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Written by Allen J. Dunavant   
Friday, 06 November 2015 00:00
This years season came to an end for the Lions in the same stadium where it began, on the campus of Hackleburg High School. The two teams met to open their schedule with their fall pre-season game at the start of the season. The Lions won the coin toss electing to receive the opening kick to the game underway. Justin Hancock made the opening reception at the 39-yard line advancing to mid-field where he set brought the Lion offense to the field for the opening possession. The first offensive possession came to a quick close for the Lions after rushing attacks by Dax Benton and Caleb Palmer left the Lions facing fourth down an inches. McKain Hubbert punted the ball away with the ball sailing out of bounds setting the Panthers up at their own 30-yard line.

Matt Harper led the Panthers down field quickly and called his own number on second down with a 43-yard rushing attack moving the ball to the Lions 26-yard line. On second Harper once again took the ball out of the backfield advancing to the five yard line before Hancock and Benton could make the saving tackle. With the snap of the ball the Panthers were on the scoreboard with Kristian Jones taking the ball across the goal for the score. With 7:59 remaining in the opening quarter the Panthers were first on the scoreboard. The PAT kick by Blake Norris was perfect leaving the score 7 - 0.

Trey Snow made the reception on the ensuing kick at the 28-yard line advancing to the Lions 36-yard line where Briley Holland made the stop. With the snap of the ball, Benton took the ball to the end zone for the quick six on a 64-yard sprint rushing around the right side of the line for the touchdown. The PAT kick by M. Hubbert sailed perfectly down the middle of the uprights and the Lions had answered quickly leaving the score tied 7 - 7 with 7:39 remaining in the first quarter.

Benton's ensuing kick was received at the 38-yard line by Dustin Fuller advancing to the Lion 48-yard line where Snow and others made the stop. Harper continued calling his own number on the drive but facing third down and 14-yards at the Panther 48-yard line, Benton intercepted Harper's pass at the Lion 35-yard line.

Hancock called his own number on first down rushing around the right side advancing to the Panther 28-yard. With the snap of the ball misery struck for the Lions as the ball was fumbled on the exchange with the Panthers making the recovery at their own 31-yard line.

Jones took the hand-off on first down and was met for the stop by Nick Smith and Tanner Upton after a four yard gain. Harper gained an additional two yards on second down with Upton, M. Hubbert and others on the tackle. Harper once again took the ball deeper on the Lion defense advancing to the 42-yard line moving the chains for the first down. With the new set of downs, Harper connected thru the air with Jones who was forced out of bounds by Benton at the 48-yard line. Jones took the hand-off up the middle leaving the Panthers facing third down and two yards at the mid-field mark. The Lions jumped off-sides moving the ball to the Lion 45 yard line for the first down and with the snap of the ball Harper took the ball around the right side to the 42-yard line with Smith and Upton on the tackle for the Lions. Second down brought another pass attempt from Harper deep down field but Snow was in position to knock the ball away. Facing third down and seven, Jones got the call to advance the ball rushing around the right side of the line of scrimmage down field for the score. The PAT kick by Norris was good and the Panther regained the lead with 1:39 remaining in the quarter.

Benton lined-up deep to receive the ensuing kick but the ball didn't travel the required yardage setting Hancock and the Lion offense up at the Panthers 44-yard line. Benton got the call to advance the ball on the ground with rushing attacks on the first three downs leaving the Lions facing fourth down and inches. Lathan Holliday took the hand-off but was met for the stop near the line of scrimmage turning the ball over on downs to the Panthers.

Jones took the hand-off around the right end on first down and was knocked out of bounds at the Lions 39-yard line by Palmer. Harper scrambled in the backfield where he was sacked by a host of Lions as the first quarter ended. Facing second down and twelve, Harper attempted a pass down field but the pass was incomplete with Benton defending. Third down brought Harper on the keeper around the left end where Palmer made the stop leaving the Panthers facing fourth down and five yards. Following a time-out by the Panthers, the ball was moved back an additional five yards for an illegal procedure leaving the Panthers facing fourth and ten at the Lions 41-yard line. Mark Adamski, Upton and D.J. Pitts brought Harper down at the Lion 45-yard line turning the ball over on downs to the Lions.

