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.