Hubbertville celebrated homecoming on Fri., Oct. 21rst by hosting the Brilliant Tigers in Wiley Hollingsworth Stadium. Following the coin toss, Dax Benton, Trey Snow and Tanner Upton lined up deep to receive the opening kick-off for the Lions but Levi York's kick rolled into the end zone setting up Ethan Nichols and the Lion offensive front at the 20-yard line.
After the Tigers were penalized on first down, Nichols called his own number and rushed over the line for a quick first down at the 35-yard line. With the snap of the ball the Lions returned the yardage following a penalty for an illegal procedure and on the replay of down, Benton took the ball to the Lions 42-yard line just two yards shy of the first down marker before Trevor Lynch could make the stop. Upton then took the hand-off around the left end where he was met by Lynch and Hayden Bryant for the stop. Facing third down and two-yards, Lathan Holliday rushed up the middle for the first down at the 45-yard line to keep the possession alive. With the new set of downs, Benton got the call to continue the rushing attack taking the hand-off cutting outside and racing down the right side line shaking off would be tacklers for the 55-yard rushing touchdown with 9:35remaining in the first quarter. The PAT kick by Benton, with Nichols holding and Tre Tranum snapping, was good giving the Lions the first points on the evening.
Benton's ensuing kick was fielded at the 14-yard line by York who was met at the 30-yard line by Brett Wright and Tatt Huffman for the take-down. A defensive stop on York by Upton and Tranum on first down left the Tigers facing second down and twelve-yards. Bryant called his own number and rushed around the right end but Ryan Brubaker remained in position for the stop leaving the Tigers facing third down at their own 34-yard line. Bryant attempted a pass connection over the middle to York but pressure by Tranum and Huffman forced a quick release causing the pass to fall incomplete and bringing up fourth down. York punted the ball away with Nichols and the Lion offense starting their second possession of the night at their own 32-yard line.
First down brought Holliday up the middle for a three yard gain with Gage Seaborn on the solo tackle. Benton fought his way over left guard for a four yard gain with Seaborn, Haayden Prescott and others making the stop leaving the Lions facing third down and three-yards. Sticking with Benton on the rushing attack provided successful as Benton fought his way up the middle heading toward the end zone before he was tripped up by the shoe laces by Kade Bryant at the middle field line. Nichols then called on Trey Snow for the pass reception over the middle and with the perfect execution, Snow raced downfield untouched for the quick six with 5:44 remaining in the opening quarter. The PAT kick by Benton split the uprights and the score stood 14 - 0.
Jake Smith, Lynch and York lined-up deep for the ensuing kick from Benton with Lynch fielding the ball at the 15-yard line advancing to the 23-yard line where Tranum and Brady Tucker made the stop. First down brought an incomplete pass connection with York and on second down H. Bryant connected on the pass with Justin Metcalf at the 33-yard line. First down brought another passing attempt to York but the ball sailed out of bounds. Benton and Huffman fought their way into the backfield and sacked H. Bryant on second down for a five-yard loss and on third down Brubaker intercepted H. Bryant's pass over the middle and zig-zagged his way back to the Tigers 19-yard line before being stopped.
Upton took the hand-off over the left side of the line fighting deeper downfield but the Lions were penalized for holding moving the ball back to the 31-yard line. On the replay of down, Nichols attempted a end zone pass connection with Zach Hubbert but the pass fell incomplete. Second down brought Benton out of the backfield with the rushing attack over the right side of the line and cutting back across the middle where he was brought down by York and others. Facing third down and three yards, Upton took the hand-off over the left side for the score with 2:05 remaining in the quarter. Benton's kick on the PAT was good and the Lions continued building their lead 21 - 0.
Benton's ensuing kick bounced high and into the end zone setting H. Bryant and the Tiger offense up at the 20-yard line. Smith took the hand-off up the middle but was met by Benton for the tackle after a two yard gain. Following a penalty for delay, the Tigers attempted another air attack but coverage by Snow forced the incomplete pass connection with Smith. Facing third down and fourteen at the sixteen-yard line, H. Bryant attempted another pass connection with York but Tucker was in position to force the incompletion. York's punt rolled out of bounds at the Tigers 39-yard line with the Lions offense returning to the field.
