2016 Playoffs vs. Washburn Rural

Manhattan’s 2016 season ended with a 9-1 record, and as Centennial League Champions for 2016.  The Manhattan Indians lost in a rematch vs. Washburn Rural in a playoff game with a close final score (L 21-24).  Congratulations to Washburn Rural, who beat MHS for the first time since 1992.

Game Photos by Will Gold

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2016 Playoffs vs. Wichita Southeast

Recap by Frank Beer

After the past two years of being in the toughest district in the state and finding rough sledding, the Indians played their first playoff game under the new system this past Friday.  Wichita Southeast came to Bishop Stadium to kick off the 2016 playoffs.  With many fans in t-shirts and shorts due to warm weather, the Indians came out hot as well.  On their first possession they scored on a 30 yard TD run by Tariq Gerald.  The Golden Buffaloes answered with a deep touchdown fly pattern to bring the score to 7-6 after missing the 2 point conversion.  From the remainder of the first half it was all Indians.  Ian Trapp threw a beautiful 50 yard pass to Tyresse Gerald, followed up by a 49 yard run by Iverson Robb.  This closed out the first quarter giving the Indians a 21-6 lead.

The second quarter was all Manhattan, as the Tribe scored five touchdowns to dominate the period.  Iverson ran for 3 touchdown runs of 19, 18 and 5 yards.  Kevontae McDonald then added TD runs of 20 and 5 yards.  The majority of the starters were out of the game by the last drive of the half, turning it over to the reserve players.  The score at halftime was an amazing 56-6.

The second half saw every player for the Indians see time as the clock ran without stopping.  Brady Woborny, at QB, scored on a 1 yard run.  Andrew Scott was perfect on all 9 of his extra point tries for the night.  Wichita SE scored 2 late TD’s with their starters against the MHS second and third squads to make the final score 63-20.  The Indians were led in rushing by Iverson with 126 yards on only 9 carries.  Kevontae tallied 85 yards on 15 carries.  Ian completed both of his passes for 53 yards and a touchdown.

In the second round of the playoffs the Indians will have a rematch versus Washburn Rural, who defeated a tough Dodge City team in their first playoff game.  In a weather shortened game earlier this year, the Indians defeated the Junior Blues 28-6.  Washburn has shown marked improvement through the year and should be a tough test for the Tribe.  It appears that there will be terrific fall weather for the game.  And we hope to have a BIG crowd at Bishop Stadium to cheer the team on!  Roll Tribe!
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Week 8 vs. Blue Valley (and Topeka West)

In playing Blue Valley, Varsity won (W 45-21), JV lost with an injured quarterback (L 12-14), and Freshman won too (W 36-0).  Freshman also won their final game of the season against Topeka West (W 52-0).  All three teams finished their Fall 2016 seasons with winning records during regular season play: Varsity (8-0), JV (7-1), and Freshman (8-0, 1 scratch).  The Freshman only gave up 12 points on defence over 8 games in their season.

Game photos by Will Gold

Recap of Varsity Game by Frank Beer

With the goal of a conference championship in their hip pocket, the Indians took the field last Friday after their next goal.  A perfect regular season.  But Senior Night got off to a slow start with Blue Valley Northwest scoring after an early Indian fumble when they went on a drive that featured 2 long pass plays, with the second being a 24 yard TD pass giving NW a 7-0 lead as the first half ended.

