The Journal Gazette
Sunday, October 18, 2020 1:00 am


Manchester loses in new stadium's opener

Staff, news services

Andrew Kibler kicked a 19-yard field goal and Levar Lesure made a 5-yard touchdown grab, but the Manchester football team lost 41-10 to Adrian on Saturday night at North Manchester.

It was the football debut of $4 million Spartan Stadium, which replaced Burt Field.

It was also the Spartans' final game of the fall season; they're next slated to play Mount St. Joseph on Feb. 27 in North Manchester.

For the Spartans (0-2), Lesure had nine catches for 67 yards. Darren Lathrop totaled six catches for 59 yards. Cameron Parker rushed 19 times for 67 yards. Jabari Webb had 10 tackles (five solo).

Quarterback Bryce Tomasi completed 22 of 34 passes for 158 yards. Dylan Paul was 5 of 14 for 39 yards with a touchdown and three interceptions.

Jimmie Clark had 110 yards and a touchdown on 10 carries to lead Adrian (1-1). Steve Moses and Jerome Neal also ran for scores. Jack Wurzer was 8 of 14 for 35 yards with a touchdown and an interception.


Enders takes Pro Stock lead

Erica Enders regained the Pro Stock points lead, beating Jason Line in the final round of the rain-delayed Mopar Express Lane NHRA Midwest Nationals at the AAA Texas NHRA FallNationals at Texas Motorplex in Ennis, Texas. The defending season champion raced to her third victory of the season and 28th overall, finishing in 6.572 seconds at 208.49 mph in her Camaro in the finale in the event postponed two weeks ago in Madison, Illinois, because of cold temperatures and wind direction. Pro Stock Motorcycle points leader Matt Smith had a 6.775 at 200.50 on ab EBR to beat teammate Scotty Pollacheck in the final round of the Midwest Nationals.

Briscoe wins Xfinity race

Chase Briscoe swept the first two stages of the NASCAR Xfinity Series race at Kansas Speedway in Kansas City, Kansas, then he dominated after a restarted with four laps to go to capture the first race in the round of eight and clinch his spot in the season finale at Phoenix. Daniel Hemric was second and Ryan Sieg, who made a couple of pit gambles that left him with a fresh set of tires with seven laps to go, rallied from 10th on the final restart to finish third. Playoff contender Justin Haley also avoided trouble and was fourth with Josh Williams rounding out the top five.

Moffitt wins Truck race

Brett Moffitt wasn't about to finish second again – not with a spot in the NASCAR Truck Series finale on the line. So when Zane Smith tried to pass him with three laps to go, Moffitt moved down ever so slightly and sent his teammate into a spin along the backstretch at Kansas City, Kansas. Then, the 28-year-old from Iowa held off a field full of playoff contenders, winning a two-lap shootout to the checkered flag at Kansas Speedway. It was Moffitt's first win of the season after a maddening four runner-up finishes.


Gators coach tests positive

Florida coach Dan Mullen, who last week wanted 90,000 fans packed inside the stadium amid a pandemic, says he has tested positive for COVID-19. The 10th-ranked Gators had at least 21 players and coaches test positive last week, an outbreak that prompted the Southeastern Conference to postpone Florida's next two games. Mullen, 48, said he has experienced “mild to no symptoms.” He is the second SEC head coach, along with Alabama icon Nick Saban, to contract COVID-19.

Lions sign Blough

The Detroit Lions activated guard Joe Dahl from injured reserve and signed quarterback David Blough, a former Purdue player, from the practice squad to the active roster a day before Detroit's game at Jacksonville.


Weir leads Champions event

Mike Weir shot round of 68 and 63 to reach 13 under in Richmond, Virginia, to lead the Dominion Energy Charity Classic at The Country Club of Virginia. Phil Mickelson shot 68-66. He won his PGA Tour Champions debut at Ozarks National in August. Fellow major champion Retief Goosen was third at 8 under with Brandt Jobe. They each shot 68-68.

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