Manchester loves football
Granted I have seen some pretty big crowds at some of the games I have covered in the past. I remember watching some playoff games Downriver where it looked like everyone in the entire area came out.
Last season I went to the Roosevelt Bears hosting the Bedford Kicking Mules. The game was in Wyandotte and it was packed. The game wasn’t as exciting as what I thought but it was the playoffs.
I can tell this if you have never been to a Manchester football game you may want to come out and find out what it is all about. There is plenty of excitement and the people of all ages where at the game.
It was interesting to walk the sidelines and talk to all the different people. I really got a different feel for the game. I like going to different types of games.
Whether it is Ypsilanti against Lincoln or Willow Run against Ypsilanti there is a certain atmosphere and feel for the area at the football games. I am not saying one is better than the other but I am saying that for some cities football is a much bigger deal than other sports.
Manchester is one of those communities and from the band and the pregame ceremonies to the half-time and the dedication to the Wall of Fame it was top notch.
Despite the rain and not having the best time driving home the experience was fun and I feel like Manchester is one of those places that could have movie or at least a television show staring Wes Gall.
After the game I spoke with two of the heroes of the game. Senior receiver Devon Jose had a heck of a game and scored two touchdowns. He said the win was good but they needed to get even more if they wanted to get into the playoffs, which is of course the goal of the team.
The Flying Dutchmen are currently 3-0 and on target for the playoffs. They are perfect on the regular season and would like to add one more win with victory at home against Addison on Friday night.
Junior linebacker Nick Cozart is looking at it in a simple way.
“Every game is a step,” Cozart said. “My goal is to win nine and make it to Ford Field.”
Not an unrealistic goal considering a team from Manchester made it to the state finals a few years back maybe this one will get to the finals and bring home a trophy for a very deserving community.