By JOHN ROBERT PAGE
Haleyville 31 Hamilton 29
HAMILTON -This past Friday, a new chapter was engraved in the historic 76-game rivalry between the 4-2 Hamilton Aggies and the 2-4 Haleyville Lions. A first-half dominated by the Aggies led to a second-half filled with Lion scores. At the end of four hard-fought quarters and a last drive effort from the Aggies, Haleyville claimed the win in a nail-biter by a score of 31-29.
The Aggies received possession to start the game, and they had a plan to take the life out of the Haleyville defense. On the first play of the game, Matthew Coleman pitched the ball to Bryant Loving. Loving drew all the attention to himself, but his plan was never to run. Instead, he dropped back on the flea-flicker to find a wide-open Adam Frost for a 64-yard touchdown reception. With only 17 seconds into the game and a good PAT, the Aggies led the Lions 7-0.
This completely took the Lions off guard, as they did not answer in their following drive. The Hamilton offense proceeded to perform a long drive from their own eight that carried on until the second quarter, where a fourth and goal conversion was killed by the Lions. Nothing came out of the stop though as the Aggies forced a three-and-out. Hamilton followed their fourth-down failure with a huge success.
On the second play of the drive, Matthew Coleman bounced around the pocket before finding Bryant Loving on the outside.
Loving slipped past his defender to make a diving catch in the endzone for another Aggie score.
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