Manhattan Indians football preview

MANHATTAN (KSNT) – The Manhattan Indians are tied for 11th all-time in Kansas high school football wins with 591, and could crack 600 with a deep playoff run in 2014.

The Indians have made the playoffs every year since 2007, and last year had a five-overtime win in the opening round of the post-season against Maize.

Head coach Joe Schartz knows the Centennial League will be tough, as it always is, but he thinks his squad is heading in the right direction. Even though the Indians will have a target on their backs.

“Every season, every year is different,” said Schartz. “These kids have started their journey this season. They’ve tried to come together as a team and have that success. And I hope they’re able to accomplish that. If we come together, we could be a pretty good team.”

“Same thing as last year, no let downs,” said senior running back Chris Martin. “New senior class and everybody is trying to get familiar with the leaders, but everybody is trying to work hard. We give 100% effort every play. That’s all you can ask for 100% every single time, no plays off.”

“We’re definitely going to have to come together as a team,” said senior defensive tackle and kicker Joseph Trujillo. “It’s the second week, it’s hot and humid. People are bruised and sore, but we’ve just got to fight through that. It’s what we always do.”

Manhattan begins its 2014 campaign at home against Shawnee Heights on September 5.

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