Kansas Prep Zone Preview: Manhattan Indians

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MANHATTAN, Kan. (WIBW) -- We asked senior offensive lineman Christian Schepp to illustrate a Friday night for him in Manhattan.

He smiled for most of the answer.

"Waking up, feeling the cold breeze, going to classes with my jersey on," Schepp said. "Getting real hype listening to music before the game.

"It comes down to the final locker room moments after you go out for pregame. Everyone has their heads down, in a circle praying to God that we go out there and do our duty."

That's what the Manhattan High School football team is looking forward to. That, and continuing the program's streak of at least sharing a piece of the Centennial League title for eight of the last nine years.

"We've had a good summer and we've worked really hard," said Joe Schartz, head coach."We just have to keep our focus. Any time that you go into a new season, that's the key. The kids have been doing a great job of it and I'm very proud of them."

Manhattan ended the 2017 season in a three-way tie for first place in the Centennial League, but ended the year facing much more serious matters.

In December, an alleged hazing incident was brought to light, but did not result in any criminal charges for players or Schartz.

Schartz is in his tenth season with the Indians, and said part of the aforementioned "focus" he wants to be on positivity as well as how hard his players have worked this offseason instead of the events of the past year.

"Typically, the second week of practice, it's hard to keep your focus because the newness is off. But the kids have been doing a good job this week. "

Manhattan returns quite a few seniors this year, including All-League running back Kevontae McDonald who rushed for over 1200 yards last season.

Seniors Jaylynn Liggons, Brady Flint, Chance McIlvaine and Schepp have been named team captains.

The Indians will face Olathe Northwest in their season opener on Aug. 31.