Football News 2017 MCHS Write Up
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Written by Allen J. Dunavant   
Monday, 16 October 2017 04:47

Hubbertville traveled to Guin to face-off with the Marion County Red Raiders on Friday night. Following the coin toss, Ethan Nichols lined up deep to receive for the Lions. Receiving the ball at the 6-yard line, Nichols took Braden Pyron's opening kick 94-yards to the end zone for the 96-yard return bringing the visiting Lion fans to their feet early in the contest. The PAT kick by Mario Gonzalez was perfect and the Lions had the early lead 7-0.

The quick six didn't seem to phase the home-standing Red Raiders. Gonzalez' kick was fielded at the 10-yard line by Payton Silas advancing to the 20-yard line with Zack Hubbert, Gage Key and Brady Tucker making the stop. Silas led the Raiders offense down field quickly utilizing a combination of the passing and rushing game. Back to back consecutive first downs moved the ball to the Raiders 41-yard line where Nic Gardner took the hand-off over the left side with Nick Selman and others making the stop. Following an incomplete pass, Silas reverted to the rushing attack with Gardner moving the ball up the middle for the first down at the Lions 48-yard line. With a quick snap, Jerry King advanced the ball deeper to the Lions 34-yard line setting the Raiders up with another first down. Silas then connected with Gardner along the left side line with Gardner fighting his way to the end zone for the score. The PAT kick was blocked by Tanner Upton and with 8:28 remaining in the opening quarter the score stood 7-6.

Pyron's ensuing kick was received at the 33-yard line by Upton who advanced to the Raiders 49-yard line where Tyler Thomas made the stop. Nichols and the Lion offense slowly inched the ball downfield utilizing the rushing attacks of Upton, Hubbert and Holliday. Facing first down at the 16-yard line, Hubbert took the hand-off over left guard for a twelve yard gain with Pyron making the saving stop at the 4-yard line. Back to back rushing attacks by Upton put the ball into the end zone and following the successful PAT kick by Gonzalez the Lions increased the score 14-6 with 3:05 remaining in the opening quarter.

Pryon returned Gonzalez' ensuing kick from the 2-yard line to the Raiders 30-yard line setting up Silas and his offensive front for their second possession. Moving the ball up field with Gardner on the rushing attack and Pyron on the receiving end of the pass connection, the Raiders were facing second down at the Lions 46-yard line. Silas connected deep downfield with King for the completion and with the Lions being penalized for roughing the passer on the play, the Raiders advanced deep into the Lions red zone to the 4-yard line. Facing first down and goal, Gardner was met for the stop by Nichols and others for a two yard loss as the opening quarter coming to a close. With the opening play of the second quarter Gardner advanced the ball to the end zone around the right end. The PAT kick by Pyron was perfect leaving the score 14-13.

Key made the reception on the ensuing kick at the 34-yard line advancing to the Lions 42-yard line with Jayson Whitehead making the tackle. Sticking with the rushing game of Holliday, Hubbert and Upton the Lions quickly advanced the ball into Red Raiders territory and facing first down at the 26-yard line, Hubbert took the hand-off over left tackle for an 18-yard rushing gain on first down. Facing first down and goal, Upton continued the fight moving the ball deeper to the 3-yard line. With the snap of the ball Hubbert took the ball over the goal line putting six more points on the scoreboard for the Lions. Gonzalez' kick was perfect on the PAT and the score stood 21-13 with 6:32 remaining in the opening half.

Gonzalez' ensuing kick was fielded at the 21-yard line by Silas who was met by Hubbert at the Raiders 31-yard line for the solo tackle. Gardner was brought to a stop at the line of scrimmage on first down by Aaron Cribb and Upton. Second down brought Hubbert and Blake Anthony into the backfield for the sack on Silas for a 5-yard loss. Silas attempted a pass connection over the middle with Pyron but Nichols and Hunter Berryhill were on coverage knocking the ball away and leaving the Raiders facing fourth down from their own 27-yard line. Pyron punted the ball away with Hubbert making the reception at the Lions 35-yard line advancing up to the 39-yard line with Corey Owens making the stop.

