By Seth Kinker, firstname.lastname@example.org
The Manchester Flying Dutchmen traveled to the Hanover-Horton High School on Friday Sept. 8 to take on the Comets with both teams looking for their first conference win.
The Comets took control of the game early, scoring two touchdowns in the first and second quarters to take a comfortable 28-0 halftime lead.
The Flying Dutchmen had trouble containing Comet junior quarterback Franklynn Hill who was a threat with his arm and his legs.
Hill accounted for three of the first half touchdowns for the Comets – a 29-yard pass, a 39-yard pass, and a 28-yard scamper.
The Flying Dutchmen found an improvement in their passing game that had been absent to start the season, after halftime the Flying Dutchmen used quick throws and halfback passes to gain yards through the air.
Sophomore Ty Horky passed the ball to the flat late in the third quarter to senior tailback John Zigila who heaved it downfield for a 57-yard halfback pass to a streaking, and wide open, sophomore tight end Braeden Caszatt.
The Comets outgained the Flying Dutchmen 409-144 and won 42-6.
Horky and Zigila led the Flying Dutchmen in passing. Horky finished 8-12 for 96 yards and one interception. Zigila finished 1-2 for 57-yards and a touchdown.
Caszatt had one reception for 57-yards and a touchdown, senior wide receiver Jacob Dodak had three catches for 45 yards and senior running back Paul Derheim added four catches for 38-yards.
Defensively senior defensive lineman Jesse Tedder (9.5) and junior linebacker Nick Phillips (8) led the team in tackles.
The Flying Dutchmen fell to 0-3 (0-2) and take on Grass Lake on Sept. 15.