Hoxie rolls past Lions 42-6 in Conference opener
Senior fullback Dillon Williamson bulled his way for 101 yards rushing and three touchdowns to lead the Hoxie Mustangs to a convincing 42-6 victory over the Lions Friday night in senior high football action at Manila.
Williamson got the Mustangs on the board at the 4:57 mark of the first quarter on a two-yard touchdown burst through the heart of the Lion defense, putting the Ponies on the board first. Jeremy Anglin added the point after for a 7-0 Mustang advantage.
Manila took over at its own 25 yard line following the Hoxie kickoff. Steven Green, back from the injured list, ripped off a four yard run before Lion quarterback Josh Miles hooked up with Brian Borden on a 21 yard pass, giving Manila a first down at the Lion 48. But three plays later on third and three, Miles was intercepted by Hoxie's Joe Gage, stopping the Manila drive.
Anglin wasted little time capitalizing on the Manila miscue when he found Jonathan Quesada for a 51 yard pass, giving the Mustangs a first and goal at the Lion four. Devin Roberts barreled into the end zone on the next play, increasing the Hoxie lead to 13-0 with 2:00 left in the opening period.
The Mustangs went up 21-0, scoring on their next possession. Quarterback Jeremy Anglin hooked up with Austin Anglin on a 34-yard pass, giving the Ponies a first and goal at the Lion 10. Williamson rammed his way into the end zone two plays later for the score.
The Hoxie defense came up with another turnover when Chris Montelongo picked off another Miles pass at the Manila 24 yard line. Williams found pay dirt on a 17 yard touchdown scamper, and after Jeremy Angling's PAT, the visitors held a 28-0 lead with 3:31 left in the half.
Manila finally got on the board on its next possession. The Lions started their scoring drive at their own 22 yard line with 3:24 left in the half. Miles found Green in the right flat on a swing pass, and the senior fullback broke several tackles and rambled 43 yards down to the Hoxie 35 yard line for a first down. The Lions scored five plays later when Miles threw a 25-yard touchdown strike to J.J. Helton with 49 seconds left in the half. The point after attempt failed, and the half ended with the Mustangs on top 28-6.
The momentum that Manila took into the dressing room following their late first half score was short lived as Anglin took the second half kickoff and raced 80 yards untouched into the Lion end zone for a Hoxie touchdown. Anglin's PAT gave the Mustangs a 35-6 lead.
Hoxie tacked on one last score when Anglin sneaked in from two yards out with 6:59 left in the game. Anglin followed his touchdown run with the point after, giving the Mustangs a 42-6 conference victory.
"Hoxie is a good football team," said Lion Coach Toby Doke. "They did some things defensively that kept us off balance most of the night. I didn't do a good job of making adjustments to that. They pretty much took away our zone scheme. We are really banged up right now. We have a lot of injuries and we are playing a lot of people that haven't played much before. That affected our offense a lot. We have lost both Seth Towles and Drew Byford from our offensive line and that really hurts. Our kids are working hard and playing hard, and if they continue to do that we will have a chance to win some games down the line. We are going to have to get better. That's the bottom line."
Hoxie rolled up 372 yards of total offense, including 275 on the ground, led by Williamson's 101 yard, three touchdown performance. Anglin ran seven times for 57 yards and a score while completing three of nine passes for 97 more yards.
Miles finished 11-26 through the air for 133 yards and a touchdown. Borden caught five passes for 56 yards while Helton finished the night with three catches for 32 yards and a touchdown. Green snared the one pass for 43 yards.
Manila (1-3, 0-1) will travel to Harrisburg Friday to take on the Hornets.