• Photo by KENISHA WEBSTER - Atlanta’s Connor Samples breaks loose for a 61-yard run against New Boston.

Atlanta tops New Boston, 54-8, on the road

Atlanta traveled to New Boston last Friday for another pre-district contest, and left town with a, 54-8, victory in hand.
Coming into the contest Atlanta had won three straight against the Lions, and to date holds a (48-14-2) record in the series which started in 1925.
New Boston has only won as many as three consecutive games in the series while the Rabbs have posted a few consecutive wins; the most coming between the years of 1961 and 1980 where the Rabbits reeled off 16 wins in a row.

First Quarter
New Boston won the toss and elected to receive.
Atlanta’s defense was on tap as they forced a quick three-and-out, and put the Lions in punt formation with 11:05 left in the first frame.
Atlanta wasted no time in moving the ball as the first two handoffs went to Jawan King who racked up 38 yards total before quarterback Andy Samples hit Kade Wood for a 21-yard touchdown pass to put the Rabbs on the scoreboard.
The drive was only three plays in less than 30 seconds and after Fernando Campos’ PAT Atlanta was up, 7-0, with 10:31 left on the clock.
Both teams traded punts until the five-minute mark.
After a nice kickoff return by Austin Brown put the Rabbs on the New Boston 36, King and Samples took over with nice runs.
King took two handoffs for 28 yards total and Samples ended the drive with an 8-yard TD run.
The 2-point conversion was no good but Atlanta was up, 13-0, with 4:06 left in the first quarter.
New Boston’s next drive ended in a turnover on downs situation, and the Rabbs started the next drive from the Lion 43.
After an incomplete pass, Samples gained 32 yards on the QB keeper followed by a short 3-yard gain by Dra Nelson.
King crossed the goal line on his second carry from the 2-yard line after a 6-yard gain the run before.
Campos put Atlanta up, 20-0, with another good PAT with 19 ticks left on the clock.
The first quarter closed with New Boston in control of the ball.

Second Quarter
New Boston opened the new quarter with a big run from the 3-yard line and after a penalty against Atlanta, the Lions were in business at the 38.
The Lions through a pass interference call, another penalty against the Rabbs and a big 26-yard run pulled New Boston within seven yards of the goal line.
A 4-yard run put them at the 3-yard line before disaster struck.
On second-and-goal the center snapped the ball over the QB’s head and the Lions lost 22 yards.
Eventually New Boston turned the ball over on downs at the 7:25 mark.
Atlanta would eat up a little more than four minutes from the clock on its next drive.
Desmond Webster carried the ball twice for a total of 18 yards on the drive, King had 21 yards total on the drive and Samples connected with Wood twice for 15 yards total and Carson Rich once for 24 yards.
The drive ended with a big fourth-and-1 stop by the Lions as they retained the ball on the 5-yard line with 3:12 left in the first half.
The Lions took the ball as far as the 42 but had to punt the ball away with 35 seconds left on the clock.
A blocked punt put the Rabbits on the Lion 20 where Samples connected with King for 19 yards on the first play from scrimmage.
King ended the short drive with a short TD run from the 1-yard line.
The PAT by Campos pushed the score to, 27-0, with 12 seconds left in the second quarter.
That score would stand as time ran out on the Lions’ next drive.

Third Quarter
Atlanta opened the second half with the ball and a new set of players on the field in some spots.
Slayton Holland came in at QB and Desmond Webster at the running back position.
Webster made a nice 23-yard run on second down, but an interception ended the drive at the 11:12 mark.
After a New Boston punt with 8:59 left on the clock, Atlanta began its drive from the 26.
In just two short plays the Rabbs were back in the endzone as Nelson gained yards of 68 and six on two carries.
The latter was a TD and with Campos sending another PAT through the uprights Atlanta was up, 34-0, with 8:17 left in the third stanza.
The Lions put together a nice drive on its next attempt as they pulled off runs off 11 and 33 yards to pull within 38 yards of the endzone.
Three plays later New Boston opted to go for it on a fourth-and-long situation, and received a new set of downs after an amazing catch along the sidelines put the Lions at the Rabbit 12-yard line.
Fortunately for the Rabbits Luke Anthony picked off a would-be score around the goal line four plays later and ran the ball back to the New Boston 9-yard line.
Joshua Edwards gained five yards on the sweep for the Rabbs before Nelson took the ball in from four yards out.
Campos missed his first Pat of the night up to that point but Atlanta was up, 40-0, with 4:09 left in the third quarter.
After another punt by the Lions at the 1:35 mark, Atlanta began its next drive from the Lion 41.
Nick Washington and Holland gained a few yards on the ground to end the third frame.

Fourth Quarter
The final quarter opened with Atlanta facing fourth-and-2 from the 33, but Washington took the handoff from Holland and raced into the endzone for another score.
The PAT by Campos boosted the score to, 47-0, with 11:47 left in the game.
New Boston’s next drive started with a nice 8-yard gain followed by a huge 41-yard run to put the Lions within 18 yards of pay dirt.
New Boston eventually scored from the 18 on third down and avoided the shutout.
The 2-point conversion was good and the score stood at, 47-8, with 8:35 left in the contest.
Atlanta’s next drive featured a couple of runs by Connor Samples which included a 61-yard gallop and an 11-yard touchdown run with 6:07 left in the game.
The PAT by Campos posted the score at, 54-8.
New Boston caught a lucky break on its next drive after a punted ball careened off the foot of a Rabbit player and was recovered by the Lions in Atlanta territory with less the 3:50 left in the game, but New Boston made it as far as the 31 as time expired.
Andy Samples was 5-for-10 passing with 79 yards and a score, and gained 40 yards on two carries with a TD.
Wood had three catches for 36 yards with a TD, Rich had one pass caught for 24 yards and King reeled in a 19-yard pass. King also rushed for 96 yards on 12 carries with two TDs.
Nelson posted 80 yards on four carries with two scores, Connor Samples had 72 yards on three carries with a score, Washington gained 39 yards on three carries with a TD, Webster had three carries for 41 yards, Holland gained a couple of yards from the QB position and Edwards added five yards on a sweep play.
Campos was solid on PATs as he posted 6-for-7.
The Rabbits had 375 rushing yards and 79 passing yards in the game for a total of 454 total yards.
The Rabbs (2-2) travel to Tatum this upcoming Friday night for the last pre-district game before hosting Pittsburg to open district play on Oct. 13.
Kickoff for the Tatum game is 7:30 p.m.

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