Meadowbrook 20, Manchester 13
Senior Terrelle Whitaker turned in a big game for the Monarchs, catching a four-yard touchdown pass from sophomore Talik Mann and returning a kick-off 75 yards to seal the win for the Monarchs.
Meadowbrook took an early lead, but after Manchester’s Jonathan Duhart returned an interception for an 86-yard touchdown to bring the score to 14-13, the Monarch special teams came up huge with a blocked extra point to preserve the lead.
The Battle of Chester is a timeless rivalry between two schools that are just six miles from each other. Over the past three seasons, L.C. Bird has swung the series in their favor, winning the last five meetings between the teams.
Harris was named the Walter Camp National Defensive Player of the Week for his efforts in Virginia’s victory over BYU last Saturday. The Cavaliers won 19-16 while Harris had 11 tackles (three solo), a quarterback sack, an interception, and a blocked punt.
The Knights defense held off a Cosby comeback after going up 21-0 on the Titans to win 21-14 in the opening game of the schedule.
The defending state champions aren’t going to rest on the laurels of 2012.
“We want to be good again, and we have to work for that,” said Bedwell. “We’re not last year’s team and we haven’t done anything yet.”
Injuries hassled the Knights in 2012 as they finished the year 4-6 after winning the Central District in 2011. A down season by Thomas Dale standards, the Knights are looking to restore the program’s pride this season.