All in all it was a team effort and that's what we ask of our players each week. There was a good crowd here supporting the guys tonight and we always appreciate our fans who show-up to cheer the guys own."


Last Updated on Monday, 28 September 2015 09:32

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