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|Dragons burn Burns, 30-23|
Mangham High School spoiled Block's Homecoming with a 30-23 win over the Bears.
"It was the kind of game where they made mistakes, and then we made mistakes," said Mangham coach Tommy Tharp. "It was pretty much back and forth and we were able to make some big plays to pull out the win."
After a scoreless first quarter, Block faced a fourth-and-9 at their 26. The punt was partially deflected and the Dragons took over on the Bears 41-yard line.
Dragon tailback Shaquille Ausberry, who finished with 142 yards on 18 carries, cut right and outrun the defense 41 yards to open the scoring.
With the two point conversion the Dragons led 8-0.
After the Bears and Dragons exchanged turnovers the Bears got a catch from Ladarrius Collins as the Dragon defender appears to catch the 25 yard interception from Antoine Bowie in the endzone but as the two go to the ground, Collins rolls up he brings the ball up to the referee and he signals touchdown. The Bears kicked the extra point and cut the lead to 8-7 at the half.
There was no scoring in the third quarter because the fourth quarter had all the fireworks.
Block's Ricardo Fox intercepted a Dragon pass at the Bears' 22. From there the Bears go a 78-yard drive in only five plays. Preston Bowman caps the drive with a 33-yard scoring run. The Bears convert on the two point conversion by Bowie up the middle and lead 15-8.
It would be short lived as Ausberry went 68 yards on the next play from scrimmage and the Dragons converted the conversion for a 16-15 lead.
Jerome Jefferson blocked a Mangham punt and the Bears took over at the Mangham 25.
But the Dragons fumbled the ball back to the Bears.
From there the Dragons used two long runs from Ausberry and Block penalties to get down to the Bears one where he scored his third touchdown on the night to make it 24-15 with the two point conversion.
With just under three minutes to play on the Bears next possession quarterback Cudarius Johnson was sacked and lost the ball near the Bears own goal line where the Dragons Jacob Romero picked up the ball and walked into the end zone. The try for the extra point was blocked and the Dragons led 30-15.
The Bears scored on a 13 yard pass from Bowie to Johnson with 24 seconds to play in the game. The two point conversion was carried in by Bowie for the final score 30-23.
Mangham opens District 2-2A play at Ferriday Friday.
"They are the best football team we've faced so far," Tharp said. "They are extremely athletic and very well coached. We expect a whale of a ballgame. We won't be able to hit the big play as easily as we have all season because they have tremendous team speed.
It's going to come down to turnovers. We're a little bummed up and dinged up right now like most everybody else, but we're taking it day to day."