Jr. Lions fall to Seminoles

Tuesday, October 9, 2018

The Osceola Seminoles hosted the Manila Junior Lions Thursday night in Osceola. The Lions fell short in the final minutes giving the Seminoles a 22-12 advantage over Manila as time expired.

Coin toss was won by the Seminoles giving the Lions the football to begin the game. Offense was slow to begin for the Lions and Seminoles. The Lions were only able to accumulate 24 yards in total offense with no scores in the first period. Osceola's five false start penalties hindered the Seminoles until the final two minutes of the quarter. Quarterback Anthony Harris found Tony Williams in the end zone for a Seminole score with 1:13 to play in the first quarter, giving the Seminoles a 6-0 lead. The Seminoles found the end zone again with 3:47 left in the first half after a Tony Mcmill two yard touchdown run. Anthony Harris' two point conversion scamper stamped a 14-0 score at the half.

Lions found life in the third quarter after an unsuccessful scoreless half. Quarterback Tanner Miller connected with Dustin Clark on a deep 65 yard touchdown pass with 1:27 to play in the third quarter giving the Seminoles a 14-6 lead.

Momentum shifted in the fourth quarter after a 56 yard Jordan Spray punt that took several bounces in the Lions favor, pinning the Seminoles' offense deep in their own territory. The first play from scrimmage for the Seminoles resulted in an Anthony Harris fumble that was recovered by the Lions. Jordan Spray found the end zone on an 18 yard touchdown run untouched with 5:08 to play in the fourth giving the Seminoles a narrow lead 14-12.

After an Osceola 3 and out with under two minutes to play in the fourth quarter, the Lions had the football with a chance to win, only down two. First down run by Kurt Overton moved the chains for the Lions to their own 24 yard line.

Quarterback Tanner Miller found some space in Seminole traffic lunging forward for a 14 yard keeper up the middle. Two incomplete passes, one fumble, and a delay of game penalty later gave the Lions unprobable chances giving Manila fourth down and 28 yards to go with 22 seconds to play in the game. Miller's prayer pass to Dustin Clark fell incomplete resulting in a Lion turnover.

Anthony Harris took a knee for the Seminoles with a 12-14 lead with 14 seconds to play followed by a Manila time out. Seminoles were able to maintain possession after three Manila time outs. Fourth down and goal with four seconds to play, Sanodre Brown found the end zone as time expired stamping a 22-12 victory over the Lions.

Lions will be in conference action this Thursday night at home against the Newport Greyhounds.

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