Football News 2015 Football News 2015 South Lamar Write-Up
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Written by Allen J. Dunavant   
Monday, 19 October 2015 00:00
Hosting the South Lamar Stallions on Friday night, the Lions offense scored on all possessions except for three, with the first and last of those possessions proving to be crucial for the Lions at the end of the game. The coin toss was won by the Stallions who elected to receive the opening kick from Dax Benton and the Lions kicking team. Benton's kick sailed to the 19 yard line with Kenneth Vice returning the ball to the 42-yard line where Tanner Upton brought him down for the stop. Kyle Redmond led the Stallion offense to the field and called on Vice to move the ball further up field but the ball was fumbled with Redmond making the recovery. Benton and Tre Tranum met Redmond near the line of scrimmage for the stop on second down leaving the Stallions facing third down. Redmond went to the air with the passing attack connecting with Noah Dismukes who rambled down to the Lions 22-yard line with McKain Hubbert and Ryan Brubaker making the saving tackle. With a new set of downs, the Stallions reverted to the rushing attack with Dustin Weathers taking the hand-off over the left side of the line for a six yard gain with M. Hubbert on the stop for the Lions. Back to back rushing attacks by Redmond awarded the Stallions a first down at the 6-yard line and with the snap of the ball, Weathers took the ball over the right side of the line of scrimmage for the score. The PAT kick by Weathers was good and the Stallions were on the scoreboard first with 7:57 remaining in the first quarter of play.


Weathers kick was fielded at the 20-yard line by Trey Snow who rushed up field to the 35-yard line where Luke Trull, Hunter Marlowe and Dismukes brought him down. Justin Hancock and the Lion offense wasted little time moving the ball to the end zone. First down brought Benton over right guard for a five yard gain. Caleb Palmer was met near the line of scrimmage for the stop by Weathers and a host of others on second down but on third down Benton once again took the hand-off from Hancock and rushed around the right end racing untouched to the end zone for a 60-yard score with little time ticking from the clock. The PAT kick by M. Hubbert was straight down the center of the uprights and with 6:21 remaining in the quarter the Lions had tied the game.


The Lions were penalized on the ensuing kick forcing Benton to re-kick from the 35-yard line. Redmond made the reception on the re-kick at the 20-yard line and was brought down for the stop at mid-field by Lathan Holliday and Nick Smith. Rushing attacks by Vice and Weathers on first and second down moved the Stallions deep into Lion territory at the 15-yard line. On first down, Redmond called his own number and fumbled the ball but the Stallions recovered bringing up second down and eight yards at the 13-yard line. Weathers got the call to score and took the ball to the end zone for his second touchdown of the evening. The PAT kick by Weathers was perfect and the Stallions were back on top 14 - 7 with 4:20 remaining in the opening quarter.


Snow lined up deep to receiving the ensuing kick from Weathers, but Palmer made the reception at the 35-yard line fighting his way out to the Lion 42-yard line where Hunter Marlowe and a host of others made the stop. Holliday got the call to fight for yardage on first down and on second down Benton took the hand-off around the right end for a four yard gain with Redmond, Vice and others on the stop leaving the Lions facing third down and four just shy of the 48-yard line. Holliday fought up the middle for the first down with Weathers, Austin Keasler and a host of defenders bringing him down at mid-field. Facing fourth down and two, the Lion coaching staff called on Benton to fight for the needed yardage with Benton taking the hand-off around the right side of the line of scrimmage where he was met by a host of Stallions for the stop. Following official measurement the Lions drive remained alive and on first down Palmer took the hand-off and was met immediately in the backfield by Redmond and others for the stop. Facing second down and twelve just shy of the mid-field mark, Benton to the hand-off out of the backfield and raced down the right side untouched into the end zone for his second touchdown on the night with 52.7 seconds remaining. The PAT kick by M. Hubbert was perfect and the score was tied up once again.


S. Dowdle made the reception on Benton's ensuing kick at the 27-yard line with Smith on the stop for the Lions at the 38-yard line. Benton and a host of Lion defenders broke across the line to sack Redmond on first down for a nine yard loss. Second down brought Weathers up the middle but Tranum was in position for the tackle after a 6-yard gain. Redmond reverted to the passing attack in an attempt to gain yardage by connecting down field with Dismukes but Hancock knocked the ball away forcing Redmond to punt the ball away on fourth down.


