Lions sunk by Williamsburg

Jay Compton Sports Editor

November 4, 2013

Conner Ford left the game early with a leg injury and the Pineville offense never got on track Friday night. Williamsburg took full advantage of four Mountain Lion turnovers and rolled to a 47-0 win to spoil senior night at PHS.

“I haven’t had a team get their tails kicked like that in a long, long time,” Lion coach Bart Elam said. “Up front they whipped us on both sides of the football. Not having Conner really hurt us, but it wouldn’t have mattered because we didn’t do our job up front.”

Thanks to a couple of negative yardage plays, Williamsburg held Pineville to 15 net yards of total offense in the game. The Yellow Jackets also recovered two fumbles and came away with two interceptions. As a result, the score got out of hand quickly and Williamsburg scored all 47 of their points in the first half.

Dalton Sizemore threw for 172 yards and four touchdowns. Skyler Griffith caught the first of his three touchdowns at the 10:53 mark of the first quarter, a 15-yarder, and Brently Patrick’s kick made it 7-0.

Corey Shelton had the next score as he returned a punt 40 yards for a touchdown to make it 13-0. Jefferson Patrick added an 8-yard touchdown run as the Jacket lead grew to 20-0 after one quarter.

In their three previous losses the Lions had fallen behind early but battled back get into the game. Friday night Pineville never had that run in them.

“We couldn’t find a play that would work offensively and we’re a team that’s used to scoring 40 or 50 points a game,” Elam said. “A lot of that is because Williamsburg is a really good football team, but a lot of it is because we didn’t execute. We knew we couldn’t play with them if we had to do it out on the edge. We had to do it in between the tackles and when we couldn’t do that, it kind of snowballed from there.”

Sizemore completed touchdown passes to Griffith for 40 yards, Shelton for eight yards and Griffith again for four yards, all in the second quarter as the lead grew to 40-0 with 2:18 remaining in the first half.

Another Pineville turnover led to one last score as Patrick’s 15-yard touchdown run wound up setting the final at 47-0.

Williamsburg (7-2) will host Jenkins in the first round of the Class 1A playoffs on Friday while Pineville (6-4) hosts Berea in their first round game.

Elam said Ford suffered both a knee and ankle sprain on the same leg and is unsure of whether he’ll be able to play against Berea.

They didn’t get the kind of send off that they wanted, but Friday marked the final regular season home game for Mountain Lion seniors Caleb McCorkle, Dalton Ledbetter, Conner Ford, Tyler Hoskins, Tyler Evans, Matt Hubbard, John Robbins, Jackie Patterson, Ryan Miller and Jesse Patterson.

The group has been a part of one the most successful four-year runs Pineville has put together in quite a while. During that time the Lions have gone a combined 24-21 with the school’s first two playoff wins in over 30 years.

“This senior group has had a good run, they’ve got a winning record and they’ve done some great things,” Elam said. “I love those kids to death, that’s why I’m disappointed and I’m sure they’re disappointed in the way things went. But like I told them: Our backs are in the corner right now and I’m sure they’ll come out next Friday and fight their way out of it.

“Berea has got a good football team, they’re a three seed for a reason. They beat Lynn Camp, who has a scrappy team. We’ll have to come out and play or we won’t beat them. We’ve got to concentrate on fixing some of the things that we didn’t do well (against Williamsburg) and try to get these playoffs off to a good start.”