A year after losing 24-6 in the Little Apple Bowl to Eisenhower Middle School at Bishop Stadium, the Anthony Middle School Tornadoes turned the tables on the Eagles and won 16-12 in the annual showdown between Manhattan’s two middle schools.
Two-point conversions proved to be the difference in this year’s game, with AMS converting both its chances while Eisenhower could not.
EMS took a 6-0 lead early in the opening quarter on a 4-yard touchdown run by Tayvon Agnew Nash, but Anthony came right back to tie the score on a Glen Young touchdown run. The two-point conversion pass from Talon Claussen to Jalin Harper was completed to make the score 8-6 at the end of the first quarter.
Anthony took the lead for good before halftime when Thomas Gevock completed a 51-yard TD pass to Martin Vogts. The two-point conversion pass again was completed from Claussen to Harper to make the score 16-6 at halftime.
Neither team could get points in the third, but EMS was able to add a touchdown with less than 5 minutes to go on a 7-yard touchdown run by Sam Edwards to make the score 16-12.
AMS had to punt late in the fourth to give the Eagles a chance, but the Tornadoes recovered a fumble in Eisenhower territory and then ran out the clock.
Anthony finished the season 7-0 and won the Centennial Middle League football title.
Eisenhower won the B game 20-0. The C quarter was also won by EMS 16-0.
After the games, Manhattan High head coach Joe Schartz addressed both teams, encouraging them to keep playing football when they all arrive at the high school next fall.