Colts outrun Junior Lions
Rivercrest scored three first quarter touchdowns as the Colts raced past Manila 33-8 in junior high football action Thursday night at Rivercrest.
The Colts had only 10 offensive plays on the night, but were aided by two special team scores.
Tim Tally got the Colts off and running with a 49 yard punt return at the 5:46 mark of the opening period. Carlos Sanchez tacked on the extra point to give Rivercrest a 7-0 lead.
Karri Turner picked off a Kyle Joyner pass on the Lion's next possession and returned the ball to the Manila 11 yard line. Tally burst up the middle on the Colt's first offensive play from scrimmage into the end zone with 3:40 left in the quarter. Sanchez's point after pushed the Rivercrest lead to 14-0.
Jacob Cates gave the Lions excellent field position at the Manila 47 with a 33 yard kickoff return, but Manila fumbled on the next play and Turner scooped the ball off the field and rambled 44 yards for another Colt score. The point after failed, leaving Rivercrest with a 20-0 lead at the 2:46 mark.
The Colt defense held the Lions on three downs and got the football back at their own 32 yard line, where they immediately marched 62 yards for their fourth straight score. A 41-yard run by Turner was the big play in the drive, setting up Cecil Langston's 10 yard touchdown scamper. Sanchez's PAT put the Colts up 27-0 with 6:12 left in the first half.
Manila finally got going offensively after the ensuing kickoff, behind the hard running of eighth grader Thomas Davis. Davis carried five times as the Lions drove to the Colt 26 yard line, but the drive stalled and Rivercrest took over as the half ended with the Colts up 27-0.
Tally struck again, taking the second half kickoff, racing 90 yards untouched into the end zone, pushing the Colt lead to 33-0.
Manila got on the board in the fourth quarter with a nine play, 71 yard drive, capped off by Joyner's 38-yard touchdown run around left end. Joyner tacked on the two point conversion, setting the final score at 33-8.
The Colts finished with 173 yards of total offense, all on the ground. Tally led the Colts with two carries for 60 yards and two touchdowns while Langston rushed twice for 12 yards and a score.
The Lions finished the night with 109 yards rushing. Joyner led Manila with seven carries for 23 yards and their lone touchdown on the night. Davis also rushed seven times for 23 yards. Tanner Platz came off the bench to rush eight times for 24 yards. Jacob Cates ran seven times for 22 yards while Alldonn Skelton had six carries for 17 yards. Joyner was 0-5 through the air with a pair of interceptions.
Manila returns to action Thursday night, hosting Hoxie in a 3A-3 conference battle. Kickoff is at 7:00.