Manistee Looks to Duplicate 2018, Secure 1st Playoff Win

MANISTEE – The 2018 season was a historic one for the Manistee football program.

The Chippewas recorded their first 9-0 regular season in school history and won their first outright conference championship since 1961.

Manistee’s season came to an end with a loss to Clare in a Division 5 pre-district, and now a young Chippewa squad is ready to duplicate last year’s success and give the program its first playoff win.

“I’ve been looking forward to it,” Manistee senior Fletcher Carpenter said. “We had a great season last year, just hoping we come back even better. So, we’re just trying to work even harder, so we can go 11-0, or 14-0.”

Working in Manistee’s favor this fall will be its size.

“We’re getting some size now, at both levels,” Manistee coach Troy Bytwork said. “We’ll definitely be averaging over 200 pounds on the front line to say the least. You know, that’ll be the determining factor for this group. Are they going to be physical enough to go toe-to-toe with teams?”

Manistee opens its 2019 campaign at home against Mason County Central on Thursday, Aug. 29. The Chippewas won last year’s meeting 46-6.

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