Hubbertville opened Region 5 play by traveling to Millport to face-off against the Stallions of South Lamar. The Stallions won the coin toss with Ian Harper booting the opening kick to the 27-yard line where Lion Trey Snow made the reception returning the ball out to the 32-yard line. Quarterback Chandler Young called upon Lathan Holliday to move the ball from the backfield on first down with Holliday fighting off would be tacklers advancing the ball to the 48-yard line and setting the Lions up with another first down. With the snap of the ball, Dax Benton wasted little time fighting his way down field for the quick score with only forty-three seconds removed from the game clock. The PAT kick by Benton; with Ethan Nichols holding, sailed perfectly down the center of the uprights giving the Lions the early lead 7 - 0.
Benton's ensuing kick was fielded at the 31-yard line by Kenneth Vice who advanced to the Stallion 40-yard line where Nichols made the solo tackle. Garrett Trull got the call to rush on first down but he was met by Cannon Alexander and Tre Tranum for the stop after a two yard gain. Keidarris Griffin took the handoff on second down but he was met in the backfield for quick take-down by Benton and Alexander leaving the Stallions facing third down. Noah Dismukes went to the passing attack and connected on a short throw with Kenneth Vice who fought his way to the 49-yard line leaving South Lamar just short of the first down marker. The Stallions decided to fight for the needed yardage on fourth down but Alexander and a host of other defenders met Trull who rushed up the middle for the stop turning the ball over to the Lions just beyond the 49-yard line.
Young was met for the stop by Grant Williams and a host of others for the stop after a two yard gain on first down. After an illegal motion penalty the Lions were facing second down and thirteen yards at their own 48-yard line. With the snap of the ball, Benton rushed around the right end but the Lions were penalized once again moving the ball back to their own 39-yard line leaving Young and the Lions offense facing third down and twenty three yards. Benton lined up to take the snap and quickly punted the ball away with the ball rolling out of bounds at the Stallions 25-yard line.
Griffin got the call to rush on first down moving the ball around the right end where Snow made the stop for the Lions at the Stallions 43-yard line. Holliday and a host of other defenders made the stop on first down bringing Vice down just short of the first down marker at the Lions 48-yard line. Second down brought penalty flags against the Lion who jumped off-sides resulting in a first down for the Stallions at the Lions 43-yard line. Dismukes went back to the air attack and connected with Sam Dowdle who advanced to the 34-yard line where Snow made the tackle just shy of the first down marker. Misery continued for the Lions defense as they once again were penalized for jumping off-sides resulting in a first down for South Lamar at the Lions 29-yard line. Austin Keasler took the hand-off out of the backfield around the left hand side of the line of scrimmage with Alexander, Tanner Upton and a host of other Lions making the stop. Penalty flags against the Stallions for an illegal motion moved the ball back to the 34-yard line resulting in a replay of down and leaving the Stallions facing first down and fifteen. Dismukes pitched the ball out to Carson Lindsey who was brought down almost immediately by Tranum and Benton after a one yard gain. Second down brought Upton, Brady Tucker, Snow and a host of others across the line wrapping Griffin up for the stop in the backfield. Dismukes reverted back to the passing attack on third down but his attempt to connect with S. Dowdle was unsuccessful leaving the Stallions facing fourth down and fourteen yards at the Lions 33-yard line. Following a time-out by the South Lamar coaching staff, Dismukes attempted another pass, this time trying to connect down field with Jarrett Bryant but the pass fell incomplete turning the ball over to the Lions.
Benton took the snap on first advancing around the right side of the line moving the ball deep down field but the Lions were penalized on the play moving the ball all the way back to the 26-yard line. On the replay of down, Chandler Young called upon Benton once again to advance the ball with Benton taking the hand-off over the right side of the line of scrimmage with the Stallions stripping the ball on the play and Lindsey making the recovery for the Stallions at the Lions 47-yard line.
Dismukes and the South Lamar offense quickly returned to the field and on first down Griffin took the hand-off up the middle for five yards before being tackled by Benton. Second down brought Trull over the left side of the line with Benton once again on the stop for the Lions after a two-yard gain. Sticking with Trull on the rushing attack the Stallions attacked the left side of the line once again advancing to the Lions 16-yard line with Brady Tucker, Tatt Huffman and others making the saving tackle at the 16-yard line as the first quarter came to a close.
