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Lions miss chances in 42-16 loss to Vikes

Lions miss chances in 42-16 loss to Vikes
By Sara Reid
Special to The Press
Though the Lions hung tough with Region 8-2A opponent Humboldt through the better part of the first quarter, ultimately three turnovers leading to 21 points proved to be the downfall for Dresden in a 42-16 loss to the Vikings Friday night.
The Vikes scored on their first offensive series of the night, but the Lions quickly answered and tacked on a conversion to go ahead by a point, 8-7. When Humboldt answered again, however, the Lions coughed up the ball on their response and the momentum stayed in the Vikings’ favor for the remainder of the contest.
Starting the game on offense, the Lions picked up six yards on the ground from Zach Garner but were forced to punt.
The Vikings took over on the Dresden 45 and went to Vincent Brown, who needed only two plays to score the touchdown. Jon Corey Ford kicked the extra point and Humboldt opened the scoring, 7-0, with 9:36 left in the first quarter.
The Lions came roaring back, however, and starting from the Viking 46-yard line, picked up a first down on a 12-yard keeper from Isaac Butler. Tyson Wright took the handoff up the middle for four yards and Brandon Jolley picked up the first down on a six-yard gain. Wright gained 12 yards on two carries, Brandon Jolley ran seven yards up the middle and Wright finished out the successful scoring drive with a five-yard end zone run. Senior Corey Brock ran in the conversion and with 6:12 left in the first quarter, the Lions pulled ahead 8-7.
Humboldt had an answer, though, and it came in the form of a 77-yard scoring drive capped by a 28-yard touchdown run from Bryan Harris. Ford’s extra point put the Vikes up 14-8 with 1:44 left in the first quarter.
The Lions took the ball back on their own 30 and picked up three yards on a carry from Garner. On the next play, though, the ball was fumbled and McKenzie’s James Harrison snatched it up and took it 33 yards for the score. Ford’s extra point was good and, with 45.7 seconds left in the first quarter, the Vikings built a 21-8 lead.
The second quarter began with Humboldt on offense, but the Lions forced the Vikes into their only punt of the night. The Lions could put nothing together on offense, however, and Humboldt got the ball back on the Lion 44.
A Darren Dunbar bomb down the sideline found a sprinting Elijah Epperson for a 31-yard gain and a 25-yard run from Brown put the ball in the end zone. Ford’s successful extra point made the score 28-8 in favor of Humboldt with 5:36 left in the second quarter.
With the ball back on their own 40-yard line, the Lions again fumbled on a handoff to Wright and the Vikings recovered. Down at the Lion 28, Quan Campbell picked up three yards and Shamaree Johnson ran in the final 25 yards for the score with 4:20 left in the first half. Ford’s extra point made the score 35-8.
In the last minute of the quarter, Brandon Jolley intercepted a Dunbar pass and put the Lions in great scoring position at the Viking six-yard line, but Dresden was unable to capitalize on the opportunity and the score remained 35-8 going into halftime.
In the third quarter, both offenses stalled on points, but in the fourth quarter, with Dresden again looking at the end zone, Butler’s pass was intercepted by Matt Pritchard at the goal line. Back on offense on the Viking 30-yard line, Dunbar found Epperson again, this time for 70 yards, on a pass destined for the end zone. Ford’s kick put the Vikes ahead 42-8 with 7:54 left in the game.
Getting the ball back one final time on offense, the Lions made the most of their running attack and capped a 63-yard scoring drive with a 13-yard touchdown run by Brandon Jolley with 2:42 left in the contest. The successful DHS conversion run by Garner made the final score 42-16 in favor of the Vikings.
Humboldt will next face Region 8-2A-leading Westview at home, while Dresden’s Lions will visit Milan to take on the host Bulldogs. Both games will kickoff at 7:30 on Friday night.

Humboldt-Dresden, Stats
Humboldt 21 14 0 7—42
Dresden 8 0 0 8—16

First Quarter
HHS — Vincent Brown 15-yard run (Jon Corey Ford kick), 9:36.
DHS — Tyson Wright 5-yard run (Corey Brock conversion), 6:12.
HHS — Bryan Harris 28-yard run (Ford kick), 1:44.
HHS — James Harrison 33-yard fumble recovery (Ford kick), 00:45.
Second Quarter
HHS — Brown 25-yard run (Ford kick), 5:36.
HHS — Shamaree Johnson 25-yard run (Ford kick), 4:20.
Fourth Quarter
HHS — Elijah Epperson 70-yard pass from Darren Dunbar (Ford kick), 7:54.
DHS — Brandon Jolley 13-yard run (Zach Garner conversion), 2:42.
First Downs 19 14
Rushes-yards 31-271 40-202
Passing yards 143 0
Comp-Att-Int 5-12-1 0-4-1
Punts 1-30 4-31.9
Fumbles-Lost 0-0 4-2
Penalties-yards 5-35 5-30
Individual Statistics
Rushing — Humboldt, Vincent Brown 15-125, Shamaree Johnson 3-52, Damian Cox 3-40, Bryan Harris 2-29, Jamelle Donaldson 1-13, Quan Campbell 2-6, Josh Pewitte 1-4, K.J. Montaque 1-4, Jason Barker 1-1, Darren Dunbar 1-(-3); Dresden, Zach Garner 11-54, Tyson Wright 10-54, Brandon Jolley 8-46, Corey Brock 7-33, Isaac Butler 4-15.
Passing — Humboldt, Dunbar 5-12-1 — 143; Dresden, Butler 0-4-1 — 0.
Receiving — Humboldt, Elijah Epperson 3-107, Brown 1-31, Montaque 1-5; Dresden, none.
Records — Humboldt 4-4 (2-3 Region 8-2A); Dresden 1-7 (0-5 Region 8-2A).
Next Game — Humboldt will next host the Westview Chargers while Dresden will travel to Milan to take on the Bulldogs. Both games will kick off at 7:30 on Friday night.

Weakley County Press Oct. 23, 2007

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