Football News 2015 Football News 2015 Verbena Write-Up
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Written by Allen J. Dunavant   
Monday, 26 October 2015 00:00
The Lion football team travel south to Chilton county to face-off against the Verbena Red Devils. After winning the coin toss, Senior quarterback Justin Hancock led the Lion offense patiently down field on the first offensive possession of the game putting the Lions on the score board first.  The possession started at the Lions 44-yard line following the 27-yard opening kick return by Tanner Upton. Rushing attacks by Dax Benton, Hancock and Trey Snow quickly moved the ball across mid-field to the Red Devils 42-yard line leaving the Lions facing third down and inches. Benton took the hand-off around the right side of the line of scrimmage fighting his way to the 33-yard line keeping the drive alive. With a new set of downs, Upton rushed over left tackle leaving the Lions facing second down and three followed by a six yard gain by Benton which awarded the Lions another first down at the 21-yard line. Keeping the ball on the ground, Upton was met for the stop by Dillon Walker and a host of defenders after a two yard gain. Second down brought Benton out of the backfield for a four yard gain but on third down Anthony Miller fought thru the line and brought Benton down for a five yard loss leaving the Lions facing fourth down and nine at the Red Devils 20-yard line. Determined to find the end zone, Snow took the hand-off pitching the ball back to Benton who connected with McKain Hubbert who was standing alone in the back of the end zone lighting up the Lions side of the scoreboard with 5:48remaining in the first quarter. The Lions elected to pursue the two point conversion on the PAT and Hancock connected thru the air on a pass to Snow putting Hubbertville in the lead early 8 - 0.

Benton's ensuing kick was fielded at the 4-yard line by Dorrian Parker who was met at the 23-yard line for the stop by Lathan Holliday, Upton and Zach Hubbert. The Red Devils opened their first possession with the passing attack. Tristan Short attempted a deep pass connection with Anthony Milller but the ball was in and out of Millers hands. Parker took the hand-off around the right side line and out of bounds for the first down at the 39-yard line for the first down. Upton broke across the line of scrimmage making the initial contact on Parker on second down and forcing a fumble which was recovered by M. Hubbert giving the Lions excellent field position at the 33-yard line.

Hancock and the Lions offensive front continued using the rushing attack taking time off the game clock and moving the ball closer to the end zone. Following a keeper by Hancock, Holliday took the hand-off fighting for additional yardage and leaving the Lions facing third down and seven yards. Hancock called his own number once again rushing around the right end where he was brought down by Bryan Rasberry, Trey McCullough and Johnathan Bryant leaving the Lions facing fourth down and inches near the 23-yard line. Benton got the call to advance the ball and picked up the first down by rushing around the right end to the 18-yard line. Rushing attacks by Snow and Benton moved the Lions to the 12-yard line and on third down Snow took the hand-off around the left end where he was brought down from behind by Jacob Clecker along with Hunter Reeves at the six yard line. First down brought Holliday with the carry out of the backfield for a three yard gain then on second down Benton fought his way up the middle where he was met for the stop by Miller, Walker and a host of others as the first quarter came to a close. Facing third down and goal, Holliday got the call to fight for the end zone and with the snap of the ball he fought his way across the goal line for the score. The PAT kick by M. Hubbert was blocked leaving the score standing at 14 - 0 with 11:41 remaining in the second quarter.

Verbena started their second possession at the 20-yard line after the ensuing kick by Benton rolled into the end zone. Snow made the solo tackle on first down on Parker at the 38-yard line. Miller took the hand-off around the left side of the line and Snow once again made the tackle for the Lions after a seven yard gain. Hancock made the saving tackle on Parker on first down as he rambled down the right side awarding the Devils a first down at the 12-yard line. Setting inside the Lions red zone the Devils elected to revert to the passing game on first down but the ball fell incomplete. Second down brought Parker out of the backfield but Upton remained in position for the stop after a three yard gain. Upton, Benton and a host of other Lions sacked Short on third down leaving Verbena facing fourth down and nine yards at the 11-yard line. Following a time-out the Devils elected to kick a field goal and Miller's kick was good lighting up the home side of the scoreboard with 9:26 remaining in the first half.