On the first play of the second half, the Tribe tied it up on a 7 yard run by Ian Trapp.  Later in the period, Ian connected with Jonathan Taylor for a 32 yard TD pass to put the Indians up 14-7.  Ian scored another TD on a 19 yard run less than 3 minutes later for a 21-7 lead.  Northwest connected on a 44 yard TD pass with only 19 seconds left in the first half to make the score 21-14 at the half.  And thereby putting the Indians on notice that they were in a game.
The Indians paid notice, and as they have all year, came out with a vengeance in the second half with a big third quarter.  Ian scored another touchdown with a 2 yard run.  Next came the play of the night during the ensuing kickoff when the special team unit for the Indians came up big.  A big hit caused the ball to pop straight up in the air and Tyrese Gerald, the kicker, snatched it on the dead run and returned it 25 yards for a big touchdown.  The Tribe finished the quarter with a 30 yard run by Iverson Robb.  After a 6th successful extra point by Andrew Scott the score stood at 42-14 after three quarters.  This gave the Indians an awesome 136 to 27 scoring edge for the season in the third quarter.  Proving that they adjust well and the coaches and players use halftime to their advantage.
The fourth quarter saw Andrew get his first field goal of the season with a 28 yard effort.  The reserves got valuable time in the last quarter, which will should pay off throughout the playoffs.  With NW scoring a late TD to make the final score 45-21.
The Indians were led in rushing by Ian with 283 yards rushing, giving him 1256 total yards for the season on the ground.  Iverson chipped in with 63 yards on 12 carries.  Ian was 4 for 8 passing and 64 yards.
The win secured a number two seed in the west bracket for the Indians heading into the playoffs.  They will meet Wichita Southeast in the first round who is coached by Mike Schartz.  If that name looks familiar, it should.  Mike is coach Joe’s brother.  Here’s hoping the our coach Schartz has bragging rights after the game.  The weather looks to be fantastic at Bishop Stadium on Friday night.  So lets support the team with a BIG crowd!
Roll Tribe!!!!
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Week 7 vs. Emporia

The three MHS football teams continue to maintain unbeaten records for the Fall 2016 season.  Varsity beat Emporia (W 48-0) to move to a 7-0 record and become Centennial League Champions.  Final scores for wins for the JV game (W 38-14) and for the Freshman game too (W 34-0).  Photo by Will Gold.


Summary of Varsity Game by Frank Beer

The Manhattan Indians entered the game with Emporia last Friday on a high from the previous week and it showed.  But after a soft start, the team found their equilibrium and put on a show, getting their first shutout of the season.

The Tribe’s first drive fell flat and after a punt the Spartans methodically drove the ball down to the Indian 9 yard line where the drive stalled.  As they lined up to try a field goal, it appeared that the Indians may start out the game behind.  But about 15 seconds later the Indians were lining up to try a point after attempt.  Sam Edwards broke through the line and smothered the kick and it was picked up by Chance Andrade and he hit the afterburners for an exciting way to grab the lead and momentum that they would never lose with an 81 yard touchdown romp.  After an Andrew Scott kick the Indians took a 7-0 lead after one period.
For the rest of the game the defense shut down the Emporia offense and they never again threatened to score.  The Indians opened the period with a 58 yard run for TD by Ian Trapp.  The next time they touched the ball Ian through a deep pass down the middle to Parker Beer, who fumbled with an Emporia player on his back, but it was recovered by Tariq Gerald.  Ian follow with a 11 yard run for a score and then added scoring runs of 6 and 2 yards, with kicks by Andrew, for a 28-0 halftime lead.  The defense provided a fumble recovery and an interception by Alex Fehr that came very close to scoring.
The third quarter saw a 49 yard pass from Ian to Jonathan Taylor for a TD, which was followed up with a touchdown run by Iverson Robb to close out the scoring.  With the clock in non-stop run mode, the Indians got a chance to give some experience to reserves on both offense and defense which will pay dividends as the Tribe enters the playoffs.  This allowed the homecoming crowd to go home happy with the team reaching a 7 – 0 record for the season and an undefeated Centennial League championship.
The Indians were led in rushing again by Ian with 99 yards gained on 8 carries.  Tariq gained 48 yards and Iverson 44 on the ground as well.
Next up is a game against Blue Valley Northwest at Bishop Stadium with a chance to guarantee a high playoff seed while getting ready for the playoffs, which will start the following week at home.  The weather has been fantastic this year, and the forecast is for another great evening.  So be sure to bring friends and relatives and fill the stadium as we celebrate Senior Night and pay tribute to the young men who have given their all over the past 4 seasons!
Roll Tribe!!!!!
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Week 6 vs. Junction City

The Silver Trophy is coming back to Manhattan.  Varsity won a close game (W 27-22), JV (W 32-6), and Freshmen won too (W 32-6).  Photo by Will Gold.


