Mustangs stampede Lions 48-0
Hoxie has the type football program that Manila Coach Toby Doke hopes his Lions will one day have, but right now the two teams are miles apart. The Mustangs remained unbeaten, flexing their muscles with a decisive 48-0 demolishing of the Lions Friday night at Hoxie.
"Hoxie has a great football team," said Doke. "Coach Sears (Tom) has a good thing going. He has his team committed to the weight room. They are very strong and physical. He has his kids doing seven on seven and working out all summer. That's something we have got to get our kids to do if we want to be a successful team like the Mustangs. Hoxie pretty much did what they wanted to, and that goes back to being committed and being physical. Our kids are doing what we ask of them during the season, but we aren't getting them to do the same things in the summer, and that's what we talked to them at halftime about. If we are going to get to this level, we have to start doing the things in the weight room like they do. It's going to be an uphill battle. We will have to fight and grow up to learn what it takes to be a good football player. Right now it's just a growing process for us. One good thing about tonight is that we got through the game injury free, because we have had several injuries to our team this year. We have some adversity that we are battling right now that we have to overcome, but that's just part of football."
The Mustangs, now 4-0 on the season, wasted little time getting on the scoreboard, taking advantage of a Manila fumble on the Lions first play from scrimmage. Hoxie took over at the Manila 39 yard line. A 27 yard run by Blaine Middlecoff gave the Mustangs a first and goal at the two, and 6'3" 310 lb. lineman Derek Johnson, a Texan Longhorn commitment, barreled over for the game's first score. Brad Cook tacked on the extra point to give the Mustangs a 7-0 lead at the 10:18 mark of the opening period.
The Mustangs forced a three and out on Manila's next possession. Chris Montelongo broke through the Manila line and blocked a Shaun McCallie punt, setting the Mustangs up at the Lion 44. Adam Madden burst up the middle for a 31 yard run, and two plays later, Houston Waldrupe squirted around right end for Hoxie's second touchdown. Cook added the point after for the 14-0 lead at the 7:27 mark of the opening quarter.
The Mustangs continued their scoring barrage, penetrating the Lion end zone on their next four possessions to build a 41-0 halftime lead. Cook scored on a 12 yard touchdown run before quarterback Clay Hart connected with wide receiver Cody West on a nine yard touchdown pass to push the lead to 28-0 at the end of the first quarter.
The Mustangs added two scores in the second period on a 28 yard touchdown strike from Hart to Middlecoff and a 10 yard touchdown run by Blake Snow.
Manila got their first defensive stop on Hoxie's opening possession of the third quarter, but Josh Miles was picked off by Jeremy Anglin, giving the ball back to the Mustangs. Snow added the final Hoxie score with a two yard touchdown run with 5:16 left in the game.
"Coach Doke is doing a good job with Manila," said Hoxie Coach Tom Sears. "They are lined up the way they are supposed to be and doing things right, it's just a matter of where the two programs are right now. We have an established program at Hoxie and they are trying to build one at Manila, and it's a tough job. Their kids never quit and continued to play hard, and that's what you like to see. We came out and did what we needed to do early, and not let Manila gain any confidence. I was happy with the way we played."
The Mustangs finished the night with 307 yards of total offense, scoring on their first six offensive possessions. Hoxie had 266 yards on the ground, led by Middlecoff who had 69 yards on five carries. Madden had two carries for 59 yards while Waldrupe added 41 yards on two rushing attempts. Hart went 3-4 through the air for 41 yards and two touchdowns.
The Lions were held to only 50 yards of total offense. Miles completed the night with a 6-15 performance through the air for 35 yards, but had three passes intercepted. Tracey Reinhart had three receptions for 14 yards, while John Willbanks snared two catches for 14 yards and Brian Borden caught one pass for seven yards. Willbanks led the Manila rushers, carrying four times for 27 yards. Borden had two rushes for 12 yards while Steven Green and Seth Towles both carried once for two yards apiece.
Manila will return to action Friday night when they play host to Harrisburg in a 3A-3 conference battle.