The ensuing kick was received by Benton at the 19-yard line and advanced down field to the Devil's 39-yard line where Parker made the solo saving tackle. On first down Snow fought his way over left guard for three yards followed by rushing attacks by Benton on second and third down leaving the Lions facing fourth down and four at the Verbena 33-yard line. The Devils defense stood on fourth down with Miller making the stop on Benton in the backfield.

Short returned his offensive front to the field facing first down at the 37-yard line. Parker got the call to fight for yardage on first down taking the hand-off around left end but Nick Smith and Robert Pitts made the stop after a three yard gain. On second down, Hakeem Underwood took the pitch back from Short and raced down the right side line before cutting back across the middle advancing untouched into the end zone for the quick six. The PAT kick was no good and with 6:14 remaining in the half the score stood 14 - 9 in favor of the Lions.

Upton lined up deep to receive the ensuing kick but Benton made the reception at the 26-yard line advancing to the Lions 35-yard line where he was met for the stop by Christian Blauch and a host of others. The possession was short lived for the Lions. Facing third down Hancock attempted a pass over the middle but the ball was intercepted by Dakota Vessicchio who advanced the return to the Lions 28-yard line where Mark Adamski made the solo stop.

The Devils wasted little time reaching the end zone. After an incomplete pass to Juwan Tyus deep in the end zone, Parker took the hand-off and rambled around the right end for the score. The PAT kick by Miller was perfect and the Red Devils took the lead 16 - 14 with 4:25 remaining in the first half of play.

Hancock fielded the ensuing kick at the 22-yard line advancing to the 35-yard line where Bryant made the stop. Sticking with the rushing attack, the Lions moved the ball across mid-field with Benton, Holliday and Hancock advancing the ball. After an incomplete pass attempt with Smith on third down the Lions were left facing fourth down and eight yards. M. Hubbert lined up in the backfield and punted the ball deep with the ball rolling to a rest at the 9-yard line.

The Devils called on Underwood to advance the ball on first down but Upton and D.J. Pitts made the stop resulting in a one yard loss. Sticking with Underwood on the rushing attack the Devils ran the sweep with Snow making the solo tackle at the 25-yard line. First down brought Short scrambling in the backfield attempting to find a pass connection down field but Upton made the sack. On second down Short completed the pass to Tyus who was immediately brought down for the stop by M. Hubbert as time expired on the first half with the score standing 16 - 14 in favor of the Red Devils.

The second half opening kick by Benton was fielded at the 11-yard line by Miller who advanced to the Lion 42-yard line where he was forced out of bounds by Hancock. Short called his own number on first down but Holliday, Benton, and others made the stop resulting in no gain on the play. Upton broke across the line of scrimmage and sacked Short on second down leaving the Red Devils facing third down and eleven yards. Short went to the air attack but his pass was to Tyus was to high bringing up fourth down. Miller lined up in the backfield and punted the ball away with the ball rolling dead at the Lions 9-yard line.

First down brought Benton with the ball over left guard where he was met by a host of defenders for the stop at the 15-yard line. Misery struck for the Lions on second down as the ball was fumbled on the exchange and recovered by the Red Devils at the 15-yard line. With the ball setting deep in the Lions red zone, Short called on Underwood to advance the ball on first down and he fought his way to the 7-yard line where Benton and others made the saving tackle. Sticking with Underwood on the rushing attack was beneficial, with the snap of the ball Underwood fought his way up the middle to the end zone for the quick score. The PAT kick  by Miller was perfect and with 8:56 remaining in the third quarter the scoreboard read 23 - 14 in favor of the Red Devils.

Miller's ensuing kick was fielded by Benton at the 21-yard line and advanced to the Lion 48-yard line where Trey McCullough made the saving solo tackle. Benton took the hand-off on first down fighting for two additional yards and on second down Snow advanced the ball across mid-field to the 49-yard line. Third down brought Hancock attempting to make the connection thru the air with M. Hubbert but the pass fell incomplete leaving the Lions facing fourth down and seven yards. M. Hubbert lined up in the back field to punt the ball away but the Red Devils broke thru and blocked the punt scooping the loose ball up and advancing to the end zone for the touchdown with 7:02 showing in the third quarter. The PAT kick by Miller was perfect and the Red Devils lead continued building by the score of 30 - 14.

