Manila quarterback Zach Reinhart runs the option Friday night in 3A-3 conference senior high football action against Rivercrest.
(Town Crier photos/Trent Fletcher)
Rivercrest stayed tied atop the 3A-3 conference with Osceola by shutting out Manila 40-0 Friday night at Lion Field. It was senior night for the Lions, who watched the game ball be delivered via helicopter at midfield prior to the kickoff.
Air Evac Team arriving at the field to deliver the game ball.
A packed house looked on as the senior Lions players and cheerleaders were honored prior to the game. The fun stopped there, however, as Rivercrest quickly took charge of the contest, pouncing on a fumbled kickoff by Colby Williams to begin the game. The Colts got on the board two plays later when Chris Parker skirted into the end zone from 10 yards out. The point after was true, giving Rivercrest a quick 7-0 lead with less than 1:00 gone in the game.
The Colts struck again when Cecil Langston blocked a Lion punt at the Manila 22 yard line. Clayton Carlton bulled in from one yard out five plays later, giving the Colts a 14-0 advantage.
Rivercrest scored twice more before the end of the quarter to take a 28-0 lead. Phillip Porter darted in from 25 yards out at the 4:36 mark before Tracy Allen scooted in from the five yard line with 2:32 left in the period. The Colts tacked on their fifth touchdown of the half when Ethan Brown scored on a five yard run, giving Rivercrest a 34-0 halftime lead.
The Town Crier Defensive Player of the Week is sophomore defensive tackle Matt Ferguson. Ferguson recorded nine tackles in the Manila's game Friday night against Rivercrest.
The Colts added a 64-yard touchdown dash by Meschach Jackson with 32 seconds left in the third quarter to round out the scoring. Jackson finished the night with 81 yards on three carries while Langston rushed six times for 76 yards. Rivercrest totaled 376 yards of total offense on the evening.
Manila was held to just 81 yards of total offense on the night. Zach Reinhart, playing his last home game, completed two passes for 16 yards, both to senior Colby Williams.
"Fumbles really hurt us tonight," said Lion Coach Jerry Castor. "Rivercrest is a good team. We didn't play like we are capable of playing. We just have to regroup and get ready for next week's game with Osceola."