Football News 2011 Football News 2011 Phillips Write Up
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Written by Allen J. Dunavant   
Saturday, 27 August 2011 00:00

The Hubbertville Lions offense wasted little time finding the end zone on Friday night as they hosted the Phillips High Bears.  With the snap of the ball on the first offensive play of the game, Lion quarterback Aaron Dillard raced 66-yards untouched for the early score giving the Lions a quick six and starting the home team domination early in the game.  Following the race to the end zone, Dillard continued his scoring effort by adding the PAT kick right down the middle of the uprights giving the Lions the early lead with on 16 seconds removed from the game clock.  Following a defensive stand by the Lions the Bears were facing fourth down and 11 at their own 34-yard line forcing Tyler Crumpton to punt the ball away.  Hubbertville's Corey Stewart fielded the punt at the 38-yard line and rushed up field across mid-field to the Bears 40-yard line before being stopped by Blake Brimer.  Four plays later Stewart took the ball to the end zone with a 10-yard rush up the middle.  Following the two point conversion on the PAT, with Dillard connecting with Hunter O'Mary thru the air, the Lions were on the scoreboard again with 8:37 remaining in the first quarter of play.
Dillards ensuing kick was fielded by Jonathan Long at the 36-yard line and returned to the 39-yard line where Blayke Hill made the stop for the Lions.  First down brought the Bears Rodney Camp with a passing attack but Landon Miller stepped in front of the ball breaking up the play.  On second down Caleb Clark took the hand-off and rushed around the right side but Dillard was there for the stop with no yardage gained.  Third down brought Camp attacking the Lions offense thru the air again this time connecting with Clark who advanced to the 42-yard line where Jordan White made the tackle setting up fourth down and 2 for the Bears.  Opting to go for the first down, the Bears called on Tristan Day to carry the ball.  Day followed Camp across the mid-field to the Lion 49-yard line setting up another set of downs for Phillips.  First down brought misery for the Bears as Jordan Wyma burst across the line of scrimmage and sacked Camp behind the line of scrimmage for a two yard loss.  Reverting back to the passing attack was not fruitful for the Bears on the next two snaps as both attempts fell incomplete with David Aldridge on cover for the Lions.  Facing fourth down and 12, Crumpton once again lined up and punted the ball away where Stewart fielded the ball with a fair-catch signal at the 21-yard line.
Once again the Lion offense gained momentum and moved the ball slowly down field with rushing carries by O'Mary, Stewart and Dillard advancing inside the Bears red-zone with a first the 15-yard line.  Dillard called his own number and burst across the left line of scrimmage to the 5-yard line before Blake Brimer made the saving stop for the Bears.  O'Mary was called up on to find the end zone and with the snap of the ball he did just that.  Following the kick by Dillard on the PAT attempt the Lions were building a steady lead  22-0 with 16 seconds remaining in the first quarter.
The ensuing kick was fielded by Crumpton who signaled for a fair-catch at the 37-yard line.  Unable to produce any offensive drive on the  possession the Bears found themselves facing third down and 14 at their own 46-yard line.  Camp went to the passing attack again completing a pass to Clark in the backfield but the ball was fumbled with Taylor Oden coming up with the turnover for the Lions.
David Aldridge lined up as quarterback for the Lions and guided the offensive front down field with rushing attacks by O'Mary and Stewart setting the Lions up with a first down at the 11-yard line.  O'Mary burst his way into the end zone for his second touchdown of the evening with 9:16 remaining in the first half of play.  The PAT kick by Dillard was good and the Lions advanced their lead to 29-0.
Millers ensuing kick was returned from the 31-yard line to the 34-yard line where Blayke Hill and a host of Lion defenders made the stop.  The Bears found momentum on this possession using the passing attack and rushing attacks by Austin Mitchell, moving the ball across mid-field to the Lion 30-yard line.  Facing first down, Camp called on Mitchell once again with Mitchell advancing five additional yards where Dillard and O'Mary made the stop.  Camp then called his own number and picked up the first down at the 19-yard line where Jordan Wyma made the saving stop for the Lions.  On first down, Wyma and Devon Watkins applied pressure forcing Camp to throw the ball away.  Reverting back to the air attack, Camp called on Mitchell once again connecting over the middle in the end zone for the first score of the night for the Bears.  Opting to go for the two point conversion on the PAT, Camp pitched the ball out to Clark who fought his way just inside the end zone bringing the score to 29-8 with 6:30 remaining.
Stewart advanced the ensuing kick from the 29-yard line to the 36-yard line setting up Dillard and the Lion offense.  First down brought Dillard on the move around the right side for a six yard gain.  On second down O'Mary moved the ball close to the first down marker but just inches short.  Dillard called his own number again advancing around the right side of the line of scrimmage heading for pay dirt but the ball was forced loose with Taylor Oden recovering for the Lions at the Bear 31-yard line.  O'Mary was stopped at the line of scrimmage on first down but Stewart took the hand-off and rushed around the right side before cutting back inside for a large margin of gain to the 20-yard line giving the Lions another round of downs.  O'Mary was called to carry the ball and advanced around the right end for a six yard gain.  On second down Dillard on a keeper advanced to the end zone fighting off would be tacklers for the score.  Following his kick on the PAT, Hubbertville was leading 36-8 with 2:26 remaining in the first half of play.