First down brought Vice out of the backfield with the rushing attack with Benton on the stop after a one yard gain. The Lions defensive front jumped off-sides once again moving the ball deeper into the Lions red zone with Dismukes calling his own number on the replay of down advancing the ball to the 6-yard line before Upton could make the stop. Facing first and goal at the 6-yard line, Vice took the hand-off and fought his way into the end zone for the score with10:39 remaining in the first half of play. On the PAT; the Stallions were penalized for an illegal procedure but Harper's kick sailed thru the uprights notching the score at 7 - 7.
The ensuing kick was fielded at the 44-yard line with a fair catch by Upton. Young called upon Upton to take the ball out of the backfield on first down and he rushed around the right side advancing across midfield to the Stallions 38-yard line before S. Dowdle, Vice and a host of others managed to drag him down for the stop. First down brought Holliday up the middle for a two yard gain with Keasler on the stop. Benton took the ball five yards deeper on second down with Lindsey and others making the saving tackle. Facing third down and three, the Stallions jumped off-sides moving the ball to the 28-yard line and setting the Lions up with a first down. Holliday picked up eight yards on first down with the rushing attack before Cox and others brought him down. Facing second down and two, Benton got the call again to carry the ball out of the backfield but Cox made the stop just shy of the first down marker. Third down brought Holliday with the carry once again but he was met by Grant Williams and others at the line resulting in no-gain leaving the Lions facing fourth down just short of the first down marker. Young called Holliday's number once again with Holliday fighting his way to the 16-yard line for the first down. Sticking with Holliday on the rushing attack the Lions moved the ball deeper but an illegal motion penalty moved the ball back to the 17-yard line. Facing second down and sixteen, Young connected with Benton on a short pass at the line of scrimmage where he was met immediately for the stop resulting in a three yard loss. On third down, Benton took the ball out of the backfield shaking off would be tacklers and fighting his way to the goal line where he was ruled down at the 1-yard line. On first down, Upton got the call to fight for the score but he was met at the 2-yard line by Trull and a host of others for the stop leaving the Lions facing second down and goal. With the snap of the ball the Stallions recovered the loose ball holding the Lions out of the end zone.
First down brought misery for the Stallions as they were penalized for jumping off-sides. With the ball resting just near the goal line, Dismukes called his own number on the replay of down, but he was met just shy of the 2-yard line by Upton and Benton for the stop. Facing second down, Upton and others fought their way into the end zone meeting Dismukes for the stop near the goal line. Officials ruled the ball had crossed the goal line and was fumbled with the Stallions making the recovery. With the ball placed just out of the end zone near the goal line, the Stallions coaching staff called for a time-out. Following the time-out, Trull got the call to fight his way forward but Alexander, Tristan Nairemore, Holliday and Upton made the tackle at the 3-yard line leaving the Stallions facing fourth down. Trey Snow lined up back for the Lions to receive the ball with Lindsey punting the ball out of bounds near the Stallions 12-yard line.
Holliday got the call to rush on first down taking the ball over the left side of the line of scrimmage with Keasler, Lindsey and a host of others on the tackle at the line of scrimmage. Second down brought Benton up the middle bouncing off would be tacklers fighting his way into the end zone for the touchdown with1:14 remaining in the half. The PAT kick by Benton sailed perfectly down the middle of the uprights and the Lions regained the lead 14 - 7.
Bryant lined up deep to receive the ensuing kick from Benton fielding the ball at the 19-yard line returning the ball up the middle of the field for what appeared to be an excellent gain but on the tackle the ball popped out with Benton making the quick recovery for the Lions near the Stallions 47-yard line. Benton took the ball out of the backfield for four yards on first down with Lindsey on the stop for the Stallions. Second down brought more of Benton but he lost his footing in an attempt to cut back across the field setting up third down and thirteen yards with only three seconds remaining in the half. The Lions called for a time-out and when play resumed Upton took the hand-off fighting his way around the left end and out of bounds just near the 30-yard line with time expiring on the half.
The second half opening kick by Benton sailed deep to the 14-yard line where Jace Johnson made the reception advancing the ball to the Stallions 43-yard line where Huffman made the solo tackle for the Lions. First down brought Griffin fighting for yardage but Holliday, Ryan Brubaker and others made the stop after a two yard gain. On second down frustration hit the Stallions offense as Griffin fumbled the ball on the rushing attack with Brubaker making the pouncing recovery for the Lions.