Redmond's punt rolled dead at the Lions 26-yard line where Hancock and the Lion offensive front started their first possession of the second quarter. Holliday gained four yards on first down with Kessler and Lake Trull making the stop. Second down brought Palmer with the carry but he was met at the line of scrimmage for the stop by Luke Trull and Hunter Marlowe. Hancock went to the passing attack on third down attempting to connect with Smith but the ball fell incomplete bring up fourth down and six yards. M. Hubbert lined up in the backfield to punt the ball away but Keasler broke across the line and blocked the punt with Sam Dowdle scooping the ball up and rushing untouched to the end zone for the score. The PAT kick by Weathers sailed just right up the goal post and with 9:20remaining in the second quarter South Lamar regained the lead 20 - 14.


The Lions began their next possession at their own 36-yard line following a fumble which was recovered on the ensuing kick from Weathers by M. Hubbert. Benton took the hand-off around the right side and cut back across the middle moving the ball up to the mid-field marker on first down with Marlowe and others making the stop after a 14-yard rushing gain. First down brought Holliday up the middle but Keasler and Redmond was in position for the stop to bring up second down and ten. Holliday got the call to fight for yardage once again but Aaron Holliman, Lake Trull and others made the stop leaving the Lions facing third down and ten yards. Benton took the ball out of the backfield racing around the right side line down to the 29-yard line for a first down with Sam Dowdle and Vice on the stop. Snow took the hand-off on first down moving the ball deeper for a 17-yard gain setting the Lions up inside the Stallions red zone with another first down. Palmer advanced the ball over right guard for three yards and on second down Snow was met for no gain leaving the Lions facing third down at the Stallions 10-yard line. With the snap of the ball, Hancock attempted a pass connection with M. Hubbert but the ball fell short leaving the Lions facing fourth and goal. The Lions stuck with the passing attack but once again the pass fell incomplete in the end zone turning the ball over to the stallions deep on their end of the field.


The Stallions called on Sam Dowdle on first down with Dowdle gaining six yards on first down. Second down brought Weathers up the middle with the hand-off for the first down at the 32-yard line with Hancock making the saving tackle for the Lions. Redmond called his own number on first down rushing around right end for an eight yard gain with Smith and Benton making the stop. Weathers moved the ball across mid-field down to the Lions 44-yard line before Hancock and Snow could bring him down. With a new set of downs, Redmond once again called his own number and picked up five yards with M. Hubbert and Benton making the tackle at the 39-yard line. Weathers fought for additional yardage picking up five yards with M. Hubbert and others on the stop. Redmond took the snap and rushed around the left side of the line of scrimmage racing to the end zone for the score with 1:56remaining in the first half. The PAT kick by  Weathers was good and the Stallions lead increased 26 - 14.


Weathers ensuing kick was fielded at the 31-yard line by Palmer who broke away from would be tacklers and raced across mid-field to the Stallions 42-yard line where Zachary Perrigin and others finally brought him down saving the kick-off return touchdown. With the snap of the ball, Benton wasted little time racing down field into the end zone for his third touchdown on the night. The PAT kick by M. Hubbert bounced off the left upright but over the cross bar to raise the score leaving the trailing by six points with 1:33 remaining before the half-time break.



D. Benton's ensuing kick was fielded at the 33-yard line by Sam Dowdle who was met for the stop by Upton and Palmer at the 42-yard line. First down brought Weathers out of the backfield and over mid-field to the Lions 46-yard line for the first down with D.J. Pitts on the solo tackle for the Lions. Redmond called his own number racing to the Lions 35-yard line for another first down with D.J. Pitts and Palmer making the stop. With time running out on the half, Redmond went to the air attack connecting with Dismukes who fought his way to the 5-yard line where Palmer brought him down saving the score. First down brought Weathers out of the backfield with the carry but Hancock, M. Hubbert, D.J. Pitts, Holliday and a host of others made the stop just shy of the three yard line. Weathers was met at the line of scrimmage by a host of angry defenders as time expired on the half leaving the score in favor of the visiting Stallions 27 - 21.


