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Manhattan preparing for big Southern B matchup with Townsend

Posted: 5:23 PM, Oct 18, 2019
Updated: 2019-10-18 23:21:10-04
Manhattan Tigers football looking to break state quarterfinals slump

MANHATTAN -- One of the biggest Friday night high football games is being played in Class B as Manhattan hosts Townsend. Both the Tigers and the Bulldogs are undefeated in conference play, but Manhattan holds the top spot.

If Townsend wins, it will move up to No. 1 in the league standings. If the Tigers win, they create more separation in the division. But Manhattan, which is ranked third in MontanaSport.com's power rankings , knows this won't be a rollover game.

"I just remember Townsend is a very physical football team and they like to come out and play hard from the get-go," said Manhattan senior Kyle Hotvedt. "But at the end of the day we just have to come out like it's any other game and just play our hardest. Both teams are trying to win a football game and we will see who comes out on top."

As these teams continue to dominate, players say a rivalry is beginning to form.

"There's getting more and more of a rivalry as both of us are getting better," said Tigers senior Josh Dyk. "I'd say there's definitively becoming a rivalry. It might not be huge yet, but it's definitely going to keep going up."