Indians get third straight win, move on to big test Friday

Cole Schmitt, Staff Writer

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Manhattan stays undefeated after a dominating win Friday night at Seaman 49-7.

“I was very pleased with the total team effort,” head coach Joe Schartz said “I am very pleased with the defense holding Seaman to -11 yards rushing and less than 100 yards total offense.”

Manhattan (3-0) held Seaman (2-1) to seven points Friday while forcing two turnovers and not allowing the Vikings a single point after the first quarter.

The Indians offense showed up once again putting up 49 points ,which puts their season average so far this year at 37.3 points per game.

Senior running back Kevontae McDonald had 196 yards and three touchdowns on 18 carries. Senior Jaylynn Liggons had a kick return for a touchdown and junior Isiah Childs had a rushing touchdown as well.

“The guys in the trenches, [they] help us skill guys make big plays,” Childs said. “We’ve been hanging [our] hats on outworking teams in the run game and so far it’s been working.”

With all this running you need good blocking and Manhattan has done that really well so far this year.

“The offensive line continues to improve each week.” Schartz said.

Kicker Gabe Pereyda was perfect being 7 for 7 on extra points.

Manhattan (3-0) will travel to Topeka Friday to take on the only other undefeated team in the Centennial League, Washburn Rural (3-0). Washburn has been solid this year already tallying two road wins and averaging 31.7 points through all three games. Washburn will also have an advantage being on home turf in front of their fans. This game could go a long way in deciding who will take home the regular season title this year.

“Every game is a huge game for us,” said Childs. “Washburn isn’t a pushover, all the [games] they’ve competed in this year they’ve came back and won. They have good [players] on both sides of the ball so this should be a good game for both teams. I know that if we stick together like we have and not be complacent and work hard every day at practice and do the things MHS is about [then] we will be fine.”

This story is written as an assignment for 21st Century Journalism, Manhattan High’s introductory journalism class.

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