Linden loses first of season

Published 12:34 am Saturday, October 8, 2011

GULF SHORES — Linden (6-1) suffered its first loss of the season Friday night, falling 20-14 to the Dolphins in heartbreaking fashion.

The Patriots trailed by six with three minutes to go in the game when they took over the ball 70 yards from the end zone.

With 12 seconds remaining on the game clock, Anthony Robinson darted in from eight yards out for what appeared to be the game-tying score before a holding penalty negated the play.

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A subsequent holding penalty on the next play left Linden in dire straits and down to its last ditch effort. That effort came in the form of a Robinson pass that fell harmlessly to the Gulf Shores turf, sealing Linden’s first regular season loss to a non-region foe since Oct. 19, 2007 when the Pats lost to Class 6A Fairhope.

Linden scored first in the game, getting a three-yard touchdown run from Julian Little. After the Pats trailed 14-7 at half, they gave up a third quarter score to fall behind 20-7.

Jamal Lewis, who finished with a team high 169 yards on 18 carries, put Linden within striking distance with a third quarter touchdown run.

Linden racked up 415 yards of total offense on the night, including 332 yards on the ground.

Head coach Andro Williams said his team struggled to finish drives all night.

“They were hungrier than we were,” Williams said.

Linden will travel to St. Luke’s next week.