The Man Middle School football team went down the road to Middleburg Island on Thursday night and came away with an 18-12 victory over the homestanding Logan Middle School Timberwolves.
The game was tied 12-12 with 1:53 left as Man had pinned Logan deep into its own territory inside the 10-yard line, forcing a punt out of Logan’s end zone.
The Pioneers were able to get the ball back at the Logan 5 and had first-and-goal with 1:44 left.
On first down, Man’s Hunter Epperheart ran the ball to the 1-yard line. Then on second down, Man’s Zach Cook tried to run the ball in but was stopped short of the goal line. Then on third down, Epperheart scored on a 1-yard TD plunge with 35 seconds left to put Coach Tootie Carter’s Pioneers on top for good. The two-point conversion failed.
Man then put the win on ice as Epperheart intercepted a Logan pass in the closing seconds.
Man improved to 4-2 on the season. The Pioneers can secure the county championship with a win this Thursday night at Chapmanville. Logan dropped to 1-5 on the season.
Chris Walker had eight tackles and two fumble recoveries to lead Man. Zach Maynard had seven tackles, while Chase Harvey, D.J. Browning and Seth Osbourne had three tackles each. William Osbourne, Nick Albright and Trey Whitt had two tackles each. Epperheart had one tackle.
Levi Davis scored two touchdowns for LMS.
“I am very proud of our players as we fought hard from the opening kickoff to the final seconds,” Logan coach Barry Scott Grimmett said. “Man is always a tough opponent as Coach Carter does a really good job with them. It was a dog fight the whole game and the ball bounced their way on a couple plays and they capitalized on it. That is what good teams do.”
Man caught a tipped pass in the end zone for one touchdown and picked up a fumble and ran it in for another score.
LMS is idle next week and travels to Hurricane the following week.
* In other action on Thursday night, the Chapmanville Middle School football team went to Madison and beat the homestanding Madison RedHawks 20-14 at the Scott High School football field.
Noah Dingess had a touchdown catch for the Tigers.
No further information was made available to the Logan Banner as of presstime on Saturday.