Rivercrest's multi-talented Robert Cooney ran for two touchdowns and blocked a Manila punt to score a third touchdown, leading the Colts to a 35-0 shutout of the Lions Friday night at Wilson in 3A-3 conference football action.
The shutout was the third of the season for Rivercrest, and kept the Colts unbeaten in conference play, setting up Friday night's showdown with undefeated Earle. The Lions saw their season record drop to 1-5 overall and 0-3 in league play.
Cooney blocked a Shane Lee punt with 59 seconds left in the opening period, giving the Colts a 14-0 advantage before adding a 37-yard touchdown romp at the 10:24 mark of the second quarter. Rivercrest took a 21-0 lead into the dressing room at the half.
Fullback Clayton Carlton scored on a 13 yard touchdown run midway through the third quarter, pushing the Colt lead to 28-0. Rivercrest rounded out the scoring on the night when backup quarterback Phillip Porter rambled into the end zone on a 15-yard touchdown scamper with 9:01 left in the game, giving the Colts a 35-0 lead.
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Carlton led Rivercrest with six carries for 54 yards while Ty Baber added 37 yards on seven rushes. Porter carried five times for 27 yards, Chris Parker had five totes for 26 yards while Cooney finished the night with 13 rushes for 19 yards.
Jay Kulin led Manila with 10 carries for 35 yards while Shane Lee had seven rushes for 19 yards. Tucker Miller carried 14 times for 13 yards while Zach Reinhart rushed five times for six yards. Dylan Bogle carried four times for four yards before leaving the game with an injury. Arturo Gonzalez carried one time for two yards while Rafael Maldonado had one carry for one yard.
"Dylan Bogle is currently at LeBonheur Hospital in Memphis where he is having some tests run," said Castor. "Dylan had a head to head with collision with one of our players. Hopefully he will be out of the hospital soon and back with us. Arturo Gonzalez was also taken to the hospital. He was released and is doing well."
The Lions return to action Friday night when they host Hoxie in a 7 p.m. contest. The junior Lions will close out their home schedule Thursday night when they host Piggott. Kickoff is set for 7 p.m.