Recap of Varsity Game by Frank Beer

It all came down to this.  About 3 minutes left in the game with a 4th and 7 yards to go.  A conference championship, undefeated season potential and a shot at the top seed in the western bracket of the state playoffs.  Seven yards.  As Ian Trapp let the pass go it all came down to Jonathan Taylor making the catch 11 yards downfield.  But the Junction City defender had other ideas.  He came together with Jonathan and the ball at the at the same time.  The collision sent the ball straight up in the air.  The blue clad fans on the JC sideline and the sea of red on the Manhattan sideline saw these two jockey for position to catch the ball.  But with the game on the line, another player with an M on his helmet had other ideas.  Just as the ball appeared to be headed to the ground likely putting the game in JC’s control, a flash of white appeared and with outstretched arms found the ball prior to it striking the dirt.   Giving the Indians new life and entering the lore of amazing plays that have made this 102 game rivalry one of the best in the state.  As Parker Beer said later, “I’m getting that ball.  There’s no way I’m going to miss that.  I’m going to make the play for the team.”  And as described to those listening on the radio hear, the “Miraculous Catch” gave his team a chance to get the Championship, the undefeated season and a high tourney seed.  Two plays later, Ian Trapp scored the go ahead touchdown to put the Indians up 27-22 and the Silver Trophy came back home to Manhattan.

The game started with an opening drive 34 yard pass from Ryan Herrington to Jovon Baldwin to give JC an early 7-0 lead.  But Manhattan answered with a big 59 yard touchdown pass of their own from Ian to Jonathan to tie the score at seven.  And when Ian scored on a six yard run to open the second quarter, the Indians took a 14-7 lead.  JC answered with a field goal on their next possession.  But the Tribe answered with another running touchdown from Tariq Gerald to go into halftime with a 21-10 lead.
The third quarter saw only a Blue Jay touchdown that cut the Indian lead to 21-16 because JC missed on a two point conversion.  And when the JC scored again, and missed another 2 point conversion, the Blue Jays took a 22-21 lead.  Setting up the fateful drive for the Indians.  After scoring their clutch touchdown, Ian intercepted a desperation toss by Herrington while playing safety and followed up with a couple of first downs to seal the victory.
Ian led the Indians with 39 rushes for 177 yards with Iverson Robb chipping in 55 yards and Tariq 51.  Ian was 3 for 9 for 68 yards passing.  Andrew Scott hit all three of his extra point tries.
The defense, without John Haug who is out for the year with a knee injury, came together and played a talented Blue Jay team tough.  They look to continue their inspired play the rest of the season and into the playoffs.
The Tribe now comes home to face the Emporia Spartans and attempt to close out an undefeated conference season and move one step closer to a high seed in the playoffs.  Friday’s game will be Homecoming and will feature a pre-game chili feed for the year’s final fundraiser.  Some come to the game hungry and let’s hope the Tribe does as well and takes it to the Spartans for another big victory!
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Week 5 vs. Seaman

Varsity beat Seaman (W 42-21), Junior Varsity won their game (W 46-6), and the Freshman had a shut out (W 54-0).  Photo by Will Gold.



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Week 4 vs. Topeka High

Varsity defeated Topeka High (W 46-20), Junior Varsity beat Topeka High (W 22-16), and the Freshman prevailed too (W48-6).  Photo by Will Gold.


