Lions whitewash Seminoles 14-0
Manila put together its best defensive performance of the season, shutting out long-time rival Osceola 14-0 in 3A-3 conference football action Friday night at Lion Field.
The Lion defense held the Seminoles to a meager 82 yards of total offense, including just 43 on the ground. Osceola completed only four of 22 pass attempts in the game. Manila defenders harassed and disrupted the Seminole offense the entire contest.
Manila's Josh Waddell, playing in place of injured Logan Hamilton, had a big night rushing, gaining 125 yards on 21 carries while picking up one of the Lion's two touchdowns.
Manila scored on its first possession after D.J. Myers picked off a pass by Seminole quarterback Carl Minor, setting up the Lions at the Osceola 25-yard line. Tyler Archer put Manila on the board with a two-yard blast at the 9:34 mark of the opening quarter, and Myers point after gave the Lions a quick 7-0 lead.
Manila scored again with 3:50 left in the third period on a 15-yard touchdown run by Waddell. Myers again tacked on the point after, giving the Lions a 14-0 advantage.
Osceola threatened midway through the fourth quarter after a bad snap on a Lion punt attempt sailed over Myers' head, giving the Seminoles a first down at the Manila 20. Osceola reached the Manila five before a fourth down pass by Minor was intercepted by Timmy Smith, sealing the victory.
Manila piled up 190 yards of total offense with 172 coming on the ground. Smith picked up 24 yards on eight carries, quarterback Patrick Tanner rushed three times for 11 yards, Archer had seven totes for eight yards and a score while Layne Sims carried six times for four yards. Sims also completed one of two passes for 18 yards.
The victory upped Manila's overall record to 4-3 and conference mark to 3-2, helping the Lion better position themselves in a scrambled conference race.
"This was just a super win for our team," said Lion Coach Jerry Castor. "We really bounced back after a very tough loss at Piggott last week. Our defense was outstanding tonight. We won the line of scrimmage and just wore them down over the course of the game. I am very proud of these kids."
"This was a big victory for our program. These two schools are just 20 minutes apart and this was the first time we've beaten them in senior high football. They have a great program with good kids. I think we were well prepared and ready for this game tonight. It was a great win," Castor said.
Manila returns to conference play Friday night in the final home game of the season against Rivercrest. Kickoff is slated for 7 p.m.