Upton lined up deep to receive the ensuing kick but M. Hubbert made the reception at the 35-yard line advancing for three yards before being met by a host of defenders for the stop. Benton took the hand-off advancing two yards on first down and on second down Hancock pitched the ball back to Benton who went to the air attack attempting to connect down field with M. Hubbert but McCullough was in position to knock the ball away. On third down Hancock wanted to connect with receivers down field but was forced to throw the ball out of bounds to avoid the sack leaving the Lions facing fourth down. M. Hubbert lined up in the backfield and punted the ball away with Miller making the reception at the 25-yard line and advancing to the 38-yard line where Upton and Holliday made the stop.

First down brought Parker out of the backfield with the carry but Upton, Ethan Nichols and Ryan Brubaker made the stop for no gain. Parker was met at the line of scrimmage on second down once again by Upton, Nichols and Brubaker for a two yard loss leaving the Devils facing third down and twelve yards. Short reverted to the passing attack connecting with Tyus deep down field with Hancock making the saving tackle at the 19-yard line. Two plays later Underwood fought off would be tacklers advancing to the end zone for the score with 3:53 remaining in the third quarter. The PAT kick by Miller was blocked by Benton leaving the score standing at 36 - 14.

Bulger's ensuing kick was received at the 19-yard line by Benton who advanced to the Lions 37-yard line where he was brought down by a host of defenders. Sticking with Benton on the rushing attack the Lions moved the ball to the mid-field line. Facing first down, Snow advanced the ball around the left side of the line of scrimmage for a 16-yard gain before McCullough could bring him down. Second down brought Hancock on the keeper advancing the ball an additional 14-yards with McCollough once again on the stop. Benton gained an additional five yards on first down followed by Hancock who rushed the ball around the left side of the line of scrimmage reaching the 19-yard line before being brought down by a host of Devils. Facing first down inside the Red Devils red zone, Holliday got the call to fight for yardage picking up four yards as the third quarter came to a close. Snow took the hand-off around the left end advancing to the 5-yard line with McCollough making the saving tackle. On first down Benton tripped up in the backfield for a one yard loss followed by Hancock calling his own number and advancing the ball to the four yard line. Facing third down and goal, Snow took the hand-off fighting around the left side where he was ruled down just short of the goal line. Fourth down brought Hancock with the keeper up the middle for the touchdown with 10:24 remaining in the game. The two point conversion attempt on the PAT was unsuccessful as Benton was stopped just short of the goal line leaving the score 36 - 20 in favor of the Red Devils.

The Lions onside kicking team lined up and Benton's kick was successfully recovered by Smith at the Verbena 47-yard line. First down brought Benton with the hand-off out of the backfield rambling down the left side lines where he was knocked out of bounds. Following the play the Devils were penalized for a personal foul advancing the ball deeper and inside the red zone at the 15-yard line. First down brought Hancock with the keeper around the right side of the line for a six yard gain. Snow took the ball deeper on the Devils advancing around the left end to the 3-yard line where McCullough made the saving tackle. Facing first down and goal, Benton took the hand-off advancing over right guard for the touchdown with 9:08 remaining in the game.The two point conversion on the PAT was successful with Hancock calling his own number and rushing over the left side for the points leaving the score standing at 36 - 28.

Benton's onside kick was successful recovered by William Cook setting the Red Devils up at their own 48-yard line. Parker answered the Lions score with a quick six touchdown run taking the hand-off down the right side line and into the end zone untouched. The PAT kick by Miller was good and the Red Devils increased their lead 43 - 28 with 8:51 remaining in the game.

