Football News 2011 Football News 2011 MCHS Write Up
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Written by Allen J. Dunavant   
Sunday, 18 September 2011 18:32

The undefeated Lion football team knew in advance that the Red Raiders of Marion County were coming into Friday nights game with a relentless fight and a strong determination to depart Hubbertville victorious to continue their own undefeated season.
Team captain's met at midfield for the coin toss with Hubbertville winning the toss and electing to receive.  Aaron Dillard received the opening kick at the 20-yard line and advanced to the Red Raider 38-yard line where DeSawn Riebeschi made the tackle.  The Lion offense struggled on their first possession and following penalties by both teams, Hunter O'Mary lined up and punted the ball away deep with Dorryl Swannigan fielding the ball and Jordan White on the stop for the Lions at the Red Raider 9-yard line.  Misery struck early for the Marion County offensive front as Sean Wallace fumbled the ball on a keeper and Dillard recovered setting up his own offensive front deep in Red Raider territory.
First down for the Lions brought Corey Stewart with the carry over right guard for a 4-yard gain.  O'Mary got the call on second down and advanced up the middle for an additional yard.  Facing third down and five, Dillard called his own number and rushed around the right side of the line of scrimmage into the end zone for the touchdown.  The PAT kick by Dillard, with David Aldridge holding, was perfect and the Lions were first to light up the score board with 7:25 on the clock.
The ensuing kick was fielded by Wallace who advanced to the Lion 29-yard line for what appeared to have been excellent field position for the Red Raiders.  Following the kick return officials determined that Wallace had stepped out of bounds at his own 40-yard line setting the Red Raider offense up for their second possession of the evening.  Landon Miller made the stop for the Lions on first down bringing Wallace down after a 6-yard gain.  Dillard burst through the line of scrimmage to bring Jamal Thomas down in the back field for a 9-yard loss.  The Raiders went to the air attack on third down with Wallace connecting with Joseph Johnson for short yardage gain to the 45-yard line.  Facing third down and 14-yards, Wallace passed over the middle to Johnson who raced untouched down field to the end zone.  The PAT attempt by Benjamin Riggs was right down the middle and with 5:23 on the clock the game was tied.
Rigg's kick was fielded at the 27-yard line by Dillard and advanced to the Lion 32-yard line where Riebeschi made the tackle.  Dillard took the ball deeper on first down advancing up field to the Lion 46-yard line.  O'Mary took the hand-off on the snap and appeared to be crossing midfield into Red Raider territory but he fumbled to ball with the Raiders on the coverage.  Following a penalty on the Lions for holding the Red Raiders offense lined-up at their own 48-yard line.  Following switch out carries by Riebeschi, Justin Sanderson and Wallace the Raiders were setting at the Lion 4-yard line with a new set of downs.  With the snap of the ball, Riebeschi advanced to the end zone for the score.  The PAT kick by Riggs was perfect and with 1:24 remaining in the first quarter of play the Red Raiders had taken their first lead of the evening.
Riggs' ensuing kick was fielded by Dillard who rumbled up field and loss the ball but managed to recover for Hubbertville at their own 35-yard line.  Aldridge lined up in the backfield to manage the offense for the Lions on first down and Stewart took the hand-off for a 1-yard gain.  Second down brought O'Mary with the rushing carry around the left side of the line of scrimmage but Sanderson and a host of Raiders were there for the stop after a 2-yard gain.  Stewart took the snap on third down and was brought down in the back field for a 1-yard loss setting up fourth down and 8-yards for the Lions.  O'Mary lined up and punted the ball away with Swannigan fielding the punt and returning the ball up field but officials moved the ball back to the 15-yard line following a penalty for an illegal block in the back.  First down brought Wallace with a passing attempt to Garrett Wates but the ball was overthrown.  Wallace went back to the air on second down connecting with Johnson who was tackled immediately by White to set up third down and 3-yards at the 22-yard line.  Wallace called on Riebeschi to gain the needed yardage but David Aldridge was there for the stop leaving the Red Raiders 1-yard short of the first down marker.  Sanderson wasted no time gaining the needed yardage rushing to the 29-yard line before Devin Watkins and a host of Lions could make the tackle.  With a new set of downs, Wallace called on Sanderson to carry the ball again and he advanced over the right line to the 44-yard line where Miller, Jordan Wyma and Dillard made the stop.  With the snap of the ball, Wallace connected with Riebeschi deep down the left side line for the score.  The PAT kick by Riggs was good and Marion County was building their lead 21-7 with 9:01 remaining in the first half of play.
