Bulldogs run past Lions 55-12

Thursday, October 22, 2009

Earle ran just 30 plays but made the most of its opportunities, rolling up 342 yards of total offense and six touchdowns in a 55-12 romp over the Manila Senior Lions in 3A-3 conference action Friday night at Manila.

The Bulldogs built a 20-0 first period lead before the Lions rallied with back-to-back touchdowns to cut the margin to 20-12 with just 3:06 left in the first half. But Earle's Mike Wilson, who led the Bulldogs with 140 yards and two touchdowns on only 10 carries, bolted 71 yards through the heart of the Lions defense to put Earle back up by three scores, 28-12, going into the dressing room at the half.

Lion senior Steven Green (24) recovers a Bulldog fumble in second half action against Earle Friday night at Manila. (Town Crier photo/Trent Fletcher)

Earle put the game away, scoring 27 unanswered points in the second half, to finish off the 43 point victory.

Michael Bowles also topped the century mark for Earle, rushing nine times for 125 yards and a touchdown. Quarterback Dorbin McKenzie completed two of three passes for 25 yards and a score.

The Bulldogs took an early 6-0 lead on an 11 yard touchdown run by Anthony Maples with 9:52 left in the opening period. After the Bulldog defense forced a three and out, Robert Marshall fielded the Manila punt on the Bulldog 38 and darted 62 yards into the end zone, giving Earle a 12-0 lead at the 7:25 mark of the opening quarter. Earle tacked on the two point conversion to up the margin to 14-0.

Wilson picked off Josh Miles on Manila's next possession deep in Lion territory. The Bulldogs scored two plays later on an eight yard touchdown toss from McKenzie to Bowles, giving Earle a 20-0 lead with 5:22 left in the first period.

Manila got on the board midway through the second period on a 13-yard touchdown burst by fullback Steven Green. Zach Birmingham's point after was blocked, leaving Earle with a 20-6 edge.

The Lions recovered an onside kick on the ensuing kickoff at the Earle 35 yard line. Miles found Brian Borden alone down the left sideline on third and seven for a 32-yard touchdown strike, pulling the Lions to within 20-12 with 3:06 left in the half, but Wilson's touchdown burst on Earle's next possession turned the momentum back in Earle's favor heading into halftime.

Bowles scored on a 15-yard run at the 10:55 mark of the third period before Wilson followed with a five-yard touchdown scamper at the 5:55 mark of the quarter. The Bulldogs got another score when Curtis White intercepted Miles and rambled 45 yards into the Lion end zone. Robert Marshall's point after gave Earle a 49-12 lead after three quarters.

Alrico Knighten scored on a 12-yard run with 5:57 left in the game to cap off the Bulldogs' scoring.

Manila finished the night with 154 yards of total offense, including 92 on the ground. Green led Manila in rushing with 10 carries for 48 yards and a touchdown. Borden carried 13 times for 43 yards while Miles had four carries for seven yards. Miles finished the night four of 10 through the air for 62 yards and one touchdown, but was intercepted four times on the night. Borden caught three passes for 61 yards and a score while J.J. Helton had one reception for one yard.

Manila will return to action Friday night when they travel to Corning to take on the Bobcats in a 3A-3 conference battle. Kickoff is set for 7:30.

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