It was a night to remember when the Manchester and Wabash football teams hooked up in a classic Friday night at Wabash. The game was literally decided on the last play of the game as the Squires mounted a huge second half comeback to defeat the Apaches 36-29.
The Apaches would get the first possession of the game and wasted no time getting on the board when Jared Holley connected with Bryant Boggs on the second play of the game on a 62yd scoring strike. Wabash led 8-0 after Holley scored on the two point conversion. The Squires would answer on their first possession, mounting an 11 play scoring drive that was capped off by a Delton Moore 6yd run to make it 8-7 after the Hendrix kick. The final score of the first quarter came when Logan Vander Velden picked off a Devin Marcum pass, racing 29yds to pay dirt and giving Wabash a 15-7 lead.
Manchester would draw first blood in the second quarter on their second possession when Moore bounced off numerous tackle attempts and scored from 37yds out to cut the deficit to 15-14. Wabash would answer on their next possession when Holley broke loose on the left side and kicked on the after burners for a 75yd touchdown and grab a 21-14 lead. With just a 1:18 left in the half Holley would find the endzone again, this time from 8yds out to give the Apaches a 29-14 lead at the half.
The second half would be all Squires as Manchester held Wabash scoreless while they mounted their comeback. After a botched punt attempt by Wabash the Squires would capitalize. On their second play Moore would brake loose from 28yds out and after the kick the score was 29-21. On their next possession Marcum would find Trey Clark streaking up the middle for a 54yd pass play for a score as the game headed to the fourth tied 29-29.
Each team would have the ball twice in the fourth quarter going nowhere before the thrilling finish. The Squires would take their third possession at their own 11 and mount a drive that ended with Clark catching a 16yd scoring strike from Marcum with 5.3 seconds left in the game. After the kick off there was one second left in the game and the Apaches had the ball on their own 20. Wabash would draw up a flea flicker that saw Vander Velden catch a pass and throw it back across the field to Holley who raced 80yds to the endzone. The touchdown however was call back for an ineligible player down field so they brought the ball back and the Apaches had one more shot with no time on the clock. Again Holley would find Vander Velden who avoided several tackle attempts before finding Holley again. Holley would race down the left sideline and cut to the middle where he was stopped at the Manchester 20 yard line to end the game.
Passing : Marcum 17/31 for 220yds, 2TD
Rushing : Marcum 11/54yds : Andritsch 1/1yd : Moore 34/334yds, 3TD
Rec : Rooney 2/21yds : Clark 8/127yds, 2TD : Andritsch 2/28yds : Moore 1/3yds : Meyer 1/14yds : Mathias 1/0yds : Gaerte 2/27yds
Passing : Holley 15/30 for 189yds, 1TD
Rushing : 27/186yds, 2TD
Rec : 15/189yds, 1TD
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