Manchester Panthers Team News

TIME  7 p.m.

SITE  James France Stadium

RECORDS  Tusky Valley 1-2; Manchester 1-2

Starring at a 14-point fourth-quarter deficit, and playing a Manchester football team that doesn't often lose on its home turf, Black River pulled off the improbable rallying for a 29-28 victory over the Panthers, Friday night at James R France Stadium in a non-league game.

Black River at Manchester

  7 p.m.

SITE  France Stadium

RECORDS  Black River 2-0, Manchester 1-1

LAST WEEK  Black River 55, Northwestern 19; Manchester 49, Woodridge 28

Although its still early in the season, the Panthers contest Friday night against Woodridge could have been labeled a must-win game.

Manchester, who is coming off a 12-1 season was trying to avoid its first 0-2 start since the 70s, and possibly damage its post-season playoff aspirations in addition to its psyche as league play nears.

Girard scored on five of its first six opening half possessions cruising to a surprisingly easy 49-14 non-league victory over Manchester, Friday night at James R France Stadium.

TIME  7 p.m.

SITE  James France Stadium

LAST YEAR’S RECORDS  Manchester 12-1, Girard 6-4

LAST MEETING  Manchester won, 21-14, last year.

Shoes to fill


Thursday, Aug. 18

Wadsworth at Perry, 6 p.m.

Jackson at Walsh Jesuit, 6 p.m.


The awards continue to roll in for Marlington running back Alden Hill.

Hill is Ohio’s Division III Offensive Player of the Year, which highlighted the local honorees as the Division III and IV All-Ohio high school football teams were announced Tuesday.

The ending was tough to swallow, but the journey will be remembered for the 2010 Manchester Panthers.

Finding themselves in their first regional semifinal game since 1997, a powerful, fast and big Chagrin Falls team had too much firepower for the Panthers to overcome, falling 37-14 in the Div. IV regional championship at Nordonia High School.