Hancock called his own number on first down advancing over left guard for a five yard gain. Second down brought Benton out of the backfield and down the left side line where he was ruled out of bounds at the Panther 43-yard line. Hancock on a keeper rushed up the middle for an eight yard gain and on second down Holliday fought his way to the 27-yard line to keep the drive alive. First down brought Benton around the left side for a 15-yard rushing attack and another first down at the Panthers 12-yard line. With the ball inside the Panther red zone, Holliday rushed up the middle for another six yard gain and on second down Benton took the snap to the five yard line leaving the Lions facing third down and three. Benton again rushed up the middle for the first down awarding the Lions a first down just short of the goal line. Hancock was met at the line for the stop on first down but Holliday advanced into the end zone on second down for the touchdown with 5:55 remaining in the first half. M. Hubbert's kick on the PAT was good leaving the score tied.

The Lions were penalized on the ensuing kick and on the re-kick Jones made the reception from Benton's kick at the five yard line with Hancock making the solo tackle at the 31-yard line. The Panthers were penalized on first down for holding moving the ball back to the 20-yard line and on the replay of downs, Harper was stopped by M. Hubbert at the line of scrimmage. On second down, Harper connected with Cassady Williams over the middle with a sliding catch for the first down at the 44-yard line. Harper once again advanced the ball with a keeper around the left side line with M. Hubbert making the saving tackle at the Lions 15-yard line. With the snap of the ball Jones raced to the end zone putting the Panthers back on the top with 3:56 remaining in the half. Norris' kick on the PAT was good and the score stood 21 - 14.

Benton made the reception on the ensuing kick at the 27-yard line near the right side line and cuts back up the middle to the Lions 45-yard line before being brought down. The Lions utilized the rushing attack of Benton and Hancock taking time-off the clock and moving the ball down field and just outside the Panther red zone. Facing third down at the 22-yard line with 12 seconds remaining, Hancock's pass was intercepted near the goal line ending the drive. The Panthers were penalized following the play for a personal foul With the ball at the six yard line and 7.6 seconds remaining in the first half Harper took a knee taking the teams to the locker rooms for the half-time break.

Benton's second half opening kick was fielded by Fuller who advanced to the Panthers 49-yard line where M. Hubbert and Brett Wright made the stop. The Panthers struck quickly after the half-time break as on first down Harper took the ball down the left side bouncing off would be tacklers advancing to the end zone for the 51-yard rushing touchdown. The two point conversion on the PAT was successfully executed and the Panthers lead increased 29 - 14.

Benton made the reception on the ensuing kick at the 18-yard line advancing to the 39-yard line where Hancock and the Lion offense took over. Hancock advanced the ball over right guard for ten yards and on first down Benton took the hand-off rambling around right end for three yards. Benton got the call to fight for additional yardage gaining six more yards on second down leaving the Lions facing third and one at the 40-yard line. Holliday fought his way up the middle for three yards and the first down. The Panthers jumped off-sides moving the ball and additional five yards and with the snap of the ball Benton fought his way to the 25-yard line for another first down. The Lions were penalized on first down for an illegal procedure and Hancock was met by John David Gainey at the line of scrimmage bringing up second down and fifteen yards. Benton got the call to fight for yardage scrambling around the right end to the 23-yard line. The Panthers jumped off-sides moving the ball deeper and with the snap, Hancock rushed up the middle after taking the hand-off from Benton for the first down at the 12-yard line. Benton advanced for two yards and on second down, Hancock was met for the stop by a host of defenders leaving the Lions facing third down and five. Benton took the hand-off around left end and was met by Jones, Harper and a host of others leaving the Lions facing fourth down and inches. Holliday got the call to fight for the needed yardage picking up the first down with the nose of the ball touching the goal line. Holliday took the ball to the end zone for his second touchdown on the night with 3:45 remaining in the third quarter. M. Hubbert lined up for the kick on the PAT, but the Panthers were penalized moving the ball closer to the goal line. The Lions elected to go for the two point conversion but following the play the points were not awarded due to an illegal procedure leaving the score 29 - 20 in favor of the Panthers.

Harper made the reception from Benton's ensuing kick near the 15-yard line with Ethan Nichols making the stop at the 33-yard line. Harper called his own number on first down advancing to the 39-yard line on first down. Second down brought Jones up the middle with the ball with Tre Tranum and Upton making the tackle at the 42-yard line. Harper rambled his way out of the backfield to the Lions 24-yard line before Benton, Smith and Hancock could make the stop. Harper advanced the ball for an additional two yards on first down and on second down Jones raced to the end zone for the quick six with 1:40 remaining in the third quarter. Harper elected to take the ball to the end zone on the PAT awarding the Panthers an additional two points and building the score 37 - 20.

