The Manchester football team played host to Peru Friday, falling behind by 21 points before a furious comeback fell just short, falling to the Tigers 41-40.
Peru, being a running team would catch the Squires off guard midway through the first quarter when Robert Cunningham found Lucas McConahay for a 57yd scoring strike to put Peru up 7-0. Manchester would answer on their next possession when Delton Moore broke loose for a 48yd scoring run to make the score 7-6. The Tigers would go back to their running game, driving the field with Jordan Rader scoring from 8yds out with 12 seconds left in the quarter as Peru led 15-6 after one.
As fast and furious as the first quarter was, both defenses would tighten their belts in the second battling to a scoreless quarter. Peru led 15-6 at the half.
Manchester would draw first blood in the third quarter when Hayes Strurtsman found Parker Yard from 6yds out with 10:34 on the clock to make it 15-14. Again the Tigers would ride the back of Rader, marching 66yds to answer when Rader scored from 10yds out to put Peru up 21-14. Back came the Squires. Starting on their own 41 Manchester would move the ball before Sturtsman scored on a 5yd run to close the gap to 21-20. Peru would have one more answer in the third and again it would be Rader. This time Rader would brake several tackles before scoring from 26yds out as Peru led 27-20 after three.
The Tigers would get the first two scores of the fourth quarter. Darien Cleaver would score from 8yds out with Colton Miller scoring the two point conversion. With 8:47 left in the game Cleaver would find the end zone from 15yds away as the Peru lead grew to 41-20. Manchester would then make the entire crown bite their nails as Sturtsman hooked up with Remington Trick with 6:29 left to make it 41-26, then score on an 80yd pass play from Sturtsman to Andrew McAtee with 1:29 left in the game to make the score 41-32. Manchester would then execute an onside kick with Trey Clark recovering, then catch a 29yd scoring pass with 1:12 on the clock to close the gap to 41-40. Another onside kick was sure to come with the Squires touching the ball to soon, giving the Tigers the ball as they ran out the clock.
Passing : Sturtsman 9/25 for 184yds, 4TD
Rushing : Moore 13/109yds,1TD : Rooney 1/43yds : Sturtsman 9/29yds : McAtee 1/6yds
Rec : McAtee 4/123yds,1TD : Clark 1/28yds, 1TD : Trick 1/12yds, 1TD : Rooney 1/9yds : Moore 1/6yds : Yard 1/6yds, 1TD