Home Team: Junction City
Away Team: Manhattan
Date And Time: 10/05/2018 8:00 pm
Location: Junction City High School
Only 25 miles separate Manhattan High School from Junction City High School, yet the rivalry can be felt across the state of Kansas. Dating back to 1949, both schools represent their respective counties as the only high schools. Known by many as the game of the season for both the MHS Indians and JCHS Bluejays, fans will travel the 25 miles in either direction to pack the stands for this rivalry.
The Indians, led by coach Joe Schartz, enter the game at 5-0 while the Bluejays, led by coach Randall Zimmermann, hope to add a W to their 3-2 record. Both coaches are familiar with the passion behind this game, which can remove a home field advantage based on fan travel. Look for excited student sections and 4 quarters of non-stop grit from both sides of the field on Friday night.
Junction City :9
It was a defensive battle on Friday night, as the Bluejays from Junction City did just enough to hold off the Indians from Manhattan for a 9-7 victory. The Bluejays take home the Silver Trophy, taking it from Manhattan, who won last year's contest. The Bluejay defense came into this one fired up, hoping to springboard their team to victory. Both defenses battled hard, holding each offense steady. Junction City held a 9-7 lead late into the game, but it looked as if Manhattan had a comeback planned. Driving down the field late in the 4th, Manhattan looked destined to score and take the lead, but a Bluejay interception in their own endzone crushed Indian hopes of a comeback. Junction City then went into victory formation and killed off the game. The win moves Junction City to 4-2 on the season and knocks Manhattan back to 5-1.