First down brought Upton around the right end with Josh Rhudy making the tackle, followed by a rushing carry by Hubbert around the left end with Owens, Brandon Espinoza and Gardner on the stop. Facing third down and six from their own 44-yard line, Nichols went to the passing attack connecting with Holliday who advanced the ball to mid-field with Silas on the solo tackle. Reverting back to the rushing attack, Hubbert, Holliday and Upton moved the ball deeper and inside the Red Raider red zone to the 16-yard line. On first down Holliday gained three yards with Pyron, Whitehead and Rhudy on the stop leaving the Lions facing second down at the 13-yard line. Nichols called his own number advancing the ball to the 3-yard line where he was met by Gardner, Pyron and others for the stop with 2.3 seconds remaining on the clock. First down brought Nichols spiking the ball on the snap, saving time on the clock. The Marion County coaches utilized a time-out and following the time-out, Nichols returned to the field with his offensive front resulting in another time-out by the Red Raiders. Following the time-out, Gonzalez lined up for the field goal attempt but Nichols who serves as the holder advanced the ball towards the right side of the end zone in an attempt to catch the Raiders off-guard where he was meet just shy of the goal line by a host of defenders holding the Lions out of the end zone and mounting momentum for the home team and their fans as the first half ended. The Lions took the lead to the locker room 21-13.

Returning from the half-time break, Gonzalez' second half opening kick was fielded at the 28-yard line by Silas who pitched the ball back to Gardner with Gardner advancing the ball deeper to the Red Raiders 46-yard line before Nichols could make the stop. Two consecutive first downs with rushing attacks by Gardner and Pryon moved the ball deep on the Lions defense down to their 28-yard line. Facing second down and six, Gardner was met at the line by Upton and Lucas Polacek resulting in no gain on the play. On third down, Silas on a keeper scrambled his way out of the backfield and was stopped by Gage Alexander but was awarded with the first down near the 16-yard line. Reverting to the passing attack, Silas connected over the middle with Pyron who raced untouched into the end zone for the score with 9:29 showing on the clock. The PAT kick by Pyron was once again blocked by Upton leaving the Lions with the slim lead 21-19.

Holliday made the reception on the ensuing kick at the 39-yard line setting Nichols and the Lions offense up for their second half opening possession. Rushing attacks by Upton and Holliday moved the ball to the 46-yard line but with the snap of the ball the Lions were penalized for an off-sides infraction moving the ball back to the 41-yard line. Nichols connected thru the air with Holliday who advanced down the left side line where Pyron made the saving tackle at the 16-yard line. Facing first down inside the Raiders red zone, Upton advanced the ball to near the 6-yard line but was ruled just short of the first down marker. With the snap of the ball, Holliday took the hand-off to the 4-yard line for the first down keeping the drive alive. First down brought Upton straight up the middle for the touchdown with 5:29 remaining in the third quarter.  Gonzalez' kick sailed outside on the PAT and the score stood 27-19 in favor of the Lions.

The Red Raiders began their next possession at their own 33-yard line with Pyron taking over as quarterback. Calling his own number Pryron advanced the ball around the right end and out of bounds for the first down at the Raiders 44-yard line. Following an incomplete pass, Pyron called upon Gardner to fight for yardage with Gardner taking the hand-off around the right end and out of bounds. The Lions were penalized for a late hit on Pyron moving the ball deeper to the Lions 32-yard line. On first down Pyron went deep with a pass to King near the goal line but the ball was in and out of Kings hands bringing up second down. Gardner took the hand-off around the right end once again where Brady Tucker made the stop leaving the Raiders facing third down and one. With the snap of the ball, Gardner advanced up the middle to the 21-yard line for the first down with Upton and Polacek making the stop. On first down Nichols stepped in front of a pass intended for King making the interception and shutting down the threatening drive giving the Lions possession at the Raiders 15-yard line.

Four consecutive rushing attacks by Upton advanced the ball to the Lions 34-yard line leaving the Lions facing third down and four. Upton once again got the call to continue his rushing attack taking the hand-off around the right end for a 32-yard gain to the Red Raiders 34-yard line before Pyron and Owens could bring him down. Upton continued his rushing attack on first down picking up an additional five yards gain with Gardner and a host of others on the stop as the third quarter came to a close. Rushing attacks by Holliday and Nichols moved the ball to the 25-yard line setting up first down with Upton continuing his pursuit and pushing the ball deeper on the Raiders defense with the ball resting near the 10-yard line. Second down brought Holliday with the hand-off out of the backfield for an addition two yards with Pyron and others making the stop. Upton then took the hand-off around the right end fighting his way near the goal line where he was ruled down at the 1-yard line. Penalty flags against the Lions for a block in the back moved the ball back to the 16-yard line leaving the Lions facing third down and sixteen. Upton took the hand-off over the left side but was met for the stop leaving the Lions facing fourth down and twelve. Following an injury time-out, Gonzalez' lined up for the field goal attempt but the kick was ruled no good by officials turning the ball over to the Red Raiders deep in their own territory.

