Warriors scalp Lions 42-0 in season opener
Westside quarterback Chase Mann ran 110 yards while teammates Michael Quillman and Nick Hall scored two touchdowns apiece to lead the Warriors to a 42-0 whitewash over Manila in the Lion's season opener Friday night at Warrior Field in Jonesboro.
Manila took the opening kickoff and marched from its own 32 into Warrior territory, thanks to quarterback Kyle Joyner's 14-yard run and 12-yard pass to Luis Maldonado. But on fourth and one, the Warrior defense stiffened and stuffed Lion fullback Nick Stiles for no gain.
Westside took over on its own 42 and five plays later hit pay dirt on Mann's 28-yard touchdown run. The Lions appeared to have recovered a fumble on the previous play, but the officials ruled the ball was down. Mann took the next snap and looked to be wrapped up by several Lions, but wiggled free and raced into the end zone for the score. Chase Sprinkle added the point after, giving Westside a 7-0 lead with 6:01 left in the opening quarter.
Westside scored again on its next possession, aided by three off-side penalties against the Lions. Quillman's 32-yard scamper set up Hall's three yard touchdown plunge, giving the Warriors a 13-0 lead at the 3:06 mark of the first period. Sprinkle's point after was blocked.
Sophomore Quashan Gillispie intercepted his first of two passes, picking ofF a Joyner throw at the Westside 47. The Warriors took advantage, marching 53 yards, capped off by Hall's four yard burst up the middle with 10:10 left in the half. Sprinkle's kick made the score 20-0.
Westside blocked a Lion punt, setting up the Warriors with excellent field position at the Manila 23 yard line. Cody Banda plowed in from 15 yards out with 7:34 left in the half. Sprinkle's point after was good, giving the Warriors a 27-0 advantage.
Manila drove near midfield on its next possession, but Gillispie swiped his second pass of the game, intercepting Joyner at the Warrior 43. Mann galloped 17 yards on first down before Quillman scooted 40 yards for another Westside score with 3:57 left in the half. Hall's two point conversion run gave the Warriors a 35-0 lead.
Quillman tacked on a seven yard score with 1:00 left in the half to cap off the scoring for the night.
Neither team could manage points in the second half, but the Lions did come up with a couple of fumble recoveries, one each from Wells Pack and Nick Stiles. Stiles led the Lions with 52 yards on 14 carries while Joyner had 34 yards on six totes while completing two of six passes for 23 yards.
"I thought we grew up in the second half," said Manila Coach Jerry Castor. "We told the kids at the half that the score was 0-0, and I thought we did a good job holding them without any points in the second half."
Manila will return to action Friday night when they host East Poinsett County in the Lion's home opener. Kickoff is set for 7 p.m. at Lion Field.