Football News 2017 SLHS Write Up
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Written by Allen J. Dunavant   
Friday, 08 September 2017 00:00

The Lions opened region play by hosting the South Lamar Stallions Friday night. Winning the coin toss the Lions elected to receive the opening kick with Tanner Upton making the reception at the 16-yard lineadvancing to the Lions 36-yard line where Brady Tucker brought the Lion offensive front to the field for the opening possession. Utilizing the rushing attack the Lions moved the ball across mid-field with Lathan Holliday, Zach Hubbert and Upton swapping out on carrying the ball. Facing fourth down and 4-yards, the drive came to a halt for the Lions as the Stallions defense held ground taking over possession after Holliday was stopped short of the first down at the Stallions 30-yard line.

South Lamar wasted little time taking the ball down the field and scored the first points of the game three downs later as Buster Kriffin raced untouched to the end zone. The PAT kick by Ian Harper was perfect and the Stallions were on the board 7 - 0.

Brady Tucker fielded the ensuing kick advancing to the 28-yard line setting up the Lion offense for a short possession forcing Holliday to punt the ball away facing fourth down and with the ball rolling out of bounds at the Lion 41-yard line.

The Stallions proved they had came to make a statement and once again three snaps of the ball and Jarrett Bryant rambled around the left end for the quick six from the 10-yard line. Harper's kick was perfect raising the score to 14 - 0 with 2:22 remaining in the opening quarter.

The Stallions wasted little time adding additional points on the scoreboard following a fumble by Tucker on the second down of ensuing possession and once again after three downs Griffin scored his second touchdown of evening from 10-yards out. Harpers kick on the PAT put South Lamar up 21 - 0 with 41 seconds remaining in the opening quarter.

The first quarter came to an end with the Lions holding first down at the South Lamar 43-yard line but misery continued for the Lions as once again then ball was fumbled away two plays into the second quarter.

The Stallions moved the ball down field using the ground attack and the air attack. Hubbert intercepted the deep pass returning the ball out to the Lions 48-yard line but the Stallions took the possession back on first down after a fumble on the exchange and with the snap of the ball Griffin raced 55-yards for his third touchdown of the night. The PAT kick by Harper was right down the middle of the uprights and the score increased 28 - 0 in favor of the visiting Stallions.

The Lions started their ensuing possession after Gage Key fielded the kick at the 18-yard line advancing out to the 25-yard line. Holliday, Upton and Hubbert continued the rushing attack picking up six first downs in the possession and moving the ball to the Stallions 11-yard line where Hubbert took the handoff over left tackle fight his way off would be tacklers for the Lions only score of the game. The PAT kick by Mario Gonzalez sailed left leaving the Stallions with the lead 28 - 6 with 3:58 remaining in the half.

South Lamar wasted little time from the clock scoring on their ensuing possession with Herachio Washington finding the end zone from 1-yard out with .57 seconds remaining in the first half and following the PAT kick the Stallions took the halftime lead to the locker rooms 35 - 6.

Receiving the second half opening kick, the Stallions marched down the field on the opening possession adding an additional six points quickly following the break. The PAT kick was unsuccessful leaving the score 41 - 6 with 10:37 showing on the clock.

After recovering a fumble on first down of the ensuing kick, the Lion offense moved the ball across midfield into the Stallions territory following rushing attacks from Hubbert, Holliday and Upton but facing second down and eleven, once again the ball came loose on the exchange and the Stallions took over possession at their own 31-yard line.

With six snaps of the ball, Christopher Parker added an additional six points to the Stallions side of the scoreboard. Following the PAT kick by Harper the score increased 48 - 6, ending all scoring for the game with the Stallions departing Hubbertville victorious and leaving the Lions 0 - 2 on the season.

Both teams exchanged possessions with the Stallions facing third down and fourteen at their own 37-hard line as the third quarter came to and end. Facing fourth down the Stallions punted the ball away for the first time on the second play of the fourth quarter with the Lions taking possession at their own 20-yard line.

Misfortune continued for the Lions as the ball was fumble on the exchange on first down with the Stallions making the recovery just inside the Lions red zone.

Defensive stops by Aaron Cribb, Gage Alexander and a host of other Lions left the Stallions facing third down and nine at the nineteen yard line. With the snap James Parker was met at the line by Lucas Polacek, Cribb and Isaac Fowler leaving the Stallions facing fourth down and goal. The decision to send Parker over the left side was unsuccessful as he was met at the line of scrimmage by Cribb for the solo tackle turning the ball over on downs to the Lions at their own 19-yard line.

The Lions utilized Holliday, Key, Hubbert and Tucker moving the ball to their own 40-yard line where the possession came to a halt forcing Holliday to punt the ball away.

The Stallions and the Lions exchanged possessions as time expired on the game clock with the visiting Stallions exiting the field with the win 48 - 6.

Comments from Head Coach Lamar Harris:

"South Lamar has a very good team. They have the speed, the big guys up front on both sides of the line of scrimmage....  both of those attributes we don't have.... and it's obvious. We knew that coming into tonight's game and we knew our work would be cut-out for us as a team but we didn't expect to have the turnovers we had in the game. We had an unexceptionable amount of turnovers in the game and they were very costly but in the end we couldn't hold possession of the ball and the speed they have on their side was more than we could over come in our game tonight. We will continue our pursuit of coaching these young guys in the weeks ahead and hopefully as a team improve on our mistakes."

The Lions have an open week this Friday night but will return to region play on Friday, Sept. 22nd by visiting their cross-county rival, the Berry Wildcats. Game time is 7:00p.m.

 
 

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