Game of the Week: Brookstone vs. Manchester
BROOKSTONE AND MANCHESTER SET TO SQUARE OFF IN WHAT SHOULD BE A PHYSICAL FAST PACED REGION GAME
When Brookstone and Manchester square off on Friday night, each team has region standings and playoff implications on the line.
“Pretty dang big. It’s a chance to get region under our belt,” said Brookstone Senior Offensive Guard, Charlie Gilliam.
“We set small weekly goals so we can get to the bigger objectives of winning region championships, making it to the playoffs and making it to state,” says Manchester Senior Center, Harrison James.
The Blue Devils are already in playoff mode since a win here could lock down their spot in the region championship.
“We’re treating this as the semifinal for the region championship, said Manchester Head Coach, Evan Hochstetler. “We win this game we play for the region championship 3 weeks from now, so that’s our approach to this game. It s very big, it was big last year it was big two years ago as well.”
It’s the same style of play for both of these teams. Wing-T offense, keeping the ball on the ground, old smash mouth style of football where physicality will be of the upmost importance.
“Both teams are going to have the same game plan, both teams are well coached and run the same type of things, but it’s going to be a challenge to stay in the game because they’re so explosive,” said Brookstone Head Coach Blair Harrison.
In a game where the ball will stay on the ground and the clock will continue to run every possession becomes that much more important.
“It’s just important to make sure that we control the game and just try to have it in our hands as much as possible,” said Brookstone Freshman Running Back and Free Safety, Aaron Harris.
“Very important, we have to make every play count,” says Manchester Senior Tight End and Linebacker Gavin Casey.
It’s important to do your role every play,” says James. “Don’t take plays off cause you ll need it. Every single play you’ll need to gain yards”
Kickoff is set for 7:30 pm eastern time at Manchester High School.