A rash of injuries in the Titans’ backfield brought Manthey into the starting lineup in their contest with Towers Oct. 18.
The 5-foot-10, 160-pound senior, who also plays on defense at cornerback, responded with the game of his life, rushing for 324 yards on 34 carries and six touchdowns to lead Blessed Trinity to a 42-13 win over its Region 6AAA foe.
With his breakout performance, Manthey set new school records in yards rushing and touchdowns – breaking the old marks of 291 yards and four touchdowns set by former Blessed Trinity standout Sam Burkhalter, who went on to play college football at Georgia State.
“I knew this was a very special night for him, his mom especially,” said Blessed Trinity coach Tim McFarlin of Manthey, who lost his father to a heart attack two years ago. “He has worked so hard this year and he really rose to the occasion. I’m very happy for Chad.”