By Seth Kinker, firstname.lastname@example.org
On Friday night the Manchester Flying Dutchmen defeated the Vandercook Lake Jayhawks, 54-18. It was also senior night, and they honored their cheerleaders, band members and football players before the game and at halftime.
Manchester took control of the game from the very beginning against a Jayhawk team that is winless on the season. The Dutch overwhelmed the Jayhawks with 41 points in the first half, including 21 and 20 points in the first two quarters while the Jayhawks could only muster 12.
Offensively the Dutch had 430 yards led by sophomore quarterback Ty Horky who went 7-8 for 116 yards and two touchdowns. Senior quarterback John Zigila accounted for two touchdowns as well, running for one and passing for the other.
Senior running back Paul Derheim continued his successful senior campaign adding three touchdowns on the night. Derheim finished with two rushing touchdowns and 88-yards on the ground and 44-yards through the air while adding his third touchdown via a catch.
Senior wide receiver Jacob Dodak added two receiving touchdowns on the night, leading the receivers for Manchester.
In addition to senior night the Dutch honored longtime members of the athletic department who were in their last year serving.
Athletic Director and Head Coach Wes Gall is retiring after this year. Gall took over as head coach in 1988.
Larry McGee and Jack Smith, two members of the Manchester community, are in their last year (48 and 50, respectively) as members of the chain gang for the football team. In addition to the chain gang, McGee and Smith have also hauled the Manchester JV and Varsity Football team’s equipment to home and away games throughout the years as well.
Dick Fielder, former head coach and now spotter for the football team, is retiring after this year after 45 years.
All were honored Friday night and were given standing ovations from the crowd.
After the game, and as a surprise to Gall, former players from his years of coaching came back for one of his final, traditional post game kneel down talks.
Players from years ago, current players, students, and members of the community came down to midfield after the game to hear one more post Friday night speech from their head coach.
Gall teared up during the speech in which he thanked all of the players and members of the community for their support over the years. Gall stayed well after the game had concluded, taking pictures with former players and catching up with players and community members he had been involved with throughout his coaching tenure.
Manchester will play their crossover game on 10/19 against an opponent TBA.