Football News 2011 Football News 2011 Holy Spirit Write Up
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Written by Allen J. Dunavant   
Sunday, 25 September 2011 19:14
On the first Friday night of Fall the Hub Lions traveled to Tuscaloosa to face-off against the Titans of Holy Spirit. Team captains met at midfield with the Lion's winning the coin toss and electing to receive the opening kick.

 

Jake Smith's kick was fielded by Justin Franklin at the 28-yard line and advanced to the 39-yard line where Aaron Dillard led the Lion offense to the field. Following a rushing attack by Hunter O'Mary, Dillard with a keeper moved the ball across midfield to the Titan 42-yard line. Corey Stewart took the hand-off on first down and rambled around the left side line to the 34-yard line where Connor Bassett made the stop for the Titans. The Lion offense struck pay dirt quick as Dillard connected thru the air on a pass to Devin Watkins who raced untouched for the first score of the evening. Following the PAT kick by Dillard with David Aldridge holding, the Lions were on the scoreboard 7-0 with 9:56 remaining in the first quarter.

 

Logan Sparks and Jake Smith lined up deep to receive the ensuing kick from Landon Miller but the ball rolled out of bounds setting the Titan's offensive front up at their own 35-yard line. On first down Blayke Hill made a statement stop on Smith for a 1-yard loss. Dakota Dozier and Watkins held their positions on second down with a stop on Titan quarterback Garrett Anderson after a 2-yard gain. Third and long brought a passing attempt but the ball was overthrown setting up fourth down and 9-yards for the Titans. Stewart was back to receive the punt for the Lions but the ball rolled out of bounds at the 37-yard line.

 

Stewart took the hand-off and worked up field around the right side line for a 5-yard gain on first down. On second down O'Mary was met at the line for no-gain but on third down, Dillard connected on a pass with O'Mary who moved across midfield to the Titan 48-yard line where RJ Fonseca made the stop. Dillard called his own number on first down and advanced to the 44-yard line where O'Mary took the handoff and followed Watkins blocking to advanced the ball deeper. With a new set of downs at the 35-yard line, Dillard attempted a pass to Aldridge but the ball fell incomplete. On second down, Stewart took the handoff and zipped his way around the right side of the line of scrimmage following blockers to the end zone for the score. The PAT kick by Dillard was perfect with 5:29 left in the opening quarter.

 

Dillard's ensuing kick came to a rolling stop at the Titan 35-yard line where Fonseca downed the ball to bring the Titan offense back to the playing field. Dozier and Hill made the stop on first down after a keeper by Anderson gained 2-yards. A 2-yard pass completion to Logan Sparks on second down brought up third down and 6. Anderson called his own number but Dillard made the stop for a 1-yard loss to set up fourth down and 7-yards at the 38-yard line. Smith lined up and punted the ball away with the ball rolling out of bounds just shy of the 40-yard line.

 

With the snap of the ball Dillard rushed down field leaping over would be tacklers advancing to the end zone for a 60-yard rushing touch down. Dillard's kick on the PAT was straight thru the up rights and the Lion's lead was building early in the game. With 3:33 remaining in the first quarter the score stood 21-0.

 

Miller's ensuing kick was fielded at the 18-yard line by Sparks who advanced to the 34-yard line where Taylor Oden and Miller made the stop. The Holy Spirit coaching staff elected to attack with the passing game but the Lion defense stood their ground. The first two downs were attempts to connect with Cameron Smith but Austin Palmer was their on coverage for the Lions. Third down brought a pass over the middle connecting with Fonseca but Aldridge brought him down immediately at the 46-yard line. With a new set of downs, Anderson reverted back to the side line pass attempting to connect with Swift but Austin Palmer intercepted the ball at the 37-yard line and returned the ball to the Titan 41-yard line before being brought down.

 

Dillard connected with Aldridge on first down with Aldridge fighting his way down field being chased down for the stop just short of the goal line. Dillard found Jordan Wyma all alone in the corner of the end zone to add more numbers to the Lion side of the scoreboard. The PAT kick by Dillard was perfect and with 1:34 remaining in the first quarter the Lions were cushioning their lead 28-0.

 

O'Mary's ensuing kick sailed high and deep where Sparks bobbled the ball at the 18-yard line but managed to recover the ball for the Titan's at the 21-yard line. With excellent defensive stops by Watkins, Wyma and Stewart the Titan offense found themselves facing fourth down and 14-yards at their own 17-yard line. Smith was called on to punt the ball away.

