Manhattan routs Topeka West, 76-0

By Grant Guggisberg

After taking a 48-0 halftime lead, Manhattan breezed past Topeka West on Friday night at Bishop Stadium, winning in a shutout, 76-0.

Manhattan was dominant all night, but got help from the Chargers to the tune of six turnovers, including two interceptions returned for touchdowns and a fumble recovery for a touchdown. Manhattan also got two scores on special teams.

Manhattan (4-1, 4-0 Centennial) took control from the opening snap, literally.

Bret Fehr took the opening kickoff 97 yards for a touchdown to give the Indians a 7-0 lead. On West’s first possession, Darian Taylor picked off West quarterback Joshua Reynolds for a 50-yard score to give the Indians a 14-point lead with 9:30 to play in the first quarter.

Manhattan would score twice more in the first quarter alone, the first on a 14-yard run by Taylor and the second on a 25-yard scamper by Chris Martin.

In the second quarter, the Indians got a 5-yard touchdown from Ethan Fabrizius on his first carry of the season, with Henry Bieber adding a 2-yard touchdown.

Manhattan practiced its two-minute offense at the end of the half, marching 63 yards in five plays, capped by a 4-yard pass from Kellen Myers to Fabrizius to give the Indians a 48-0 halftime lead.

Manhattan did not punt in the game.


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