Football shuts down Pleasure Ridge Park


Aliyah Lang

Manual football in position prior to JaWaun Northington’s (#22, 12) rush touchdown. Photo by Aliyah Lang.

Aliyah Lang

Last night, Manual (6-2) defeated PRP (5-3) with a score of 42-0.

First half:

To begin the game, the Crimsons received the ball. Within the first possession, Ja’Waun Northington (#22, 12) fumbled the ball resulting in PRP gaining offensive possession. Following Northington’s fumble, PRP’s student section chanted “overrated” repeatedly.

“We love being the underdogs and after last week we definitely felt like we were. We had something to prove against a good PRP team,” Northington said.

Manual’s defense forced PRP to punt, after the Crimsons received the ball, Northington carried the ball for 16-yards scoring the first touchdown at the 5:54 mark.

After a scoreless drought in the remaining 5:54, Manual’s Darien Wilson (#15, 12) rushed nine yards into the end zone scoring the second touchdown of the game. After a completed kick by Natalie Lowe (#30, 11), Manual took a 14-0 lead.

Manual’s next offensive possession resulted in another touchdown by Northington for seven yards, increasing the lead 21-0.

Following Manual intercepting a PRP pass, Ramont Townsend (#5,12) rushed up the middle of the end zone scoring for the Crimson increasing the lead 28-0.

“It (last night’s win) was a team effort, the offensive line was blocking and defensive we gave up no points,” Townsend said.

Manual’s defense stepped up last night, forcing PRP to be scoreless and have multiple interceptions and sacks.

“Great defense, it’s hard to lose when they don’t score,” Coach Carmony said.

The last score of the half came as Northington broke loose and ran a 91-yard touchdown, finishing the half 35-0. 

Second half:

Both teams struggled and gained little yardage for most of the third quarter until Northington once again broke loose and ran 47 yards for Manual’s last touchdown of the night.

Last week, Manual lost to St. Xavier, currently ranked first in their district. Following last night’s win, Manual is now competing against Butler for second place.

“The best we can do right now is place second in the district which means we get to host playoff games in the first round,” Coach Carmony said.

Next Friday, Manual will travel to play Butler for a district matchup with kick-off at 7.