Keys to the game: Manual versus PRP


Eric Neimann (12, #84) catches a high pass early in the fourth to give the Crimsons some life. Photo by Roshan Duggineni

Luke Carns

1) Squashing penalties

In last week’s 27-6 loss to St. X, several key plays that swung the momentum for the Crimsons were called back because of penalty calls, such as the third down and long on defense and converting a third and 10 on offense.  Overall, the Crimsons took 14 penalties for 98 yards, taking the life right out of them. If the Manual can limit its mental mistakes and be efficient on both sides of the ball, it will put them in a position to win.

2) Avoiding the trap game

Manual is only a week away from their Old Rivalry game, and a lot of talk around school has been about the big matchup next week. The team cannot, however, afford to stray their focus from the task at hand. PRP is a formidable opponent whom the Crimsons should not take lightly. They must take it one game at a time and prepare as usual.

3) Bouncing back

Having not lost a game yet this year until last week, Manual should not lose its spirit. If the Crimsons use that loss as motivation for not just this week but the rest of the season, good things should be on the way.