HALEYVILLE - It was a night of emotion and tears for Haleyville as seniors and parents were recognized in a pre-game ceremony at the Haleyville v. Hamilton football game Friday, Nov. 1.
This was the final season game for the Lions, losing to 5A Hamilton 28-14.
The Lions head coach Chris Musso said he was very proud of how the boys had fought all season. “I couldn’t be more proud of these young men. They have fought through adversity and never gave up. We will get started working toward next season and I wish these seniors the very best. They are a very special group of young men.”
The Lions had 237 yard rushing on the night. Quarterback Eli Musso was 4 of 11 for 42 yards in the passing department, with three interceptions.
The first score of the night came with just under five minutes left in the first quarter. The Aggies’ Dawson Taylor intercepted a Lion pass to give Hamilton possession at the Aggie 21. Hamilton scored in nine plays when Gabriel Anglin scored from eight yards out. Michael Garcia’s PAT was good to make the score 7-0.
The Aggies’ Matthew Walker intercepted a pass on Haleyville’s next possession to set up another score, starting from the Aggie 15. Hamilton was hit with a penalty to start the drive, but Anglin broke loose on the right sideline to travel 87-yards for the touchdown. Garcia added the extra point to make the score 14-0.
Hamilton forced the Lions to punt in the next series, starting on their own 39-yard-line. It was nine plays again when the Aggies crossed the goalline from the Haleyville 10-yard-line on a carry by Anglin. The PAT stretched Hamilton’s lead by 21.
The Lions would not be denied a score before halftime.
The Lions took the ensuing kickoff and began the drive at their own 36. Camden Smith tacked on two yards on the first snap, but a face mask and personal foul penalty moved the Lions to the Aggies 45. Hamilton was hit by an unsportsmanlike foul on the next play to put the Lions at the Aggie 30.
Austin Barry took the hand-off all the way to the 1-yard-line, where Ty Black scored. Jacob Lolley kicked the PAT to make the score 21-7 at halftime.
Haleyville took the kickoff to open up the second half of play, but the Aggies held on downs at the Hamilton 31-yard-line.
The Aggies scored their final touchdown of the night on this possession on a completion to Bryant Loving on a 4th-and-5 call. This gave the Aggies a 28-7 lead in the third quarter.
Haleyville scored on the next drive. Barry took the kick-off going 55-yards to the Hamilton 25. Ty Black carried twice for five yards, where Musso connected with Kane Gravitt-Tucker for the touchdown. Lolley’s PAT was good to finalize the score 28-14.
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