The Panthers were penalized on the ensuing kick for an illegal procedure placing the ball at the Lions 42-yard line. Hancock rushed up the middle for a six yard gain and Benton took the hand-off to the Panther 46-yard line for the first down. Benton got the call to continue the rushing attack advancing over left guard for an additional five yards as the quarter came to a close. Swapping out on the rushing attack between Hancock and Benton, the Lion offense moved the ball down field to the 7-yard line where they found themselves facing fourth down and one yard. Benton took the ball around the left side line to the end zone for the touchdown with 7:34 remaining in the ball game. The two-point conversion failed as Benton was ruled down on the rushing attack before reaching the end zone. leaving the score standing at 37 - 26 in favor of the Panthers.

Benton's onside kick was recovered by the Panthers setting Harper and the offense up at the 44-yard line. Harper went to the air attack connecting with Fuller on first down with Smith making the stop for the Lions at the 19-yard line. The Panthers were penalized on first down moving the ball back to the 29-yard line and with the snap of the ball Harper found Upton and Ryan Brubaker in his face for the sack and a four yard loss. Facing second down and 14-yards, Harper called is own number advancing around the left side with Robert Pitts and others on the tackle at the 25-yard line. Third down brought Jones out of the backfield but Upton, Tranum, Brubaker and others made the stop leaving the Panthers facing fourth down and six yards. Harper connected with Jones over the middle keeping the drive alive and moving the ball to the 6-yard line. Harper on a keeper advanced closer to the goal line with Brubaker and Upton on the tackle at the 2-yard line. With the snap of the ball the Panthers added six more points and following the unsuccessful two point conversion attempt the score remained 43 - 26 with only 3:24 remaining on the game clock.

Benton made the reception on the ensuing kick advancing up field to the 25-yard line where he was met for the stop. First down brought a turn-over for the Lions, with Cassidy Williams making the interception deep down field at the Panthers 45-yard line.

Harper wasted no time on the clock taking the snap and racing fifty-five yards to the end zone for the score with 2:48 remaining in the game. The PAT kick was unsuccessful and the scoreboard showed the Panthers with the comfortable lead 49 - 26.

Jones' ensuing kick was fielded by Snow at the 17-yard line and advanced to the 36-yard line where the stop was made by a host of Panthers. Rushing attacks by Benton and Hancock quickly moved the ball across mid-field to the Panther 47-yard line. First down brought Hancock with a keeper advancing around the right end to the 38-yard line. Hancock once again took the ball deeper down field to the 21-yard line before being shoved out of bounds. With the snap of the ball, Hancock rushed around the right side of the line of scrimmage awarding the Lions first down and goal at the 7-yard line. Sticking with Hancock on the rushing attack, two plays later Hancock took the ball up the middle for the touchdown with 0.3 seconds remaining in the game. Following a penalty against the Lions on the PAT attempt, Hancock went to the air connecting with Smith over the middle for the two point conversion leaving the final score 49 - 34 in favor of the Panthers.

Senior players Justin Hancock, McKain Hubbert, D.J. Pitts and Nick Smith represented the Lions as team captains in their final game. The Lions finish the season with a 6 - 4 record after advancing to the first round of the play-off's.

Comments from head coach Lamar Harris:
"I'm extremely proud of the guys. They played really hard through-out the game tonight. I fill as though we were right where we wanted to be at the half-time break. We were still  in the game but we had some guys who were injured and not able to return to the game following the half-time. Over all I think our inability to tackle is the number one thing that hurt our game plan tonight. We just didn't tackle well tonight and that played a role in the out-come of the game. That's something we haven't had an issue with as our season progressed so I'm at a loss as for a reason we didn't tackle well tonight. Overall our offensive game was well perceived tonight and the guys played a good game offensively tonight but we did have the fumble which we loss the ball and it resulted in points so that too hurt us. Bottom line... we had our chances throughout the game, we just didn't execute and take advantage of those chances. In a game like this, being in the play-off's those mistakes can't be made and it's something that can't be address on the practice field following the game. I'm proud of the four Senior players. Three of the four have been with our program since their junior high team and they've made their marks on our program. This was one of the smallest classes of Senior players we've had in quite a few years but these Seniors stood their ground and did what was asked, we've had to move some of them to different positions over the past few years and they've adjusted well so I'm proud of them and proud of their accomplishments."
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