Manhattan Defeats Fairfield in Class B Football Championship
On Saturday, the Manhattan Tiger football team headed north to face the Fairfield Eagles in MHSA Class B Football Championship.
Last year, the Tigers faced Eureka in the Class B Championship, and their state title hopes were crushed when the team lost 20-6. This season, the Tigers had something to prove. After being on the verge on greatness last season, the team headed to Fairfield on Saturday on a mission to make a statement and prove that they deserved to be there.
In the Class B state semifinals, Manhattan defeated Glasgow 43-18. After the win, the Tigers aimed their sights on Fairfield and the state championship.
Manhattan went into Saturday's game as the top ranked Class B team in the state, according to 406mtsports.com. The Tigers were undefeated this season, winning all 11 games on their schedule. Fairfield went into Saturday's title game at 8-1.
In the state title game on Saturday, Manhattan trailed Fairfield 0-6 at the end of the first quarter. From that point on, the Tigers rallied and dominated on defense, holding the Eagles to only 6 points. The impressive performance led to a 23-6 win for the Manhattan football team, and the first football state championship title in school history.
The Manhattan community is planning a warm welcome to the players and coaches when they return home on Saturday.
We would like to congratulate the Manhattan Tiger football team for their hard work and commitment this season. An undefeated season, and a state championship title is definitely something to be proud of.
Way to go, Tigers!