Harrisburg's trio of running backs, Arizona Sharp, Dustin Caselman and Brian Miller, led a potent ground attack to help lead the junior Hornets to a 22-6 victory over Manila Thursday night at Hornet Field in Harrisburg.
Lion receiver Caleb Reinhart (10) tries to avoid Harrisburg defender Brian Miller (23) in junior high football action at Harrisburg Thursday night.
Sharp rushed nine times for 79 yards and two touchdowns, Caselman carried 13 times for 63 yards while Miller toted the ball 10 times for 41 more yards and a score as Harrisburg rolled up 193 yards on the ground and 206 yards of total offense. Quarterback Matt Walton finished two for three through the air for 13 yards.
Harrisburg scored the only touchdown of the first half when Miller crashed in from one yard out with only 3:03 left in the second quarter. Walton's two point conversion run gave the Hornets an 8-0 lead heading into the dressing room at intermission.
The Hornets stretched their advantage to 16-0 late in the third period when Sharp rambled into the end zone from 16 yards out. Caselman's two point conversion run upped the Harrisburg lead to 16-0 with 1:17 remaining in the third quarter. The Hornet touchdown drive covered 56 yards in seven plays.
Josh McQueen (79) and an unidentified Lion try to bring down Harrisburg running back Brian Miller in junior high football action Thursday night at Harrisburg. The Hornets defeated the Lions 22-6.
Manila took the ensuing kickoff at its own 44 yard line and on the next play from scrimmage, the Lion's Thomas Davis bolted down the left sidelines, galloping 59 yards untouched into the end zone to pull Manila to within 16-6. The Lion's two point conversion attempt failed.
Harrisburg rounded out the scoring when Sharp plunged in from one yard out with 3:04 left in the game. Walton's two point pass attempt failed, setting the final score at 22-6.
Manila running back Thomas Davis (9) is brought down by two Harrisburg Hornets in junior high football action Thursday night at Harrisburg. Davis rushed 10 times for 76 yards and a touchdown.
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The Hornet defense stifled the Lions most of the night, except for Davis' long touchdown run, holding Manila to only 69 yards on the ground and just 98 yards of total offense on the night. Davis led the Lions with 76 yards on 10 carries while Alldonn Skelton rushed seven times for 12 yards. Quarterback Kyle Joyner went two for six through the air for 29 yards. Caleb Reinhart caught both of Joyner's completions on the night.
The Lions, 0-3 overall and 0-1 in league play, will look for its first victory of the season when they play host to Bald Knob in their final non-conference game of the season Thursday night at Lion Field. Kickoff is set for 7:00 p.m.