Lions fall in junior and senior conference football action
Corning's Andrew Thompson powered his way to 146 yards rushing and three touchdowns to lead the Bobcats past Manila 32-12 in 3A-3 junior high football action Thursday night at Lion Field. Thompson scored on runs of 38, two and 11 yards while teammates Gordo Gonzales and Cope Robinson added touchdowns of their own to account for the Bobcat scoring on the night.
Corning struck early, going 63 yards in the game's first two plays to take an 8-0 lead. Gonzales ripped off a 25-yard run before Thompson sprinted in for the 38-yard touchdown score. Thompson added the two point conversion run.
The Bobcats recovered an onside kick and tacked on their second touchdown of the night when Robinson skirted around right end on a bootleg carry for a 28-yard touchdown at the 5:38 mark of the first quarter. The two point conversion run failed, leaving the Bobcats up 14-0.
Manila got on the board, marching 52 yards in eight plays, capped off by Logan Hamilton's three yard touchdown run with 1:27 left in the opening period. Tyler Johnson picked up 25 yards on the drive while Hamilton added 21.
The Bobcats answered with their third score of the night when Thompson crashed in from two yards out with 4:39 left in the half.
The two teams traded turnovers on their next possessions. Manila's Aubrey Kelley picked off a Robinson pass but Lion quarterback Patrick Tanner fumbled on the next play, giving the Bobcats possession at the Lion 10 yard line. Gonzales hammered his way into the end zone from five yards out, giving Corning a 26-6 lead at intermission.
Manila scored its second touchdown of the night when Hamilton barreled in from 15 yards out with 1:32 left in the third quarter. The eighth grader looked to be stopped at the line of scrimmage before breaking a tackle and sprinting into the end zone. The two point conversion failed, leaving Corning ahead 26-12.
The Lions received a break when Corning fumbled the Manila kickoff, but three plays later Tanner lost the handle on the ball and the Bobcats' Levy Ainley recovered at the Corning 45. The Bobcats put together a methodical 10 play, 55-yard touchdown drive to ice the game. Thompson's 11 yard scamper with 2:52 left set the final score at 32-12.
Corning finished the night with 251 total offense, including 231 on the ground, while Manila had 102 yards total, all by the rush. Johnson led Manila with 12 carries for 52 yards while Hamilton had eight totes for 39 yards and a pair of scores.
Piggott gained its first victory of the year with a 42-6 win over the senior Lions in 3A-3 conference play Friday night at Piggott. Bradley Stephens ran for 181 yards and three scores to lead the Mohawk offensive attack. Piggott led 21-0 after the first quarter and 28-0 at the half.
The junior Lions will return to action Thursday night when they travel to Harrisburg to take on the Hornets in 3A-3 conference play. The senior Lions will journey to Corning to tackle the Bobcats in another league matchup.