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Manzanola offense hits wall against Granada, falls short against Hanover

David High

A confident Granada running attack hit their home field in high gear and after the first quarter exploded to an overwhelming lead in the following three quarters against the Manzanola Bobcats Oct 16 under the lights.   

The score was close at 16-13 after the first quarter, but Granada is big, strong, and fast and evidently were just getting warmed up in the initial quarter. Manzanola had its hands full with the Granada offense that scored repeatedly in the second quarter to take a 49-13 lead before the half.

Granada’s defense was on their game as well, finding the key to stopping the visiting team’s offense. The Manzanola attack was shut down after the initial two scores as 

Granada continued their scoring arrange taking a third quarter lead at 68-13. Not much more needs to be said. The final a disappointing Manzanola loss to a very good Granada team, 74-13.

“We were physically spent after the first quarter and when that happened, we started doing things wrong,” stated Bobcats coach Scott Egan. “We started to alter routes and some players began to freelance a bit. Some key people came off the field and had to be replaced by people who haven’t seen a lot of varsity time yet. We need to regroup and fix what needs to be fixed.” 

The Bobcats will have just days to regroup with games coming quickly due to the late start this year. Tomorrow the Manzanola squad will play host to the Hanover team with the starting time yet to be determined. 

Individual stats for Manzanola in the Cotopaxi game were: Daniel Escareno - 7-11 for 61 yards passing, 2 receptions for 48, 1 rushing and 1 receiving touchdowns; Dalton Carroll - 3-5 for 50 yards passing, 3 receptions for 40 yards, 4 carries for 21 yards rushing; Hunter Morrison - 3 receptions for 23 yards, 2 conversion points; Hunter Morrison 2 conversion points. Tackles: Daniel Escareno 4 solo, 2 assists; Dalton Carroll 4 solo; Ezra Leiweke 4 solo; JJ Horn 3 solo 2 assists.

This past Saturday the Bobcats (0-2) football team lost a home non-conference game against the Hanover Hornets (0-2) from Colorado Springs by a score of 27-25. The low scoring affair saw the Bobcats battle the Hornets football team to a nail-biting finish. The Hornets had the upper-hand coming out of the halftime break at 14-6, but the Bobcats defense held tough in the third quarter and the offense busted loose for two scores to take the lead at 19-14 with eight minutes left to decide the contest. The two teams scored as total of three touchdowns in the fourth quarter, two of them however were by the visitors in the final quarter giving them the win at 27-25.   

“I benched a number of starters for the first quarter due to breaking team rules,” stated Bobcats Coach Scott Egan. “The backups did as good as they could do offensively and defensively. We spotted them a couple touchdowns and had to play catch-up for the rest of the first half. We finally took the lead in the third quarter and just couldn’t hold on.” “We turned the ball over in a crucial series of plays that could have broken Hanover’s spirit,” admitted coach. “It gave them something to rally over and it seemed to be all it took for them to come out and do everything right.” 

“We exchanged leads twice but simply ran out of time. It was a tough game for us because the usual starters didn’t get the reps they normally do. We were prepping the backups for both offense and defense and trying to find a scheme that fit the personnel.”

“It will make the program stronger in the long run, but unfortunately, we have to go thru some growing pains before that can happen,” suggested the coach. “Perhaps the younger players in our program will realize that rules and being a team player come before their own individual needs and we can move forward.” 

Individual stats for Manzanola in the Hanover game were: Daniel Escareno - 9-16 for 116 yards passing, 3 passing touchdowns; Dalton Carroll – 2-7 for 4 yards passing, 1 receptions for 35 yards, 14 carries for 95 yards rushing, 1 rec., 1 rushing touchdown,; Hunter Morrison - 3 receptions for 23 yards, 2 conversion; Ezra Leiweke- 4-57 rushing, 1 touchdown; Blake Williams 9-33 rushing; JJ Horn 2-18 rec., 1 touchdown. Tackles - 38 team total: Dalton Carroll 7 solo, 1 assist 2 fumble recoveries; Blake Williams 8 solo; Ezra Leiweke 6 solo; Alex Ramerez solo, 2 assists.

Manzanola  13   0    0    0  -13   

Granada      16  36  16   6  -74

Hanover      14   0   0   13  -27

Manzanola   0   6   13   6   -25