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!