Two plays later, Benton took the hand-off from Nichols and fought his way down field behind his blockers for the quick six. Following the sixty one yard rushing touchdown run, Benton's kick on the PAT was perfect and with 12.9 seconds remaining in the first quarter, the Lions were increasing the lead 28 - 0.
The Tigers next possession started after Upton, Holliday and Huffman made the stop on Smith at the 36-yard line following Benton's ensuing kick. With the snap of the ball, York was met immediately at the line by Upton, Snow, Cannon Alexander and Tranum for the stop as the opening quarter came to a close. On second down, H. Bryant's pass sailed high and out of bounds and on third down Lynch was met for the stop by Alexander and Benton after a two-yard gain. Facing fourth down and seven-yards, Lynch lined up in the backfield and punted the ball away with the ball sailing out of bounds at the Tigers 49-yard line.
On first down, Nichols dropped back and wen to the air attack connecting with Benton over the middle with Benton racing untouched to the end zone for his second quick six and third touchdown of the game. The PAT kick by Benton was unsuccessful leaving the Lions in the lead at 33 - 0.
York received Benton's ensuing kick at the 6-yard line and following the return the Tigers were backed up to the 24-yard line after a holding penalty. First down brought Lynch out of the backfield for a three yard gain with B. Tucker on the tackle. Lynch got the call to fight for yardage once again on second down but Upton remained in position for the stop leaving the Tigers facing third down and five yards. The Tigers were penalized for jumping off-sides moving the ball back and leaving them facing third and ten-yards. H. Bryant went back to the air attack and connected with Lynch who scrambled his way to the 41-yard line for the first down with Snow on the tackle. First down brought another pass completion this time with York and the Lions were penalized on the play moving the ball to the Lions 46-yard line. First down brought Lynch up the middle but Tranum, Holliday and others made the stop resulting in no gain on the play. Reverting back to the passing game, H. Bryant connected on a short pass with Kade Bryant who was met by Benton, Austin Tucker and Upton for the stop. Pressure on H. Bryant by Tranum, and A. Tucker forced an incompletion to K. Bryant on second down and on third down Snow stepped in front of K. Bryant almost intercepting the ball to bring up fourth down and nine for the Tigers. Sticking with the passing attack, H. Bryant connected over the middle with K. Bryant moving the ball down to the Lions 34-yard line. First down brought a penalty against the Tigers for an illegal procedure and on the replay of down, H. Bryant's pass sailed high and out of bounds with Benton applying pressure quickly in the backfield. The Tigers were penalized for holding on the play moving the ball back to mid-field. With the snap on the replay of down, H. Bryant called his own number rushing around the left end where Huffman and Alexander made the stop at the 43-yard line. Second down brought a passing attempt to connect with Smith but the ball fell to the ground with Z. Hubbert on coverage for the Lions. Sticking with the passing attack, H. Bryant went to the air in an attempt to connect with York but once again the ball fell to the ground as Snow was on coverage for the Lions. Facing fourth down and eighteen yards, the Tigers coaching staff called for a time-out. Following the time-out, Holliday, Tranum, Upton and A. Tucker applied pressure forcing H. Bryant to throw the ball away, bringing penalty flags against the Tigers and turning the ball over on downs to the Lions at their own 42-yard line.
Two plays later the first half came to a halting stop as time expired and both teams departed the field for their respective locker rooms.
The second half opening kick from Benton was fielded at the Tigers 45-yard line by Tony Lawrence setting H. Bryant and the Tigers offensive front up with good field position for their second half opening drive. Following back to back defensive stops by Tristan Nairemore, Upton and Huffman and an incomplete pass attempt to York the Tigers found themselves facing fourth down and six at their own 49-yard line. York lined up in the backfield to punt the ball away but pulled the snap down and rambled around the right side line where he was met by Huffman, Benton and a host of others to be denied of the first down marker setting the Lions offense up at their own 46-yard line.
Sticking with the rushing attack of Holliday, Snow and Brubaker the Lions moved the ball across mid-field to the Brilliant 42-yard line. Additional rushing attacks by Snow, Holliday and Brubaker punched the ball deeper and inside the Tigers red zone to the 15-yard line where the Lions were facing first down. First down almost brought a turn-over but Nichols recovered the ball at the 17-yard line and Holliday gained the yardage back with the snap of the ball. Facing third down and seven yards, Brubaker took the ball out of the backfield and down the right side line for the score with :47 seconds remaining in the third quarter. The PAT kick by Benton was perfect and the score stood 40 - 0.
