HALEYVILLE - The Haleyville Lions (3-4, 2-2), suffering from multiple injuries this season, battled Friday night, Oct. 11, but fell short 17-11 in region action to the Good Hope Raiders (7-1, 4-1).
The Lions, who had 266 yards total offense on the night, were forced to punt on the opening series. This set up the Raiders first scoring drive on a punt at the GHHS 24.
It took Good Hope 13 tries before crossing the goal line from the HHS 3-yard-line on a carry by Colton Bagwell. Walter Perez put the PAT through to take a 7-0 lead, with just more than three minutes left in the first quarter.
A blocked punt by Good Hope late in the second quarter resulted in the Raiders getting possession at a HHS 26. Haleyville’s defense held the Raiders to a 4th-and-10 at the 14-yard-line, but Perez booted the 30-yard-field goal to make the score 10-0, which stood at halftime.
Good Hope opened the second half of play with possession, but yet again the defense held and forced a punt. HHS took over on their own 25.
Jackson Kennedy, who rushed for 46 yards on seven carries, took the ball for five yards, where Camden Smith, the game’s leading rusher for Haleyville on 15 carries and 105 yards, notched out 11 yards on two carries and a first down.
Kennedy moved the chains again on a 12-yard carry in to Raider territory. It was Smith and Kennedy again down to the 27-yard-line. Following a timeout, Smith broke loose for six yards. Quarterback Eli Musso, went under center and drove into the end zone behind the blocking of his front line. Smith took the snap on the two-point conversion and scored. This made the score 10-8 late in the third quarter.
It was three-and-out for the Raiders in the next series. A fumble by the Lions quickly gave the ball back to the visitors at the GHHS 48. Good Hope scored on the sixth play on a completion from sophomore quarterback Tanner Malin to Ethan Anderson in the end zone. The PAT was good to stretch their lead 17-8, with just 38 seconds left in the third period.
The Lions would score a 23-yard field goal by Jacob Lolley with about two minutes left to play, making the final score 17-11.
HHS head coach Chris Musso said following the game, “I thought our kids fought hard and kept playing hard. They gave us all the effort they had. I am very proud of them. We have to tighten back up and keep working. That is all you can do.”
HHS will be in region play again this Friday night, travelling to Fayette County.
A Night of
A special pre-game ceremony was held honoring HHS state championship teams of 1952, 1958, 1959, 1960, 1962, 1963 and 1964. In 1952, the Lions went 10-0 under head coach Jim Woods; 1958 9-1; 1959 undefeated; 1960 10-0; 1962 (not named state champions, but with a 39-1 record in four years); 1963 9-1 and 1964 7-2-1. The ’58, ’59, ’60, ’62, ’63 and ’64 teams were coached by Herman ‘Bubba’ Scott.
Members representing those teams were recognized on the sideline prior to the start of the game. Charlie Banks presented the game ball, representing the state championship team of 1959 celebrating its championship’s 60th anniversary.
The perimeter of the field was also dressed out in pink, as well the sideline numbers, the H in the center with a breast cancer symbol and Lions written in pink in each end zone in recognition of Breast Cancer Awareness Month and honoring Haleyville City Schools faculty who are cancer survivors.
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