Recap of Varsity Game by Frank Beer

The Indians came into the game with Topeka High not getting the respect they felt they had earned through the first three games of the season in the state polls.  But after the game, things changed a bit.  The Indians came to play.  And Topeka High was missing their starting quarterback.  But a freshman, Miekyah Thomas stepped in and did a terrific job.  Until he appered to slightly injure his leg in the second half, he was hard to pin down with quick cuts and evasiveness.  Defenses the next 3 years will have a mighty challenge in Thomas.

The Tribe took their first drive and scored on an 11 yard run by Iverson Robb.  The extra point was missed, but the Indians quickly got the ball back and scored quickly on a 35 yard pass from Ian Trapp to Tariq Gerald.  The Indians failed on a 2-point try to take a 12-0 lead at the end of the first quarter.
Topeka High scored the only points of the second quarter with a one yard run by Thomas, going over the top of his line.  The touchdown was set up with back to back pass plays of 42 and 41 yards, set up by Thomas who evaded the pass rush to connect with his receivers. They missed their extra point try to make the score 12-6 at half time.
The second half started with a bang, when John Haug received the kickoff and took it all the way to the 7 yard line, getting taken down by a desperation shoestring tackle.  But Ian finished up on the next play with a 7 yard TD run.  After the extra point by Andrew Scott, the Indians took a 19-6 lead.  But Topeka High came right back with a TD drive of their own, highlighted by a 61 yard run by Thomas.  The Tribe responded with a drive capped with a 14 yard TD on the ground from Ian.  Topeka High answered with a 75 touchdown pass to Jaimein Barry from Thomas.  The third period ended with the Indians up 26-20 and we seemed poised for quite a final quarter.
The Tribe took advantage of several Trojan fumbles and capitalized on their opportunities to finish strong.  Ian scored on 1 and 11 yard runs and Iverson took one in on an 18 yard run to close out the scoring.  
The Indians were lead in rushing by Ian with 148 yards and 4 touchdowns on 27 carries.  Iverson was not far behind with 134 yards and 2 touchdowns on 12 carries.  Ian was 2 of 7 passing for 37 yards.  With a total of 348 yards on the ground, the Indians did their best to keep coach Schartz happy.  And the offensive line deserves a big congratulations for a job well done.
Outside of 4 big plays the defense also came to play.  The defensive line was constantly in the Topeka backfield and deserves big recognition. 
Half way through the new seeding system has the Indians tied for the top spot in the western side of the bracket, tied with Derby.  By winning each of their games by 21 points or more, they have the maximum point differential, which is used as the tie breaker.  So they should now begin to receive the recognition they deserve.  By staying near the top of the seedings, we can play playoff games at home.  But as the coach will say, focus on the next game.  And that comes with a visit to Seaman on Friday night.  Let’s make sure to show our support by filling the visiting stands on the north side of Topeka.
And don’t forget that the very next morning, October 1st, is the Longhorn’s breakfast fundraiser.  Be sure to get your tickets now from any player, or you can purchase them at the door.  Our thanks go out to Longhorn Steakhouse for their gracious use of their facility and staff to help our team out.  See you there.
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Week 2 vs. Washburn Rural and Week 3 vs. Highland Park

Varsity defeated Washburn Rural (W 28-6), JV defeated Washburn Rural (34-0), and Freshman won their game too (16-0).  Varsity defeated Highland Park (W 50-6) and JV beat Highland Park too (52-0).  The Freshman did not play Highland Park this year (scratch).  Photo by Will Gold.


Recap of Varsity Game vs Washburn Rural by Frank Beer

Dodging rain and lightning, the Manhattan Indians provided a power surge of their own in a 28 – 6 victory in a weather shortened game on Friday.  The Indians started the scoring in the first quarter with an Ian Trapp 1 yard run.  The highlight of the drive was a conversion of a 4th and 15 yard play on a pass from Ian to Tariq Gerald.  On their second drive of the game, the Tribe found themselves on the 1 yard line after a failed pitch play.  But proceeded to march with purpose down the field.  They appeared to be stalled on the 17 yard line, but converted a 3rd and long with a 14 yard pass to Jonathan Taylor from Ian.  Iverson Robb finished the drive off with a 3 yard run. Washburn Rural scored their only points of the game late in the first half as the skies opened and it poured rain.  Their 2 point try failed and the first half ended with the score at 14 – 6.

