Hoxie whitewashes Lions 18-0
Hoxie kept Manila's offense bottled up most of the night and put together a balanced offensive attack of their own, as the Mustangs shut out the Lions 18-0 in junior high football action Thursday night at Hoxie.
The Mustangs held Manila to only 87 yards of total offense, all of which came on the ground, while the Hoxie offense tallied 135 yards rushing and 70 more through the air in scoring their three touchdowns.
The Ponies picked up their first score at the 5:39 mark of the second period on a 10-yard touchdown gallop by freshman Ryan Vaughn. Hoxie's two point conversion attempt failed, leaving the score 6-0.
Manila had a hard time getting its offense untracked, but did cross midfield on a couple of possessions in the first half. One Lion drive stalled at the Hoxie 45 yard line when quarterback Sam Hubbard was stopped just short of the first down marker on an eight yard scamper on fourth and three.
Manila took over on downs late in the first half on a fourth down defensive stop at the Hoxie 44 yard line, but time ran out on the Lions and the first half ended with the Mustangs ahead 6-0.
Hoxie took the opening drive of the third period and marched 57 yards in 11 plays to take a 12-0 lead. The Mustang drive ate up all but 1:39 of the third period, capped off by a two yard run by freshman Tyler Clement. The two point conversion attempt was no good.
Manila put together a short drive of their own with their first possession of the second half, starting from their own 37, but the drive ended with an incomplete pass on fourth down, giving Hoxie the ball back at the Mustang 47 with 7:14 left in the game.
Hoxie wasted little time scoring on their next possession, when freshman quarterback Zach Crisler hit tight end Spencer Hart on a 53 yard touchdown strike at the 7:02 mark. The two-point conversion attempt again failed, but the Mustangs had a commanding 18-0 lead.
The Lions put together their best drive of the night on their last possession after freshman Chad Lisk recovered a Mustang fumble at the Manila 19 with 4:17 left in the game. Dylan Bogle spurted 22 yards before Jordan Brewer had back to back runs of eight and 15 yards, advancing the ball to the Hoxie 33. Bogle ripped off 10 more yards to the Mustang 23, but the clock ran out, giving the Mustangs an 18-0 victory.
"We just didn't do a very good job offensively," said Manila Coach Jason Durham. "We had a few short spurts, but then we would stall out. We had some missed assignments that stalled drives and we just have to get better execution if we are going to win some games. I thought our effort was good, but our execution killed us. I think our running backs, Brewer and Bogle, are doing a good job, but we just aren't executing our blocks well enough. I thought for the most part our defense played well. Hoxie has a good group of running backs. They are a well coached team, and you just have to tip your hat to them for playing a good game."
Brewer led Manila on the ground with 57 yards on 13 carries. Bogle rushed four times for 25 yards while Hubbard had four carries for five yards.
Clement led Hoxie with 128 yards on 12 carries. Jacob Henson gained 31 yards on six totes while Vaughn finished the night with four carries for 18 yards. Crisler connected on two of five passes for 70 yards and a score.
The Lions will return to action Thursday night for their 2009 home opener against Harrisburg.