The Dublin Lions’ recent string of success got a bit longer Friday when they got the best of local rival Hico for the second season in a row in a thrilling 13-12 victory.
The scoring began early in the first half by Dublin player Dalton Zinck who has a history of making big plays.
After returning a fumble for a two point conversion on a Hico point-after-attempt last season, lightning struck twice when he returned a 30-yard fumble for a touchdown in Friday’s contest to get Dublin up to an early 6-0 lead.
“It was a great play,” said Dublin head coach Bob Cervetto. “Last year Dalton picked up a fumble on the PAT and it really helped us win the game and he did it again this year. It was a heads-up play by him and he’s a good kid that works hard and knew what to do with the ball once he scooped it up.”
Trask Brown also got in on the action for Dublin later on as he found the end zone on a 46-yard touchdown run to extend the Lions lead to 13-0.
Hico wouldn’t go away quietly though, as Blake Hyles made a huge interception to keep the Tigers in the game before half and put them in scoring position. A few plays later Brody Johnson found the end zone from 6-yards out to keep the score interesting at 13-6.
The game was mostly back and forth after that until Hico finally found the end zone with 16 seconds remaining in the game and just like last year’s contest PAT’s played a vital role in the outcome as Hico couldn’t convert giving Dublin the victory after an unsuccessful onside kick.
“A win is always good,” Cervetto said after the game. “The kids’ effort was really, really good tonight. They flew around and gave everything they had. They had some tough situations and came through when they had to. What a neat deal it is for these kids to come away with a win against a really good Hico team.”
In addition to the victory for Dubin Friday, fans also got to see Brady Moore, who apparently has won the quarterback job after a month-long battle in two-a-days.
“Brady Moore did some good things for us tonight,” said Cervetto. “Any time you play your first ball game on Friday nights things change and you have to adjust. He did a good job and made some good reads and made his throws. He did a great job running the offense for us.”
Dublin’s next contest is next week in Albany, while Hico will look to rebound when they host Crawford.