The second half saw the Tribe shut down a Rural drive and then see Rural’s punt blocked by Zephry Killham.  The Indians scored again on a run by Iverson of 8 yards.  He had a 54 yard run earlier in the drive to set up the touchdown.  Before the extra point could be tried the first lightning delay was called by the officials.  About one hour later when play resumed the slick ball caused the first unsuccessful point after of the season.  But when the Indians got the ball back, Iverson scored again on a 12 yard run.  This time Manhattan scored a 2 point conversion with a sideways snap to Reece Wewer who ran it in.  This made the score 28 – 6 when another delay was called.  This time after a more than one and one-half hour delay and consistent lightning flashes, the game was called with over 6 minutes remaining in the fourth quarter.
The Indians were led by Iverson with 135 yards on 11 carries, with Ian getting an additional 73 yards.  Ian also was 6 of 11 passing for 109 yards.  Tariq led the way with 2 catches for 37 yards.
The Indians travel to Highland Park on Friday for a game against the Scots at 7:00PM.  We hope to see a big, big crow cheer on the Tribe as they attempt to win 3 straight!
Also, be sure to get your tickets for the Longhorns Pancake Feed on October 1st.  This is a terrific opportunity for the MHS Football community to come out and support the Tribe and get a great breakfast to boot.  Our thanks, in advance, to the folks at Longhorns Steakhouse for providing their facility and key staff to make this happen.  Be sure to thank the management when you have lunch or dinner with them.  For our Freshman team this is a great team building function as they will be serving the breakfasts.  The kids who participated last year had a blast.  I would encourage all the Freshman players to volunteer to help their program.
Recap of Varsity Game vs Highland Park by Frank Beer

The Manhattan High Indians traveled again to Highland Park, who does not play road games due to budget constraints.  And the Tribe seemed to be right at home.  Winning the coin toss and taking the opening kickoff they scored on an 18 yard run by Iverson Robb.  The defense shut down the Scots and Manhattan scored on the second play of their second drive on a 43 yard run by Ian Trapp.  A 2 point conversion run by Reece Wewer made the score 15-0.  After the Scots muffed a punt, the Indians scored their third touchdown of the half on a 9 yard run by Ian to close out scoring for the half at 22-0.

The second half started with 2 touchdown runs by Kevontae McDonald of 11 and 9 yards.  Andrew Scott, who is perfect on extra points for the season, hit both tries.  The ensuing kickoff provided the Scots only highlight with a 89 yard kickoff return for a touchdown.  These were the first points scored by Highland Park this year.  The two point conversion failed, making the score 36-6 at the end of the third quarter.  
Devontae scored another touchdown with an 18 yard run for a touchdown.  The last score of the night was a 7 yard run by Tre Summers for his first score of the year to make it a 56-6 final score.
The defense did a terrific job in not giving up a score to the Scot offense and giving up only 83 total yards.  Chance Andrade led the team in tackles.  Leaders for the offense were Ian with 123 yards of rushing and 41 yards passing on a 4 for 7 night.  Iverson chipped in 72 yards and Devontae had 45 yards.  Lots of players saw their first varsity action of the year.  Hopefully this will pay dividends down the road when these players play important minutes later in the season.
Manhattan comes back home for their second home game of the year on Friday with a tough game against Topeka High at 7:00 PM at Bishop Stadium.
Prior to the game, through halftime, the football parents will be holding a BBQ fundraiser at the stadium home side entrance.  So come to the stadium hungry and ready to cheer on the Indians to another victory!
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JV/Varsity Team Photo (2016)


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Freshman Team Photo (2016)


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