The Lion offense was unable to produce yardage on their next possession following the ensuing kick.  After gaining only 1-yard, O'Mary was called to punt the ball away with officials determining the ball had sailed out of bounds at the Red Raider 48-yard line.  Three plays later, Riebeschi took the hand off from Wallace and maneuvered his way around the right side for a 35-yard touchdown run.  The PAT kick by Riggs was right down the middle of the uprights and the Marion County lead continued to build with 6:31 showing on the clock.
Dillard lined up deep for the Lions on the ensuing kick off and advanced the ball to the 27-yard line where a host of defenders made the tackle.  First down brought Dillard around the right side of the line of scrimmage for a 9-yard gain before Wallace could make the tackle.  Stewart moved the ball to the 38-yard line setting up another set of downs for the Lions and on first down Stewart was called upon again but was met by Sanderson after a 1-yard gain.  Dillard advance the ball on a keeper and following a penalty by the Raiders the Lions were facing second down and inches near their own 48-yard line.  O'Mary took the ball up the middle for the needed yardage setting the Lion offense up with a first down at the Marion County 47-yard line.  On first down Dillard was met at the line by Lee Akers, Wates and a host of defenders for a 1-yard loss.  Facing second down and 11-yards, O'Mary took the hand-off from Dillard and rambled over left guard racing to the end zone untouched for the score.  The PAT kick by Dillard sailed right and the score stood 28-13 in favor of the Raiders with 2:40 remaining in the first half of play.
Riebeschi fielded the ensuing kick at the 35-yard line and raced up field to the Lion 39-yard line where Taylor Oden made the saving tackle for the Lions.  Wallace connected with Riebeschi on first down thru the air with White making the stop.  Following a penalty infraction against the Red Raiders the offensive front lined up at the Lion  47-yard line.  Wallace stuck with the passing attack and connected with Johnson who advanced untouched across the goal line for the touchdown.  The PAT kick by Riggs was perfect and with 1:57 showing in the half Marion County was building a comfortable lead on the Lions 35-13.
Riggs' ensuing kick rolled out of bounds at the 25-yard line setting the Lion offense up a their own 35-yard line. First down brought Dillard rushing around the left side lines advancing to midfield before Wallace was able to bring him down from behind.  Dillard called his own number again and was met for the stop after a 2-yard gain.  O'Mary was called upon to advance the ball and rushed for 2-yards before Sanderson, Johnson and Swannigan made the stop.  Facing third down and 6-yards, Dillard went to the air attack and connected with Aldridge over the middle advancing the ball to the Marion County 16-yard line.  Sticking with the passing game, Dillard attempted another connection with Aldridge but the pass was incomplete setting up second down.  Dillard with a keeper advanced deep into the Marion County red zone requiring the chains to be brought out for a measurement.  Following the measurement the Lions were facing third down and inches near the 6-yard line.  Dillard called his own number once again and advanced to the 3-yard line with timing running out on the first half of play.  With a new set of downs, Dillard took the ball closer to the goal but was met by a host of angry defenders just short of the goal line.  Facing second down and goal with the nose of the ball setting on the goal line the Lion coaching staff called for a time-out with only 19.7 seconds remaining.  Following the time out Dillard took the ball over the top of his offensive line diving for the score with 16.2 seconds remaining in the first half of play.  The PAT kick by Dillard was right down the middle.
Miller's kick sailed deep on the ensuing kick off and was fielded at the 26-yard line by Swannigan who was met by Watkins and Oden at the Red Raider 32-yard line for the stop.  Wallace raced around the right side of the line of scrimmage on first down and moved down field where he was forced out of bounds as time expired.  However officials determined that the Lions had tackled Wallace with a horse collar stop requiring one additional offensive play with no time showing on the clock.  With the ball placed at the 29-yard line Wallace attempted a pass to Swannigan in the corner of the end zone but Watkins was there defending for the Lions and the half came to a close with the Marion County Red Raiders on top 35-20.
