Manila grabbed an early 6-0 lead but Hoxie responded by scoring the next 33 points en route to a 46-18 victory over the Lions in 3A-3 conference football action Friday night at Hoxie.
(Town Crier photos/Trent Fletcher)
But Hoxie quickly responded, scoring on its next possession when quarterback Sebastian Irvin hooked up with wide receiver Cody Treadaway on a 62-yard touchdown strike with 2:39 left in the first quarter. Lucas Hoffstead tacked on the extra point to give the Mustangs a 7-6 edge.
The Lions had a chance to take the lead back when Hunter Dickey pounced on a Tyler Clement fumble at the Hoxie 38 yard line, but on Manila's second play following the turnover, Dillon Burrow was intercepted, thwarting the Lion opportunity.
Manila faced a fourth and one at its own 31 yard line on their next possession, and gambled, but Burrow was stopped short of the first down marker, giving the Mustangs the ball with excellent field position. Hoxie wasted little time in putting six more points on the board as Irvin connected with Kenny Mashburn on a 31-yard touchdown pass. Hoffstead's PAT gave Hoxie a 21-6 halftime lead.
The Mustangs opened the third period with a five play-51 yard touchdown drive. Clements' seven yard touchdown run put the Ponies up 27-6 the 10:04 mark.
Hoxie scored with 2:27 left in the third period on Mashburn's 13 yard touchdown run to push the lead to 33-6.
Manila got its second touchdown of the game when Burrow found Shane Lee all alone for a 61-yard run and catch with 1:30 left in the third period. The two point conversion attempt failed, leaving Hoxie with a 33-12 lead.
Clements capped off the Mustang scoring with a pair of fourth quarter touchdown runs of 13 and 20 yards respectively.
Burrow wrapped up the scoring with a four yard touchdown run with 26 seconds left in the game, setting the final score at 46-18.
Irvin completed only three passes on the night, but all three went for touchdowns. The Mustang quarterback finished three of six for 140 yards with one interception. Clements led the Mustangs with 110 yards on 16 carries and three touchdowns. Mashburn carried nine times for 90 yards and a score while Irvin finished with eight carries for 80 yards. Hoxie finished with 445 yards of total offense, including 280 on the ground.
Burrow completed 16-44 passes for 185 yards and two touchdowns with one interception. Borden led the Lions in receiving with six receptions for 45 yards and a touchdown. Tracey Reinhart snared four passes for 36 yards. Lee grabbed two passes for 68 yards and a touchdown while Dylan Bogle caught one pass for four yards.
Borden carried eight times for 22 yards, Shaun McCallie rushed six times for 25 yards while Burrow had five carries for 15 yards and a touchdown. Bogle carried one time for seven yards.
Manila rolled up 265 yards of total offense on the night.
The Lions will host Piggott Friday night in Manila's home finale. Kickoff is set for 7:30.