Manchester Wins Home Opener

MANCHESTER – The quarterback is nicknamed “The Franchise.’’

Now might be the time for the Manchester High football team to find a nickname for standout defensive end Jordan Fletcher as well.

“Jordan Rules” would be a good place to start.

Fletcher seemed to play by his own set of rules Friday night, swarming all over the opposing backfield, creating havoc on seemingly every snap and helping the Indians to a 20-14 victory over the Simsbury Trojans in a CCC showdown at Manchester High School.

Fletcher finished with four sacks and hurried Simsbury quarterback Riley Shanley throughout the game. A facemask penalty in the third quarter negated what would have been a fifth sack for Fletcher who plans to play at Southern Connecticut State University next fall

“The reason I love Jordan Fletcher is not the fact that he is a good football player. The performance you saw from him tonight, he’s even better as a young man,’’ said Manchester coach Roy Roberts.

And while Fletcher was the defensive standout,  the Indians had a number of contributors on the offensive of side of the ball.

Quarterback Edison Galan, also known as “The Franchise” showed why in the first half as he threw for two touchdowns and made a number of highlight reel plays scrambling out of the pocket. Gallant finished 12-for-20 passing with two touchdowns.

Galan started the Indians scoring in the first half when he connected with Anthony Lawson on a nifty 26-yard pass. Robert Garcia added the PAT to make it 7-0 with 5:31 remaining in the first quarter. Slightly more than three minutes later, Galan found Jevin Frett crossing over the middle for a 71-yard catch and run touchdown. Frett gave the Simsbury secondary fits all night, finishing with 5 receptions for 106 yards and a touchdown.

Rasaud Conway also had a big night running the ball finishing 62 yards yards on just 8 carries. Conway added a 26-yard touchdown run in the third quarter to put the Indians ahead 20-6 with 8:18 remaining.

Coming off a 54-9 loss at defending Class LL champion Southington last week, Manchester was not about to let its lead slip away in the final quarter. Simsbury had two drives the began with promise and ended with Fletcher sacking Shanley in the backfield for big losses.

“We felt like this would be a great week to re-start our season and Jordan did a great job with that,’’ said Roberts.

Simsbury did find a little bit of offense late as Shanley picked his way for some big gains on the ground midway through the fourth quarter. Shanley found Ralph Gilliard for a 35-yard touchdown pass with 2:47 left. The Trojans then tried an onside kick, but the Indians recovered at midfield to  seal the victory.

“That loss (last week) was very sensitive to all of us,’’ Fletcher said. “We were all very emotional and we promised each other that we were going to work hard this week just to get this win tonight.’’

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4 Comments

  1. Kevin Hayes

    September 19, 2015 at 1:38 pm

    Thanks Edison. We updated it for you. Great job by the Indians last night!

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