Benton fielded the ensuing kick at the 19-yard line advancing up field to the Lions 48-yard line where Rasberry made the solo saving tackle. First down brought more of Benton with the rushing attack moving the ball around the right end where Bryant, McCullough and others made the tackle. Snow took the hand-off over the left side of the line of scrimmage for a five yard gain and the Lions were penalized on third down moving the ball back five yards. On the replay of downs, Benton fought his way around the right side of the line of scrimmage but Bryant and McCollough  made the tackle leaving the Lions facing fourth down and eight yards. Hancock connected thru the air on the passing attack with Snow down the left side line where he was brought down from behind at the Devils 28-yard line.  Hancock called his own number advancing to the 21-yard line on first down leaving the Lions facing second down and three yards. Miller met Benton in the backfield for a one  yard loss bringing up third down. Hancock attempted a pass connection to M. Hubbert near the goal line but the ball fell incomplete leaving the Lions facing fourth down. Benton got the call to gain the needed yardage and he fought his way to the 17-yard line for the first down. Hancock took the ball around the right end with penalty flags flying at the end of the play. Off-setting penalties resulted in a replay of down with Benton taking the hand-off over right guard for a six yard gain with Miller and a host of others making the tackle. Hancock called his own number on second down but tripped up at the ten yard line leaving the Lions facing third down and three yards. Benton got the call  to fight for the needed yardage and took the hand-off to the five yard line rewarding the Lions with a first down and goal. With the snap of the ball, Benton fought his way over the left side of the line of scrimmage for the touchdown with 3:30remaining in the game. Following the score the Devils were penalized for a personal foul. The two point conversion attempt on the PAT was unsuccessful with Benton being met in the backfield by Vessicchio and others for the stop leaving the score standing at  43 - 34.

M. Hubbert's on side kick was recovered by Vessicchio at the Devils 47-yard line. Three plays later Underwood took the ball 47-yards for a rushing touchdown bouncing off would be tacklers for the quick six with 2:54 remaining in the game. The PAT kick by Miller was no good but the score stood in favor of the Red Devils at 49 - 34.

Snow, Benton and Hancock lined up deep to receive the ensuing kick but Upton made the reception at the 32-yard line advancing to the 40-yard line where Hancock and the Lions offensive front returned to the field. First down brought additional misery for the Lions as Hancock's pass intended for Benton was intercepted by Parker. Facing first down deep inside the Lion red zone at the 12-yard line, Short called his own number and advanced around the right side for the quick score. The PAT kick by Miller was perfect and with 2:17 the final points were added to the Devils side of the scoreboard.

Bulger's ensuing kick was fielded by Snow near the goal line and advanced to the 14-yard line where the stop was made by a host of defenders. First down brought Upton out of the backfield with the hand-off for a one yard gain and on second down Hancock advanced the ball around the left end for a seven yard gain. Facing third down, Upton took the hand-off once again but was met at the line of scrimmage leaving the Lions facing fourth down and two yards. Upton took the final hand-off out of the backfield as time expired on the game with the final score standing in favor of the Red Devils at 56 - 34. Team captains for the Lions were Justin Hancock, McKain Hubbert, D.J. Pitts and Nick Smith.

The Lions will host the Tharptown Wildcats on Friday night for Homecoming. Game time is 7:00p.m.

Comments from Head Coach Lamar Harris:

"Very disappointing effort on our behalf tonight. It seems as though this game was just a repeat of last weeks game. We came out onto the field with momentum and stuck with the game plan in the first quarter scoring on our first possession. We moved the ball down the field making plays when we needed them to keep the opening drive alive. Following the first half of play it seems as though we just lost our passion to play. The guys just came out of the locker room with no passion following the half time break. We did not play with the passion nor the effort which we've been playing with earlier on in the season. We have some players who really put forward the effort out there on the field but we need everyone to rally around those players and play with the passion and effort which we are all capable of in order to walk off the field with a win. The last two games which we've played this season have just been difficult to understand. We expect more from the guys as a team. We opened the game with a scoring possession and remained in the game up until the half time break and I was pleased with our efforts on that opening possession, but after we returned to the field from the locker room following the half time break, we just seemed to have set our doom. Tonight's game was another one of those disappointing games where we just didn't show up with the right mentality to finish the job. We've got a lot of work to do in the week ahead on the practice field. This game is our final home game of the regular season and is also homecoming so we will have to stay focused if we want to finish with a win."

Last Updated on Monday, 26 October 2015 06:34
 
 

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