Chandler Young once again returned to the field lining his offensive front up at mid-field. First down brought Holliday with the rushing attack but he was met immediately for the stop by Keasler and a host of other angry defenders. Benton took the ball around the right side of the line of scrimmage for an eight yard gain before Trull and a host of others could make the tackle. With the snap of the ball, Benton fought his way up the middle bouncing away from would be tacklers reaching the 29-yard line before he could be brought down saving the quick score. Upton got the call to fight for yardage on first down advancing the ball down to the 18-yard line for another first down. With the snap, Holliday advanced the ball deeper into the Stallions red zone picking up an additional four yards. On second down Benton was met in the backfield for the stop by Mason Orr and a host of others. Facing third down and ten yards at the 18-yard line, Holliday was met immediately at the line by Colton Lamb, Keasler and others leaving the Lions facing fourth down and twelve yards at the Stallions 20-yard line. Following a time-out by the Hubbertville coaching staff, Benton lined-up and kicked a 35-yard field goal pushing the Lions lead further ahead 17 - 7 with6:15 remaining in the third quarter.
Lamb signaled for the fair-catch on Benton's ensuing kick setting the Stallions up with the possession at their 41-yard line. Dismukes called his own number on first down but Tranum, Alexander and Nichols remained focused and made the stop after a one yard gain. Second down brought Trull up the middle with the rushing attack with Snow and others making the tackle at the Lions 49-yard line. Trull advanced the ball for five yards with Upton on the stop setting up second down. Upton and Tranum made the tackle on Vice resulting in no gain and leaving the Stallions facing third down and five yards near the Lions 45-yard line. Dismukes called his own number and scrambled around the right side line where he was met for the stop by Nichols at the Lions 36-yard line. With the drive kept alive; Dismukes decided to revert to the passing game but Upton, Tranum and Benton fought their way into the backfield forcing Dismukes to throw the ball quickly down field for an in-completion. Second down brought Trull with the rushing attack but Tranum met him at the line of scrimmage resulting in a one yard loss. Dismukes connected with a pass near the line of scrimmage for a two yard gain but the receiver rushed out of bounds. Facing fourth down and nine yards at the 35-yard line, Dismukes connected over the middle with S. Dowdle but Nichols made the stop for the Lions at the 20-yard line. With the possession still alive, Trull rushed up the middle but Tristan Nairemore and Alexander remained in position for the stop after a four yard gain. Johnson took the ball down over the left side of the line of scrimmage advancing down the side line where he was forced out of bounds at the 1-yard line. Dismukes called his own number and advanced into the end zone for the score with 0:46 seconds remaining in the quarter and raising the Stallions score closer. The PAT kick by Harper was perfect and the scoreboard showed 14 - 17 with the Lions holding the lead.
Brubaker lined up deep to receive the ensuing kick but Upton made the reception at the 28-yard line and advanced to the 33-yard line where he was brought down by a host of Stallions.
First down brought Upton out of the backfield with the rushing attack advancing for three yards with Lindsey, Trull, Lamb and a host of others on the stop as the quarter came to a close.
On second down Benton fought his way up the middle for a first down at the 44-yard line with Lindsey and others on the stop for the Stallions. Sticking with the rushing attack, Upton got the call to fight for yardage but he was met by Williams and others resulting in no yardage gained on the play. Following a time-out by the Lions, Young attempted a pass connection deep down field to Zach Hubbert but the ball sailed just beyond the finger tips for the in-completion. Sticking with the air attack on third down, Young attempted a connection with Benton but the pass fell incomplete setting up fourth down. Benton dropped back and punted the ball away with the Stallions taking possession at their own 23-yard line.
