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Lions flatten visiting Laurel Park

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SoVaNow.com / September 19, 2013
The Halifax County Middle School football team flattened visiting Laurel Park, 44-0, on Monday at home.

The first quarter proved a mess for both teams as the Lions were forced to a three and out, and Laurel Park fumbled on its first possession.

Halifax fumbled the ball right back on its first possession and then LP fumbled three plays later.

The Lions finally drove the ball from the visitors’ 37 to score on a two-yard run by Camron Carden. Jamal Brandon scored the two-point conversion.

Austin Carlson intercepted LP three plays into the next drive at the end of the first quarter.

Halifax threw an interception 3 plays later. LP fumbled again on its first play on their next drive. Otis Slayton recovered the ball on the visitors’ 43.

The Lions ran straight down the field this time to score on an 11-yard run by Brandon. CJ Miller scored the two-point conversion on a 17-yard screen pass from Brandon after a holding call.

HCMS led, 16-0.

The Lions forced a punt on the next LP possession but fumbled it several plays later. Again the defense got the ball back as Tyonta Logan intercepted the ball and returned it to the visitors’ two-yard line.

Brandon scored on the next play and Carden added the two-point conversion. HCMS led, 24-0.

To start the second half, LP fumbled on the return and Slayton recovered the ball.

But again the Lions turned it over again on an interception.

LP went on a nine-play drive that stalled out.

Brandon scored on a 32-yard run to put HCMS ahead, 30-0.

LP threw an interception on its next play, with Jeffrey Cates hauling in the pick.

The Lions scored on a 14-yard pass to Tyree Dunkley from Tyonta Logan, who was playing quarterback at that point.

With other players getting into the action as HCMS were running out the clock, Otis Slayton escaped for a 43-yard touchdown and Justice Waller scored the two-point conversion on a pass from Logan.

“It was a sloppy game for both teams. LP was a hard hitting team and created some trouble for us getting outside but our linemen did the job up front to push the ball up the field. Tyler Driskill, Justin Throckmorton, Travis Helton, Skylar Ashworth, and Andre Alexander were a solid group all night up front,” wrote coach Frank Shealy.

Scott Nester had six tackles for the defense.

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