Top-ranked Derby ended the Manhattan High football team’s season Friday night with a 55-20 Class 6A playoff win at Bishop Stadium.
With each passing overtime last week against Maize, the pressure began to mount for Manhattan High place-kicker Joseph Trujillo.
Manhattan head football coach Joe Schartz knows it will take a special effort from his team to upset the top-seeded Derby Panthers in the second round of the Class 6A playoffs Friday night at Bishop Stadium.
JUNCTION CITY — Regardless of sport or season, for every state champion, there is a runner-up.
MAIZE — There was a point early in the fourth quarter when the emotions of Friday’s playoff football game against Maize almost got the best of the Manhattan Indians.
JUNCTION CITY — It was 30 minutes after the game was over and Manhattan boys soccer head coach Frank Alonso still couldn’t believe how well his team played.
JUNCTION CITY—The Manhattan High boys’ soccer team’s season came to an end in Saturday’s Class 6A state soccer championship game, with the Indians dropping a tough match to Blue Valley Northwest, 2-0.
By Brady Bauman JUNCTION CITY—It was 30 minutes after the game was over and Manhattan boys soccer head coach Frank Alonso still couldn’t believe how well his team played.
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.
When it comes to KSHSAA’s district and playoff system for football, there’s a lot to dislike.
The Indians received their first real test of the season against the Wildcats, and though they played well enough to win for much of the night, Schumacher made a pair of back-breaking plays against Manhattan’s defense to help Hayden scrape together a hard-fought 21-14 win.
The Indians led 42-0 at halftime before dialing it back in the second half and allowing Seaman’s first-team players to get some offense going against Manhattan’s backups.
The Indians took the lead early in the first half and were never really threatened by the Lions in their season opener at Bishop Stadium.
In many cases, high school sports offer its participants the chance to learn life lessons through competition.
The win over Dodge City sends Manhattan on the road for Tuesday’s 6 p.m. quarterfinal against Maize (17-1).
Despite a slow start, Manhattan defeated Junction City by mercy-rule in only 56 minutes, winning 10-0 to set up Thursday’s regional final against Dodge City at Bishop Stadium, scheduled to begin at 6 p.m.
The Indians wasted no time and throttled Shawnee Heights 8-0 Thursday night at Bishop Stadium.
Manhattan (10-10, 9-9 Centennial) stayed close in both games, but lost 6-3 and 3-0.
Tuesday at Norvell Field, the Indians swept their first doubleheader since April 22, defeating the Emporia Spartans 7-1 in the opener and 11-2 in the nightcap on senior day.
The Indians lost the first game of their doubleheader, 7-2, and the nightcap, 10-5.
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