MAN — The Van Bulldogs spoiled the home opener for the Man Middle School football team with last Thursday night’s 27-8 victory over the Pioneers at Man’s George A. Queen Memorial Field.
Man fell to 1-1 on the season and have an open date next week.
The Bulldogs scored 20 unanswered points and never looked back in posting the victory.
Brady Grant had a 52-yard touchdown catch on Van’s first play from scrimmage as the Bulldogs led 6-0.
The Dogs pushed their lead to 12-0 with just 43 seconds remaining in the first period on a 10-yard run by Drew Price. The two-point conversion failed.
Then just 13 seconds later Taylor Jarrell picked off Pioneers’ QB Zack Cook’s pass and raced in for a 50-yard TD score to give the Bulldogs a 20-0 lead after Price scored on the two-point conversion run with just 30 ticks on the first quarter clock.
The Pioneers scored just before the first half on a 17-yard pass from Cook to Hunter Epperhart. Cook then ran in the two-point conversion to make it a 20-8 game with just 24 seconds to play in the first half.
Man then took the opening kickoff in the second half and marched to the Van 30-yard line before the Bulldogs’ defense held the Pioneers on downs at the 2:44 mark.
Van would later get the final score of the game in the fourth period of play on an electrifying 75-yard TD run by Brady Grant. Brandon Moore booted the PAT to make it 27-8 with 5:20 left in the game.
“We just took a whipping tonight,” Man Middle School coach Tootie Carter said. “They were much more physical out there and we got banged up pretty good. It’s a good thing we have a week off to heal up.”
After next week’s bye week, Man returns to play Oceana on Sept. 26.
* The Logan and Chapmanville Middle School football teams were scheduled to see home action on Thursday night, however, no scores or statistics were reported to The Logan Banner by LMS or CMS coaches and/or statisticians.
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