Cavemen club Lions 30-0
Cave City scored one defensive touchdown and added three more on offense, propelling the Cavemen to a 30-0 shutout over the Manila Lions in junior high football action Thursday night at Cave City.
Cave City struck first, when their defense got the first score of the game as linebacker Nate Conley sacked Lion quarterback Dillon Burrow, forcing a fumble which the freshman recovered for a touchdown, giving the Cavemen an early 6-0 lead. Brandon Telford's two point conversion run upped the margin to 8-0 at the 2:39 mark of the opening quarter.
Cave City's offense got in on the act early in the second quarter when Telford scored on a six yard touchdown romp. Tyler Poulette ran in the two point conversion to give the Cavemen a 16-0 lead with 6:13 remaining in the opening half. Telford's touchdown was set up by a 35 yard pass from Caveman quarterback Jeremy Runyan to Poulette.
Cave City increased their lead to 22-0 when Telford scored on another four yard touchdown run with just 2:18 left in the half, capping off a seven play, 65 yard drive. The two point conversion attempt failed.
Manila threatened on their next possession, driving from their own 36 to the Cave City 32, but Burrow's pass into the end zone on fourth down fell incomplete as the Cavemen took a 22 point lead into the dressing room at the half.
Cave City took the opening kickoff of the second half and marched 49 yards in six plays, all on the ground, scoring a touchdown on a nine yard run by Poulette at the 5:19 mark. The two point conversion pass was good, and the Cavemen led 30-0.
The Lions had little luck offensively, as the Cavemen proved too big and physical on defense, holding the Lions to just 45 yards of total offense on the night. Burrow finished the evening 4-15 through the air for 26 yards while Dylan Bogle completed his only attempt for a 13 yard gainer to Burrow. Zach Reinhart also caught one pass for nine yards while Tucker Miller snared one pass for two yards. Burrow led Manila in rushing, carrying 12 times for 18 yards.
Cave City rolled to 225 yards of total offense, including 150 on the ground. Telford led the Cavemen with 90 yards on 10 carries with two scores while Conley carried four times for 31 yards. Poulette finished the night with three carries for 15 yards with one touchdown. Runyan completed five of eight passes for 77 yards and one score.
"Cave City was just too physical for us tonight," said Lion Coach Jason Durham. "They pretty much did what they wanted to on offense. We have to get better with our line play. We just weren't able to move the ball offensively and we couldn't stop them on defense when we needed to. Our pass protection wasn't very good tonight, and when we did have time to throw, our receivers didn't hang onto the ball. I thought the early turnover for the touchdown set the tone of the game. We can't let things like that get us down. Mistakes are going to happen, and you can't let that effect you. I think that's what happened tonight."
Manila will play host to Earle Thursday night. Kickoff is set for 7:00.