 

Stewart made the reception for the Lions at the Titan 47-yard line advancing to the 43-yard line as the first quarter of play came to a close. Aldridge took over reigns as quarterback for the Lion offense and on first down O'Mary took the hand-off but was met immediately by Jeremy Ford for the stop. Stewart took the hand-off on second down and rambled his way down the right side line to the 8-yard line before being brought down. Facing first and goal, Aldridge called on A. Palmer to advance the ball into the end zone. With 10:56 remaining in the first half, A. Palmer crossed the goal line and following the PAT kick by Dillard the score stood 35-0 in favor of the visiting Lions.

 

Sparks fielded Dillard's ensuing kick at the 14-yard line advancing to the 28-yard line where once again the Holy Spirit offensive front set up. Sparks rushed up the middle on first down where Vess Benton and A. Palmer made the stop but not before gaining enough yardage on the carry to give the Titans another round of downs. Sparks got the call again and advanced across midfield to the Lion 41-yard line where Danny Bagwell made the tackle for the Lions. Miller made the stop on Sparks on the next play setting up second down and 9-yards at the 40-yard line. Misery struck again for the Titan offense as the ball was fumbled with the Lions recovering to set up first down at the Titan 38-yard line.

 

Dozier advanced for a 3-yard gain on first down and on second down Palmer got the call to carry the ball advancing up field but fumbled the ball with Taylor Oden on the recovery for the Lions. Facing third down and 1-yard, Aldridge called his own number and was brought down in the back field for the sack by Connor Bassett and Jake Smith. Fourth down and 2-yards brought Gabe Stidham with the carry fighting his way over right guard advancing to the Lion 48 yard line for the first down. Aldridge took the ball over the right side reaching the Titan 46-yard line to set up second down and 4-yards. Dozier took the hand-off and fought his way to the 39-yard line fighting off would be tacklers to give the Lions another set of downs. First down brought A. Palmer with the rushing attack but he was met at the line by Will Winters for the stop. Aldridge called his own number on second down and rushed straight up the middle for a 39-yard touch down run. Dillard returned to the field and kicked the PAT and with 4:21 remaining in the first half the Lions were in a comfortable lead 42-0.

 

Sparks' woes continued on the kicking team as he bobbled the ball once again on Dillard's kick but managed to recover the ball setting up the Titans at the 35-yard line. Sparks took the handoff on first down and gained 6-yards before being tackled by Danny Bagwell and a host of other defenders. Bassett rushed around the right side but Gabe Stidham and Justin Franklin were there for the stop. Facing third down and 3-yards from the 42-yard line, Anderson went deep but the ball was overthrown with pressure applied by Tanner Barnett. On fourth down, Justin Franklin was there for the coverage as Anderson attempted another deep pass to Swift with the ball falling incomplete and the Lions taking over on downs at their own 43-yard line.

 

Bassett burst across the line of scrimmage on first down and sacked Aldridge for a 2-yard loss. On second down Palmer was brought down in the backfield for a 4-yard loss to set up third down and 16-yards for the Lions. Vess Benton lined-up under center as quarterback for the Lions and went deep to A. Palmer but the ball was overthrown setting up fourth down. O'Mary returned to the playing field and punted the ball away to Sparks who fumbled the reception but managed to recover at the 11-yard line.

 

Time expired on the first half of play before the Titan offense could move the ball down field. On first down Austin Bourland and Miller brought Smith down for a 2-yard loss and on second down Hill made the stop as the time clock hit zero.

 

Following half-time Holy Spirit received the kick from O'Mary with Smith fielding the ball at the 16-yard line and rushing up field to the 44-yard line where Miller and Bagwell made the stop. First down brought Sparks around the right side advancing across midfield to the Lion 44-yard line before Nathan Young and Miller made the saving tackle. Sticking with Sparks the Titan offense advanced to the 37-yard line with A. Palmer and Miller on the stop. Facing second down and 3, Bassett advanced around the left side where Hill, Bourland and Dozier made the stop after a 2-yard gain. Third down brought Sparks with the carry again racing around the left side line to the 35-yard line where Miller and Franklin brought him down. With a new set of downs deep in Lion territory, Anderson called his own number and was met by Bourland and a host of defenders after a 4-yard gain. Sticking with rushing attempts by Sparks and Anderson the Titan's moved the ball to the 5-yard line to set up third down and 1-yard. Bassett was met in the backfield by Chuck Ginther and Danny Bagwell for no gain setting up fourth down. Sparks got the call to carry the ball and rushed around the left side line where Young, Bourland and A. Palmer made the stop. With the ball just beyond the 4-yard line, Sparks took the handoff and advanced into the end zone to light up the Holy Spirit side of the score board. On the PAT, Anderson rushed around the right side of the line into the endzone for the two point conversion. With 1:50 remaining in the third quarter the score stood 42-8 in favor of the visiting Lions.

