Osceola rolls past Lions in junior and senior high football action
Osceola scored three first half touchdowns to take a 22-0 lead and coasted to a 34-8 3A-3 conference victory over Manila in senior high football action Friday night at Osceola.
The Seminoles got on the board with 3:54 left in the first quarter on a six yard touchdown run by Tevin James, capping off a 10-play, 50-yard scoring drive. James added the point after, giving Osceola a 7-0 lead.
Osceola increased its lead to 14-0 on its next possession when quarterback Harold Weedon hooked up with wide receiver Traelon Woodson on a 55-yard touchdown strike with 29 seconds left in the first period. James added the point after.
The Lions had a chance to dent the scoreboard, due to a fumbled punt return by the Seminoles that was recovered by Manila's Zac Dearing at the Osceola 29 yard line. Manila drove to a first and goal at the Seminole seven behind the running of Nick Stiles and Tyler Johnson. But on fourth and goal, Stiles was stopped short of the goal line, turning the ball over to Osceola.
Osceola took possession at their own three, and immediately marched 97 yards in 11 plays, scoring on Brenden Parker's seven yard touchdown scamper. Weedon's 35-yard run, followed by Parker's 28-yard romp, set up the Seminole score. Weedon's two point conversion run gave Osceola a 22-0 lead at intermission.
Osceola tacked on a third quarter touchdown to go up 28-0 before Tyler Johnson's four yard touchdown run with 6:00 left in the game put Manila on the scoreboard. Johnson added the two point conversion to slice the Seminole lead to 28-8. Brandon Clark's one-yard quarterback sneak provided Osceola with its final score of the night.
The Seminoles rolled up 397 yards total offense and scored six touchdowns in a 44-16 victory over Manila in junior high action Thursday night at Lion Field.
Osceola quarterback Darren Flie threw for 115 yards and two scores while running back Derrell Brown racked up 203 yards rushing and receiving on his way to a five touchdown night.
The Lions looked to be in good shape early on when Logan Hamilton broke a tackle and scooted up the right sideline 66 yards for the game's first score. Brett Carter ran in the two point conversion for an 8-0 Manila lead with 6:38 left in the opening quarter.
Osceola answered on its first possession of the game with a five-yard scoring run by Brown at the 3:39 mark. The two point conversion failed, leaving the Lions ahead 8-6.
A Manila turnover gave the Seminoles a first down at the Lion 27. It took just four plays for Osceola to reach the end zone, scoring on a 16-yard touchdown pass from Flie to Brown at the 1:29 mark. Flie's two point conversion scamper was good, putting Osceola up 14-8.
Flie scored on a four yard touchdown run with 5:27 left in the half. Taylin Gavins' two point conversion gave the Seminoles a 22-8 lead. The Osceola defense stopped Manila on a fourth down after the Lion had reached Seminole territory, thanks to a 40-yard kickoff return by Hamilton.
The Flie to Brown connection struck again, this time on a 48-yard scoring pass with 2:53 left in the half. The two point conversion attempt failed, with the Seminoles leading 28-8 at halftime.
Manila closed to within 28-16 when Hamilton raced 86 yards for his second touchdown of the night with 3:28 left in the third quarter. The freshman running back added the two point conversion as the Lions closed to within 12.
But the Seminoles struck again when Brown jogged in from 14 yards out with just one second left in the third period. Stevenon Fowler's two point conversion gave Osceola a 36-16 advantage entering the fourth quarter.
Osceola added one more score when Brown darted 44 yards into the end zone with 3:11 left in the game. Gavins' two point conversion run set the final score.
Brown finished the night with eight carries for 142 yards and three touchdowns. The speedy freshman also caught three passes for 61 yards and two more scores while also recovering a Lion fumble.
Hamilton had a big night for Manila, rushing 13 times for 186 yards and pair of touchdowns for a whopping 14.3 yards per carry average. Kyle Bell rushed seven times for 47 yards while Carter had 11 carries for 44. The Lions finished the night with 260 yards total offense.
"We played well early, but we just couldn't simulate the speed of Osceola," said Lion Coach Jerry Castor. "We made some adjustments at halftime and did a better job. I thought Logan Hamilton had an outstanding night. Brett Carter played well and I thought the offensive line played pretty well tonight. We just need to work on some things and get ready for next week."
Both the senior and junior Lions will take on Rivercrest this week. The junior Lions will host the Colts Thursday night while the senior Lions travel to Wilson to do battle with the Colts Friday night. Kickoff for both games is set for 7 p.m.