Hornets sting Lions 66-24
Harrisburg quarterback Zach Davis threw for three touchdowns and ran for another, all in the first half, to lead the Hornets to a 66-24 thumping of Manila Friday night at Harrisburg in the conference opener for both teams.
The Hornets scored touchdowns on all their first half possessions in taking a commanding 52-24 halftime lead that the Lions would not overcome.
"We had too many costly mistakes," said Manila Coach Toby Doke. "We gave up too many big plays. I felt like we could have stayed in the game with our offense, but we shot ourselves in the foot several times. We also had a couple of touchdowns called back and we threw a pick six that really killed us. I am not taking anything away from Harrisburg. Davis is a very good quarterback. But I felt like the game should have been much closer than it was."
Manila found itself behind 36-0 before finally getting on the board with a two yard touchdown run by Brian Borden with 8:49 left in the second quarter. Quarterback Dillon Burrow's two point conversion pass to Dylan Bogle cut the Hornet lead to 36-8.
Harrisburg answered with a 15-yard touchdown pass from Davis to wide receiver Marcus Smith for a 44-8 lead with 6:56 left in the half.
Manila scored its second touchdown of the quarter with a four play 70-yard drive, capped off by Burrow's 25 yard strike to Borden at the 5:25 mark. Shaun McCallie ran in the two point conversion to make the score 44-16.
Davis came right back with an 11 yard touchdown pass to Smith to up the Harrisburg lead to 52-16 at the 2:09 mark.
Burrow gave the Lions its third consecutive score by hooking up with Bogle for a70-yard pass and run just before intermission. Burrow's two point conversion pass to Borden left the Lions with a 28 point deficit going into the dressing room at the half.
The Hornets tacked on two more scores in the third quarter, one on a Davis touchdown pass and the other when Zach Pretty picked off a Burrow pass and raced 61 yards for a score.
Davis finished the night 16-29 for 299 yards and three touchdowns.
Burrow threw for over 200 yards through the air, including 150 in the first half. Borden caught four first half passes for 51 yards and a touchdown while Bogle grabbed two passes for 94 yards and a score in the first half.
Manila dropped to 2-2 overall and 0-1 in 3A-3 conference play. Harrisburg improved to 3-1 overall and 1-0 in league action.
"We are a better football team than we showed tonight," said Doke. "We have a couple of very tough games coming up against Rivercrest and Bald Knob, but I still believe we have a shot at making the state playoffs, and so do the kids."
Manila comes home Friday night to take on Bald Knob in an important 3A-3 conference matchup.