The Red Raider offense wasting little timing striking the end zone following the half-time break.  Miller's onside kick was fielded by at the 39-yard line by Johnson who was met by a host of Lion defenders for the stop at the Lion 48-yard line.  With the snap of the ball, Riebeschi rushed to the end zone for what appeared to be a quick six for the Raiders but officials returned the ball to the Lion 40-yard line following a holding penalty against Marion County. Determined not to be withheld, Wallace connected with Swannigan on first down with a deep pass near the goal line for an early score.  Riggs' kick on the PAT was perfect and with 11:18 on the clock the score stood 42-20.
Dillard advanced Riggs' ensuing kick from the 24-yard line out to the Red Raider 40-yard line before a host of defenders could bring him down.  On first down Stewart got the call to carry and was met at the line by Bentley Crow for a 1-yard loss.  Dillard gained four yards on second down setting up third down and 7-yards.  O'Mary was met after a two yard gain by Riebeschi and a host of defenders to set up fourth down and 5-yards at the 35-yard line for the Lion offense.  O'Mary was called upon to punt the ball away but the fake punt didn't phase the Red Raiders as Jacob Gann made the stop at the original line of scrimmage turning the ball over on downs to Marion County.
Wallace wasted little time advancing the Red Raiders to the end zone.  On first down he connected with Johnson deep down the left side line untouched for pay dirt.  On the PAT the Raiders elected to attempt the two point conversion but Miller made the tackle on Riebeschi just outside of the end zone to halt the attempt and leave the score standing at 48-20 in favor of the Red Raiders with 8:21 on the clock.
Corey Stewart lined up deep to receive the ensuing kick from Riggs.  Stewart fielded the ball at the 20-yard line and raced to the Raider's end zone untouched for an 80-yard kick-off return.  The PAT kick by Dillard was straight thru the uprights and the Lions had their first points of the second half of play with 8:03 remaining in the third quarter.
Miller's ensuing kick was fielded at the 30-yard line by Swannigan who advanced to the 42-yard line where Jordan Wyma, O'Mary and host made the tackle.  O'Mary made the saving tackle on first down as Riebeschi took the hand-off and raced around the right side of the line of scrimmage to the Lion 33-yard line for another set of downs.  On first down Wallace connected with Sanderson at the line of scrimmage with Sanderson rumbling his way down the left side line to the end zone.  Riggs' kick was perfect on the PAT and the Red Raiders continued building their lead 55-27 with 7:08 showing on the clock.
Dillard made the reception at the 30-yard line on the ensuing kick and advanced to the 44-yard line setting up the Lion offense.  First down brought Dillard on a keeper advancing for an 8-yard gain.  O'Mary got the call to carry on second down and advanced to the 46-yard line to give the Lions an additional set of downs.  Following additional carries by O'Mary and Dillard the Lions advanced to the Red Raider 23-yard line and with another keeper by Dillard the Lions moved the chains to the 10-yard line setting up first down and goal.  O'Mary took the hand-off advancing behind blockers to the 6-yard line on first down and again on second down setting up third down and goal just inside the 5-yard line.  Dillard called his own number and advanced up the right side of the line of scrimmage untouched across the goal line for the touchdown.  The two point conversion attempt was successful with Aldridge making the reception in the back of the end zone.  With 59.7 seconds remaining in the third quarter the score stood 55-35.
Dillard's onside kick was recovered by Jamel Thomas at the Lion 49-yard line and as the third quarter came to a close the Red Raiders were setting at the Lion 45-yard line facing third down and 6-yards.  With play resuming to start the fourth quarter, Devin Marcum made the stop on Riebeschi at the 31-yard line keeping him out of the end zone.  Devin Watkins burst across the line on first down and brought Swannigan down in the back field for a 1-yard loss.  Swannigan took the hand-off from Wallace on second down and advanced around the left side line and out of bounds with the Lions being penalized for a late hit moving the ball half the distance to the goal line.  Sanderson was met at the line for no gain by O'Mary and a host of defenders on first down.  Second down brought Sanderson with the carry again rushing over right guard into the end zone for the score.  Once again Riggs' kick on the PAT was perfect and the Red Raiders continued building their lead with 9:24 remaining in the game.
