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Written by Allen J. Dunavant   
Monday, 01 November 2010 05:58

The Hubbertville Lion's closed out their regular season with a demanding victory over the visiting Red Devil's of Vina. Seniors from both teams served as captains, meeting at mid-field for the coin toss with the Red Devil's winning the toss and electing to receive the opening kick to get the game underway.

Aaron Dillard's kick sailed to the 30-yard line where Nicolas Schmittou signaled for a fair catch. Schmittou brought his offense to the line and on first down Ethan Hammock rushed up the middle for a 3-yard gain with Calan Robertson making the stop for the Lion's. On second down, Dillon Tucker and Dylan Dillard applied the pressure to Schimittou forcing him to go deep down field overthrowing his intended receiver. The Lion defense held on third down forcing Channing Haithcock to punt the ball away on fourth down. Dylan Dillard was back to receive for the Lion's but the ball rolled out of bounds at the Lion 38-yard line.

Jake McCollum on a keeper up the middle gained 6-yards for the Lion offense on first down. Second down brought D. Tucker straight up the middle where he was met for the stop by a host of Red Devil's for what appeared to be a first down but penalty flags against the Lion's moved the ball back to the 40-yard line setting up third down and 8-yards. With the snap of the ball the Lions had regained the lost yardage after the Red Devils jumped off-sides. On the replay the Devils once again were penalized for off-sides and the Lions lined-up at mid-field for first down. A. Dillard took the hand-off from McCollum and rushed up the middle before cutting back to the outside for a 37-yard rushing attack to the Devil's 13-yard line. On first down the Lion's were penalized for illegal procedure moving the ball back to the 17-yard line. On the replay of downs, D. Dillard took the hand-off and rushed around the left line of scrimmage where he was met immediately for the stop. Penalty flags against the Devil's continued on second down, moving the ball to the 11-yard line after an off-sides penalty. Facing second down, McCollum called on A. Dillard to carry the ball but he was met behind the line of scrimmage for the stop at the 14-yard line by Christopher Pierce and host. Third down brought a different approach from the Lion's with D. Dillard taking the hand-off and throwing the ball to the right side of the line of scrimmage where A. Dillard made the catch and rushed untouched into the end zone. With 7:00 remaining in the first quarter the Lions were on the scoreboard. A. Dillard lined up to kick the extra point on the PAT, but McCollum who was the holder, scooped the ball up and threw a pass to Hunter O'Mary for the two point conversion setting the score at 8-0 in favor of the home-standing Lions.

The ensuing kick by A. Dillard was fielded at the 28-yard line by C. Haithcock and returned to the Devil's 45-yard line before D. Dillard and a host of defenders were able to make the stop. First down brought E. Hammock over right tackle where Mikey McCraw and H. O'Mary made the tackle after a 2-yard gain. Second down brought E. Hammock on the carry again over the right tackle with M. McCraw and Wade Tidwell making the stop at the Lion 47-yard line. Facing third down and 2-yards the Lions were drawn off-sides setting the Red Devil's up at the Lion 42-yard line. Landon Miller broke thru the line on first down to bring C. Haithcock down behind the line of scrimmage for a 2-yard loss. On second down E. Hammock got the call to carry and was met for the stop after a 5-yard gain by Colby Ellis and A. Dillard. On third down, E. Hammock was met by M. McCraw near the first down marker with a forceful stop requiring measurement by the officials. Following measurement the Red Devil's were inches short of the first down mark with the Lion's taking over on downs.

McCollum returned his offensive front to the field with D. Tucker taking the hand-off and rushing around the right side taking the ball across mid-field to the Devil's 43-yard line for another set of downs. D. Dillard rushed up the middle on second down but was met immediately by C. Pierce and Ethan Pharr for the stop. Facing second down and 9-yards, A. Dillard took the hand-off and scampered around the right side of the offensive line for an 8-yard gain. Facing third down and 1-yard from the 34-yard line, D. Tucker broke across the line with the rushing attack scrambling behind blockers to the 28-yard line before Joseph Barksdale brought him down. With a new set of downs, McCollum called on D. Dillard to carry the ball with Dillard rushing around the left side of the line before cutting back up the middle to the 16-yard line for another first down as the first quarter of play came to a close.

