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Lions pull out 28-8 win over Nottoway

SoVaNow.com / October 08, 2012
The Halifax County Middle School football team won on the road Wednesday against Nottoway Middle, 28-8.

The teams battled to a scoreless tie in the first period. This all changed in the second period.

HCMS put 22 unanswered points on the board in the second period. The Lions added another touchdown in the second half, as did Nottoway.

The Lions scored a touchdown in the first but it was called back on a penalty. HCMS had to punt on fourth down.

Nottoway drove down the field on two big plays, a 22-yard pass play and a 35-yard run to flip the field and put them at Halifax’s 20-yard line. Two incomplete passes knocked down by James Smith turned the ball over on downs.

Starting the second quarter, the Lions’ first touchdown took four plays.

These included an 18-yard run by Smith; a 12-yard pass from Smith to Troy Hubbard; a five-yard run by Arek Guill and a 22-yard TD run by Sammy Stevenson. The Lions got the two-point conversion on a pass from Smith to Tylik Powell.

Nottoway’s next drive was going well until they fumbled on a bad snap and the Lions recovered on the Lions 28-yard line.

HCMS followed with a 72-yard bomb to Powell from Smith for the next score for a 14-0 lead.

Nottoway had little time before the half to try and score and went into pass mode. After three successful runs, HCMS threw a pass down the middle that Smith caught on the fly. He sprinted to the endzone for a 60-yard return and a 22-0 lead at the half.

The first drive of the second half saw Halifax fumble and lose possession. The Lions regained possession on the next play, thanks to an interception by Ty Cole. That pick set up a 35-yard TD run by Smith five plays later, from 35 yards out. The Lions led, 28-0.

Nottoway got on the board on the first play after the kickoff on a 75-yard touchdown run. Nottoway added the two-point conversion.

The rest of the game was back and forth as both teams struggled to sustain drives.

“A tough game, but a good victory,” Lion coach Frank Shealy said.

HCMS is home against Prince Edward Wednesday.

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