Bears win on homecoming

Published 12:29 am Saturday, October 23, 2010

BILLINGSLEY — The Billingsley Bears beat the Central-Hayneville Lions 46-18 Friday night, but this homecoming game did not end in shouts or cheers.

Less than 2 minutes into the fourth quarter, a Central-Hayneville player was injured in what turned out to be the final play of the game. The player apparently had a broken bone above the right ankle and could not be transported until medical help arrived. The clock was allowed to run out as agreed by both teams.

Rewind to the first quarter, when Garrett Price completed a 29-yard touchdown pass to Andrew Dudley, and Reggie Browder added a 2-point conversion. Then it was Browder’s turn to score from 14 yards out.

Billingsley’s new homecoming queen, Samantha Rose, was crowned Friday night during homecoming festivities at halftime.

The Lions put up 6 points in the first quarter, but the Bears always stayed a step ahead.

In the second quarter, Browder gave the Bears some insurance with a 7-yard touchdown run. Lion quarterback Tracey Tillman answered with a 5-yard pass into the end zone.

On the ensuing drive, the Lions recovered a fumble, but Billingsley’s Luther Tyus turned the tables after the ball was knocked loose in the backfield.

With 14 seconds left in the half, Price connected with Trey Tyus for a 16-yard touchdown play, making the score 26-12 at halftime.

Following the homecoming festivities, Price and Browder both crossed the goal line and extended the Bears’ lead. Price also ran a 2-point conversion.

On the Lions’ next possession, with 2:33 left in the third quarter, Tillman answered with an explosive 88-yard touchdown passing play.

Devon Hardy scored the final touchdown of the night for the Bears.

“I thought we played really well,” said Billingsley coach Joe Nettles. “We played with a lot of enthusiasm, especially for a homecoming game.”

Browder led in rushing with 134 yards, and Price completed four of eight passes for 98 yards. Also, Dudley and Octavis Harris each had 6 tackles.

The Bears (3-6) will travel to Verbena next week to face the Red Devils.