Hollingsworth leads Berry past Lynn
by Ricky Taylor
Oct 12, 2013 | 740 views | 0 0 comments | 23 23 recommendations | email to a friend | print
LYNN — Berry’s Tank Hollingsworth outdueled Lynn’s Brody Meeks as the Wildcats earned a 40-28 victory over a pesky Lynn team Friday night.

Hollingsworth, who had a huge second half,  put the game out of reach with a late touchdown.

Lynn was led by Meeks, who was 18-of-32 passing for 233 yards, three touchdowns and one interception. Meeks also ran for 132 yards on 26 carries with another score, for a total of 365 offensive yards and four touchdowns.

Lynn receiver Ben Cagle had seven receptions for 113 yards and two touchdowns, as well as recovering an onside kick.

The Bears forced the Wildcats backwards on the first three series from scrimmage, all resulting in three and outs. Unfortunately for Lynn, its offense did not fair any better during this stretch.

A blocked punt by the Wildcats set up the games’ first score, a 28-yard halfback pass from Hollingsworth. The two point conversion gave Berry an 8-0 lead at the end of the first quarter.

Lynn answered on the next drive behind the leadership of Meeks, who carried the ball for 39 yards and passed for 26 more, including a two-yard touchdown pass to Ben Cagle, making the score 8-6. Berry scored on the next play from scrimmage when the Wildcats’ quarterback scrambled for a 56-yard touchdown. Berry again converted the two point attempt to take a 16-6 lead.

The Bears would have a chance to score before the half, but Meeks had his pass attempt intercepted in the end zone by Tank Hollingsworth.  

The second half would bring the fireworks show, with the do-it-all Meeks going toe-to-toe with the elite running back Hollingsworth.  

Hollingsworth struck first, rumbling for a 97-yard touchdown almost untouched. The two point conversion attempt was again successful, putting Berry ahead 24-6.

Lynn answered four plays later thanks to a Meeks 22-yard touchdown strike. The two-point conversion made the score 24-14.

 Berry scored again with 6:52 left in the game, taking what seemed at first to be an insurmountable 32-14 lead.

But the Bears were not through, taking the ball 71 yards on six plays in just over two minutes to cut the lead to 32-20.

The onside kick attempt was then recovered by Cagle and the Bears again scored in just two minutes. With 2:42 remaining in the game, Lynn only trailed Berry 32-28 and attempted another onside kick.

This time a Wildcat came out from the bottom of the pile with the ball in hand.

Not satisfied to simply run out the clock against a Bears defense that had all its time outs remaining, Berry turned to Hollingsworth, who answered, scoring on a 55-yard touchdown run with just 23 seconds remaining to seal the game.

Hollingsworth finished the game with 171 yards rushing, 162 of which came in the second half, as did both of his touchdowns.