Rabbits tame Lions, 55-14, on Homecoming night
Atlanta crowned a new Homecoming King and Queen last Friday, and then beat the New Boston Lions 55-14.
Jawan King and Sha’ Naiikiia Anderson were both etched in Rabbit history as they were crowned 2018 King and Queen.
The Rabbits (2-0) were up 42-0 before the half but the Lions got in a couple of scores before the final buzzer.
Atlanta began the contest with the ball after winning the coin toss and electing to receive.
The Rabbs had the ball at the 44-yard line and got to the New Boston 42 after a 14-yard outburst by Dra Nelson.
That run was followed by a 27-yard dash by Caleb Hamilton and another 14-yard run by Nelson which took the ball down to the 1-yard line.
A couple of penalties against Atlanta and a loss of two yards by Hamilton put the Rabbits back at the 17.
Quarterback Andy Samples connected with running back Jawan King for a few yards before finding wideout Joshua Edwards for a 13-yard TD.
Fernando Campos drilled the PAT and the Rabbs were up 7-0 with 9:59 to go in the first frame.
New Boston started its drive from the 42 and promptly took the ball over to the Rabbit 46 on a nice run play.
After a penalty and two more short plays King stepped in front of a pass on third down and intercepted the ball for the Rabbs with 7:16 showing on the clock.
King returned the ball all the way to the New Boston 31. From there Samples hit Edwards again for a 31-yard score.
Campos hit the PAT again and Atlanta increased its lead to 14-0 with 7:06 left in the first quarter.
With the ball resting on the 30 after the kickoff New Boston began its next drive with an 11-yard run play to the 41.
A few plays later and the Lions were in punt formation. The Rabbits blocked the punt but New Boston fell on the live ball and the Lions were still in business with a fresh set of downs from the 39-yard line.
New Boston couldn’t break through Atlanta’s stout defensive pressure and had to punt the ball away at the 2:18 mark.
Working from the 17 Samples tossed an incomplete pass on the first play of the new drive, but an 8-yard run by King and a 12-yard gallop by Samples put Atlanta at the 37.
On the next play Nelson took the pass from Samples for 38 yards to the New Boston 30-yard line.
From that point Hamilton ran for 13 yards, Samples connected with Kade Wood for six yards and Samples hit Hamilton for an 11-yard score with 59 seconds left in the first quarter.
The PAT was blocked but Atlanta was up 20-0.
The first quarter ended with the Lions in punt formation.
The Lions opened the second stanza with a punt to the Rabbs.
Atlanta began its next drive in good field position at the New Boston 43, but an errant snap dropped the Rabbs 10 yards to the Rabbit 47.
From there King took the handoff 52 yards to paydirt , but a holding penalty negated that slick running play for a TD.
Samples connected with Farron Hall on the next play for 31 yards which set up Nelson’s 28-yard sprint into the endzone.
On the PAT attempt the ball was bobbled by the holder and Campos took the ball into his arms and wriggled his way across the goal line for the 2-point play.
The score was increased to 28-0 in favor of the Rabbs with 10:42 left in the first half.
On the kickoff the Rabbits were gifted the ball back after a New Boston player mishandled the kickoff and Atlanta recovered the loose ball at the Lions’ 23.
From there Hamilton blazed into the endzone from 23 yards out leaving broken ankles in his wake.
The PAT by Campos pushed the score to 35-0 with 10:32 left in the quarter.
New Boston went three-and-out on its next drive and punted the ball back to Atlanta with 8:29 remaining in the second quarter.
Hamilton made a great return on the punt and set Atlanta up at the Lions’ 36-yard line.
King took the first handoff six yards before taking the second handoff 25 yards.
Samples ended the 3-play drive with a 6-yard TD run.
Campos’ PAT made the score 42-0 with 7:18 left in the first half.
The Lions’ next drive began with a positive 21-yard run, but the drive fizzled three plays later and New Boston punted the ball back to the Rabbs with 5:03 left in the second stanza.
The punt was a rolling success for the Lions as they pinned the Rabbits back at the 4-yard line.
From there King took the first play from scrimmage 10 yards, and after an incomplete pass on the next play King took another handoff 11 yards.
A bad snap put the Rabbs back 13 yards but Samples hit Wood downfield for a 22-yard pickup.
A couple of incomplete passes and a penalty put the Rabbs back in punt formation for the first time in the contest with 3:15 left in the quarter.
New Boston made a couple of nice runs during its next drive but time ran out as the first half came to a close.
With the game out of reach the Lions were looking at avoiding a shutout by trying to turn something into a positive.
New Boston received the ball first in the second half at the 35. On the first snap of the drive the Lion running back scampered 65 yards to paydirt for New Boston’s first score of the game.
The 2-point play made the score 42-8 with 11:38 left in the third quarter.
Not to be outdone Atlanta began its next drive from the 48 where Samples connected with Keyshawn Easter on a 52-yard pass play for a TD.
Easter made some nice cutbacks en route to paydirt.
Campos hit the PAT and the Rabbs were up 49-8 with 11:22 left in the quarter.
New Boston went three-and-out on its next drive and punted the ball back to Atlanta at the 9:04 mark.
With the Rabbs resting starters Wood came on the quarterback for the Rabbits.
Atlanta began its next drive at the 34-yard line.
Nelson made back-to-back runs for a total of 12 yards before Wood connected with Edwards for 11 yards.
King picked up eight yards on the ground, Wood picked up seven and Nelson picked up eight before the ball was knocked out of his arms and New Boston fell on the loose rock at 5:25.
New Boston put together a lengthy drive which began at the 26 and ended at the 49 through penalties, short plays and losses.
The Lions punted the ball to the Rabbs with 52 seconds left on the clock.
Time ran out with Hamilton picking up 15 yards for the Rabbits from the 31.
After the nice run by Hamilton, Wood hit Edwards for six yards followed by a 5-yard pickup by King.
Jordan Stiger came on for the Rabbs and gained five yards on a carry.
Nelson picked up 11 yards on a couple of carries, Wood hit Edwards again for six yards, Wood hit Hall for 13 yards and Hamilton finished off the 8-play drive with an 8-yard TD.
The PAT was no good but the Rabbs were up 55-8 with 7:31 left in the game.
New Boston began its next drive at the 31 and made it to midfield after five plays.
From the the Lion tailback ran 50 yards for the Lions’ second score of the contest.
The PAT was no good but the score changed to 55-14 with 3:03 left in the game.
Atlanta ran out the clock on its next drive which featured Marquavius White picking up 19 yards on the ground and Wood four.
Atlanta racked up more than 300 yards on the ground and 200 through the air while the defense held New Boston to 226 yards total. Those yards came via the run only.
Both Conner Samples and Ramero Williams had seven tackles each to lead the Rabbs.
Andy Samples added five tackles, Dalton Johnson six, Shun Hunter six and Car5son Rich six.
Jordan Brigham recovered a fumble for the Rabbs and Williams also recorded a sack and a blocked punt.
The Rabbs will be in action this Friday, Oct. 12, as they travel south to play Hughes Springs for the first time since 1987.
The Rabbits hold a 12-6-1 all-time record over the Mustangs.
Kickoff is slated for 7:30 p.m.