Colts stampede junior Lions 34-8

Tuesday, October 4, 2011
Manila players celebrate as the referees signal Manila's lone touchdown Thursday night at Lion Field.

It didn't take long for Rivercrest to flex their muscles, scoring on their first possession which took only 34 seconds covering 64 yards, as the junior Colts stampeded Manila 34-8 Thursday night at Lion Field.

The Colts took the opening kickoff and Cecil Langston galloped 26 yards on the first play from scrimmage. Big fullback Austin Griffin did the rest, rambling the final 38 yards to put Rivercrest on the scoreboard. Carlos Sanchez's point after gave the Colts a quick 7-0 lead.

Manila went three and out on its first possession, and the Colts again struck quickly on a 47 yard end around touchdown scamper by wide receiver Faishaun Virgies. Sanchez again connected on the point after attempt, and the Colts held a 14-0 lead with 5:55 to go in the opening quarter.

Manila punter Kyle Joyner in action Thursday night against Rivercrest.

Manila got its first first down of the game on a 12 yard run by Caleb Reinhart on the Lion's next possession, but the drive stalled, forcing a punt.

Rivercrest made it three scores in a row, marching 84 yards in just five plays, capped off by quarterback Marquez Chew's 45 yard touchdown strike to Virgies at the 7:31 mark of the second period. Sanchez tacked on the extra point, and the Colts had a commanding 21-0 lead.

After another Manila three and out, the Colts took over at the Lion 24 yard line and scored their fourth touchdown of the night, this time on a two yard pass from Chew to Chris Johnson at the 3:28 mark. Sanchez made the score 28-0 with his fourth successive point after.

Lion freshman Caleb Milligan looks for running room in junior high football action Thursday night against Rivercrest.

Manila got the ball first to open the second half, but again went three and out and Kyle Joyner saw his punt blocked on fourth down, giving the Colts excellent field position at the Lion eight yard line. Alonzo Thurman's first carry of the night resulted in an eight yard touchdown run. The point after attempt by Virgies failed, leaving the Colts with a 34-0 advantage.

Manila started its most successful drive at its own 28 yard line after the Colt kickoff. The Lions drove 72 yards, capped off when Joyner sneaked over from one yard out with 7:29 left in the game. Reinhart ran in the two point conversion, cutting the Rivercrest lead to 34-8.

Manila Assistant Coach Trent Floyd gives instructions to junior Lion team members Hunter Dodd (53) Caleb Reinhart (10) and Jeremy Wilbanks (88) prior to kickoff Thursday night.

Rivercrest rolled up 201 yards rushing on 24 carries while Chew finished the night two for two for 47 yards through the air and two more scores. The Colts finished the night with 248 yards of total offense on 27 plays from scrimmage. Griffin led the Colts with 69 yards on six carries and a touchdown while Langston racked up 57 yards on just three rushes, a whopping 19 yard per carry average. Virgies' only carry of the night resulted in a 47 yard touchdown while Johnson came off the bench to rush four times for 48 yards. Thurman carried three times for one yard and a touchdown.

Reinhart led Manila with 12 carries for 63 yards while Alldonn Skelton rushed six times for 23 yards. Caleb Milligan had 19 yards on five carries while Luis Maldonado rushed twice for eight yards. Joyner ran the ball seven times for minus six yards and the only Lion score of the night. The Lions finished with 107 yards of total offense, all on the ground.

In senior high action, Manila traveled to Bald Knob, losing 45-6.

The junior Lions will hit the road Thursday night when they travel to Hoxie for a 7:00 kickoff, while the senior Lions take on Rivercrest at Wilson Friday night.

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