Jaguars run past Lions, 42-12

Tuesday, September 18, 2012
Manila defensive back Chase Thrasher (35) and linebacker Dustin Sirmon (44) pursue EPC's Caleb Harston (21) in senior high football action at Lepanto.

Manila took Friday night's opening kickoff at McCrory and drove 70 yards for a touchdown, giving the Lions its first lead of the season, 6-0. Chase Thrasher darted around left end for a 20-yard touchdown scamper to put the Lions on the board. Unfortunately for Manila, McCrory answered with a touchdown drive of their own to take a 7-6 advantage en route to a 42-12 non-conference victory over the Lions.

"McCrory has an excellent running back and we missed too many tackles tonight," said Manila Head Coach Jerry Castor. "We had some missed assignments, but I thought we played a pretty good game. Both teams we played this week, McCrory and East Poinsett County, are top five in their class. Playing against them will only make us a better team the rest of the season."

Dustin Sirmon added a fourth quarter touchdown for the Lions with a six yard run to set the final score. Sirmon finished the night with 12 carries for 75 yards. "Dustin played the entire game on both sides of the football," said Castor. "He really played well and gave it his all."

Lion wide receiver Colby Williams (85) looks for running room while offensive lineman Dylan Wicoff (53) blocks in senior high football action against EPC at Lepanto.

"Colby Williams also had a good game," said Castor. "He had several good carries for us. I also thought Kyle Joyner played well."

The Lions fell to East Poinsett County Monday, Sept. 10, 46-0, completing a game that began on Friday, Sept. 7, but was postponed due to inclement weather.

Manila captains Trey Walker (60), Nick Carmichael (24), Chase Thrasher (35) and Chad Lisk (74) take the field prior to kickoff of the Lion's game with EPC at Lepanto. (Town Crier photos/Trent Fletcher)

The Warriors rolled up 353 yards of total offense, including 282 on the ground. Caleb Harston had seven carries for 78 yards and a score, Trevor McDaniel rushed 10 times for 77 yards and a touchdown, while Jammar Sturdivant rushed four times for 55 yards. Aaron Scales completed five of eight passes for 71 yards and three touchdowns.

The Warriors limited the Lions to 67 yards and recovered four Manila fumbles.

Junior High

Piggott defeated Manila 30-0 Thursday night in 3A-3 conference junior high football action. Logan Dixon and Landon Williams sparked the Mohawks to the victory. Dixon scored Piggott's first touchdown on a 22-yard run with 3:09 left in the first quarter before Williams powered his way into the end zone from one yard out with 25 seconds left in the half. Dixon added a 57-yard touchdown dash midway through the third period before Sam Jones closed out the scoring with a one yard touchdown plunge with 7:50 left in the game.

Piggott improved to 2-0 overall and 1-0 in 3A-3 conference action. Manila fell to 0-2 overall and 0-1 in 3A-3 conference play.

The junior Lions will look for their first victory of the season when they travel to Corning Thursday night to take on the Bobcats.

The senior high Lions (0-3) will also be looking for their first win when they play host to Piggott Friday night in Manila's first conference game of the season.

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