By Seth Kinker, email@example.com
The Manchester Flying Dutchmen traveled to the home of the East Jackson Trojans last Friday night looking to build off of their first win of the season last week against Grass Lake.
The Flying Dutchmen emerged victorious again, winning 42-6.
Never looking out of control, Manchester took a 35-6 lead into halftime. Senior quarterback John Zigila and sophomore cornerback Ty Horky scored in the first quarter. Zigila ran the ball in from six-yards out and Horky returned a tipped pass for a touchdown.
Zigila finished 5-9 for 84 yards and one touchdown while rushing six times for 20 yards and three touchdowns.
In the second quarter Manchester won control of the game adding three more touchdowns. Zigila ran in two more short touchdowns and he also found senior wide receiver Jacob Dodak on a 30-yard play pass.
After pouring in a career high rushing performance last week, senior Paul Derheim kept pacing the Manchester offense. He rushed for another 120-yards that included a 62-yard run for the last Dutchmen touchdown on the night.
The first three weeks the Flying Dutchmen allowed 32, 36, and 42 points, respectively. The last two weeks they have only given up 12 points and six points.
After changing things up following their third straight loss that included switching players around and giving players more rest, Manchester head coach Wes Gall attributes it simply to a team coming along as the season goes on.
“We’re using our hands more. They’re getting people off their bodies,” said Gall. “They’re getting to their gaps. We’re owning our gap. We’re a gap defense. We send people to a gap and they have to defend that gap. Quickness off the ball, all those little things matter. We’re starting to put that all together.
The Manchester defense held the Trojans to 128 total yards. Senior defensive linemen Kurtis Blumenauer (8), junior defensive end Luther Westcott (5), and senior defensive linemen Skylyr Zink (5) led the team in tackles with Horky’s pick six an early momentum shifter.
Manchester 2-3 (2-2) take on Cascades conference leader Michigan Center on Sept. 29.