Junior Lions pick up first win
Manila scored three first period touchdowns and made them stand up for a 20-6 victory over Cave City in 3A-3 junior high football action Thursday night at Manila.
The Lions got on the board early, driving 70 yards, capped off by Dylan Bogle's two-yard touchdown run at the 4:54 mark of the first period. Bogle ran in the two point conversion for an 8-0 Manila lead.
Manila scored again on its next possession when Jordan Brewer scored from four yards out with 1:26 left, giving Manila a 14-0 advantage.
The Lions completed their first quarter scoring barrage when Brewer scooped up a Cave City fumble and scampered 30 yards for the touchdown with 50 seconds left in the first period. The two point play failed, leaving Manila with a 20-0 lead.
The Cavemen got their only points on an eight yard touchdown pass from quarterback Jeremy Runyan to wingback Trenton Coles with 4:00 left in the game.
"We played a lot better tonight," said Manila Coach Jason Durham. "We came out on fire in the first quarter. We ran a new offense tonight, which caught Cave City off guard. We ran the football hard and blocked well. Defensively tonight we just stuffed them, which wasn't the case in last year's game. The offense Cave City ran is hard to defend but I thought we did a great job. I thought we got complacent after that big first quarter, but I was very pleased with the win."
The Lions finished with 170 yards of total offense, including 155 on the ground. Brewer led the Lions with six carries for 78 yards and a touchdown. Bogle had five rushes for 53 yards and a score while quarterback Sam Hubbard finished the night with seven carries for 18 yards. Jay Kulin rushed twice for 10 yards. Hubbard completed one pass for 15 yards to Brewer.
The Lions held the Cavemen to 71 yards of total offense. Runyan was one of two passing for nine yards and a touchdown, while also leading Cave City in rushing with 10 carries for 67 yards. Coles had three carries for 13 yards.
Manila will travel to Earle Thursday night to take on the Bulldogs in 3A-3 conference play.