In a tight game all night, Junction City managed to defeat the Manhattan High Indians in Friday’s regular-season finale at Bishop Stadium, 16-10.
Manhattan will still make the playoffs, but as district runner-ups, meaning they’ll start the postseason on the road next week at Maize (7-2). Topeka High won the district with a win over Washburn Rural.
Junction City scored the go-ahead touchdown with 4:42 to play in the fourth quarter on a 7-yard run by Ronald Wilson.
Manhattan answered with a drive down the length of the field, but a holding penalty set up third-and-16. Quarterback Kellen Myers’ first pass was broken up by the Blue Jays, with his attempt on fourth down also falling incomplete, to give Junction City the ball back. The Blue Jays ran out the clock on the ground, opting not to go for the needed field goal or touchdown to win the district.
Manhattan took a 10-7 lead to halftime, with Junction City tying the game in the third quarter on a 30-yard field goal by Zach Roberts.