Manhattan wins defensive battle, 6-3

By Grant Guggisberg

Despite scoring only six points in a forgettable offensive effort, Manhattan High managed to pull out a win against the visiting Emporia Spartans, winning 6-3 in a game that went down to the wire.

Manhattan (1-1) scored a touchdown on a 20-yard run by Chris Martin with 3:15 to play in the fourth quarter, giving them a 6-3 lead after a blocked extra point attempt.

The Indian defense, which played well all night, was able to hold on the final three minutes.

Manhattan had the opportunity to end the game with Emporia (1-1) facing fourth and 14 at midfield. The pass was broken up with the Indians’ James Kordyak providing heavy pressure on Spartan quarterback Tanner Taylor.

Instead, pass interference was called, giving the Spartans new life. Facing fourth and 8, they brought on kicker Lane Brewer, who kicked a 30-yard field goal in the first half, but Brewer came up short on the 44-yard attempt, securing the Indian victory.

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