Facing first down at the 16-yard line, McCollum called D. Dillard's number again with Dillard rushing around the left side but he was met for the stop at the line of scrimmage by C. Haithcock. On second down the Devil's were penalized for jumping off-sides moving the ball to the 10-yard line. D. Tucker got the call to carry and rushed over right guard on second down setting the Lions up at the 4-yard line with another set of downs. Facing first down and goal, A. Dillard took the hand-off and rushed around the right side of the line heading toward the end zone but was brought down just short of the goal line by J. Barksdale, Adam Pharr and a host of determined Red Devil's. On second down D. Tucker was met at the line of scrimmage and pushed back for a 1-yard loss setting up third down and goal for the Lions near the 2-yard line. D. Dillard rushed the ball over the left side of the line of scrimmage into the end zone for the score with 9:08 remaining in the first half. A. Dillard booted the ball perfectly thru the uprights to raise the Lion's score to 15-0.

After Andrew Hester signaled for a fair catch on the ensuing kick by A. Dillard, the Devil's lined up at their 30-yard line to begin their next possession. On first down, C. Ellis burst his way across the line to sack N. Schmittou for a 3-yard loss. Second down brought the passing attack but W. Tidwell was prepared breaking the pass up to set up third down. Schmittou called his own number and rambled back to the original line of scrimmage where M. McCraw continued his outstanding defensive play making the stop. Facing fourth down and 10-yards, C. Haithcock booted the ball away to the Lions with D. Dillard back to receive for the Lion's. The ball was punted away from D. Dillard and rolled dead at the Lion's 41-yard line.

Sticking with the rushing attack, McCollum called on D. Dillard on first down with Dillard rushing around the out side of the line of scrimmage across mid-field to the Red Devil's 41-yard line. D. Tucker took the ball up the middle where he was met for the stop by J. Barksdale and Austin Nichols. Facing second down and 9-yards, McCollum went back to D. Dillard who advanced the ball up the middle. Following the play the Devil's were penalized for a face-mask penalty moving the ball to the 18-yard line. With the snap of the ball the woes continued for the Devil's as they were penalized again placing the Lions at the Devil's 13-yard line with a first down. On first down McCollum reverted to the passing game and connected with D. Dillard who was standing all alone in the end zone. A. Dillard's kick sailed perfectly down the middle of the uprights and with 5:35 remaining in the first half of play the Lion's continued building their lead 22-0.

A. Dillard's ensuing kick was fielded at the 27-yard line by C. Haithcock and advanced up field to the 38-yard line where D. Tucker made the stop for the Lion's. Penalty flags against the Red Devil's for delay of game moved the ball back to the 33-yard line setting up first down for the Devil's. Misery continued on the replay as the Devil's fumbled the ball but quickly managed to recover setting up second down and 18-yards. C. Haithcock took the hand-off and rushed up the middle where C. Ellis and L. Miller made the stop after a 3-yard gain. N. Schmittou with a keeper scrambled around the left line on third down but D. Tucker made the stop setting up fourth down and 9-yards. C. Haithcock lined up to punt the ball away with D. Dillard back to receive for the Lions. Haithcock's punt rolled out of bounds away from D. Dillard at the 33-yard line.

On first down, McCollum went to the air and connected with Corey Stewart for a 3-yard gain. Sticking with the air attack McCollum attempted to connect with H. O'Mary on second but Tyler Hammock was there on defense breaking the pass up. Reverting to the rushing game, McCollum handed the ball off to A. Dillard who scampered around the right side of the line of scrimmage to the 44-yard line for the first down. D. Dillard was brought down behind the line on second down by C. Haithcock and N. Schmittou setting up second down. McCollum went back to the air and connected with D. Dillard who pushed forward to mid-field before A. Pharr, N. Schmittou and C. Pierce finally brought him to the ground. On first down, A. Dillard to the hand-off and rushed around the right side of the line picking up the first down at the Devil's 45-yard line. McCollum then connected with David Aldridge on a pass with Aldridge advancing to the Devil 32-yard line where he was shoved out of bounds by Stephen McDonald. D. Dillard took the hand-off on first down and rushed up the middle to the 24-yard line where he was finally stopped by C. Haithcock and a host of Red Devil defenders. Facing second down and 1-yard at the 24-yard line, D. Dillard took the snap and attempted a pass connection with Jake McCollum but Cody Renfrow made the move and intercepted the ball racing untouched to the end zone with 28.1 seconds remaining in the first half of play. The Devil's lined up to attempt the two point conversion on the PAT but M. McCraw, D. Tucker and L. Miller burst across the line of scrimmage to make the stop on E. Hammock deep in the back field.

