Robinson leads Colts past Lions 33-13

Tuesday, November 1, 2016
Manila senior Josh Waddell turns the corner and heads for the end zone after catching a screen pass from Lion quarterback Layne Sims. Waddell's score wasn't enough, as Rivercrest defeated Manila 33-13 Friday night at Lion Field.

Rivercrest sophomore Kentavious Robinson scored three first quarter touchdowns to propel the league leading Colts to a 33-13 victory over Manila Friday night at Lion Field. The speedy Robinson, who piled up an incredible 292 yards rushing on 32 carries, scored on runs of 59, 19 and nine yards to put the Colts ahead 20-0 after the first quarter.

Robinson bolted 59 yards on the Colts' third play from scrimmage and Mateo Chirinos tacked on the point after to give Rivercrest a quick 7-0 lead.

Demilon Brown picked off a Patrick Tanner pass on Manila's first possession, giving the ball back to the Colts at midfield. Robinson scored on a 19-yard romp seven plays later, and Chirinos' point after put Rivercrest up 14-0 with 6:33 left in the first period.

Manila all-conference defensive end Marcos Flores grabs the jersey of Rivercrest running back Kentavious Robinson during 3A-3 conference football action Friday night at Lion Field. (Town Crier photos/Trent Fletcher)

The Colts added their third straight touchdown when Robinson capped off a seven play, 74-yard scoring drive with a nine-yard touchdown run at the 1:04 mark of the opening quarter. Manila blocked the point after attempt, leaving Rivercrest with a 20-0 lead.

Rivercrest went ahead 26-0 on a 34-yard run up the middle by fullback Jamyka Franks with 10:38 left in the first half. The two point attempt failed, but the Colts held a commanding 26-0 lead.

Brett Sweatman intercepted Colt quarterback Kessler Pierce and returned the ball 59 yards for what appeared to be a Lion touchdown, but a tripping penalty negated the score. Manila regrouped and drove 44 yards, scoring on a 10-yard screen pass from quarterback Layne Sims to running back Josh Waddell with 2:26 left in the half. D. J. Myers booted the point after, pulling the Lions to within 26-7 at intermission.

Manila went three and out on their first possession of the third quarter. Forced to punt, the snap from center rolled past the punter into the end zone, where Franks fell on the ball for a Colt score. Chirinos kicked the point after and the Colts held a 33-7 advantage with 10:23 left in the third quarter.

Manila answered when senior Dalton Jones pounced on a Robinson fumble and fell into the end zone, slicing the Colt lead to 33-13 with 7:20 left in the third period.

The Lions drove into Rivercrest territory twice more, but failed to score, falling to 5-4 on the year and 3-3 in league play.

Rivercrest piled up 408 yards of total offense, including 402 on the ground. Franks complimented Robinson, gaining 88 yards on eight carries.

Waddell led Manila in rushing with 13 carries for 65 yards. Tanner finished with nine rushes for 31 yards. Sims carried seven times for 10 yards while Timmy Smith had four totes for nine yards. Tanner completed three of 12 passes for 62 yards, including a 48-yarder to Brett Carter. Tanner suffered three interceptions on the night. Sims went four for five for 23 yards and a touchdown. Brett Carter led the Lions in receiving with two receptions for 56 yards. Tyler Archer had two grabs for 11 while Waddell had one catch for 10 yards and a score. Smith caught one pass for six yards while Myers had one reception for two yards. The Lions had 200 yards of total offense on the night

Jones led the Lions defensively with an interception and a fumble recovery.

Manila closes out the regular season with a road trip to Newport Friday night. Kickoff is at 7 p.m.

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