Ethan Wright, Manchester run past Sharpsville
Written by: Shane Lux on Monday, September 10th, 2018
Ethan Wright rushed for 194 yards and three touchdowns while also adding a 51-yard punt return for a score as Manchester (Akron OH) ran all over Sharpsville Saturday night.
The Blue Devils were scheduled to play fellow District 10 member Seneca Friday. However, the Bobcats were forced to forfeit due to a lack of players. Rather than take the forfeit victory, head coach Paul Piccirilli searched out the Ohio powerhouse to play on Friday.
“I have no regrets about playing this game,” Piccirilli said. “If we want to get better as a football team, these are games we need to play. Taking a week off was not going to help us in any way.”
Manchester who was led by Ohio’s all-time wins leader Jim France who has 385.
The Panthers wasted little getting on the board as Wright caught a backward pitch from quarterback Nick Mayer and raced 74 yards for the game’s first touchdown.
Following a recovered fumble, Hunter Foster scored from nine yards.
Wright would then rip off an 84-yard touchdown run, while also adding a 51-yard punt return. His final score of the night came on an 18-yard run out of the wildcat that pushed the Manchester lead to 38-7 by halftime.
As a sophomore Wright rushed for nearly 2,500 yards and scored 39 offensive touchdowns. He is one of the top recruits in Ohio for the class of 2020.
“He’s a very special athlete,” said Piccirilli of Wright. “He’s one of those guys you hate to coach against, he as well as their team was a lot faster than the film indicated. But that’s what happens to see them in person as opposed to film.”
Foster and the Panthers wasted little time putting the mercy rule in as he scored on a 14-yard run, then added a 39-yard interception return on the Blue Devils next snap that put Manchester up 52-7.
Sharpsville responded with a pair of touchdowns late in the third quarter.
Kobe Joseph scored his second touchdown of the night from four yards out. He scored on a 1-yard dive in the second quarter and led Sharpsville with 81 yards on 16 carriers.
Nick Alexander passed for 133 yards and threw a 39-yard touchdown pass to Joseph Bornes to close the scoring.
“We just need to bounce back, our kids won’t panic or lose focus,” Piccirilli said. “We needed this game to us prepare for teams like Sharon and Wilmington down the road.”
Sharpsville is back in action next Friday as they play host to Greenville.
Manchester 52 Sharpsville 21
Score by Quarters
Manchester – 22 16 14 0 – 52
Sharpsville – 0 7 14 0 – 21
M – Ethan Wright 74 yd run (rush failed), 10:27
M – Hunter Foster 9 yd run (Foster rush), 9:05
M – Wright 84 yd run (Wright rush), 3:27
M – Wright 51 yd punt return (Riley Soles rush), 8:47
S – Kobe Joseph 1 yd run (Michael Herman pat), 3:07
M – Wright 18 yd run (Wright rush), 0:15
M – Foster 19 yd run (Kolby Soles from Nicholas Mayer), 10:46
M – Foster 39 yd interception return (kick failed), 9:53
S – Joseph 4 yd run (Herman pat), 5:07
S – Joseph Bornes 43 yd pass from Nick Alexander (Herman pat), 0:29
Rushing: Manchester – Wright 8-194, Foster 8-99, Riley Soles 3-23, Timothy Morrison 3-40, Seth Duckett 1-6, Jaden Johnstown 5-21, Angelo Johnson 1-(-5), Mayer 3-4. Totals: 32-382. Sharpsville – Joseph 16-81, Luke Levis 1-1, Nick Alexander 5-(-2), Max Messett 1-0. Totals: 23-80.
Passing: Manchester – Mayer 1-for-2, 4 yards. Sharpsville – Alexander 10-for-24, 133 yards, 2 touchdowns, 1 interception.
Receiving: Manchester – Johnson 1-4. Sharpsville – Levis 5-61, Bornes 2-57, Messett 2-10, Joseph 1-6.
Interceptions: Manchester – Riley Soles.
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