Junior Colts hand Manila 28-8 defeat in home finale
Rivercrest rolled into Manila Thursday night and spoiled the Lion's final home game of the season, cruising to a convincing 28-8 victory in 3A-3 junior high football action.
The Colts piled up 314 yards of total offense, including a 17 carry, 197 yard rushing performance from freshman running back Maurice Williams. A stingy Colt defense limited Manila to just 91 yards on the evening.
Manila had an opportunity to take an early lead when Kris Kerley pounced on a Williams fumble at the Colt 30 yard line. But the Lions failed to take advantage, and when quarterback Lane Sims was sacked on fourth down, it ended Manila's scoring threat.
Rivercrest took possession and drove 51 yards in just five plays, scoring on a 10 yard touchdown scamper by Thomas Johnson as time expired, ending the first period of play. Mateo Chirinos added the extra point for a 7-0 Colt lead.
Rivercrest scored again after a Manila three and out when Williams bolted 46 yards into the end zone with 5:52 left in the half. Williams added the two point conversion run and the Colts carried a 15-0 lead into the dressing room at intermission.
Rivercrest recovered a Logan Hamilton fumble on Manila's first play of the third quarter, taking over at the Lion 25 yard line. Johnson barreled into the end zone from 11 yards out for his second score of the night at the 7:16 mark. Chirinos added the point after for a 22-0 Colt lead.
Rivercrest added its final score late in the third quarter when Colt quarterback Booker Collum fired a five yard touchdown strike to wide receiver Kentavious Robinson. Chirinos added the point after for a 28-0 Colt advantage.
Manila picked up its second fumble recovery of the game when Kris Morgan fell on a loose ball at the Lion 34. After an 11 yard run by Hamilton, Kris Kerley darted 52 yards for a Lion touchdown. Aaron Carter's two point conversion run set the final score at 28-8.
Johnson added 77 yards on seven carries with a pair of scores for the Colts in support of Williams' big effort.
Kerley led the Lions with seven carries for 47 yards while Hamilton rushed 12 times for 35 yards. Carter gained 11 yards on five rushes while Kyle Bell toted the ball five times for seven yards.
Manila will take to the road Thursday night when they travel to Piggott to take on the Mohawks. Kickoff is set for 7 p.m.