Following the half-time break, Weathers' opening kick sailed to the 16-yard line where Snow made the reception moving the ball up field to the 26-yard line with Lake Trull making the solo stop. Benton took the hand-off around the right end for the first down at the Lions 46-yard line before Luke Trull could make the saving stop. First down brought Palmer out of the backfield for a five yard gain and on second down Benton once again raced around the right side moving the ball deeper down field before Lake Trull and a host of others could make the stop. Following the play the Stallions were penalized moving the ball deeper down field to the 26-yard line. Holliday took the hand-off on first down and picked up an additional eight yards with Luke Trull and Weathers making the tackle. On second down the Stallions defense stepped up holding the Lions rushing attack to no gain but on third down Holliday took the hand-off over right tackle moving the ball just inside the 15-yard line for the first down. Hancock called his own number on first down rushing straight up the middle on the keeper where he was brought down just shy of the first down marker by Weathers and a host of other defenders. Facing second down and inches, Hancock called on Holliday to move the ball into the end zone and he did just that to bring the score back to a tie with 7:36 showing in the third quarter. The PAT kick by M. Hubbert sailed perfectly through the middle of the goal post putting the Lions in the lead 28 - 27.


Benton's ensuing kick sailed out of bounds setting the Stallions up at their 35-yard line for their next possession. The Stallions elected to take time off the clock with this drive moving the ball slowly down field. First down brought Weathers with the rushing attack with Benton on the stop after a two yard gain. Second down brought more of Weathers with Smith and M. Hubbert on the tackle after a three yard gain. Facing third down and five, Redmond called his own number racing around the right end and out of bounds near the mid-field marker. Weathers moved the ball deeper on the Lions defense on first down reaching the 36-yard line with Hancock making the solo tackle. On first down Weathers once again brought the ball out of the backfield fighting his way up the middle but Upton, Holliday, Tranum and a host of others made the stop after a one yard gain. Second down brought Vice over left end for the first down before Smith and Benton made the tackle. Facing first down at the Lions 24-yard line, Redmond was sacked in the backfield by Palmer resulting in a two yard loss. Second down brought Vice with the hand-off around left end advancing deep on the Lions to the 15-yard line before Snow, Palmer and M. Hubbert could make the stop. With a new set of downs deep in the Lion red zone, Redmond once again calls his own number and scrambles to the right side before cutting back across field and down the left side dodging would be tacklers and cutting up the middle to the 9-yard line where Benton and M. Hubbert brought him down for the tackle. Facing second down and four yards, Buster Griffin was met behind the line by D.J. Pitts and Holliday for the three yard loss. Third down brought Redmond with the keeper scrambling over the left side of the line of scrimmage but Benton and M. Hubbert made the tackle at the 11-yard line. Facing fourth down and six yards, Redmond called his own number once again and racing over left end where Benton made the solo tackle. Following the official measurements the Stallions were facing first and goal near the five yard line ending the third quarter of play. Weathers took the hand-off to the end zone for the score with 11:53remaining in the ball game. The Stallions elected to go for the two point conversion on the PAT with Redmond connecting with Luke Trull in the end zone for the two points after the pass was deflated by Hancock and bounced into Trull's hands.


Snow and Benton lined up deep to receive the ensuing kick from Weathers with Benton making the reception and advancing to the 33-yard line where David Riley and Joelee Shaw made the stop. Palmer took the hand-off around the left side on first down but Riley and Marlowe brought him down after a two yard gain. Benton picked up five yards on second down and then on third down Holliday was met by Keasler and Lake Trull after a short yardage gain leaving the Lions facing fourth down and two yards. Benton took the ball out of the backfield racing over the right side of the line of scrimmage where he was met by Weathers and others for the stop. Following the play the Stallions were penalized moving the ball to the Stallions 41-yard line. First down brought Palmer down the right side of the line of scrimmage with Keasler making the solo tackle at the 29-yard line saving the rushing touchdown. First down brought Holliday up the middle once again but Weathers was on the stop after a two yard gain. Benton took the hand-off and rushed over the right side of the line of scrimmage fighting off would be tacklers and advancing to the 16-yard line where Luke Trull, Weathers, Sam Dowdle and others tried to strip the ball. On first down Palmer was met at the line of scrimmage for the stop by Luke Trull, Weathers and others and on second down Benton took the ball around the right end but Keasler remained in position to make the crucial stop leaving the Lions facing third down and ten yards. Hancock called on Benton once again for the rushing attack but Benton was met after a seven yard rushing gain by Sam Dowdle, Weathers and others leaving the Lions facing fourth down and three just inside the 9-yard line. Misery struck following a time-out by the Lions as they were penalized for an illegal procedure moving the ball back to the 14-yard line. Hancock then went to the air attack along the left side line but the ball fell incomplete turning the ball over to the Stallions once again deep on their end of the field.