First down brought Dismukes with a keeper for three yards but Tranum was on the spot for the tackle. Sticking with his own number, Dismukes attempted to advance the ball around the left side line but Benton forced him out of bounds at the line of scrimmage resulting in no gain on the play. Facing third down and seven, Johnson took the ball around the right side line and ran out of bounds at the 43-yard line for the first down. Sticking with Johnson on first down, the Stallions took the ball around the left end and down the side line for a two yard gain with Upton and Brady Tucker making the stop for the Lions. Second down brought Dismukes out of the backfield once again advancing the ball over the right side of the line of scrimmage but Huffman, Nairemore and others were on the stop leaving the Stallions facing third down and seven yards. Reverting to the passing attack, Dismukes attempted to connect down field with S. Dowdle but pressure by Zach Hubbert provided the quick release resulting in an in-completion. Facing fourth down and seven at their own 46-yard line, Dismukes went deep down field with a pass in an attempt to connect with S. Dowdle but the ball was knocked to the ground by Brubaker. Penalty flags were thrown on the play and the Lions were penalized for a defensive hold call back near the line of scrimmage resulting in a first down for the Stallions at the Lions 44-yard line. Benton raced into the backfield on first down bringing Griffin to the ground for an eight yard loss leaving the Stallions facing second down and eighteen yards at their 48-yard line. Second down brought Bryant out of the backfield down the right side line where he was forced out of bounds after an 11-yard gain and on third down Hubbert broke across the line into the backfield for the sack on Dismukes bringing up fourth down and 15-yards for the Stallions. Reverting back to the passing attack was unsuccessful for Dismuke and the Stallions as Brubaker stepped up in front of the pass over the middle returning the ball all the way back down field to the end zone for the touchdown with 5:43 remaining on the game clock. The PAT kick by Benton was perfect and the Lions increased their score 24 - 14.
The final offensive drive for the home-standing Stallions started at their own 38-yard line with David Riley taking the hand-off around the left side line where he was brought down by Snow and B. Tucker. Second down brought Vice out of the backfield but Benton remained in position for the stop after a two yard gain leaving the Stallions facing third down and two yards. Dismukes fought his way over the line for the first down at the 48-yard line keeping the drive alive. Calling his own number once again Dismukes advanced the ball over midfield to the Lions 48-yard line where he was met for the stop by Upton. Second down brought a passing attempt from Dismukes trying to connect over the middle with S. Dowdle with the Lions penalized for roughing the passer. The penalty resulted in the ball being moved deep down field to the Lions 25-yard line. First down brought Dismukes attempting a connection thru the air with David Riley along the left side line but the ball soared out of reach. On second down Dismukes attempted another pass deep over the middle but Brubaker reminded Dismukes that he was still on the field by making his second interception of the game and therefore shutting down the Stallions final offensive drive of the game.
First down brought Benton taking the snap and advancing the ball over the right side of the line of scrimmage where he was brought down at the Lions 45-yard line by a host of angry Stallions after a twenty eight yard rushing attack. First down brought penalty flags against the Lions for an illegal procedure and on the replay of down, Benton advanced the ball to back to the Lions 46-yard line before being brought down by a host of Stallions for the stop. Following a time-out by the Stallions, Benton took the snap up the middle with a keeper but he was met for the stop by several Stallions. Utilizing another time-out in an attempt to save time on the clock, the Stallions returned to the field to face Benton and the Lions offense with Benton taking the hand-off and rushing down the right side line to the Stallions 19-yard line but the play was called back as the Lions were penalized for an illegal block. The penalty set the Lions up at their own 45-yard line and on the replay of down Benton took the ball around the left side of the line of scrimmage for a nine yard gain. Facing fourth down and one yard, Upton got the call to rush up the middle moving the ball across midfield for the first down and allowing time to expire on the game clock and securing the 24 - 14 victory for the Lions. Captains for the game were: Ryan Brubaker and Trey Snow, both who are Seniors and Tanner Upton who is a Sophomore.
The Lions will have an open-date this coming Friday but will remain in Region play when they return to their home field to host their cross county rivalry, the Berry Wildcats on Friday, Sept 16. Game time is 7:00p.m.
Comments from Head Coach Lamar Harris:
"We found ourselves in a very hard fought physical game tonight. The guys played as physical and as hard as they've ever played but they have got to sharpen up mentally in order to accomplish their overall effort. I was somewhat disappointed in the amount of turnovers tonight, we had way too many mental mistakes such as jumping off sides, false starts and other mental penalties and those mistakes started early in the game tonight and followed us all the way thru until the end of the game. We've got to work with the guys and get those issues corrected. I'm proud of some of the big defensive plays that took place during the second half of tonight's game. Those plays helped us to walk off the field securing the win. We just didn't seem to be too polished on the offensive side of the ball in the game but make no mistake, our guys stood their ground against a very good and physical team. I'm proud of their overall effort and their desire to put it all out for the win in this game. We knew coming down here that we would have to hold a physically hard fight from the start all the way until the end of the game. We focused on that early in the week during our practices and the guys kept that focus in the locker room as well as on the practice field; they understood up front what was required in order to walk out of here with the win."