Lions to open football season Friday at Westside
Manila kicks off their 2017 football campaign with a road trip Friday night to Westside. The Lions have defeated the Warriors the last two years. Manila prepped for its clash with Westside, defeating Harrisburg in a scrimmage game 44-34 Thursday night.
Manila enters the season in search of their third straight Class 3A state playoff berth. The Lions feature a potent offense, led by junior quarterback Layne Sims, along with an experienced, senior-laden, offensive line. The Lions also boast a strong running game, led by senior Logan Hamilton. Brett Carter returns at the h-back spot.
Manila has to replace seven starters on defense, but return 300-pound senior nose guard Carlos Flores. Junior David Keys is another returning starter for the Lions.
The Lions will play their home opener Friday, Sept. 8, against the Trumann Wildcats.
The junior Lions open their season at home Thursday night against Trumann. Kickoff is set for 7:00.