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Man High School football coach Harvey Arms and the Hillbillies scrimmaged at George Washington last Saturday.
Man High School football coach Harvey Arms and the Hillbillies scrimmaged at George Washington last Saturday.
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The Man High School football team, after three straight losing seasons, won nine games and made it to the playoffs in 2013.


Man hopes to have another good year this fall.


Man coach Harvey Arms said his team gained a lot of confidence last year and looks for it to carry over.


“It’s always fun to work with the kids, see them learn and grow and become more competitive in their abilities,” Arms said. “That’s the big difference between one year and the next. Our kids last year were much more confident as opposed to the year before. This year, I think that they will be able to grow even more. We’re looking for good things.”


Much of Man’s success last season can be attributed to the Billies’ ability to cut down on turnovers as opposed to 2012.


Man hopes to hold onto the ball again this season.


“You have to be consistent,” Arms said. “For us, we’ve got to be able to run the football and we have to be able to throw the football. We have to stay as free of turnovers as we can. We can’t give the other teams that advantage. The difference between last year and the year before was the number of turnovers. The year before, we had a slew of turnovers and it seemed like four or five every game. Last year, we cut that way down. Hopefully, this year we will cut that down even more.”


Man was ranked No. 9 in the state in this week’s Class A preseason poll, conducted by a statewide panel of sportswriters.


Wheeling Central (6-5 last season) was ranked No. 1. Greenbrier West (12-2) came in at No. 2, while St. Marys (11-1) was third. Williamstown (10-2) was fourth and Bishop Donahue (8-4) fifth.


The Bishops, which beat Man 21-16 on the road in the first round of last year’s Class A playoffs, return the state’s passing yardage leader from 2013 in junior Jesse Padlow.


Moorefield (10-2) was the preseason No. 6 team. Weirton Madonna (14-0) was seventh, Magnolia (8-5) eighth and Wahama (10-2) 10th.


Playing up


Man grabbed the No. 5 seed and homefield advantage for the playoffs last season with a 9-1 regular season mark.


Since dropping down to Single-A status around a decade ago, the Billies have often played many Class AA schools and even a 3A school in the Logan Wildcats which LHS moved back up to Triple-A in 2009.


That has helped the Hillbillies over the years garner enough points to make it to the playoffs five times under Coach Harvey Arms.


In the WVSSAC playoff system, six points are awarded for a win over a Class A school, nine for a 2A win and 12 for a 3A victory. There are also bonus points for the taking.


If Man is able to beat Logan in the season opener, the Billies would get 12 points or the equivalent of two wins over Class A teams.


“That’s the thing that helps us a lot,” Arms said when asked about the point system. “The Double-A teams that we did beat helped us in the point system. Hopefully, we will be able to do it again.”


Around the Cardinal


Conference


* The Wayne Pioneers, the Class AA preseason No. 1-ranked team, have undoubtedly the toughest schedule in the Cardinal Conference.


Wayne has added 3A power and No. 4-ranked Morgantown to its schedule this season. The Mohigans come to Wayne to take on the Pioneers on Oct. 3.


Other Wayne non-conference games are Sept. 12 at 3A No. 7 Point Pleasant, an old Cardinal Conference rival, and Nov. 7 at home against 2A No. 4-ranked Bluefield. The Pioneers downed the Beavers in a close one last season, 29-27.


Wayne has to travel to Class AA preseason No. 5-ranked Sissonville on Sept. 5 in Week 2 after a game at county rival Tolsia in the Aug. 29 season opener. Sissonville was second in the conference last fall.


* Sissonville has a weird schedule this season. The Indians play their first four games at home against Chapmanville, Wayne, Mingo Central and Scott.


After that, Sissonville has five straight away games before closing out Nov. 7 at home against non-conference foe Braxton County.


* For the first time since joining the Cardinal Conference, Mingo Central will play a full slate of league games.


Added to the Miners’ schedule this season is Sissonville. The two teams meet on Sept. 12 at Sissonville.


Mingo Central dropped 3A Logan in order to make room for the Indians.


* Three Cardinal Conference teams were ranked in the just-released Class AA preseason poll.


Wayne was ranked as the preseason No. 1 team in the state. Sissonville was fifth and Mingo Central eighth. Chapmanville and Herbert Hoover also received votes in the poll.


Preseason Finale


All three Logan County high school football teams will have their final preseason tune-ups this weekend.


Logan is scheduled to have a preseason game Friday night at Wayne. Kickoff is set for 7 p.m.


Man goes to Midland Trail for a Saturday scrimmage at 10 a.m.


Chapmanville hosts 3A Lincoln County on Friday night at Tiger Stadium in a 7 p.m. preseason contest.


The Tigers open Aug. 29 at Sissonville. Man opens the regular season at Logan the same night.


Tough Schedule


Three of Logan’s 10 opponents this season were ranked in the statewide preseason poll.


Point Pleasant was No. 7 in Class AAA, while University was 10th. Point was 11-1 last season while University went 10-2.


Man, Logan’s foe in the Aug. 29 season opener, is ranked No. 9 in the state in the preseason Class A poll.


Chapmanville Regional plays four ranked teams in Man, Wayne, Sissonville and Mingo Central. The Miners are the preseason No. 8-ranked team in the state.


Week 1 games


The following is the Week 1 Aug. 29 football schedule for southern West Virginia high school football teams:


Man at Logan, 7:30 p.m.


Chapmanville at Sissonville, 7:30 p.m.


Mingo Central at Wyoming East, 7:30 p.m.


Tug Valley at Sherman, 7:30 p.m.


Herbert Hoover at Scott, 7:30 p.m.


Meadow Bridge at Van, 7:30 p.m.


Westside at Liberty Raleigh, 7:30 p.m.


Cardinal Conference


Week 1


The following is the Week 1 Aug. 29 football schedule for Cardinal Conference high school football teams:


Chapmanville at Sissonville, 7:30 p.m.


Mingo Central at Wyoming East, 7:30 p.m.


Herbert Hoover at Scott, 7:30 p.m.


Wayne at Tolsia, 7:30 p.m.


Nitro at Poca, 7:30 p.m.


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