MANZANOLA — The Manzanola High School football team will have a daunting task as it opens the six-man playoffs with top-seeded Stratton/Liberty. The game will be played Saturday at Liberty High School in Joes and kickoff is at 1 p.m.
After not fielding a team in 2017, the Bobcats came back by winning five games and losing three, and they also won the South Central League with a 3-0 record.
Offensively, Manzy averages 259.5 yards on the ground and 53.8 yards via the pass.
Dominic Martinez is the leading rusher with 754 yards on 92 carries and he has 15 touchdowns. Daniel Escareno has 454 yards on 63 carries and three touchdowns, Aaron Sotelo has 446 yards on 61 carries and eight touchdowns, and Axel Escareno has 392 yards on 39 carries and eight
Axel Escareno is the leading passer as he has completed 21 of 63 passes for 341 yards and five touchdowns. Blake Williams is the leading receiver with 11 receptions for six touchdowns, and Martinez has eight catches for 74 yards and one touchdown.
The Knighted Eagles has an overall record of eight wins and one loss. They won the East Central League with a 4-0 record.
Stratton/Liberty favors the run on offense and it averages 303 yards per game. It also has an average of 65.9 passing yards per game.
Jaret Lichty in the leading ground gainer with 993 yards on 86 carries and 16 touchdowns. Ethan Richmond has 859 yards on 72 carries and 15 touchdowns.
Tyson Lichty is the passing leader with 42 of 76 passes for 547 yards and 17 touchdowns. He has only one interceptions.
Levi Shean leads the receivers with 13 receptions for 146 yards and eight touchdowns. Jaret Lichty has 10 catches for 150 yards and three touchdowns, Trevor Frank has eight receptions for 102 yards and three touchdowns, and Ethan Richmond has eight receptions for 79 yards and one touchdown.
Manzanola lost a road game to Granada 49-18. Stratton/Liberty lost to Kit Carson on the road 28-22.
The winner of this game will play the winner of the game between Granada and Mountain Valley. If Manzy wins, it will be the home team regardless of the opponent.