Brookland uses strong ground game to crush Lions 49-6

Tuesday, September 19, 2017
Kyle Bell returns a Bearcat kickoff in senior high football action Friday night at Brookland.

Manila’s early season football woes continued Friday night at the hands of Brookland. The Bearcats used a potent rushing attack and rolled to a 49-6 victory over the Lions.

Manila had chances early in the game when the Bearcats fumbled the ball away at their own 21. Ethan Barkley lost control of the pigskin and Brett Carter pounced on the ball. But the Lions were unable to capitalize, turning the ball over on downs. Brookland took immediate advantage, marching 71 yards in just five plays, capped off by Dylan Marsh’s eight-yard touchdown scamper. The two-point conversion attempt failed, leaving the Bearcats with a 6-0 lead with 2:54 left in the opening quarter.

Manila went three and out on their next possession. While attempting the punt, the snap sailed over kicker Logan Hamilton’s head and was recovered by Brookland. A personal foul penalty against the Lions gave the Bearcats a first and goal at the Manila six. Ethan Barkley’s one-yard touchdown plunge two plays later put Brookland on top 12-0 as the first quarter ended.

Nick Smith (57) and the Lion defense celebrate as Brett Carter recovers a Bearcat fumble Friday night at Brookland. (Town Crier photos/Trent Fletcher)

The Bearcat defense held the Lions once again, forcing a Manila punt. Brookland took over at its own 29 and covered the distance in just two plays. A 40-yard run by quarterback Reid Lane set up Luke Hillis’ 31-yard touchdown burst on the very next play. Lane ran in the two-point conversion and the Bearcats held a 20-0 lead with 9:28 left in the first half.

Manila avoided a shutout by putting together an eight play, 66-yard touchdown drive, culminating in Carter’s 20-yard touchdown romp through the heart of the Bearcat defense. The two-point conversion attempt failed, leaving Brookland with a 20-6 advantage with 5:18 left before the end of the first half.

Brookland answered when Lane connected with Marsh on a 16-yard scoring pass with just 1:04 left before intermission. Lane added the two-point conversion, giving the Bearcats a 28-6 halftime lead.

Brookland tacked on three more scores in the second half, getting touchdown runs from Hillis, Barkley and Curren Bounds. The Bearcats finished the night with 390 yards total offense, including 374 on the ground. Barkley led the way with eight carries for 107 yards, Hillis had six totes for 84 while Lane rushed three times for 72 yards.

Manila had 191 yards total offense, including 156 via the rush. Hamilton led the Lions with 12 carries for 84 yards. Quarterback Lane Sims rushed 17 times for 34 yards while Cameron Wilson ran seven times for 34 yards. Carter had one carry for 20 yards and a touchdown. Sims completed 5-10 passes for 35 yards. Carter caught two passes for 33 yards.

Manila returns to action Friday night as they host Walnut Ridge in their conference opener.

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