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Lions pick up key win

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Lion defender Ty Cole (22) corrals a Russell player. (David Conner II photo)
SoVaNow.com / September 09, 2013
The Halifax County Middle School football team improved to 3-0 Wednesday, earning an impressive 36-6 win over Russell.

The win was particularly impressive for two reasons.

The Lions got some gridiron redemption, defeating the team that had cost them the conference title a year ago with a double overtime win.

Also, on Wednesday, the Lion defense scored 12 points and only allowed six. HCMS also had an impressive late stand to keep Russell from scoring twice.

HCMS led 22-6 at the half.

Russell got on the board first. The visitors then kicked to Halifax, and Otis Slayton answered with an 80-yard scoring return. HCMS added the two-point conversion for an 8-6 lead.

Russell then drove almost all the way to the Lion goal line.

At that point, Jamal Brandon picked off a Russell pass and scampered 98 yards for a touchdown.

Russell got the ball and drove into Lion territory. Jeffrey Cates got an interception for Halifax, although the Lions could not convert the turnover into points.

But the Lions got a stout defensive play from Jamal Brandon, who recovered a Russell fumble and run it back for another score.

Brandon added more fireworks in the second half. He scampered outside and scored from 17 yards out with 4:09 left in the period to give the Lions a 28-6 lead.

Brandon tacked on a 56-yard score with 7:49 left in the game for the final touchdown of the night. Cederic Jennings added the two-point conversion.



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