Manchester Panthers Team News

WHEN  Friday, 7 p.m.

WHERE  James R. France Stadium

BLACK RIVER  It took three games and a long road trip, but the Manchester Panthers finally got their 2014 season on track.

After managing just 21 points in their first two games and falling to 0-2, the Panthers (1-2) found the end zone early and often in routing Black River 51-28 for their first win.

After two weeks, several teams - St. Thomas Aquinas, Central Catholic, Carrollton, Indian Valley & Garaway - remain unbeaten. At least one of these teams (Indian Valley faces Garaway) will lose.

NEW FRANKLIN  When a team is in a hole, digging out takes exceptional effort.

WHEN  7 p.m., Friday
LAST WEEK  Woodridge 35, Manchester 14; Northwestern 52, Black River 32
LAST MEETING  Manchester won 56-13 last year.

PENINSULA  A nightmare of a start to the 2014 season received a second chapter Friday night as the Manchester Panthers (0-2) fell 35-14 to Woodridge in a non-league game.

It was the second straight three-touchdown loss for Manchester, which lost 28-7 to Hillsdale in Week 1.

WHEN  7 p.m., Friday
LAST WEEK  Hillsdale 28, Manchester 7; Woodridge 56, CVCA 28
LAST MEETING  Manchester won 30-19 last year.

NEW FRANKLIN  The Manchester Panthers had a Mager problem in their home opener.

NEW FRANKLIN  If a high school football coach would come in and his team won nine games a year, for 40 years in a row, they still wouldn’t have more wins than Manchester’s Jim France.

Those 360 victories would merely equal France’s career total.

NEW FRANKLIN  There was nothing subtle about Mason Hayes and his Manchester backfield running mates' journey through the Division V playoffs one year ago.