Manchester, Wabash meet in Unified football

By Eric Christiansen

NORTH MANCHESTER -- The scoreboard said 66-52 but both Manchester and Wabash Unified flag football teams were winners Thursday, Oct. 2.

Both teams are in their first year in the newly IHSAA approved sport and both were ready to play Thursday.

The teams competed a week earlier against Tippecanoe Valley and Warsaw, but not against each other.

“We thought it made sense to play so we quickly put this game together and it worked out,” Wabash High School Principal Kyle Wieland said.

Playing in front of nearly 100 fans, both teams were greeted by the MHS cheerleaders as they were introduced.

“It's just a great thing for both schools and allows all students an opportunity to compete and represent their respective schools,” Manchester High School Athletic Director Eric Screeton said.

Unified Sports enables persons with and without intellectual disabilities to participate on the same team for sports training and competition as part of the “Champions Together” partnership between the IHSAA and Special Olympics Indiana, according to a press release from the IHSAA.

Unified Flag Football, played on a 25-yard by 40-yard field, is five-on-five with three athletes and two unified partners to a side.

Manchester traveled to Carroll High School for its first sectional, beating Homestead 36-34 and Fort Wayne Northside 43-26, but lost to Carroll 38-20 in the championship game.

Wabash lost to Carroll 33-6 in the first round.

Posted on 2019 Oct 08