Sixth-ranked Bears shut down Shoals
by W. Brian Hale
Aug 27, 2011 | 927 views | 0 0 comments | 5 5 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Lynn quarterback Brody Meeks was 10-of-18 for 164 yards passing and had 10 carries for 80 yards. He finished with three touchdowns.
Lynn quarterback Brody Meeks was 10-of-18 for 164 yards passing and had 10 carries for 80 yards. He finished with three touchdowns.
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MUSCLE SHOALS — The Lynn Bears earned their first victory of the season, defeating the Shoals Christian Flame 20-7 thanks to a balanced offense and a stingy defensive effort.

The Bears rolled up 362 yards of offense — with 198 yards coming on the ground and 164 yards through the air. The Lynn defense held the Flame to 195 total yards and recorded 6 tackles for a loss as a team.

“Tonight was just a physical game — Shoals Christian is a great football team and they’re going to win a lot of games this season,” Lynn coach Philip Smith said.

“We had to dig deep because their offense was constantly on the move with their no-huddle offense, but for us to be able to hold them scoreless for three and a half quarters and take over the game in the second half with our offensive line says a lot about our overall team effort. It was a great victory for us over a quality opponent that will give us some good momentum going into next week’s game against Berry.”

Brody Meeks led the Bears’ offense with 244 total yards, going 10-of-18 for 164 yards with two touchdowns and one interception, as well as rushing for 80 yards on 10 carries and scoring one touchdown on the ground. His favorite target was Daniel Cagle, who hauled in 4 passes for 87 yards and two touchdown catches.

Cagle and Bryan Clark led Lynn on defense, both recorded six tackles. Clark also forced a fumble and Cagle recorded 2 tackles for a loss.

The Bears opened the scoring on their first possession of the game, driving 57 yards on 6 plays as Meeks found Cagle on a 46-yard touchdown strike.

David Henson’s successful extra point kick put Lynn ahead 7-0.

Meeks and Cagle hooked up again late in the second quarter to cap off a nine-play, 70-yard drive — connecting on a 10-yard pass that gave the Bears a 14-0 lead going into the half following a good Henson extra point kick.

Lynn’s final score of the game came early in the fourth quarter following a four-play, 72-yard drive as Meeks scored on a 62-yard run. After a missed extra point, Lynn led 20-0.

The Flame added a score late near the conclusion of the game to reach the 20-7 final.

Lynn returns home to host Berry next Friday night in a region matchup at Daniel Posey Field.