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McGuigan, Dutchmen Come Out of the Darkness to Succeed in Football

By Jeff Steers JTV Sports  (September 24, 2022 4:56 AM) Football has taught Manchester High School athlete Jaxon McGuigan to work his way up from the bottom and about not giving up. Case in point, the Flying Dutchmen were behind by two touchdowns against Addison earlier in the 2022 season. Coach Ben Pack gave a speech that stuck with McGuigan and a number of seniors who have played at the varsity level for three years. “Coach Pack talked about going into the darkness and being scared,” McGuigan said. “He said you don’t want to back away because that isn’t how life works.  “You go into the darkness and battle through your fears and don’t worry about what you can’t do.” Manchester stopped Addison inches short of the goal line late in the game to preserve a 29-26 win – breaking the Panthers' 20-game winning streak in the Cascades Conference.  McGuigan and a number of juniors and seniors have been at the varsity level for three years. In his sophomore year, Manchester won only two games.  Last year the Flying Dutchmen were 3-6 for the season.  The bonds built through the tough years are working for Manchester as they are 3-1…

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