Who do you think should manage Ferriday water?|
Story Archives: Mangham eliminates Block
|Mangham eliminates Block|
Block High saw its season come to an end Friday in Jonesville as the Bears fell to unbeaten Mangham 42-6.
Mangham hosts unbeaten Ouachita Christian Friday.
Block finished its year at 8-5.
Senior running backs Shaquille Ausberry and Artez Nichols combined to rush for 330 yards and five touchdowns in the win.
Ausberry ran 18 times for a game-high 223 yards and scored two touchdowns, and he had two more touchdown runs of 70-plus yards called back due to penalties. Nichols scored three touchdowns and gained 107 yards on 10 carries.
"That 'sonovagun' is a load," Block coach Benny Vault said after the game. "I didn't know until after the game that both LSU and Arkansas have offered him scholarships. He's not real big, but when he gets the ball he looks like he grows another foot and 20 pounds. We had him stopped two or three times but could not bring him down."
Block started strong, forcing a three-and-out on Mangham's first possession and then marching 76 yards to the Dragons' 1-yard line before being stopped on fourth down.
Vault took the blame for the play, a fullback dive, and said not punching the ball in and grabbing an early lead was one of several blown chances for the Bears.
"We marched up and down the field. We just missed some opportunities," Vault said. "They stayed at home on the play on the goal line and I was not expecting that."
It was one of three first-half possessions that ended in Mangham territory when the Bears couldn't pick up first down on fourth down.
"Our kids played well," said Mangham coach Tommy Tharp. "The single wing is hard to defend. We didn't want them to break the big play and we stayed disciplined on defense."
The Dragons scored at least 40 points for the 10th time this season.
"Our guys are playing with a lot of confidence," Tharp said.
Senior running back Vashawn Davis led the Bears, who didn't complete a pass in the game, with 102 rushing yards on 17 carries.
Senior DeVonte Vault added 88 yards on 20 carries.
Junior Ty Bell scored Block's only touchdown on an 18-yard run in the fourth quarter.
Mangham competed in Class 2A the past two years before moving back down to Class A.
"That's in our guys' minds," Tharp said. "When you've played the 'big boys' like John Curtis and Riverside, you wonder what could be much harder than that. Plus they knew we had a good team coming back."
Tharp, who graduated from St. Frederick in 1982, is in his third year at Mangham.
"It's in a pretty good frenzy here and everyone is saying how this is the biggest game in Mangham in years," Tharp said. "I'm real level-headed and I haven't been here long. But we're excited about being a part of it."
Vault said his team is already looking forward to next season.
"We've got a number of sophomores and they are already asking me about when we are getting into the weight room," Vault said. "I told them I need a little time off."
|Frank Morris Murder Series|