Manila picked up its first win of the season, evening its record at 1-1, with a 14-0 shutout of Palestine-Wheatley Friday night on the road.
After a scoreless first half, Manila got on the board when strong safety Lane Cohn scooped up a Patriot fumble and rambled 70 yards for a touchdown with 8:30 left in the third quarter. Tucker Miller added the two point conversion run, giving Manila an 8-0 lead.
The Lions put the game away when Miller took an option pitch from quarterback Zach Reinhart and scooted into the end zone from four yards out with 5:00 left in the game. The two point conversion attempt failed, setting the final score at 14-0.
Miller led the Lions offensively, carrying 18 times for 124 yards.
"This was a big win for our team and our school," said Lion coach Jerry Castor. "We had a lot of support there Friday night. Our defense really hustled and gang tackled really well. They gave great effort. Anytime you shut someone out, you've done a great job defensively. Tucker Miller had a big game. Besides his touchdown, he also had a 50 yard run. Jay Kulin, Arturo Gonazalez and Lane Cohn all played well in the backfield. Lane had a big play on defense which got us started. I can't say enough about our defensive effort. Reinhart made a great pitch to Miller on the touchdown play. We are welcoming our open date. It will give us a chance to develop our younger players. This will be a work week for us to help us get better. I am very proud of our team. It was a big victory for us."
Manila will have an open date Friday night before resuming action against Harrisburg at Lion Field Sept. 23. Kickoff is set for 7 p.m.