WELCH — The Man High School football team improved to 2-0 Friday night with a 48-6 rout over the Class AA Mount View Golden Knights at Welch.
Man, ranked No. 8 in the state in Class A, was led by senior quarterback John Thomas Keffer, who tossed three touchdown passes and ran for two more scores as the Hillbillies won for the eighth straight time over the Golden Knights.
Keffer was 10-for-18 passing for 229 yard and the three touchdowns.
Dustin McCoy and Ross Osborne also had big nights for Man as McCoy rushed for 149 yards and one TD and Osborne caught seven passes for 178 yards and two TDs.
A swarming Man defense, led by Tanner Bailey and Richie Nelson, held the Knights to just six points and only 125 yards of total offense on the night.
Man’s offensive line paved the way as the Billies racked up 462 yards of balanced total offense with 233 on the ground and 229 in the air.
“We were able to make big plays,” Man coach Harvey Arms said. “We didn’t against Logan, but John Thomas Keffer, Ross Osborne and Dustin McCoy all had big games. Our line blocked well up front and our defense took over the game after the first series.”
Man now has two wins to open the season over teams in higher classifications. Last week, Man won 18-13 over Triple-A county rival Logan.
The Hillbillies got the ball first after Mount View deferred but Man’s Jake Frye fumbled the ball away.
Man’s defense then held the Knights on downs, getting the football at its own 37-yard line after a holding call on the Billies. Then, just four plays later, Man struck pay dirt on a 26-yard run by McCoy. Keffer booted the point after to give the Billies a 7-0 lead with 1:50 left in the opening period.
The Man defense held the Golden Knights on downs to start the second quarter of play and took over on its own 44, but another holding call on Man would force a Billies’ punt.
Man’s defense held again, getting a turnover on a big fourth down as Mount View tried to run the ball deep in its territory and Man’s defense was able to tackle Jo Jo Hayes at the 1-yard line.
Then, on first-and-goal Keffer scored on QB sneak. The PAT pass failed as Man took a 13-0 lead with 8:29 to play in the first half.
Mount View got the ball back on its own 41-yard line on the ensuing kick which went out of bounds.
Man’s defense forced the Knights to go three-and-out with a punt.
Man started on its own 13-yard stripe and marched nice plays for another TD on a 5-yard TD pass from Keffer to Osborne.
Osborne had just reeled in a 45-yard catch to set up the score.
Osborne caught the two-point conversion pass from Keffer to give the Billies 21-0 lead with 3:07 to play.
Man would tack on another score just before the half to take a commanding 29-0 lead into the locker room on a 53-yard TD strike from Keffer to Osborne with just 50 ticks on the clock. Jace Duba ran in the two-point conversion as the Billies scored 22 unanswered points in the second period to take a commanding 29 -0 lead at halftime.
Mount View got its first and only points of the game mid-way in the third quarter, cashing in on a Man fumble as Hayes broke loose for a 47-yard jaunt with 8:59 on the clock. The kick failed to make it 29-6.
The Billies wasted no time and bounced back, driving 58 yards on seven plays as McCoy had a big 24-yard gainer in the drive, and Osborne capped off the scoring with a 5-yard TD catch from Keffer. The PAT kick failed as Man took a 36-6 advantage with 6:13 to play in the third stanza.
Man tacked on two more scores in the fourth quarter and put the game away.
Matt Sanders caught a 21-yard TD pass from Keffer to open the final quarter of play. Keffer then booted the kick to put the game on ice at 42-6 with 11:10 to play.
Duba tallied the Billies’ final score on the game on as he bulled in from 1 yard out with 6:53 to play. The conversion pass failed as Man took a 48-6 lead.
Coach Arms then spelled his reserves for the rest of the game as the Billies rolled to victory.
Man had 462 yards of total offense to Mount View’s 125.
Bailey led Man’s defense with seven tackles. Nelson had six and Duba five, including a QB sack.
Tyler Blair had four tackles, while Austin Bragg, Kayne Brown, Gabby Brown, Osborne and Tyler Vance all had three tackles each.
Osborne had an interception and Vance had a QB sack as well.
Man will look to go to 3-0 on the season as the Billies travel to Wyoming County on Friday night to play the Class AA Westside Renegades at Clear Fork.