Micheal Hester's ensuing kick was an onside attempt with M. McCraw making the recovery for the Lion's at the Red Devil's 48-yard line. D. Dillard took the ball up the middle on first down breaking away from would be tacklers and racing to the 38-yard line before being chased down for the stop by A. Pharr. With 17.4 seconds remaining the Red Devil coaching staff called for a time-out to refocus. On first down the McCollum attempted to connect with M. McCraw but the pass was broken up as the ball was released. Second down brought D. Dillard around the right side of the offensive line gaining yardage to the 25-yard line for another first down. With 3.1 seconds remaining McCollum spiked the ball immediately on first down leaving the Lions with 1.9 seconds on the clock. D. Dillard was called on to carry the ball and scampered his way up the middle just inside the 10-yard line where he was stopped as time expired on the first half with the score standing at 22-6 in favor of the Lion's.

M. McCraw took the second half opening kick from M. Hester at the 35-yard line where he was met immediately by a host of Devil's for the stop. First down brought D. Dillard rushing over the right tackle for a 6-yard gain. On Second down D. Dillard took the hand-off and advanced around the left side to the 46-yard line for the first down. D. Tucker rushed over the left guard moving the ball across mid-field to the Red Devil's 44-yard line, setting up second down and 1-yard. D. Dillard took the hand-off and breaks away from would be tacklers in the backfield scrambling his way down field around the left side line to the 34-yard line. With a new set of downs, D. Tucker got the call to advance the ball with a rushing attack around the left side of the line for a 5-yard pick-up. Facing second down and 5-yards at the 29-yard line, A. Dillard took the hand-off and started around the left side before cutting back to the middle and racing untouched for the touchdown. The PAT attempt, A. Dillard kicking was no good and with 8:58 remaining in the third quarter the Lions continued to build their lead.

Landon Miller booted the ensuing kick to the 19-yard line where A. Pharr fielded the ball and took a knee to set up the Devil's offensive front. First down brought penalty flags against the Lion's for off-sides. On second down W. Tidwell burst through the line pressuring N. Schmittou into throwing the ball into the ground, resulting in a grounding penalty. Facing second down from the 12-yard line, C. Haithcock attempted to rush around the left side but C. Ellis was there for the stop after a 1-yard gain. Third down brought a passing attempt from N. Schmittou intended for T. Hammock but D. Dillard knocked the ball away setting up fourth down and 16-yards. C. Haithcock's punt rolled dead at mid-field where the Lion offense returned.

D. Dillard took the hand-off on first down but was met immediately by E. Hammock for the stop. Second down brought D. Dillard with the carry again but the Lions were penalized for holding setting up second down and 16-yards at their own 46-yard line. A. Dillard took the hand-off from McCollum breaking tackles at the line of scrimmage and raced his way down the left side line to the Red Devil's 22-yard line where he was shoved out of bounds by S. McDonald and T. Hammock to save the touchdown. Not to be denied, D. Dillard took the hand-off on first down and rushed up the middle untouched into the end zone for his third touchdown of the evening with 5:54 remaining in the quarter.

Fielding the ensuing kick from L. Miller, T. Hammock signaled for a fair catch at the 29-yard line. On first down N. Schmittou on a keeper advanced to the 35-yard line where H. O'Mary made the tackle. E. Hammock attempted to rush with the ball on second down but M. McCraw made the stop at the line of scrimmage. E. Hammock got the call to carry again and advanced the ball to the 39-yard line with C. Ellis and W. Tidwell making the stop. Sticking with E. Hammock on the rushing attack the Red Devil's hit trouble as E. Hammock fumbled the ball away with W. Tidwell recovering for the Lion's at the Devil's 45-yard line.

Wasting little time off the clock the Lions only took two plays to find the end zone. D. Dillard advanced the ball to the 40-yard line on first down with N. Schmittou and E. Hammock making the tackle to save the quick six up the middle. D. Tucker took the hand-off breaking away from would be tacklers and raced 40-yards to the end zone for his first touchdown on the night. A. Dillard's kick was perfect on the PAT and the Lions lead increased to 42-6 with 2:29 remaining in the third quarter.

L. Miller once again booted the ball deep to the 20-yard line where T. Hammock fielded the ball and was brought down immediately by D. Tucker, W. Tidwell and a host of Lion's. On first down, N. Schmittou called his own number and scampered his way around the right side of the line of scrimmage cutting to the side line and racing untouched to the Lion 46-yard line where McCollum and D. Dillard brought him down. Sticking with the ground attack, E. Hammock took the hand-off and raced to the right side line where A. Dillard forced him out of bounds after a 7-yard pick-up. Second down brought N. Schmittou with a keeper up the middle but D. Tucker, W. Tidwell and L. Miller made the stop setting up third down and 1-yard. N. Schmittou called his own number again and raced over the right side of the line where M. McCraw and C. Ellis brought him down after a 4-yard gain. With a new set of downs, N. Schmittou went to the passing game and attempted a connection with E. Hammock but pressure by D. Tucker resulted in a quick release which fell incomplete. With a keeper, N. Schmittou advanced around the right side line to the 24-yard line with D. Aldridge and D. Dillard making the stop as the third quarter came to a close.

