The Manawa Wolves football team ended their season with a 14-35 loss to the Shiocton Chiefs on Thursday, Oct. 21.
Manawa took a 14-7 lead going into halftime behind a three-yard touchdown run by Garrett Vandenhout and a 21-yard pass from David Sell to Austin Mann.
After halftime, the Chiefs tied the game with a touchdown in the third quarter, and the teams were tied 14-14 going into the final frame. Shiocton then scored 21 points to seal the victory.
Manawa gained 131 yards on 33 carries, as Logan Hass carried seven times for 70 yards. Mann had three receptions for 48 yards.
Manawa saw two promising fourth quarter drives halted by interceptions.
“We played one of our best first halves of the year against Shiocton,” said Coach Bob Sell. “It says a lot about our players-we didn’t quit.
“This was the last hurrah for seniors. Jestin Heimbruch had a great game and came out in the fourth quarter. He gave a valiant effort. He and David Sell talked to the team after the game, and they said they had fun and learned a lot this season,” Sell said. “David Sell was voted as MVP on offense, while Jestin Heimbruch was voted MVP on defense. Next year’s captains have also been chosen-Kyler Heimbruch and Tyler Paige.
“Overall, I’m very proud of the young men on this team. They never gave up-we were often outmanned and overpowered, but it was a positive experience because we had nobody quit. The majority said they had fun and are looking forward to next year. We must get faster and stronger if we are going to compete next year. Our coaching staff encourages them to play other sports and hit the weights hard,” said Sell. “It’s been a very humbling season, but its over. If the players and community want me back as coach next year, then I look forward to it. If not I can honestly say I gave it all I had.”