MANHATTAN, Kan. — The Manhattan High Indians defeated the Junction City Blue Jays 37-21 on Friday night, winning the Silver Trophy in front of a near capacity crowd at Bishop Stadium.
The victory was Manhattan's 8th win in the last 15 seasons over Junction City and was also Manhattan High Head coach Joe Schartz's 100th career victory.
MHS got off to a strong start forcing two early turnovers and racing out to a 21-7 lead after the first quarter. Junction City would battle back to within nine late in the third quarter, but a late touchdown run by Vinny Smith would put the game on ice for the Indians.
Neither team looked its sharpest, but Manhattan was able to limit its mistakes when it mattered most to come away on top. The win pushes Manhattan to 2-0 on the young season, while Junction City falls to 1-1.