The Southwood and Manchester football teams duked it out for four quarters Friday with the final deciding score not coming until 2:36 left in the game as the Knights held on to defeat the Squires 21-14.
Southwood would score early in the first quarter when Nathan Hollars broke loose on a 4yd scoring scamper to give the Knights a 6-0 lead which would be the only score of the first quarter.
Manchester would grab their only lead of the night with 3:37 left in the second quarter when Lucas Schilling connected with Keelan Norwood on a 16yd pass play and the Squires led 7-6. Nathan Hollars would run the insuing kick off back to the Manchester 40, giving the Knights a shot with little time left in the half. The Knights didn’t need much time as Robbie Cole would find Jon Berlier on the second play for a 39yd scoring strike. Cole would run in the two point conversion and the Knights led 14-7 at the half.
Lucas Schilling and Bailey Ness would connect with 7:26 to go in the third quarter to knot the score at 14 when the rain started to come down and change the way the game was being played. The third quarter ended with the score tied at 14.
With the rain coming down and the wind blowing hard both teams resorted to their ground games, with both defenses playing good against the ground games. The Knights broke the stale mate with 2:36 left to play when Nathan Hollars would score from 11yds out to give Southwood a 21-14 lead. The Squires had little time left to tie or take the lead, but a hurry up offense had them moving down the field when the Southwood defense came up big. On fourth and inches and a minute to go the Southwood defense stopped the Squires short, taking over the ball for the 21-14 final.
For Southwood Robbie Cole was 10 of 21 for 152yds, 1TD. Nathan Hollars rushed 16 times for 64yds, 2TD. Robbie Cole added 9 for 21yds, Jon Berlier 3 for 35yds, Zach Ball 1 for 1yd. Nathan Hollars caught 5 passes for 72yds. Andrew Finicle added 2 for 23yds, Danny Goff 2 for 17yds, Jon Berlier 1 for 40yds, 1TD.
Nick Rebholz led the defense with 12 tackles. Noah Kirk added 11, Luke Perlich 10.
Lucas Schilling was 7 for 15 for 107yds, 2 TD. Jacob Casper rushed 21 times for 117yds. Schilling added 12 for 13yds. Evan Milam had 7 for 32yds.Keelan Norwood caught 2 passes for 27yds, 1TD. Daniel Griese had 2 for 34yds. Bailey Ness had 1 for 27yds, 1TD. Evan Milam and Jacob Casper had 1 catch each.
Thad Miller led the defense with 18 tackles. Jacob Casper added 9, Landon Tharp 8.
Photos By Sam Knight