The Manchester football thought they were making a trip to Peru Friday, but a water main break at Peru caused the Tigers to travel to Manchester to take on the Squires. Manchester held a 7-0 lead after one, then endured a 42 point second quarter between the two teams and trailed 28-21 at the half before falling 34-21.
The Squires got on the board first when Bailey Ness scored from 1 yard out to give Manchester a 7-0 lead after one.
Things would get crazy in the second quarter with both teams scoring at will. Peru would get the first score of the second quarter and convert a two point conversion to lead 8-7, but the Squires would answer. Bailey Ness would connect with Kane Gable on a 52 yard scoring strike to give the Squires the lead back at 14-8. The Tigers would get the next two scores on runs from 80 yards and 52 yards to take a 21-14 lead, but once more the Squires would answer. Ness would get his second passing TD when he found Keelan Norwood from 38 yards to knot the score at 21. Peru found the end zone one more time before the half ended to lead the Squires 28-21 at the half.
As fast and furious as the first half was, the second half was the opposite with Peru getting the lone score on a 3 yard run in the fourth quarter for the 34-21 final.
Passing : Ness 16-36 for 231yds
Rushing : Shepherd 9 for 31yds : Ness 8 for 22yds : Gable 2 for 18yds : Sellers 6 for 12yds
Rec : K.Gable 6 for 100yds : Norwood 4 for 73yds : Trick 1 for 27yds : J Gable 1 for 16yds : Shepherd 3 for 10yds : Sturtsman 1 for 5yds.
Rickert led the defense with 6 tackles. Sellers added 5.
Photos By Sam Knight