The Red Raider possession was short lived as Gardner was stopped on first and second down by Anthony, Selman, Polacek and Toby Tidwell. Facing third down and seven, Pyron connected with Gardner who fought his way to the first down marker keeping the possession alive for the Raiders. Facing first down at their own 34-yard line, Pyron attempted a deep pass to Owens but Nichols once again made the interception giving the Lions possession at their own 42-yard line.

First down brought penalty flags on the Lions for an illegal procedure moving the ball back to the 42-yard line, followed by another penalty flag on the replay of down, for a holding call after Gage Alexander advanced the hand-off around the left end gaining yardage, moving the ball back to the Lions 27-yard line. Facing first down and twenty four, Nichols took the snap and scrambled in the backfield where he was brought down. The Lions were penalized for a holding infraction and the Red Raiders were penalized for a personal foul leaving the Lions facing first down and seventeen at their own 35-yard line. Nichols called his own number and with the snap attempted to advance the ball around the left end but was met for the stop by Gardner after a four yard gain leaving the Lions facing second down and thirteen and forcing the Lions to utilize a time-out. Second down brought Holliday up the middle but he was met for the stop by a host of defenders after a three yard gain resulting in the Red Raiders coaching staff utilizing a time-out. Following the time-out, Nichols connected in the backfield with Holliday who advanced the ball up field but the ball was fumbled with the Raiders recovering the ball at their own 43-yard line.

First down brought Pyron straight up the middle advancing the ball down to the Lions 28-yard line where Key and Nichols made the saving tackle. With the snap of the ball Pyron rushed over the right side of the line but was met for the stop by Cribb and T. Tidwell setting up second down and seven at the Lions 24-yard line. Calling his own number once again, Pyron took the snap to the end zone with 2:02 remaining in the game. The two point conversion on the PAT tied the score at 27-27 with Silas connecting on a pass with Pyron in the end zone.

The ensuing kick by Pyron was fielded at the 39-yard line by Matthew Sanders. First down brought Key with the hand-off fighting his way for the first down across midfield to the Red Raiders 45-yard line with Pyron chasing him down from behind for the tackle. G. Alexander advanced the ball four yards on first down followed by Nichols on a keeper picking up an additional four yards. Facing third down and one, Holliday fought his way up the middle for the first down at the 33-yard line. Nichols took the snap spiking the ball to stop the clock at 15.7 seconds. With the snap of the ball Key advanced the ball deeper downfield but a host of penalty flags reverted the gain pushing the ball back to the 43-yard line as the Lions were called for a holding infraction on the play. The Lions took their final time-out and when play resumed, Gardner and a host of other Raiders rushed into the backfield sacking Nichols and forcing the game into overtime.

Following the overtime coin-toss, the Red Raiders were first with the scoring opportunity and with the snap of the ball, Pyron rushed straight up the middle untouched into the end zone for the score. The two-point conversion on the PAT was perfect with Pyron connecting in the end zone with Owens giving the Red Raiders their first lead of the game 35-27.

The overtime possession by the Lions took two plays with Holliday taking the hand-off on both downs and scoring from 4-yards out raising the Lions points to 33 and bringing them to within two points of the Raiders. On the PAT attempt, Holliday was ruled as stopped just shy of the goal line bringing the game to an end and awarding the home-standing Red Raiders with the win. The Lions will return to action on Friday night by hosting the Pickens County Tornadoes at Wiley Hollingsworth Stadium. Game time is 7:00p.m.

Comments from Head Coach Lamar Harris:
"We just didn't come out playing to our fullest capacity tonight. We played well at times but early in the game when we should have played our best we just couldn't seem to come together to make the plays we needed to make. We had some mistakes which we haven't experienced in previous games and those mistakes were costly as the game came to and end. We did have some good plays on defense with the interceptions and also with the blocked extra points. I do give credit to our guys for hanging tough and fighting adversity up until the very end tonight. They fought extremely hard and were trying their best to contain the win but we just came up short. It's very disappointing that the game came down to the wire and we lost in the closing minutes, but we will learn from the mistakes and hopefully continue fighting together as a team to reach our goals."

 
 

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