Lynn rolled up 504 yards of offense to Shoals Christian’s 398, with 455 coming from the ground game. The Bears’ defense forced five turnovers, converting 4 of them into touchdowns.
Casey Hulsey turned in a great offensive performance, rushing for 188 yards on 22 carries and scoring 2 touchdowns.
On defense, Bryan Clark continued his strong play from last season, recording 11 tackles, with 2 tackles for a loss and a pass interception.
“I knew this was going to be a tough game,” Smith said. “I had been telling the team all week we were going to have our hands full, and Shoals Christian gave us a good challenge. But I think our offensive line came out in the second half and decided we were going to run the ball and take control of the game. Our running backs did an excellent of finding the holes the line opened up for them and we set the tempo to earn a great victory.”
Shoals Christian opened up the scoring with a field goal to go up 3-0.
Lynn answered with a three-play, 24-yard scoring drive on a 1-yard Hulsey run to take the lead 7-3 following a good extra point.
The Flame scored on an 11-play, 69-yard drive to regain the lead, 10-7 following the successful conversion.
Lynn took the lead back on an eight-play, 84-yard drive, capped off by Brodie Meeks’ 27-yard scamper. With the extra point, Lynn moved back ahead 14-10. Shoals Christian added another score in the final 24 seconds of the second quarter to take a 16-14 into halftime.
Lightning forced halftime to be delayed for 42 minutes before the teams were able to take the field again.
Lynn took its first possession and drove 85 yards on seven plays, with Meeks finding the end zone for the second time of the night on a 2-yard run. The extra point gave Lynn the lead 22-16.
Lynn extended its lead on a seven-play, 69-yard drive to extend its lead to 30-16 after a 2-point conversion.
After a Shoals Christian score closed the lead to 30-23, Hulsey scored on a 35-yard run to further Lynn’s lead 36-23 after a failed 2-point conversion to end the third quarter.
Lynn scored again early in the fourth quarter after a nine-play, 45-yard drive as Meeks added another touchdown to his total for the night. Another 2-point conversion extended Lynn’s lead to 44-23.
A Jacob Carson interception set up Lynn’s next drive of 65 yards on five plays, as David Henson took the ball in from 1 yard out. With the failed 2-point conversion, Lynn remained on top, 50-23.
After another Shoals Christian touchdown closed Lynn’s lead to 50-30, the Bears added a final score on a three-play, 54-yard drive as Corey Anderson scored on a 15-yard run. Henson’s extra point gave the Bears the 57-30 win.
Lynn (1-0) travels to Berry next week to open region play in a pivotal, early season rivalry game.
“It’s a big test for us,” Smith said. “Berry has played us tough the past couple of seasons and I think it’s going to have major implications as far as establishing a region front runner. They’ve outstanding team, and I think it’s to be a great game.”