Keys to the game: Manual football versus Butler


Receiver Jailen Cater (11, #11) after catching a one yard touchdown pass to give Manual a 28-0 lead in the second quarter. Photo by Meaghan Sutton.

Luke Carns

1) Converting off turnovers

Last week, the Crimson defense forced six turnovers, and the offense was able to use the short field to score several touchdowns. The Western players looked rattled after these turnovers, which helped the Crimsons pour it on. If Manual can win the turnover battle and convert off the defensive momentum, it will put a lot of pressure on the Butler players to stay calm, which the Crimsons can use to their advantage.

Bryce Cosby (11, #7) intercepts the ball for a 55 yard return for a touchdown. Photo by Kate Hatter
Bryce Cosby (11, #7) intercepts the ball for a 55 yard return for a touchdown. Photo by Kate Hatter

2) A strong offensive line

The offense line of Manual has done a great job of protecting quarterback Tim Comstock (12, #3) this year.

As the Crimsons tackle the bulk of their schedule, opposing defensive lines will become faster and stronger, putting pressure on the offensive line to protect Comstock. If the line can hold enough to protect him, it will allow him more opportunities to shine.

3) Receiving help

Led by Eric Niemann (12, #84) and Jaelin Carter (11, #11), the Crimson wide receiving core has produced respectable numbers. The problem is, aside from Carter and Niemann, no one has really stepped up. If some of the other receivers such as Matthew Motley (11, #5), Dom Allgeier (10, #12) and Will Cissell (11, #89) can go out there and make an impact, it will force the opposing defense to keep their eyes on all the receivers on the field.

Prediction: The Crimson defense will frustrate the Bears’ offense, which will push the Crimsons to a 21-7 victory.

Manual and Butler will kickoff at 7:30 pm. on Thursday night.