Dillards ensuing kick was fielded at the 44-yard line by signal of fair catch by Jonathan Long.  The Bears went straight to their air attack moving the ball quickly down field on the Lion defense.  After two long pass connections to Mitchell and Clark the Bears were knocking on the Lions door.  Facing first down and goal at the 2-yard line, Jacob Mills took the hand-off from Camp and advanced around the right side of the line of scrimmage but Aldridge, Stewart and a host of defenders were ready for the stop.  On second down, Aldridge and Hill burst across the line to bring Clark down in the backfield for a 2-yard loss.  Third down brought a dropped pass which was intended for Clark.  Facing fourth down and goal, Camp once again went to the air but Aldridge was there on cover for the Lions to break up the pass and force a turnover of downs to the Lions as the half came to a close.
Returning to the field for the second half of play the Bears offense lined up at their own 35-yard line after Millers kick rolled out of bounds.  The Lion defense remained dominate on the first possession with strong play by Wyma, Watkins, Miller and Oden forcing Matt Kelley to punt the ball away following a 7-yard loss after Miller sacked Camp deep in the backfield to setup fourth down and 19.  Stewart received the punt at the 40-yard line and advanced to the Lion 46-yard line setting up the Lion offensive front with excellent field position.  Dillard called his own number on first and moved the ball to mid-field.  O'Mary then advanced to the Bear 46-yard line setting up third down and 1.  Dillard took the ball around the right side of the line of scrimmage advancing to the 32-yard line to give the Lions another possession.  Stewart then took the hand-off from Dillard and rushed down field to the 13-yard line for what appeared to be a great threat but a penalty flag against the Lions for holding returned the ball to the Lion 42-yard setting up first down and 18.  Four plays later O'Mary fought his way from the 19-yard line to the 5-yard line knocking on the goal line before Clark could make the saving stop.  Not to be withheld, O'Mary took the hand-off from Dillard and advanced over left guard for the Lion touchdown on the next play.  Dillards kick on the PAT was perfect and the Lions built their lead 43-8.
The Bears lined up at their own 40-yard line following a bouncing kick that rolled out of bounds.  Needing points quickly, the Bears went straight to their passing game strategy but picking up seven yards on first down but nothing more.  Facing fourth down and 3 at their own 47-yard line, the coaching staff elected to go deep with a passing attack but pressure by Wyma and Dillard forced Camp to over throw his intended receiver therefore turning the ball over on downs to the Lions.
Stewart took over the Lion offense as quarterback taking the snap and racing up the middle fighting off would be tacklers advancing to the end zone with 3:03 remaining in the third quarter.  The PAT kick by Dillard was perfect and the score stood 50-8 in favor of the homestanding Lions.
Millers ensuing kick was received at the 28-yard line and advanced to the 31-yard line where Dakota Dozier and a host of Lions made the tackle.  Clark took the hand-off on first down and scrambled down the right side line to the Lion 38-yard line before Aldridge and Miller could make the tackle.  Blake Brimer advanced to the 36-yard line for a 2-yard gain with Wyma and Hill on the stop for the Lions.  Mitchell then took the hand-off and rushed around the right side to the 22-yard line where Austin Palmer and Dozier made the saving stop.  Reverting to the passing attack, Camp connected with Clark in the left corner of the end zone on third down for the score with 1.2 seconds remaining on the clock.  The Bears elected to attempt a two point conversion and successfully added two points after Camp found Clark in the end zone again bringing the score to 50-16.
White fielded the ensuing kick at the 27-yard line with a diving catch to set up the Lion offense.  The Bear defense saw numerous changes as Lion head coach Harris implemented player substitutions.  Stewart remained as signal caller for the Lion offense and on first down advanced for a 3-yard gain.  Jordan White took the hand-off on second and rushed around the right side line to the Lion 48-yard line setting up another set of downs for the Lions.  Dozier took the hand-from Stewart and crossed mid-field to the Bear 41-yard line for another first down before Brimer could make the stop.  The Bears defense made a stand holding White for no-gain on first down and on second down the ball was fumbled on the snap but recovered by Stewart.  Facing third down and 18-yards at the Bear 48-yard line, Aldridge took over as quarterback and connected with Hill who advanced to the Bear 35-yard line setting up fourth down and 3.  Stewart  returned as quarterback and on a keeper moved the ball down field to 24-yard line.  White took the hand-off but was stopped for no-gain to set up second down and 10.  Following a time out by the Lions for additional substitutions, Aldridge returned as quarterback.  Dozier, Aldridge and White moved the ball to the 9-yard line setting up first down and goal where Vess Benton entered the game as head signal caller for the Lions.  Two snaps later the Lions appeared to have additional points as Austin Palmer took the hand-off from Benton and advanced over right guard to the end zone but the Lions were penalized for an illegal procedure moving the ball to the 14-yard line and setting up third down.  Palmer was met at the line of scrimmage for no gain and on fourth down was brought down just inside the 10-yard line turning the ball over to the Bears on downs.
Camp quickly moved the Bears down field connecting with Matt Kelley, Mitchell and Wilson.  Facing first and goal from the 10-yard line, Camp connected with Mitchell in the end zone for the score.  The two point conversion on the PAT was successful as Camp rushed up the middle to the end zone.  With 1:04 remaining the score was 50-24 in favor of the homestanding Lions.
Gabe Stidham recovered the onside kick for the Lions and Vess Benton guided the offense managing the remaining time to close out the victory for the Lions.  The Lions will travel to Millport on Friday night to take on the South Lamar Stallions.  Game time is 7pm.
Comments from Coach Harris:
"Overall I was pleased with the effort from our guys.  I think we played better offensively and defensively tonight compared to our preseason game.  I was worried about Phillips' big play potential and I shared that with the team earlier in our practices.  They did have some big plays which were beneficial at some points, but over all we stopped them.  We had a couple of big stops defensively.  Our running game was a factor in the game tonight but I feel the key to winning was our  confidence and our defensive ability to not give up the big plays.  I'm proud of the team effort tonight following our week of practice."


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