C. Haithcock got the call on first down but D. Aldridge and J. McCollum were there for the stop just short of the goal line. Facing first down and goal, N. Schmittou called upon E. Hammock to rush with the ball but Coby Dozier and Andrew Price were on the stop for the Lion's at the line of scrimmage. The Devil's were penalized for holding on the play moving the ball back to the 7-yard line. Misery struck again for the Red Devil's as the ball was fumbled on the carry by C. Haithcock with the Lion's on the spot for the recovery at the 3-yard line.

D. Dillard relieved McCollum as quarterback and lined his offensive front up for the battle to move the ball out of the Red Devil''s territory. On first down he handed the ball off to H. O'Mary who raced his way over the right side of the line and scrambled down field to the Red Devil's 49-yard line. On first down the Lion's were penalized for illegal procedure. On the replay, C. Stewart took the hand-off from D. Dillard but was met behind the line by E. Pharr and a host of angry Devil's for the stop. Facing second down and 15-yards, H. O'Mary was called on to advance the ball and he rushed over right guard to the Devil's 49-yard line before C. Haithcock could make the saving stop. Facing third down and 12-yards, D. Dillard handed the ball off to D. Tucker who rushed around the right side where C. Haithcock and Donald Hurley made the tackle at the 42-yard line. O'Mary was called upon to punt the ball away with C. Renfrow back to receive for the Red Devil's.

O'Mary's punt was downed at the 21-yard line by W. Tidwell. N. Schmittou was brought down in the back field by A. Dillard and D. Dillard resulting in a 3-yard loss on first down. On second down, N. Schmittou called his own number again and advanced up the middle where he was brought down hard by M. McCraw after a 7-yard gain. Facing third down and 6-yards at the 25-yard line, N. Schmittou rushed the ball again around the right side where M. McCraw once again made the tackle setting up fourth down and 5-yards for the Devil's. C. Haithcock lined up to punt the ball away, but faked the kick and rushed around the left side of the line of scrimmage with C. Stewart and Caleb Tucker making the stop for the Lion's short of the needed yardage. Flags for movement in the backfield as well as for off-setting penalties forced the down to be replayed. On the replay, C. Haithcock rushed around the right side line for the first down and stepping out of bounds at the 31-yard line. On first down first down a penalty against the Red Devil's for illegal substitution moved the ball back 5-yards. On the replay of downs, N. Schmittou called his own number and was met by L. Miller for the stop after a 4-yard gain. Second down brought Joseph Tidwell and C. Tucker across the line to apply pressure on N. Schmittou forcing the pass attempt to fall incomplete. Sticking with the passing attack, N. Schmittou attempted another pass on third down but pressure applied by J. Tidwell, Blayke Hill and Austin Bourland forced a quick release with the pass falling incomplete. Once again C. Haithcock lined up to punt the ball away but faked the kick and connected with N. Schmittou who raced down field before being forced out of bounds by Vess Benton and D. Aldridge at the Devil's 47-yard line.

On first down, N. Schmittou rushed around the right side of the line of scrimmage where Dakota Dozier and Kris Parson made the tackle at the Lion's 40-yard line. E. Hammock got the call to carry on the next snap and moved the ball deeper into Lion territory before B. Hill could make the saving stop at the 32-yard line. Facing second down and 2-yards with time ticking away, E. Hammock took the hand-off and fumbled the ball with L. Miller on the recovery for the Lion's at their own 25-yard line.

Vess Benton lined up under center to direct the Lion offense. On first down he handed the ball off to D. Dozier who was brought down in the backfield for a 1-yard loss. On second down, Nathan Young got the call to advance the ball and scampered around the left side of the line of scrimmage before being tackled as time expired on the game. The Lions end their regular season schedule with a 42-6 victory at Wiley Hollingsworth Stadium and a 7-3 record (4-3, Area 5) for the year.

Comments from Coach Lamar Harris: "I'm very proud of the guys. They came out and played the game the way they should have. We had good practices all week and felt we had the right focus going into the game. We had to remain focused to get the win and we did just that. Defensively we really played well. The only score surrendered came on a turn-over on the offense. We finished the regular season on a strong note with three wins after back to back losses in the middle of the season. That says a lot about the determination of this group of guys. It's great to lead them to the play-offs and it's great for our fans after a dry spell which leads back to the 2001 team."

 
 

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