high school football: Manchester upsets previously undefeated Clinton to advance in football state playoffs
Manchester's Austin Wilson made the game-tying touchdown grab and Logan Boote knocked through the game-winning extra point with 31.5 second left in the fourth quarter as Manchester defeated previously undefeated Clinton 37-36 in the opening round of the MHSAA playoffs on Friday night.
The 8-yard completion from Ryan Stiles to Wilson capped a 94-yard drive. It was Manchester's lone lead in the second half.
"It was an absolutely unbelievable finish," Manchester coach Wes Gall said. "The kids played with their heart.... They had enthusiasm and passion that wasn't there (in the season-opening 32-14 loss at Clinton)."
The Flying Dutchmen (7-3) will travel to Grass Lake (9-1). The time is to be determined.
Manchester outgained Clinton 426-321 overall and 339-160 on the ground. Jim Kurasz racked up 264 rushing yards and two touchdowns on 26 carries. Stiles completed 8-of-17 passes for 87 yards one touchdown and two interceptions.
Clinton (9-1) scored 30 unanswered points to take a 30-14 lead late in the third quarter. Quarterback Ty Baker led Clinton, completing 10-of-16 passes for 161 yards and four touchdowns and ran for 79 yards on 25 carries.