Jaguars run all over Manila, 55-0

Wednesday, September 24, 2008

McCrory scored 27 points in the first period, taking advantage of two Manila turnovers for touchdowns, and rolled to a 55-0 whitewash of the Lions Friday night in non-conference football action at McCrory.

Manila's Frankie Cowgill runs for ball for the Lions in senior high football action Friday night at McCrory.

The Jaguars scored on the game's first possession, marching 57 yards in seven plays, capping off the drive with a one yard touchdown keeper by quarterback Paul Keen. Jadrien (Big Cat) Holiday tacked on the extra point to put McCrory up 7-0 at the 9:26 mark of the first quarter.

Manila quarterback Josh Miles was intercepted by Jaguar Boyd Williams on Manila's first possession, giving McCrory excellent field position at the Lion 32 yard line. But the Lion defense stiffened and stopped McCrory on fourth down for one of Manila's few highlights of the night.

Miles connected with Steven Green on a 28 yard pass play to put the ball near midfield, but on third down, Miles' pitch attempt was picked off by Holiday, and the Big Cat rambled 45 yards into the end zone for McCrory's second score of the night. Holiday again tacked on the point after to give the Jaguars a 14-0 lead with 4:09 left in the first quarter.

Manila's John Willbanks carries the ball for the Lions Friday night at McCrory.

The Jaguar defense struck again on Manila's next possession when Holiday scooped up a Steven Green fumble at the Manila five yard line and rambled into the end zone for McCrory's third score of the period. Holiday's third straight extra point gave the Jaguars a 21-0 lead at the 3:21 mark.

The Lions turned the ball over for the third consecutive time when Green fumbled the kickoff return, giving the Jaguars another scoring opportunity at the Lion 27. Keen connected with wide receiver Jordan Cain on a 25 yard touchdown strike two plays later, to push the Jaguar lead to 27-0 with 2:24 left in the quarter.

McCrory scored three more times in the second period, once on a 25 yard touchdown run by Williams. The second came on a 34 yard touchdown gallop by Aaron Daniel before Chris Smith's 12 yard touchdown run put the finishing touches on the Jaguars' first half offensive assault.

A 25 yard field goal by Holiday at the 7:30 mark of the third quarter increased the McCrory lead to 48-0 before the Jaguars finished off the night's scoring with an 81 yard touchdown jaunt by reserve running back Devante (Frog) Green. Holiday's point after made the final score 55-0.

"When you spot a team 34 points like we did by turning the ball over three straight times, you don't give yourself much of a chance to win," said Manila Coach Toby Doke. "We are going to have to do a better job of playing to the whistle and making tackles when we need to. We had way too many missed assignments and we didn't execute. It's tough to win football games when that happens. I feel like our kids are playing hard, but we aren't playing real smart. It is a case of growing pains and it's Friday night football. We have to get more physical. But my hat is off to McCrory. They have some great athletes on both sides of the ball. They play physical and they play hard. Until we learn to play that way, we aren't going to win many football games. That's just something we have to do."

Manila's Steven Green (24) is chased by McCrory's Nelson Woodard (33) in senior high football action Friday night at McCrory. (Town Crier photos/Trent Fletcher)

Manila's deepest drive offensively came in the third quarter when the Lions reached the McCrory 20 yard line. But on a second and five play, Manila coughed the ball up once again, ending their scoring threat.

Manila was held to 125 yards of total offense with 116 coming through the air. Miles completed 9-19 passes on the night. Green led the Lions in receiving with four catches for 60 yards. Five other Lions caught one pass apiece. Frankie Cowgill snared one ball for 21 yards, John Willbanks caught one pass for 12, Brian Borden snagged one pass for 10 yards, Jared Hembrey had one reception for eight yards while Cody Webb pulled in one pass for five yards. The Lions were held to just nine yards net rushing on 25 attempts, led by Willbanks who carried 10 times for 10 yards. Cowgill rushed three times for eight yards, Borden finished with one carry for seven yards while Seth Towles netted three yards on three attempts. The Lions were guilty of four fumbles and had one pass picked off.

McCrory rolled up 321 yards of total offense, including 231 on the ground. Green led the Jaguars with seven carries for 94 yards, Williams carried seven times for 60 yards while Daniel rushed for 47 yards on two carries with a touchdown. Keen finished the night 5-6 through the air for 90 yards and one score. Holiday led all Jaguar receivers with two catches for 46 yards.

The Lions will try to regroup when they travel to Hoxie Friday night to take on the Mustangs in a 3A-3 conference battle.

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