Tornadoes drop region opener to Hubbertville
by Johnathan Bentley
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Parrish's Reginald Harris escapes the grasp of a Hubbertville defender during their game Friday night. Hubbertville won the game 20-14. Photo by Johnathan Bentley
Parrish's Reginald Harris escapes the grasp of a Hubbertville defender during their game Friday night. Hubbertville won the game 20-14. Photo by Johnathan Bentley
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PARRISH — Hubbertville had a simple gameplan for Parrish Friday night —ground and pound.

It worked to perfection as the Lions held off Parrish for a 20-16 victory at Harland-Nelson Stadium Friday night.

Hubbertville overcame a pair of fumbles inside the red zone thanks to a ground attack that picked up 346 yards on 60 carries.

Both Landon Miller and Tommy Pratt each rushed for more than 100 yards on the night to lead Hubbertville.

The Lions, who have won three straight games over Parrish, used a 95-yard drive that lasted 12:01 to help put the Tornadoes away.

Holding a 13-8 lead, Hubbertville took the ball over with 9:56 left in the third quarter and scored a touchdown with 9:53 left in the fourth quarter. Miller finished off the drive with a 2-yard touchdown run for a 20-8 lead.

Hubbertville dominated time of possession in the game and ran 69 offensive plays compared to just 29 for Parrish.

“We couldn’t stop the running game and we couldn’t get them off the field,” Parrish coach Sam McCorkle said.

Hubbertville was the first team on the scoreboard. With Parrish buried deep in its territory, a snap went over the head of quarterback Reid Robertson and out of the back of the end zone for a safety and a 2-0 lead with 9:42 left in the first half.

Hubbertville (2-0) added to its lead later in the quarter with a 27-yard field goal by Tyler Benton at the 5:54 mark for a 5-0 lead.

Parrish got on the board with 3:07 left in the half when Robertson hit Reginald Harris on a crossing pattern. Harris danced past defenders for a 25-yard touchdown strike. Chris Evans ran in for the 2-point conversion to put Parrish on top 8-5.

The lead didn’t last long.

Hubbertville, aided by a 48-yard kickoff return by James Palmer, needed just four plays to get into the end zone and take the lead going into the half. Pratt finished off the drive with a 3-yard touchdown run with just 52.4 seconds left in the second quarter. Timothy Benton hit Gregory Stidham as Hubbertville took a 13-8 lead.

After the long drive put the Lions up 20-8, Parrish didn’t give up.

On the ensuing kickoff, Marcus Harris rushed 85 yards for a touchdown with 4:57 left on the clock. Robertson hit Jayvon Clay for the 2-point conversion to cut the gap to 20-16.

That would be as close as Parrish got.

The Tornadoes had one final chance after forcing a punt, but Hubbertville’s Benton picked off a pass on fourth down to seal the victory.

Parrish finished the game with just 59 yards of offense. On defense, Bryant Thomas and Reginald Harris recovered fumbles.

“We have to get better. We’ve lost two tough one in a row to two good teams. God put eyes in front of your head so you’ve got to look forward,” McCorkle said.

Parrish lost the season opener to Oakman 29-28. The Tornadoes play at Marion County next week.