Harrisburg remained undefeated, rallying from an 8-6 halftime deficit to defeat Manila 30-16 Friday night at Lion Field. The Hornets (3-0, 1-0 3A-3) overcame four turnovers, three in the first half to pull out the win. Harrisburg also got help when Manila had two touchdown passes called back by penalties. Manila (1-3, 0-1 3A-3) got on the board first with a 10-play 58 yard touchdown drive, capped off by Dylan Bogle's one yard touchdown run on a perfectly executed option pitch from quarterback Zach Reinhart. Reinhart's two point conversion pass to Shane Lee gave the Lions an 8-0 lead with 3:42 left in the opening quarter.
Harrisburg immediately took advantage when quarterback Marcus Smith connected on a 38-yard pass to wide receiver Michael Meredith. Downs bolted 46 yards to the Manila eight yard line, setting up a first and goal late in the first period. Devon Jarrett covered the final eight yards for Harrisburg's first score of the night. The two point conversion attempt failed, leaving Manila with an 8-6 lead at the half.
Manila looked to have struck again for a second touchdown when Reinhart hooked up with Lee on a 35-yard touchdown strike, but Lee was flagged for offensive pass interference, nullifying the score. The Lion drive ended with another punt. The scoring opportunity was set up when Trey Walker pounced on Harrisburg quarterback Marcus Smith's fumble at the Hornet 38 yard line.
Harrisburg began the second half with its fourth fumble of the game when Downs lost the ball at the Hornet 28. The fumble was recovered by Bogle, his second of the night. Facing fourth and eight from the Harrisburg 13 yard line, Reinhart found Lee in the end zone for an apparent score, but again Manila was flagged, this time for a procedure penalty that nullified the score. The Hornet defense sacked Reinhart on fourth down, and Harrisburg took over at its own 21 yard line.
The Hornets followed with a 12-play, 79 yard scoring drive. Smith finished off the Hornet touchdown march, rambling in from five yards out to give Harrisburg a 12-8 lead. Smith's two point conversion pass was good and the Hornets led 14-8 after three quarters.
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Wesley Creasey scampered 35 yards on Harrisburg's next possession for the Hornet's fourth touchdown of the night. Jarrett's two point conversion run gave Harrisburg a 30-8 lead.
Jay Kulin scored from five yards out with seven seconds left in the game, and Tucker Miller's two point conversion run set the final score at 30-16.
"The two touchdowns we had called back really hurt us tonight," said Lion coach Jerry Castor. "We got called for pass interference on one and procedure on another. I didn't see either one of them. I was disappointed in the small mistakes we made tonight. We had several turnovers and eight or nine offside penalties. Those things really hurt you. We can't make those type mistakes and win big games. We have to get better on the little things."
In junior high action, Manila dropped a 38-20 decision to Bald Knob Thursday night.
The junior Lions will host Rivercrest Thursday night while the senior high will travel to Bald Knob Friday night.