Hoxie outlasts Junior Lions 20-8

Tuesday, October 4, 2016
Manila freshman Alex Estell (33) looks down field for running room Thursday night in junior high football action at Hoxie.
Manila's junior high cheerleaders perform at halftime Thursday night at Hoxie.

Corey Cain's 30-yard touchdown run late in the third quarter broke an 8-8 tie and propelled Hoxie to a 20-8 victory over Manila in 3A-3 junior high football action Thursday night at Mustang Field.

Cain added a 16-yard touchdown reception from quarterback Hayden Riggs on the first play of the fourth quarter to close out the scoring.

The Mustangs drew first blood early in the second period when Manila's Carter Walker was tackled in the end zone, giving Hoxie a 2-0 lead. The Mustangs scored again with 4:46 left before halftime when Riggs darted in from six yards out. The two-point conversion attempt failed, leaving the Mustangs with an 8-0 halftime advantage.

The Lions got on the board with 6:29 left in the third quarter on a one-yard quarterback sneak by Walker. Walker set up the touchdown by rambling 52 yards down to the Mustang four. Alex Estell raced in with the two point try, squaring the game 8-8.

Walker finished with over 100 yards rushing and completed two passes for 74 yards, including a 50-yarder to Hayden Kirk.

Manila assistant coach Zach Birmingham gives instructions to Jessie Godsey (23) and Hayden Kirk (25) in junior high football action Thursday night at Hoxie.
Lion eighth grader Carter Walker (1) rambles toward the end zone in junior high football action Thursday night at Hoxie. (Town Crier photos/Trent Fletcher)

Manila will return to action Thursday night, playing host to Corning in another 3A-3 conference battle. Game time is 7 p.m.

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