Junior Lions claim first victory of season with 28-8 win over Hoxie

Tuesday, September 22, 2015
Manila clamps down the defense on a Hoxie runner during first quarter action of the Junior Lions' 28-8 victory over the Mustangs Thursday night.

Freshman Layne Sims galloped for 162 yards and two scores to lead Manila's junior high to a 28-8 victory over Hoxie Thursday night at Mustang Field.

Sims scored on runs of 24 and 11 yards and averaged a whopping 14.8 yards per carry to lead Manila to its first victory of the season. Brett Carter also had a big night, rushing 14 times for 97 yards and a score while wide receiver Jacob McCullom topped off the evening with a 74 yard touchdown sprint as the Lions rolled up an impressive 330 yards on the ground.

After battling through a scoreless first quarter, Manila got on the board when Sims scooted 11 yards into the end zone on the second play of the second period. Carter's two point conversion run gave the Lions an 8-0 lead.

Lion defenders Dylan Clark (21) and Brett Carter (31) wrap up an unidentified Mustang runner Thursday night in junior high football action.

Levi Stroud halted a Hoxie drive, scooping up a fumble near midfield late in the first half to set up Manila's second score of the night. Sims scampered 24 yards, giving the Lions a first down at the Hoxie 26 before scoring two plays later on a 24-yard dash with just 38 seconds left before intermission. Carter again blasted into the end zone with the two point conversion run and the Lions held a 16-0 lead at the half.

Manila increased its lead to 22-0 when Carter bulled his way into the end zone from four yards out at the 1:25 mark of the third quarter. The touchdown was set up on a 55 yard gallop by Sims deep into Mustang territory. The two point conversion attempt failed, leaving the Lions with a 22-0 advantage.

The host Mustangs finally got on the board with 2:38 left in the game on a 28-yard touchdown run by Keifer Wilson. Wilson added the two point conversion, slicing the Lion lead to 22-8.

Manila freshman Brett Carter (31) attempts to shake off a Mustang defender in junior high football action Thursday night at Hoxie.

McCullom put an exclamation point on Manila's first victory, rambling 74 yards up the right sideline for the game's final score.

The Lion defense held Hoxie to 216 yards total offense. Wilson led the Mustangs with 10 carries for 95 yards and a score. Hayden Riggs carried 15 times for 73 yards.

"Brett Carter, Layne Sims, our offensive line, everyone just played well tonight," said Lion Coach Jerry Castor. "David Keys and Kris Morgan played exceptionally well. We played good defense and good offense. We dominated the game and dominated the seventh grade game as well."

Manila opens 3A-3 conference play Thursday night when the Lions host Melbourne.

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