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|Dragons defeat Block, 21-19|
Mangham High won its fourth straight contest as the Dragons defeated
Block 21-19 in Mangham Friday.
"There were several situations where our guys could have given in, but
they kept battling though it and got the win," said Mangham head coach
Bo Meeks. "Block has a great football team. They are some kind of fast
and play hard for 48 minutes."
The Dragons open district play Friday at Delhi.
"That was a big win for us going into district and playing people like
Block, Vidalia and Ouachita Christian gets us ready for the dogfight we
are going to have in district,"
Mangham got on the board first as quarterback Josh Wilson scored on a
1-yard run midway through the first period. Kyle King added the kick.
The Dragons went up 14-0 as Wilson completed a 5-yard scoring pass to
Block cut the lead to 14-7 at halftime a John Bloodsaw scored on a
1-yard run with 2:03 remaining in the second quarter.
The Bears pulled to within 14-13 midway through the third period as
Hunter Key scored on a 1-yard run.
Wilson added to the Dragon lead with a 7-yard run. King's kick put the
Dragons up 21-13 with 2:07 remaining in the third quarter.
Block cut into the Mangham lead as Curdarius Johnson and Chris Collins
hooked up on a 47-yard scoring play. The try for two failed, leaving
the Dragons with a two-point lead.
Following a short punt, Block took over on the Dragon 10-yard line. A
5-yard pass was followed by an incomplete pass. Johnson was sacked and Block received an illegal perceiger penalty to set up a field goal
attempt of 31 yards which was wide.
"We tried to run as much clock as we could," Meeks said. "There was a
minute-and-a-half left and they were out of time outs. We had to punt
out of our end zone and he hit it low and the cornerback who was
covering our gunner happened to see it. It hit him in the chest at the
20-yard line and he returned it to the 10. Luckily we were aware enough
to tackle him there. That was quite scary."
"That was a real fast game," said Block coach Benny Vault. "They had a
lot of speed and we've got speed. All of our games have come down to
the end. It's helping to build character for us. Mangham has an
excellent team. They should do well in district."
Delhi is 2-2 on the season.
"They have some good athletes and they are starting to roll," Meeks
said. "We have to be prepared for a tough battle."