Mustangs ground out 40-14 win over Manila

Wednesday, September 24, 2008
The Lion defense in pursuit of an unidentified Hoxie Mustang in junior high football action Thursday night at Manila.

Sebastian Irvin shredded Manila's defense for 167 yards and three touchdowns to lead the Junior Mustangs to a convincing 40-14 victory over the Lions in 3A-3 conference action Thursday night at Manila.

Irvin gave Manila fits all night long as the big freshman proved too tough to handle for the Lions. Irvin gained 99 yards and had two scores in the first half, and continued his bruising running attack by gaining 68 more yards while tacking on another touchdown in the second half, as Hoxie improved to a perfect 3-0 on the season and 1-0 in conference play. The Mustangs rolled up 261 yards on the ground while totaling 339 for the night as Hoxie controlled the line of scrimmage throughout the game.

"They were just too physical for us tonight," said Manila Coach Jason Durham. "We were just never able to match them from the opening kickoff. They are good. They have backs that run the ball hard and a couple of lineman that are as good as you will see around here. They just out-muscled us and controlled the clock and field position. Irvin is just a hoss. I am convinced they could move him up to the senior team and he would be a big contributor to that team right now."

Hoxie's D.J. Kendrick tries to bring down Manila's Dylan Dogle in junior high football action Thursday night at Manila.

Hoxie wasted little time getting on the scoreboard after stopping the Lions with a three and out on their first possession. Irvin bolted 34 yards on his first carry and then came back with a 10 yard run to set the Mustangs up with a first down at the Manila 24 yard line. Irvin blasted through the Lion defensive line two plays later, scoring on a 21 yard touchdown run, and tacked on the two point conversion to go ahead 8-0 with 1:33 left in the opening quarter.

A Manila fumble on the Lion's next possession gave Hoxie excellent field position at the Lion 31. Three running plays set up a fourth and two for the Mustangs at the Manila 21, and Irvin barreled his way up the middle for 15 yards and a first and goal at the Lion six. Tim James picked up five yards on first down before Irvin rammed his way into the end zone from a yard out, giving Hoxie a 14-0 lead at the 6:09 mark of the second period. The Mustangs again converted the two point play to take a 16-0 lead.

Manila finally got the offense going on their next possession when quarterback Dillon Burrow connected with Shane Lee on a 16 yard pass play to midfield. Burrow found Dylan Bogle on a 21 yard swing pass to move the Lions to the Hoxie 29. But Irvin came up big on defense for Hoxie on Manila's next play by picking off a Burrow pass at the Lion 11 and returning it all the way to the Manila 31 yard line to stop the Lion drive.

Manila center Dylan Wicoff readies to snap the ball in junior high football action Thursday night at Manila. (Town Crier photos/Trent Fletcher)

Mustang quarterback Zach Crisler hooked up with Tyler Hall on a 17 yard pass play, pushing the ball near midfield. The eighth grader faded back on the Mustang's next play and spotted Hall all alone behind the Lion secondary, connecting with the wide receiver for a 52 yard touchdown strike to put Hoxie ahead 22-0 with 3:46 left in the first half.

Manila blocked the point after attempt.

Manila fought back and drove 57 yards in eight plays, scoring their first touchdown of the night on a 10 yard scoring strike from Burrow to Bogle with just 56 seconds left in the opening half. Manila's two point conversion attempt failed.

Hoxie had a chance to add another score before the end of the half, but Crisler saw his "Hail Mary" pass intercepted by Burrow for a touchback.

Hoxie put the game away with a six minute scoring drive to open the third period, pushing their lead to 28-6. The time consuming march by the Mustangs took 11 plays and covered 70 yards, capped off on a one yard quarterback sneak by Crisler with 2:16 left in the quarter. Irvin picked up 45 of the yards on five carries during the drive. The two point conversion attempt failed, leaving Hoxie with a 22 point lead.

Hoxie struck again on their next possession, scoring on a 14 yard touchdown run by Irvin with 6:08 left in the game for a 34-6 lead.

Manila answered with a 60 yard drive of their own, highlighted by a 28 and 20 yards runs by Burrow. The freshman quarterback put the Lions on the board for the final time of the night with an eight yard touchdown toss to Bogle with 3:26 to go in the game. Burrow's two point conversion run closed the Hoxie lead to 34-14.

D.J. Kendrick's 35 yard touchdown run on the game's final play closed out the scoring for the night, as Manila saw their record drop to 1-2 overall and 0-1 in conference play.

"We have just got to be more physical in the coming games," said Durham. "Hoxie is the most physical team we have played all year, and we just weren't prepared for it. I did think we passed the ball well tonight and ran our routes well. Our defense was in the right spots, we just didn't wrap up and make the tackles and that comes down to being physical."

"The key for us tonight was our being able to come off the ball well and just being more physical than Manila was," said Mustang Coach Sean Cockrell. "That's what we teach and I thought we played very well as a team tonight. Irvin was unstoppable and we will continue to give him the ball until someone stops him. We are very happy with the victory."

Crisler finished the night 3-5 through the air for 78 yards and one touchdown for Hoxie.

Manila was led on the ground by Burrow who picked up 63 yards on six carries. Bogle had 24 yards on four totes while Tucker Miller picked up 17 yards on three carries. Burrow completed 8-13 passes for 75 yards and two touchdowns. Bogle led all receivers with four catches for 49 yards and a pair of scores. Lee grabbed one reception for 16 yards while Brewer snared one pass for five yards. The Lions finished with 179 yards of total offense, 104 on the ground and 75 through the air.

Manila will return to action Thursday night for a 3A-3 conference matchup at Harrisburg.

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