Key players for the Manchester High School varsity football team include, from left, Wyatt Carson, Garrett Corwin, Jeff Loomis, Coach Ben Pack, Jaxon McGuigan, Kannon Duffing, and Jacob Smith. Photo by Jeff Steers, JTV Sports.
By Jeff Steers
Last year: 3-6 overall
The good thing about freshmen and sophomores playing at the varsity level at an early age is they eventually become juniors and seniors.
That is where the Manchester High School program is heading.
A number of players were playing with the big boys at the varsity level as freshmen and sophomores the last two seasons.
Now, it is their time to shine.
“We are significantly stronger as a team this year,” Coach Ben Pack said. “It feels like this is the first year that they have a varsity-ready program.”
Key players for the Flying Dutchmen include junior Kannon Duffing (quarterback), Jaxon MCGuigan (receiver/defensive back), Wyatt Carson (running back/linebacker), Garrett Corwin (lineman), Landon Lavigne (tackle/defensive end), Derek Huff (guard, linebacker), Cody Branner (lineman), and Jeff Loomis (end/linebacker).
“Playing at the varsity level as a freshman or sophomore forces you to get better in a hurry,” Garrett Corwin said during JTV Media Days. “You have to go hard every play.”
Newcomers expected to make a difference for Manchester include Andrew Campbell (receiver), Nathan Fletcher (lineman), Jozef Sprunk (center), Nick Laurain (kicker), and Gunner Carson (receiver/linebacker).
The Flying Dutchmen have seven returners on both sides of the football. They expect to have approximately 25 players on both the varsity and junior varsity teams.
Manchester High School
Football Schedule 2022
Aug. 25 Manchester at Whitmore Lake 7 p.m.
Sept. 1 Addison at Manchester 7 p.m.
Sept. 9 Napoleon at Manchester 7 p.m.
Sept. 16 Manchester at East Jackson 7 p.m.
Sept. 23 Quincy at Manchester 7 p.m.
Sept. 30 Michigan Center at Manchester 7 p.m.
Oct. 7 Manchester at Hanover-Horton 7 p.m.
Oct. 14 Grass Lake at Manchester 7 p.m.
Oct. 21 Cascades/Big 8 Crossover 7 p.m.