Tranum's ensuing kick was fielded at the 17-yard line by York who was met for the stop by Evan Dozier and a host of other Lions. The Tigers were penalized on the kick return moving the ball back to the 25-yard line. First down brought H. Bryant on the scramble in the backfield with pressure from B. Tucker and others resulting in a sack by Zach Hubbert at the 15-yard line. Second down brought a passing attempt but the connection couldn't be made with York and on third down H. Bryant called his own number with Huffman making the solo tackle at the 14-yard line bringing up fourth down and 21-yards for the Tigers deep in their own territory. York lined up in the backfield and punted the ball away with the ball rolling dead at the Tigers 40-yard line.
Brubaker took over reigns as quarterback for the Lions on this possession and on first down called upon Hunter Berryhill to fight for yardage with Berryhill advancing the ball over the line but the Lions were penalized for an illegal procedure moving the ball back to the 45-yard line. B. Tucker took the hand-off on the replay of down advancing for one yard up the middle and on second down Berryhill fought for an additional yard leaving the Lions facing third down and thirteen at the Tigers 44-yard line. Blake Anthony got the call to continue the rushing attack moving the ball to the Tigers 39-yard line leaving the Lions facing fourth down and nine yards at the 38-yard line. Berryhill continued the rushing attack on fourth down but was met at the 35-yard line by Braden Cummings and a host of angry defenders for the stop turning the ball over on downs to the Tigers.
First down brought H. Bryant connecting thru the air with K. Bryant who fought for the first down with Snow and Logan Moye on the tackle. Sticking with the passing attack on first down, Justin Metcalf was unable to secure the ball bringing up second down for the Tigers. H. Bryant then connected down the left side line with Lane Stanford who made the catch with Gage Alexander making the saving tackle at the Lions 23-yard line. With the snap of the ball, H. Bryant went to the end zone connecting with Lynch for what appeared to be the first score of the evening for the Tigers but the Tigers were penalized for holding on the line bringing the ball back. Sticking with the H. Bryant and Lynch passing connection on the replay moved the ball close to the Lions red zone with Nick Selman making the saving tackle. First down brought Smith with the rushing attack up the middle but once again N. Selman, Anthony, Moye and a host of others made the saving tackle at the 13-yard line. With the snap of the ball, H. Bryant rushed around the right side line and was met for the stop with penalty flags following the play moving the ball back to the 26-yard line. On the replay of down, York made the reception gaining one yard and stepping out of bounds to save time on the game clock. Facing second and nine yards, H. Bryant connected with York once again on the passing attack this time in the end zone with 19.1 seconds remaining in the game. The Tigers were penalized on the score for a personal foul and the two point conversion was successful leaving the score 40 - 8.
Forcing to kick the ensuing kick from their own 25-yard line due to the penalty on the touchdown, Smith's kick was received at the Lions 41-yard line by Anthony and two plays later the game came to an end as time expired securing the homecoming victory for the Lions.
The Lions will travel to Bear Creek on Friday night to close-out regular season play against the Phillips High Bears. Game time is 7:00p.m.
Comments from Head Coach Lamar Harris:
" Our guys stuck with our game plan and came out in the right mind frame tonight. We fought for the lead early and got on top with the quick scores in the first quarter allowing us to stand our ground and to maintain and take the early lead going into the locker room at the half-time break. That was the way we had planned to execute the game tonightand I'm proud of the guys for that team effort. We did some good things throughout the game but on the other hand we did some things which I didn't like, those are the things which we are going to have to improve on. We've got work to do on some of the fundamental things that we expect out of our players and we are going to address those specific issues this week during our practices. In order to keep focused and continue extending our playing season as we go forward, we've got to maintain discipline and stick with the fundamentals of playing the game. We will work hard during our practices and the intent of those practices will be to bring back our focus and our fundamentals of executing properly on every play. I'm proud of the team for securing the homecoming win in front of a large crowd of alumni, but we have to put this behind us and retain our goals and our focus."