The Stallions slowly moved the ball up field once again using time off the clock utilizing the rushing attack of Weathers and Vice. Facing second down and ten at their own 25-yard line, Weathers took the hand-off over the right side of the line of scrimmage but he was met by Upton, Holliday, Smith and D.J. Pitts for the stop after a one yard gain. Palmer broke his way into the backfield to sack Redmond on third down leaving the Stallions facing fourth down and seventeen yards. Weathers punted the ball away on fourth down with Hancock making the reception at the Lions 49-yard and scrambled away from would be tacklers after making the reception and being brought down at the Lions 44-yard line. Penalty flags against the Lions moved the Lion offense deeper to their own 34-yard line where the started the final possession of the game. First down brought a pass to Smith but the ball fell incomplete. Benton picked up five yards on second down with Keasler and Sam Dowdle on the tackle. Hancock took the snap on third down and pitched the ball out to Benton who connected thru the air with M. Hubbert who raced to the Stallion 35-yard line before being tackled. First down brought Benton around the right end for a six yard gain with Weathers and others on the tackle. On second down Holliday fought his way over left guard for a two yard gain leaving the Lions facing third down and two yards at the 17-yard line. Sticking with Holliday on the rushing attack proved successful as he took the ball to the 10-yard line with time quickly ticking off the clock. Hancock took the snap and spiked the ball killing the clock at 10.7 seconds. Second down brought another pass attempt with Benton attempting to connect with M. Hubbert in the back of the end zone but the ball sailed just over the outstretched hands of Hubbert bringing up third down with only 4.2 seconds remaining in the game. On third down Hancock went to the air attempting to connect with Smith in the left corner of the end zone and the Stallions were penalized on the play for pass interference giving the Lions one final play from their five yard line to find the end zone. Hancock on a keeper was met by Weathers and a host of other defenders just near the two yard line as the final horn sounded on the game clock ending the hard physical fought game and allowing the Stallions to march off the field with the victory by the score of 35 - 28. Team Captains for the visiting Stallions were Sam Dowdle, Hunter Marlowe, Cobly Robinson and Aaron Holliman. Mark Adamski, Justin Hancock, and Nick Smith represented the Lion team as Captains. The Lions (5-2), Region 6 (4-2) will board the team bus and travel south to take on the Verbena Red Devils (6-3), Region 3 (2-3) on Friday night. Game time is 7.p.m.


Comments from Head Coach Lamar Harris:


"I thought our guys came out tonight and fought hard definitely playing with intensity on the defensive side of the ball. However we seemed to be just a step slower on the offensive side of the ball all nighttonight. We played good at times and moved the ball but it seemed as though we just couldn't find our groove and play consistently on the offensive side tonight. We had those two big possessions where we came away from their red zone with no score and that made a huge difference on the scoreboard at the end of the game. We allowed them to block the punt, which they took to the end zone for a touchdown. That was another stab in the game plan. The Stallions have fought hard over the past few years and they've rebuilt a very big and physical team, a team which fights hard from start to finish coupled with speed, and it is hard to defend that type of play if you don't show-up focused and game ready. Tonight our guys just didn't get the job done. I'm a little disappointed in the intensity which our guys approached this game with knowing that the outcome of the game would be a determining factor in play-off positions. I thought that had we have had just a little more time on the drive in our final possession that the result may have came out different, but in the end you've got to give credit to the South Lamar players as they stuck with it and fought until the very end and walked off the field with the win. We will just have to regroup and refocus during practice this week and put an emphasis on some of the issues that were obvious tonight as we get ready to face another talented physical team on the road this coming week."
Last Updated on Monday, 19 October 2015 08:07
 
 

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