 

Dillard fielded the ensuing kick with a fair catch at the 21-yard line. Aldridge and the Lion offensive front returned with Dozier carrying the ball on first down for a 5-yard gain. A. Palmer took the hand-off on second down and gained 1 yard before being stopped. Dozier was met at the line of scrimmage on third down as the third quarter came to a close. Fourth down brought O'Mary from the sideline to punt the ball away with Sparks back to receive. Sparks was brought down immediately by A. Palmer setting the Titan offense up at their own 36-yard line.

 

First down brought Sparks around the left side line where Nathan Young made the tackle at the 49-yard line. With a new set of downs, Anderson reverted to Bassett for the rushing attack but Gabe Stidham and a host of defenders made the stop after a 5-yard gain. Smith got the call to advance the ball but he was met at the line by Bourland for no gain. On third down Anderson reverted to the passing attack and attempted to connect with Swift but Spencer Benton was on coverage for the Lions batting the ball to the ground. Facing fourth down and 5, Anderson stuck with the passing attack and connected with Sparks who was forced out of bounds at the 12-yard line by Nathan Young. Sparks took the handoff on first down and raced to the end zone for his second score of the evening. Anderson with a keeper attempted the two point conversion but Dozier, Bourland, Devin Marcum and a host of determined defenders held their ground leaving the score standing at 42-14 in favor of the Lions with 5:12 remaining in the game.

 

Smith's ensuing kick was received at the 20-yard line by Young who advanced up field to the 33-yard line before Sparks forced him out of bounds. First down brought A. Palmer around the right side with the carry for no gain. A. Palmer got the call to carry again on second down but Braden Harris and a host of defenders brought him down after a 4-yard gain. Stewart then called on A. Palmer once again to carry the ball but the ball was fumbled on the rushing attempt. Taylor Oden was on the spot for the Lions and scooped the ball up and raced into the end zone for the final score of the evening. On the PAT, Dillard once again returned to the field of play and his kick sailed right down the middle of the uprights to mark the final score 49-14 with 3:06 remaining.

 

Dillard's ensuing kick sailed deep to the 16-yard line where Smith fielded the ball returning to the 31-yard line where Hill and Wyma made the tackle. First down brought Sparks once again on the carry rumbling over the line of scrimmage and racing toward the end zone but Danny Bagwell ran him down for the saving tackle at the Lion 45-yard line. Devin Lane and Kris Parson alone with a host of Lions made the stop on Sparks on second down after a 5-yard gain. On second down, Bourland and Hill brought Bassett down after a 2-yard gain to set up third down and 3. Anderson on a keeper up the middle was met by Kris Parson for the stop and no gain. Anderson reverted to the air attack on fourth down but once again Bagwell was on coverage for the Lions with the ball falling incomplete.

 

Vess Benton lined up under center as Quarterback for Hubbertville and on first down A. Palmer took the hand off and rushed up the middle. The ball was fumbled on the carry with Jacob Stovall recovering the ball and leaving the Lions with possession as time expired on the game clock. The score stood 49-14 with the Lions departing with a victory.

 

Hubbertville will travel north to Winston County this Friday night and return to Region play by visiting the Lynn Bears. Game time is 7pm.

 

Comments from Coach Harris:
"We told the guys all week long that if they would approach this game and play the way they were supposed too we would be fine and come away with a win. Holy Spirit has been faced with a hard rebuilding year. They have some players who have a big heart and a desire to win. We knew if we got a head in the game early and stuck with the game plan we would come off the field with a win and we did just that. Tonight we had an opportunity to allow a lot of substitutions and too allow a lot of our hard working younger players with an opportunity to see some playing time. That builds team character because they work hard during practice and it's important that they have a chance to hit the field during a game as well. I'm happy for the team win and I'm happy with the attitude of the players on both sides of the field."

 

Last Updated on Sunday, 25 September 2011 19:36
 
 

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