By Gary Andrews
In what some thought would be an offensive battle, the Manchester Squires and Wabash Apaches defenses stepped up, especially in the first half in a 22-8 Manchester win.
The lone score of the first quarter was a Squire safety that gave Manchester a 2-0 lead after one. With both defenses dominating in the first half, the Squires would get the only score of the second quarter on a Lucas Schilling touchdown with 0:47 left to give the Squires an 8-0 lead at the half.
Just a little over three minutes in to the third quarter, Jacob Casper gave Manchester some breathing room with a touchdown run and after a Ross Messer extra point the Squires led 15-0 with 8:51 to go. Schilling would get his second score of the game later in the quarter and Manchester's second of the quarter to put Manchester up 22-0 with a quarter to go.
Wabash would get their only score in the fourth quarter for the 22-8 final.
For Manchester, Lucas Schilling was 8 of 20 for 52 yards. Jacob Casper ran for 161 yards on 20 carries. Schilling added 60 yards, Phoenix Goad 5, Evan Milam 7 and Bailey Ness 4. Brodi Carter caught 4 passes for 25 yards, Phoenix Goad 3 for 23, Kane Gable 1 for 11 and Daniel Griese 1 for 4.
Thad Miller led the defense with 18 tackles. Evan Milam and Nick Eubank added 10 each. Chris Eubank had 9. Nick Eubank, Milam and Miller each had sacks. Nick Eubank and Cody Hann both had an interception. Jacob Casper had a fumble recovery.