Man Middle rolls over RedHawks; Tigers top Hamlin
Paul Adkins Sports Editor
MAN —- The Man Middle School football team improved to 2-2 on the season with Thursday night’s 34-0 homecoming victory at home over the winless Madison RedHawks at Man’s George A. Queen Memorial Field.
Madison dropped to 0-4 on the season.
The Pioneers scored the first time they had the ball as Chase Harvey scored on a 1-yard touchdown run at the 2:06 mark of the first quarter. The conversion failed but the Pioneers led 6-0.
Then on Madison’s next possession Zach Cook intercepted a Jacob Roberts pass. Three plays later, Hunter Epperheart scored on a 7-yard TD run with one second showing on the first quarter clock. Cook passed to Harvey for the two-point conversion as the Pioneers led 14-0.
Man then scored on another Madison turnover — this one on a fumble — as the Pioneers took over deep into RedHawk territory. Two plays later, Harvey reached the end zone on a 1-yard run. Cook ran in the conversion and Man led 22-0 at the 6:39 mark of the second quarter.
Cook later got his second interception of the game at the Man 25-yard line. The Pioneers would then go on a 75-yard drive, culminating on a 7-yard bootleg touchdown run by Cook with 50 seconds to go in the first half. The conversion failed, leaving the score at 28-0 in favor of Man Middle.
At the 2:37 mark of the fourth quarter, Man scored its final points of the game with Cook’s 6-yard TD run. The conversion was no good as Man won the game 34-0.
“We had a good first half,” MMS coach Tootie Carter said. “But in the second half the guys up front did not block well. We won, let’s celebrate our homecoming win but we’ve got to play at Oceana next week and they are undefeated. We need some work.”
Named as the Man Middle School homecoming queen was Shana Maria Rosser.
Man returns to action next Thursday night at undefeated Oceana.
CHAPMANVILLE — The Chapmanville Middle School football team scored a 14-6 win on Thursday night at home over Hamlin at Tiger Stadium in Chapmanville.
The Tigers (2-1) led 6-0 at halftime and scored a touchdown and two-point conversion in the third quarter to break a 6-all tie. It proved to be the game winning score.
Dylan Smith ran with the ball 14 times for 118 yards to lead CMS. He had both touchdowns on runs of 43 and 49. CMS quarterback Adam Vance passed to Timothy Bigley on the conversion pass and also had a 10-yard completion to Smith. Vance was 2-for-4 passing for 13 yards with one interception.
Devin Hensley and Noah Dingess also carried the ball for the Tigers.
Evan Wills led the CMS defense with nine total tackles, one sack, one forced fumble and one fumble recovery.
Seth Whitt finished with eight total tackles, while Robert Seigman had six. Kobe Meade contributed five total tackles, while Bigley had four and Smith had three tackles and one sack. Corey McGraw and Cade Elkins each had three tackles, while Dingess had two and Phillip Oxley one in addition to a fumble recovery.
First-year CMS head coach Dwight Dingess said he was pleased with the win.
“Due to a scheduling conflict we had an off week last week and I wasn’t sure how it would affect the team but they came out, worked hard and came away with the win,” Coach Dingess said. “I am thankful to have great coaches that know the game of football who work tirelessly to help this team be successful. Defensively, we looked pretty sharp. Evan Willis and Seth Whitt had a monster game and played really well. Offensively, we didn’t move the ball as well as we would like, but the kids worked hard. We were able to get Dylan loose on a couple of big runs for touchdowns.”
CMS has a rigorous schedule ahead. The Tigers play at Poca on Monday in a rescheduled game then go to Logan on Thursday. Counting the Hamlin game, CMS will have three games in eight days.
“We are hoping to keep the kids as healthy as we can. It’s tough to play so many games so close together, but these kids are tough and mentally ready to play,” Coach Dingess said.
Chapmanville Middle had opened the season with a 26-14 victory over Sherman then lost 36-6 to George Washington.
* The Logan Middle School football team was scheduled to see action on Thursday night but, again, no score or statistics were made available to the Logan Banner as of presstime.
— Logan Banner Correspondent Jerry Fekete contributed to this report.
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