Spray's late touchdown gallop rallies Junior Lions past Marked Tree

Tuesday, September 11, 2018
Lion Chase Miller wraps up a Marked Tree runner during Manila's 28-22 victory over the Indians in junior high play Thursday night.

Manila’s Jordan Spray bolted 54 yards for the winning touchdown with just 1:09 left in the game to rally the Junior Lions past Marked Tree 28-22 in the season opener Thursday night at Indian Field. Spray’s heroics were set up when Manila’s Dustin Clark recovered his second fumble of the night with 1:26 remaining in the contest.

Marked Tree scored the only points of the first half when B.J. Marshall picked off a Tanner Miller pass and raced 34 yards into the end zone. The Indians tacked on the two-point conversion and held an 8-0 halftime advantage.

The Lions got even with 3:34 left in the third period when Spray bulldozed his way into the end zone from one yard out. Manila added the two-point conversion to even the score at 8-8.

Manila quarterback Tanner Miller  (1) hands off to Levi Penn (10) during junior high football action Thursday night at Marked Tree.

Marked Tree came right back on their next possession and took the lead on a two-yard scamper by quarterback Brylan Honeycutt with 1:05 left in the period. The two-point conversion attempt failed, leaving the Indians ahead 14-8.

The Lions roared back when Spray found daylight and rambled 43 yards for the tying score. The two- point conversion attempt failed.

Manila grabbed its first lead of the game on Marked Tree’s next possession when Clark scooped up an Indian fumble and galloped 50 yards to pay-dirt. The two-point conversion attempt was no good, but the Lions held a 20-14 lead with 7:18 remaining on the clock.

Marked Tree’s Itavious Mitchell evened things again with a four-yard scoring run with just 2:00 left in the game. The Indians took the lead, 22-20, by converting the two-point play.

On the ensuing kickoff, the Indians pounced on the live ball to regain possession and appeared ready to run out the clock. But the Lion defense stripped the ball as Clark fell on the fumble, setting up Spray’s game winning touchdown run. Spray finished the night with over 100 yards rushing.

Manila (1-0) returns to action Thursday with a road trip to Harrisburg.

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