Squires, Knights win football openers

By Eric Christiansen

The Manchester Squires started its next chapter under head coach Alyx Brandewie with a bang after a 47-12 thumping of North Miami on Friday, Aug. 21 at Manchester.

The Squires started the game with a three-and-out defensive stand and quickly got on the board when quarterback Brock Casper hit Seth Gaerte in the end zone for a 6-0 lead.

North Miami tied things up at 6-6 but Casper found Blake Pohler from 26 yards out to give Manchester a 12-6 lead and the Squires were off to the races.

Braxton Ream scored in the second quarter on a one-yard plunge followed by Casper hitting Pohler from 43 yards out for a score and a 26-6 halftime lead.

Casper hit Gaerte for the second time in the third quarter followed by a five-yard rushing touchdown from Ream for a 40-6 lead. Ream added another score in the fourth quarter.

Casper, a sophomore, passed for 288 yards on 11-14 passing with four touchdowns and no interceptions.

Pohler scored twice on four receptions with 124 yards while Gaerte caught four passes with two touchdowns and 108 yards.
Ream rushed for 169 yards on 31 carries with three touchdowns.

Defensively, Peyton Addair and Gaerte led the way with seven tackles apiece with Addair recording two sacks.

Dominic Lincoln, Dylan Stroud, and Johnny England each had six tackles, Anthony Foust had five, and Collin Bonewitz and Caden Miller each had two.

The Squires will shot Bluffton this Friday, Aug. 28 at 7 p.m.

Southwood 29, Knox 26

Southwood had to scramble to replace its original season-opener with Maconaquah and traveled to Knox Friday, Aug. 21.

The Knights overcame an early 14-0 deficit to pull out a 29-26 win.

The Redskins scored two quick touchdowns in the first quarter but the Knights but it to 14-13 at halftime with two second quarter scores.

Southwood took a 21-20 lead into the fourth quarter and held on for the three-point win.

Alex Farr passed for 360 yards on 20-31 attempts with three touchdowns.

Farr connected with Logan Barley for six passes for 142 yards and two touchdowns and three passes for 64 yards and one score to Dawson Filip.

Carson Rich caught five passes for 79 yards, Connor Rich caught four for 15 yards, and Isaiah Sutton caught one for seven yards.

Sutton ran twice for four yards with one touchdown plunge, while Farr led the Knights with 38 yards on seven carries. Barley ran for 26 yards on three carries, and Tristin Hayslett had four yards on seven carries.

Defensively, Connor Rich led the way with 17 tackles, followed by Carson Rich with 16, Sutton with 15, and Barley had nine.

Joey Bland picked off three passes and Carson Rich and Sutton each intercepted one.

Southwood will host Oak Hill Friday, Aug. 28 at 7 p.m.

Bluffton 25, Northfield 13

Northfield traveled to Bluffton for its season opener and fell short 25-13.

The Norse got on the board first when Jarret Shafer scored on a four-yard run in the first quarter.

Bluffton cut the lead to 7-5 on a safety and a field goal.

The Tigers pounced in the third quarter, scoring twice, to take an 18-7 lead.

Northfield’s Jaydan Goshert cut the lead to 18-13 on a 23-yard touchdown run with 8:59 in the game but Bluffton added a touchdown and held on for the win.

Clayton Tomlinson passed for 96 yards on 7-15 passes with Michael Fisher hauling three passes for 26 yards and Mason Fisher catching two for 47 yards.

Shafer led the Norse in rushing with 54 yards on 13 carries, Jaydan Goshert ran for 23 yards on two carries, and Jake Halderman picked up 16 yards on two carries.

On the defensive side, Jacob Snyder led the way with 11 tackles, followed by Goshert, Shafer and Logan Cox with seven each, Jayden Peas and Micah Higgins with six each, and Dylan Ross with four. Tomlinson picked off one pass and Goshert recovered a fumble.

Northfield will host Tippecanoe Valley Friday, Aug. 28 at t p.m. to start conference play. 

Monroe Central 29, Wabash 14

Three turnovers in the red zone in the first half hurt the Wabash Apaches’ chances in its season opener at Monroe Central Friday, Aug. 21.

Monroe Central took a 15-0 halftime lead and held off Wabash for a 29-14 win over the Apaches.

Wabash moved the ball well in the first half but the three turnovers squelched all three drives.

Isaiah Els scored on a 10-yard run in the third quarter to cut the lead to 15-8 but Monroe Central answered with a touchdown to increase the lead to 22-8.

The Apaches cut the lead to a one-possession game when Jasper Walter caught a 15-yard touchdown pass from Joe Leland with nine minutes left in the game but weren’t able to get any closer.

Leland passed for 253 yards and a touchdown on 22-40 passes on the night.

Walter caught 11 passes for 156 yards and a touchdown while Bryant Boggs hauled in six passes for 53 yards.

Els rushed for 64 yards on 16 attempts and Leland ran the ball six times for 33 yards.

Defensively, Els led the way with seven tackles, followed by Walter, Chad Wyatt, and Cash Carmichael each had five tackles, and Boggs, Antonio Grant, and Collin Price each had four tackles.

The Apache travel to Alexandria-Monroe Friday, Aug. 28 for a 7 p.m. kickoff.

Posted on 2020 Aug 25