The Manchester football team pulled out another big road conference win Friday at North Miami, holding the Warriors out of the end zone on a two point conversion attempt with 52.4 left in the game that sealed a 34-33 thriller.
The Squires started the game by going four and out, then giving up a North Miami touchdown in the first four minutes before they settled down to play their game. Manchester moved the ball very little on their next possession when they got a break they were looking for. North Miami would fumble the Squire punt with Keelan Norwood recovering on the Warrior 23. Using their running game mixed with a couple short passes the Squires would even the score with 2:53 remaining on a Lucas Schilling keeper from 2yds out.
After the Squire defense held North Miami to start the second, the offense would keep rolling. Schilling would connect with Bailey Ness three times and Daniel Greise once before Jacob Casper scored from 2yds out to give Manchester a 14-7 lead. North Miami would waste no time getting even when they struck from 57yds out with 5:01 left to make it 14-14. The Squires would get two more possessions in the quarter and made the second one count when Schilling would find Evan Milam in the end zone as time expired for a 21-14 halftime lead.
Just like a heavyweight boxing match, the two teams would punch and counter punch. Just a minute and a half in to the third quarter North Miami got even, scoring from 47yds out to tie the score at 21, but the Squires wouldn’t rattle. On the first possession after the Warrior score the Squires would throw the counter punch. A nine play scoring drive capped off by a Jacob Casper 23yd run gave the Squires a 28-21 lead with a quarter to go.
North Miami was mounting a drive when the third quarter ended and capped off the drive just 3 seconds in to the fourth quarter, but missed the extra point as the Squires clung to a 28-27 lead. After North Miami kicked the ball out of bounds on the kick off, the Squires made them rekick and had the ball on the 46. After two plays Casper would run 16yds to the 29 and Lucas Schilling would take it from there, dragging a defender who had a horse collar grip the final five yards for a 29yd scoring run. The Squires would muff the extra point and led 34-27. After the Manchester kick off went to the end zone, the Warriors had 80yds to go to tie or take the lead. North Miami would mount an impressive drive that was 20 plays long to score with 52.4 left and trailed the Squires 34-33. North Miami elected to go for two and the win instead of the tie with the Squires spoiling the conversion and sealing the 34-33 win.
Stats will be added Saturday when received.