Junior Lions improve to 3-1 in league play with 26-0 whitewash over Hoxie
Manila put together its best performance of the year, shutting out Hoxie 26-0 in 3A-3 junior high football action Thursday night at Lion Field. The Lions produced over 200 yards of total offense while limiting Hoxie to only 57 total yards on the night.
Manila scored on its first possession of the evening, putting together a time consuming, 12-play, 66-yard touchdown drive. Quarterback Patrick Tanner's one-yard touchdown run on the option read with 2:07 remaining in the opening quarter put the Lions on the scoreboard. The drive was highlighted by a pair of 18-yard completions to Rodney Laster, one on a key third down and 12 play. Logan Hamilton rambled in for the two point conversion run, giving Manila an 8-0 lead.
Hoxie tried to answer when Diamni Davis bolted 28 yards to give the Mustangs a first down at the Lion 36. But on fourth down, Hoxie quarterback Colton Robbins threw incomplete and the drive stalled.
Manila wasted little time hitting pay dirt for a second time, when Tanner found fullback Tyler Johnson on a swing pass resulting in a 28-yard touchdown. Tanner's two point conversion run gave the Lions a 16-0 lead with 4:48 left in the second quarter.
The Lion defense snuffed out the Mustangs the rest of the half, led by Johnson, who had a pair of sacks. Johnson continuously got the jump on the Hoxie linemen, disrupting the Mustang offense time and again.
Manila put the finishing touches on the game when Josh Waddell scored on a two-yard run with 3:54 left in the fourth quarter. Hamilton's point after gave the Lions a 23-0 lead.
Hamilton led the Lions in rushing, carrying 17 times for 83 yards, while Johnson had eight totes for 22 yards. Waddell carried six times for 15 yards and a score while Tanner rushed four times for nine yards and a touchdown.
Tanner completed four of five passes for 79 yards and a score. Laster caught two passes for 36 yards. Johnson had one reception for 28 yards and a touchdown while D.J. Myers snared one pass for 15 yards.
Davis led the Mustangs with four carries for 33 yards.
Manila (3-3, 3-1 3A-3) will close out their home schedule Thursday night when they play host to Rivercrest in a 3A-3 conference battle. Kickoff is set for 7 p.m.