Earle quarterback Autrey Allen ran for over 100 yards while teammate Josh Selvey galloped for three touchdowns to lead the Bulldogs to a 30-14 win over Manila Thursday night in 3A-3 junior high football action at Lion Field.
(Town Crier photo/Trent Fletcher)
Earle opened the scoring when Selvey burst 38 yards for his first touchdown of the night at the 2:35 mark of the opening quarter. Allen added the two point conversion run to give the Bulldogs an early 8-0 lead.
Manila answered on their next possession, driving 71 yards for the tying touchdown. The eight play scoring drive was capped off by a 28 yard touchdown strike from quarterback Dillon Burrow to Jordan Brewer. Brewer knotted the game 8-8 with his two point conversion run with 5:44 left in the first half.
Earle came right back to take the lead for good when Selvey scored on a 35 yard touchdown run at the 3:47 mark. Selvey's score highlighted a five play, 81 yard drive. Earle's two point conversion attempt failed, leaving the Bulldogs with a 14-8 lead.
The Bulldogs tacked on another score just before halftime when Selvey scored his third touchdown of the night from five yards out as time expired. The Bulldogs took possession at the Manila 42 yard line with just 28 seconds to go before halftime. Allen put Earle in scoring position with a 32 yard run to the Manila 10. After a pair of runs by Allen placed the ball at the Lion five, the Bulldogs took one final time out with 5.4 seconds to go, setting up Selvey's touchdown run that broke the Lion's backs.
"The touchdown right before the half was a very big play," said Manila Coach Jason Durham. "You really have to give Earle credit. They did what they had to do. They are a very good team. They have so much speed. It's hard to keep up."
Earle stretched their margin to 30-8, scoring on Allen's eight yard touchdown romp with 4:38 left in the third period. The Bulldog quarterback added the two point conversion run to increase Earle's lead to 30-8.
Manila showed they still had plenty of fight, driving 53 yards for their final score of the game in the fourth quarter. Burrow did most of the damage for the Lions, running for 23 yards while passing for another 36. Burrow's 20-yard touchdown pass to Shane Lee capped off the drive with 2:53 left in the game. The two point conversion attempt failed, leaving the Bulldogs with a 30-14 advantage.
"We just gave up too many big plays," said Durham. "We would hold them and hold them, and then they would hit us with a big play, which really hurt. We knew coming in they had a lot of speed, and they showed it tonight. We had great effort, especially in the second half. Dillon Burrow had another excellent game. When we executed we were able to move the ball, but we just made too many mistakes. We will just have to work harder and get ready for next week."
Burrow finished the night with 76 yards on 15 carries while completing six of seven passing attempts for 78 yards and two touchdowns. Brewer had three carries for 16 yards.
Dylan Bogle caught two passes for 28 yards while Lee also snagged a pair of receptions for 20 yards and one touchdown. Brewer had one catch for 28 yards and a score while Tucker Miller caught one pass for two yards.
Manila will return to action Thursday night when they travel to Corning to take on the Bobcats in another 3A-3 conference tilt. Kickoff is slated for 7:00.