Lynn blanks Cold Springs
by W. Brian Hale
Sep 29, 2012 | 756 views | 0 0 comments | 7 7 recommendations | email to a friend | print
LYNN — The homecoming crowd at David Posey Memorial Field were treated to added bonus aside from the normal festivities and honoring of the senior class on Friday night: an outstanding defensive performance that allowed the Lynn Bears to earn their second consecutive shutout in 25 years with a 21-0 victory over the Cold Springs Eagles.

The Bears’ stifling defense would hold the Eagles to just 105 total yards on the night, led by Bryan Clark’s 11 tackles including one tackle for a loss. Dakota Bell also had a good night with 7 tackles, two tackles for a loss and a quarterback sack.

Offensively, Brody Meeks had a productive night for Lynn, throwing for 190 yards and adding 53 rushing yards, scoring two touchdowns on the ground. Meeks’ top target was Ben Cagle with 3 catches for 96 yards. Bell would lead the team in rushing, carrying the ball 12 times for 73 yards and a touchdown.

The Bears earned their first shutout of the season last week with a 27-0 win over the South Lamar Stallions.

Lynn coach Philip Smith expressed his pride in the team’s defensive play in posting the shutout, as well as the offensive production that netted 331 yards on the night.

“We were worried coming into tonight’s game as Cold Springs likes to spread their offense out and they do a good job of controlling the clock, but our defensive front, linebackers and secondary did a great job of limiting any big plays and keeping them out of the end zone,” Smith said.

“It’s the first time in my tenure that we’ve had back-to-back shutouts, so its something that everyone in our program can be very proud of. I thought we had a good night rushing the ball also — our offensive line opened holes for our running backs and they responded well to the opportunities they received.”

After a scoreless first quarter, the Lynn offense got on the scoreboard to open the second quarter following a 10-play, 52-yard drive with Meeks scoring his first touchdown of the night on an 8-yard run. Meeks would take the ball into the end zone for the two-point conversion to give the Bears the 8-0 lead.

The Lynn defense would hold the Cold Springs offense to a punt on the ensuing series, leading to an 87-yard, 11-play drive, as Meeks scored his second rushing touchdown on a two-yard scramble.

The Bears would take a 14-0 into the half after an unsuccessful two-point conversion.

The Bears would score the Final points of the game early in the fourth quarter on a 10-play, 59-yard drive, with Bell taking the ball in from two yards out.

After Ryan Cagle’s good extra point kick, Lynn clinched the 21-0 victory.

Lynn (4-1) returns to Region 5 play next week as the host state defending champion Marion County (4-0).