Knights stop Squires, 59-18

Southwood's Peyton Trexler evading Manchester defenders in the second quarter. Photo by David Fenker

By Eric Christiansen

The Southwood football team struck early and often and left no doubt how the season opener was going to go against Manchester Friday night with a 59-18 win.

The Knights took a 14-0 lead in the first seven minutes, with Carson Blair finding Peyton Trexler for two early touchdown passes, one for 17 yards and another for 16 yards.

The Squires looked like they were going to keep pace with Southwood when Hayes Sturstman found Andrew McAtee for a 61-yard touchdown pass to cut it to 14-6, but the Knights dominated the rest of the way.

Southwood led 20-6 going into the second quarter, then exploded for 47-12 lead at halftime.

“Our pass protection was outstanding tonight,” Southwood coach Dave Snyder said. “A lot of our scores aren’t scripted, they just happen. We stay on our blocks and give Carson time to move around and locate people, and he got Peyton a couple of times.”

Manchester coach Greg Miller found some positives, despite the lopsided score.

“We haven’t played Southwood since 2014, so we really don’t know their players. Film doesn’t do it justice,” Miller said. “We just couldn’t match up. We had to scrap things early and just find somebody to hang with Trexler. We did our best.”

“It’s not how we wanted to start out, but I think the kids kept playing hard,” Miller added.

For the Knights, Blair was 16-22 passing for 318 yards and six touchdowns, while Trexler caught eight passes for 164 yards with three touchdowns. Matthew Nose caught three passes for 83 yards, two for touchdowns.

Defensively, Riley Whitesel led the Knights with 12 tackles, followed by Gabe Lloyd with eight and Elijah Sutton with six.

For Manchester, Hayes Sturtsman was 10-29 in the air for 154 yards and two touchdowns, both to McAtee.

Delton Moore led the Squires with 104 yards rushing on 18 carries and a touchdown.

Nick Wagner led Manchester with 11 tackles, followed by Gavin Ream with nine, and Moore with seven.

Southwood will be at Oak Hill this Friday, while Manchester travels to Bluffton. Both games begin at 7 p.m.

Norse win
Kyle Reed scored three touchdowns and John Schuler added two more as the Northfield Norsemen defeated Bluffton, 42-30, in the season opener.

Reed scored on runs of 2, 6 and 1 yard. Schuler found the end zone on runs of 6 and 19 yards.

Matt Coe added Northfield’s other touchdown, a 22-yard pass from Levi Fulkerson.

Kade Kennedy added the extra point after each Norse TD.

Reed led Northfield with 137 yards on 22 carries, while Fulkerson had 51 yards on nine carries, and Schuler and Coe each had 50 yards on nine carries.

Fulkerson finished the evening with five completions on six attempts for 101 yards.

Coe was the leading receiver, catching four passes for 87 yards. Schuler had one catch for 14 yards.

Defensively, Reed had six solo and two assisted tackles, while Schuler had five solo and two assisted tackles.

Northfield travels to Peru for a 7 p.m. game this Friday.

Apaches fall
A fourth quarter 52-yard punt return by Rochester’s Corbyn Wood, followed by a conversion run by Bryce Abbott, snapped a 0-0 tie and gave the Zebra’s an 8-0 win.

Wabash quarterback Jared Holley finished the night 10 of 21 for114 yards and an interception.

Leading receiver for Wabash was Austin Vinopal, who brought in four passes for 42 yards. Logan Vander Velden had three receptions for 23 yards, while Noah Cressell had one reception for 40 yards.

Cody Beeks led all Wabash rushers with 22 yards on eight carries, while Kallen Kelsheimer had 20 yards on 11 carries.

Cressell led the Apaches on defense, getting 11 tackles and eight assisted tackles. He also notched one sack on the night.

Wabash is at home again on Friday, playing host to Alexandria. Kick off is at 7 p.m.

Posted on 2017 Aug 22