It was the tale of two halves Friday at Wabash as the Apaches out scored Manchester 23-7 in the first half before the Squires shut out Wabash in the second half 22-0 for a come from behind 29-23 win over the Apaches.
With 9:26 to go in the first quarter Chase Dirig would hook up with his brother Grant on a 38yd scoring strike to take a 6-0 lead and later got a 35yd field goal from Owne Yeadon to lead 9-0 after the first quarter.
The Squires would close the gap early in the second when Evan Milam scored from 4yds out with 10:27 to play, making it 9-7, but the Apaches responded with two more scores for their first half lead. Chase Dirig scored on a 10yd run, then connected with Trevor Vest on a 25yd pass play to give the Apaches a 23-7 halftime lead.
Both defenses would dominate the third quarter with Manchester getting the lone score of the quarter when Jacob Casper scored from 23yds out with 40 seconds left in the quarter and with a two point conversion Wabash still led 23-15 with one quarter to go.
With 9:23 left in the game Lucas Schilling would race 14yds to pay dirt, then hit Milam for a two point conversion to tie the game at 23. A Wabash turn over kept the Squire momentum going as Lucas Schilling then found Bailey Ness form 20yds out with a blocked extra point giving Manchester a 29-23 lead which would end up being the final score.
For Manchester Lucas Schilling was 17 of 32 for 215yds, 1TD. Jacob Casper rushed 10 times for 67yds, 1TD. Lucas Schilling added 9 for 54yds, 1TD, Evan Milam 7 for 26yds, 1TD. Evan Milam had 6 receptions for 70yds. Bailey Ness added 4 for 62yds, 1TD, Daniel Griese 4 for 4 for 51yds, Keelan Norwood 2 for 28yds, Jacob Casper 1 for 4yds.
Thad Miller led the defense with 20 tackles. Jacob Casper added 15, Cole Isbell 8, Tyler McNall 8, Codi Hutchinson 8.
For Wabash Chase Dirig was 10 of 27 for 157yds, 2TD. Dirig also rushed 21 times for 146yds, 1TD. Luke Proctor added 17 for 46yds, Grant Dirig 4 for 12yds, Trevor Vest 1 for 5yds. Grant Dirig had 5 receptions for for 83yds, 1TD. Trevor Vest added 3 for 60yds, 1TD, Ben Dillon 1 for 5yds, Ian French 1 for 9yds.
Photos By Sam Knight