Football gets another shutout to advance to 6A semifinals

Blake Chadwick

Derby football had a game for the ages Friday night as it beat Manhattan 56-0 in the Class 6A quarterfinals.

The Panthers started Grant Adler at quarterback against Manhattan, and the senior looked like he hadn’t missed a beat despite missing multiple games due to injury.

The Adler and Tre Washington backfield was nearly unstoppable as the Panthers started off quick thanks to two early touchdowns by Washington. 

But an injury to Adler ended his night in the second quarter as Lem Wash stepped in and quickly picked up where he left off at. Wash added two rushing touchdowns as well as one passing touchdown to Cavion Walker. 

Washington added one more touchdown in the first half, as the senior finished with 142 rushing yards and three touchdowns. 

Derby got a nice spark as well from a constant new playmaker in Reid Liston as the junior took off for a 63-yard touchdown off a screen pass in the first half. 

But let’s not forget the defense who completely shut down and dismantled the Manhattan offense.

The Panthers had two takeaways and held the Indians to zero points and 193 total yards and holding Manhattan to 83 rushing yards. 

The Panthers play Topeka in the 6A semifinals on Nov. 22.