The Manson Trojans maintain their undefeated status with a 6-0 overall record. They defeated the Waterville-Mansfield Shockers at their Homecoming game on Friday, Oct. 6, 2017 with a final score of 47-7.
1st Q 2nd Q 3rd Q 4th Q Final
Manson 16 7 14 10 47
Waterville 0 0 7 0 7
The Manson Trojans played a great game in front of a packed house for homecoming. The Trojans got out to an early lead with a safety and then scored two first quarter touchdowns to end the first quarter 16-0.
The Trojans had a tough 2nd quarter, only putting 7 points on the board to go in at half 23-0.
“I saw a lot of good plays out there tonight by our guys, but with homecoming festivities, our focus was subpar,” Coach Joey Johanson said. “We have a bye next week and we will look to strengthen our preparation for Liberty Bell the following week.”
The defense was tough again and the only score for Waterville all night was a botched snap on offense that the Shockers scored on. The whole defense played well and the Shockers could not run inside.
“Our secondary also played very well, as this was a point of emphasis for us in practice this week,” Coach Johnason said. “We had a couple interceptions and did a nice job returning them for better field position.”
Offensively, Joe Strecker had the big night. He had over 100 yards receiving with a touchdown and 182 yards rushing with two scores.
“He is a kid who puts in all the extra time and it shows on Friday nights,” Coach Johanson said. “I absolutely love his focus and determination on and off the field. He is a great example for our young players to look up to.”
“Overall, we know we could’ve played a better game tonight, but we did do a great job on defense and put points on the board on offense, so there is not much more I can ask of the guys,” Johanson said. “They were very excited to get a big win on homecoming night, but they never settle and are already talking about what they can do better against Liberty Bell in two weeks. As always, I am very proud to coach these young men at Manson High School and I thank everyone who has supported the program.”
- Avery Thompson 6 completions on 18 attempts, 134 yards, 3 TD
- Eduardo Escalera 6 carries for 93 yards
- Joe Strecker 12 carries for 182 yards, 2 TD
- Caden Beazley 4 carries for 37 yards
- Marco Sanchez 4 carries for 11 yards
- Avery Thompson 5 carries for 19 yards, 1 TD
- Joe Strecker 2 receptions for 101 yards, 1 TD
- Eduardo Escalera 3 receptions for 32 yards, 1 TD
- Cole Beazley 1 reception for 1 yard, 1 TD
It was a full evening of Homecoming Trojan pride in Manson. Prior to Manson’s Homecoming Game, Senior Zach Serafini put a large “M” on the field as his senior project. He worked hard to build the template and applied the paint with help from Mike Strecker. The Senior Class was selling Carne Asada during the Homecoming Game.
And at halftime, Manson honored this year’s Homecoming Court. Manson Homecoming Royalty included Freshmen Alyssa La Mar and Ramiro Lopez, Sophomores Diocelina Cervantes and Donny Vanderholm, Juniors Veronica Lulo and Joe Strecker, and Seniors Magali Leyva and Eduardo Escalera.
The Trojans remain in sole position of 1st place in the Central Washington 2B league at 6-0. Next week, Manson has a Bye, and then in two weeks they will play at Liberty Bell.
(By Christine Eagar, as reported by Coach Joey Johanson)