McCrory's high scoring offense rang up 50 points for the third straight week, posting a 57-22 victory over the Lions on a dreary Friday night in Manila's home opener.
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Manila's first possession ended with a quick three and out, forcing the Lions to punt. The Jaguars' Chris Smith fielded the kick at his own 36, racing 64 yards untouched into the end zone, giving McCrory their second quick score of the night. Holiday's point after pushed the Jaguar's lead to 14-0.
Dillon Burrow's 18 yard run gave Manila new life at the McCrory 40 yard line, but on Manila's next play, quarterback Josh Miles was intercepted by the Jaguar's Aaron Daniel, giving McCrory the ball back.
Keen hooked up with Holiday on a 37 yard pass down the left sideline, setting up a first down at the Manila 23. Williams raced seven yards into the end zone two plays later, and following Holiday's third PAT of the night, the Jaguars held a 21-0 lead with 3:15 still remaining in the first period.
Manila fought back on its next possession when running back Shaun McCallie ripped off a 27 yard run to the Lion 44 yard line. Miles then hooked up with Burrow, who made a spectacular over the shoulder catch to complete a 63 yard touchdown bomb with just nine seconds left in the quarter, putting the Lions on the scoreboard. Zach Birmingham's point after pulled the Lions to within 21-7.
McCrory answered by going 76 yards in only five plays, with Keen diving into the end zone on a four yard quarterback keeper at the 10:20 mark of the second period. Holiday's PAT was wide left, leaving the Jaguars ahead 27-7.
McCrory scored one more touchdown before the end of the half on a 19 yard touchdown dash by Williams, leaving the Jaguars with a 34-7 advantage at intermission.
McCrory struck quickly in the third quarter when Williams ran back a Manila punt 67 yards for a touchdown. Holiday's PAT upped the Jaguar lead to 41-7 at the 10:22 mark of the third quarter.
Holiday made the score 44-7 with a 20 yard field goal later in the period and the Jaguars tacked on one more score before the end of the quarter when Jordan Cain intercepted a Miles pass and darted 45 yards for a touchdown. Holiday's PAT made the score 51-7.
Manila put together a 60 yard touchdown drive on its next possession, capped off by McCallie's two yard touchdown run with 10:15 left in the game. Miles found wide receiver Spencer Cain on a fade pattern to complete the two point conversion, making the score 51-15.
McCrory answered on the ensuing kickoff when Cain raced 80 yards for the score, pushing the Jaguar lead to 57-15.
Manila capped off the scoring on the night when Miles found J.J. Helton open over the middle on a 46 yard touchdown pass with 2:30 left in the game. Birmingham's PAT set the final score at 57-22.
"We knew coming into the game we would have our hands full," said Lion Coach Toby Doke. "I don't know if McCrory will lose a game within their conference during the season. They have an outstanding offensive attack. I thought our kids played much better in the second half, especially on offense. Our kids did a good job getting the ball into the end zone. We are getting better each week, but it's kind of hard to assess things. We've played two good football teams the past two weeks, and we are a little banged up right now. We lost Burrow (Dillon) early in the game tonight, which hurt, and we are really missing Steven Green, who we hope to have back next week. We will just have to keep getting better each week. I do think we played better this week than we did last week."
Manila finished the night with 249 yards of total offense. Miles completed 13-24 passes for 183 yards and two touchdowns. McCallie led all rushers with 50 yards on 10 carries and a score. Brian Borden caught seven passes for 34 yards while Helton finished with three grabs for 74 yards and a touchdown. John Wilbanks grabbed two receptions for 16 yards while Burrow had one catch for a 63 yard touchdown. The Lions finished with 66 yards on the ground.
McCrory rolled up 363 yards of total offense, including 239 rushing on just 24 carries. Williams led the Jaguars with 131 yards on 13 rushes with three touchdowns. Keen connected on five of nine passes for 124 yards while Holiday caught all five of Keen's completions. The Jaguars scored three touchdowns on special teams.
Manila will open conference play Friday night, hosting Hoxie. Kickoff is set for 7:30.