EPC uses offensive explosion to roll past Manila 54-6

Tuesday, September 17, 2013
Manila defensive back Braden Hammond (37) attempts to tackle EPC tailback Trevor McDaniel (1) Friday night in senior high football action at Lion Field.

Junior quarterback Aaron Scales accounted for four touchdowns, including three through the air, to lead fifth ranked East Poinsett County to a 54-6 rout over Manila in senior high football action Friday night at Lion Field.

Scales fired three first half scoring passes, which included touchdown strikes of 21 yards to Quin Young, 18 yards to McKenzie Betts, and a 23 yarder to Seth Lacy. Scales also scored on a two-yard scamper.

The Warriors (2-0) got on the board with 6:09 left in the first quarter on a nine yard touchdown run by Trevor McDaniel. The two point conversion gave EPC an 8-0 lead. After Aaron Scales' rushing touchdown made it 14-0, Byron Scales bolted 48 yards to give EPC a 20-0 lead with 1:42 left in the quarter. The two point conversion upped the margin to 22-0.

Manila running back Jake Helton (20) in action for the Lions Friday night.

A Lion fumble led to Aaron Scales' second touchdown pass, giving the Warriors a 28-0 bulge. Trevor McDaniel's 37-yard punt return set up EPC deep in Manila territory, before Scales hooked up with Young for a 34-0 lead.

Trevor McDaniel's second touchdown of the game from one yard out pushed the Warrior advantage to 40-0 before Scales hit Lacy for his third touchdown pass of the half and a 46-0 EPC lead at intermission.

T.J. Young scored on a 19 yard dash midway through the third period to up the Warrior lead to 54-0.

Lion sophomore Luis Maldonado returns an East Poinsett County kickoff Friday night in senior high football action at Manila.

Manila finally got on the board, avoiding the shutout, when Kyle Joyner raced in from six yards out with 5:00 left to play in the game.

Manila hurt their own cause, losing four fumbles on the night, and finished with just 78 yards of total offense.

EPC rushed for 353 yards and had 443 yards of total offense. Trevor McDaniel rushed 17 times for 149 yards and two scores while Aaron Scales completed five of eight passes for 90 yards. Byron Scales had 71 yards on six carries while Tristan McDaniel finished with 57 yards on five carries.

The Lions return to action Friday night when they play host to McCrory in the final nonconference game of the season. Kickoff is set for 7:00.

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