TOPEKA — With just five punts all night, most would think Friday’s game between the Manhattan High football team and Washburn Rural was an old-fashioned offensive shootout.
FLUSH — Both teams can find several occurrences where the game could have been won or lost, but it was Nemaha Valley that escaped Rock Creek with a final sigh of relief.
In Hoyt, Wamego beat Royal Valley 28-12 in the team’s second district game, giving them the opportunity to reach the playoffs in a winner-take-all scenario next week against Hayden.
In Marysville, the Riley County Falcons (3-5) won in a rout against the Bulldogs (0-8), setting up a showdown between the Falcons and Rock Creek next week for the runner-up spot in District 2, with Nemaha Valley likely to beat the Bulldogs in its regular-season finale.
In Blue Rapids, the Jackson Heights Cobras (7-1) led 24-6 at halftime and added two touchdowns in each of the final two quarters to beat the Mustangs (3-5).
In Randolph, Axtell (5-3) won big in a game that ended in the third quarter, as Blue Valley (5-3) suffered its third loss in the last three weeks.
In a low-scoring game that was close all night, the Manhattan High football team squeaked out a 13-10 win over Washburn Rural on Friday night in Topeka.
For much of the early part of the season, the Manhattan High Indians’ offense struggled.
With one final game in the regular season before the playoffs begin, Manhattan head coach Frank Alonso wanted his team to come out with a playoff mentality.
He doesn’t know why, but Manhattan High head football coach Joe Schartz knows his team has always struggled offensively against Washburn Rural.
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