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Manhattan defeats Maize in 5OT thriller

By Grant Guggisberg

MAIZE — After struggling offensively most of the night, the Manhattan High football team completed a fourth-quarter comeback to force extra periods and ultimately win in the fifth overtime, 60-59.

The Indians surprised everybody in the stadium with a trick 2-pt conversion trailing 59-58, with Henry Bieber taking the ball in to win it.

Manhattan completed an unlikely comeback in the fourth quarter, erasing a 17-point deficit with consecutive touchdowns and a field goal after a night of offensive struggles the three and a half quarters prior.

The Indians scored midway through the fourth quarter to make it 24-14, and even got the ensuing onside kick – their first attempt on the season. They scored a touchdown six plays later on a 12-yard run by Myers to make it 24-21.

After a quick three-and-out by Maize and a punt into the wind that netted about 15 yards, Manhattan got down to the 11-yard line before stalling, bringing Joseph Trujillo out for a 27-yard field goal to tie the game at 24-24.

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