Bears keep Eagles grounded

Published 12:07 am Saturday, September 20, 2008

The Billingsley Bears held the Autaugaville Eagles to just one touchdown last night in a 28-6 win.

The only score of the first half was Jamar Hopson’s 17-yard touchdown capped by Mario Reese’s two-point conversion.

Billingsley recovered two of four fumbles in the half and captured only eight points before the break.

An interception by Donte Vinson set the Bears up for an eight-yard touchdown courtesy of Tim Simon in the third. Matt Paulene’s conversion doubled Billingsley’s lead.

Autaugaville responded with a short touchdown but was muffled on the conversion attempt.

With 2:45 left in the third, Hopson penetrated from the 1-yard line, putting the Bears up 22-6. He struck again in the fourth, this time from 13 yards out.

It was an emotional game for the team because Hopson had lost his grandmother earlier in the week.

“It affected me bad in the first half,” Hopson said, “but the coach gave us a speech and pulled us aside, we came out and had a great second half.”

Hopson, who compiled 159 yards on 20 carries, gave props to the offensive linemen.

“It was a hard fought game,” added Simon, who rushed for 83 yards on seven carries.

Also, Reese completed four of 10 passes for 75 yards.

“It was a big win for us,” coach Kevin LeSueur said. “It was the next game, and more importantly, it was another region win for us.”