White fielded the ensuing kick at the 28-yard line advancing up field to the 41-yard line where Dillard and the offensive front returned.  On first down, Dillard was brought down behind the line for a two yard loss.  O'Mary rambled up the middle on second down for an 11-yard rush before Riebeschi could make the saving tackle.  Sticking with the rushing attack, Dillard handed the ball off to O'Mary with O'Mary crossing midfield for a first down near the Red Raider 49-yard line.  Dillard took the ball to the left side of the line on first down but was brought down by Crow, Gosa and a host of defenders for the stop.  Facing second down and 9, Stewart got the call to carry and advanced for 7-yards to the 41-yard line.  Dillard on a keeper advanced around the right side line to the 32-yard line before Johnson made the stop.  O'Mary took the hand off and advanced over right tackle for two additional yards to bring up second down and 8-yards.  Dillard called his own number and on the keeper rushed up the middle of the line of scrimmage but fumbled the ball into the hands of Wallace who raced down field untouched into the end zone with 4:38 remaining in the game.  The PAT kick by Riggs was right down the middle and the Red Raiders found themselves with a comfortable lead 69-35.
Riggs' ensuing kick was brought up field by White to the Lion 35-yard line setting up the Lion offense once again.  O'Mary took the hand-off on first down and was met by a host of defenders for the stop after a 3-yard gain.  On second down Dillard with a keeper advanced to the 43-yard line.  O'Mary got the call to carry again and rushed up the middle for the first down at the Lion 47-yard line.  Dillard with a keeper rushed around in the backfield breaking away from would be tacklers and scrambled down field to the 19-yard line before Wallace managed to bring him down from behind to save the touchdown.  O'Mary rushed for two additional yards on first down and Dillard fought his way to the 8-yard line on second down giving the Lions another set of downs with first down and goal.  O'Mary got the call to rush again and advanced to the 3-yard line with time clicking off the game clock.  Following a time out by the Lions, Dillard took the ball over the goal line to the end zone.  The two point conversion was successful with Dillard passing to Aldridge who was alone in the end zone.  With 35.8 remaining on the game clock the score stood 69-43 in favor of the visiting Red Raiders.
The will to fight wasn't quiet exhausted from the Lions as Aldridge recovered Dillard's onside kick setting up first down at the Red Raider's 46-yard line.  On first down Dillard attempted a pass connection with Aldridge but the pass was broken up by Swannigan.  Second down brought a sweep pass to O'Mary who advanced 6-yards before Gosa forced him out of bounds for the stop.  Facing third down and 4-yards at the 40-yard line, Dillard took the ball around the right side of the line of scrimmage and was met for the stop by Peyton Wates to bring up fourth down and 2-yards with time expiring.  Following a time-out the Lion offense resumed play with only 6.4 seconds remaining in the game.  Dillard attempted to make a pass connection with Watkins but Riebeschi was on coverage for the Raiders and the pass was incomplete with 0.9 seconds remaining on the scoreboard.
Marion County took a knee on first down and the long hard fought offensive battle of the night between the two Region 5 foes came to an end with a victory for the visiting Red Raiders.
The Lions will travel south to Tuscaloosa County on Friday night to visit the Holy Spirit Titans.  Game time is 7pm.
Coach Harris' comments:
"We knew this was going to be a hard fought game by both teams.  We hoped our guys would step up and make some early stops to control the tempo but we just didn't do that and it led to a large lead for Marion County early in the game.  Our early mistakes was the deciding factor tonight.  We got behind early but we fought back and continued our pursuit.  We didn't execute on some early stops and that killed our game plan.  We had three turnovers and that's the first time that's happen this season.  Those issues can take a game away from you and we've got to continue our hard work on the practice field to correct some of those issues.  Guin has a very great team with some outstanding players.  I'm proud of my guys for hanging tuff and not giving up on the fight.  They didn't quit, they kept pushing for the scores and showed a desire to fight it out to the final end."

 

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