By: Seth Kinker, firstname.lastname@example.org
The Manchester Flying Dutchmen football team fell to the Napoleon Pirates on Sept. 21, 24-7.
The Dutchmen couldn’t overcome their own mistakes throughout the night, turning the ball over seven times.
At halftime, the Pirates led 17-0 after a 61-yard touchdown catch from senior wide receiver Ethan Weatherspoon, a four-yard touchdown from senior running back Tyler Eason, and a field goal kick from junior Jayden Ballnik with five seconds left in the first half.
In the second half, the Dutchmen were able to score in the third quarter, junior quarterback Ty Horky found senior wide receiver Luther Westcott wide open on a busted coverage for the Pirates for a 42-yard pitch and run for the score.
Weatherspoon would round out the scoring for the Pirates, returning a pick six in the fourth quarter.
The Dutchmen outgained the Pirates 316-248, but the Pirates dominated the time of possession 33:16 to 14:43.
Horky finished with 223 yards to lead the Dutchmen through the air, and also led the team in rushing picking up 66 yards on the ground.
Junior tight end Braeden Caszatt continues to be a safety net for Horky, he had 7 catches for 102 yards to lead the Dutchmen receivers.
Defensively, junior linebacker Colin McCaffrey had 10.5 tackles, senior linebacker Jacob Kurgin added seven with three tackles for loss, and junior linebacker Nick Phillips finished with six tackles.
The Dutchmen (1-4) travel to Vandercook Lake on Sept. 28.