MAN — The Man High School football team, ranked No. 1 in the the state in Class A this week, stayed unbeaten on Friday night at 4-0 with a 54-0 thumping of River View at Man’s George A. Queen Memorial Field in the annual MHS Hall of Fame Game.
With the win, Man will retain the state’s No. 1 ranking this week when the new ratings are released on Tuesday afternoon.
Man dropped River View to 0-4 on the season. The Raiders had to play two games this week, also losing a makeup game on Monday night at Grundy, Va.
Man’s defense swarmed the Raiders, led by Tyler Blair with seven tackles and a QB sack and Christian McCoy, who had five tackles and a sack as well.
The Billies put up 19 first quarter points and added 33 in the second period of play and went on for the lopsided win.
Man led 52-0 at the half and added a safety in the second half as the final two quarters were shortened to a combined 16 minutes and Billies’ coach Harvey Arms emptied his bench.
“The kids came out and played well. That’s what they are supposed to do,” Arms said.
Man got its first points of the game to take the lead for good on a 5-yard TD run by senior Jace Duba. John Thomas Keffer’s PAT kick failed but Man led 6-0.
The Billies pushed their lead to 12-0 with 4:25 to go on the first period clock as Jake Frye ran in to pay dirt from 22 yards to make it 12-0. The kick was no good.
Man pushed its lead to 19-0 with 1:20 to play in the opening frame as Keffer hooked up with Ross Osborne for a 43-yard TD pass. Keffer’s PAT was good as Man led 19-0.
The Billies then put the game away in the second stanza with 33 unanwered points to take a commanding 52-0 halftime lead.
Matt Sanders caught a 2-yard TD pass from Keffer at the 9:15 mark but the kick failed as Man led 25-0.
Trey Whitt came off the bench and scored on a 5-yard run followed by Keffer’s kick to give the Billies 32-0 lead. The score was set up by an Osborne interception.
Frye then scored his second touchdown of the evening as he bulled in from 5 yards out. Keffer added the point after kick to make it 39-0. The score was set up by another fine defensive play by the Man defense on an interception by Richie Nelson.
Man increased the lead to 46-0 with 2:57 to go in the first half as Osborne reeled in a 13-yard TD catch. Keffer’s PAT was good.
Man added their fifth TD of the quarter as time ran out as reserve freshman running back Charles Rosser got his first high school touchdown on a 2-yard run to make it 52-0 Man at the half. The extra point kick by Keffer was no good.
In the second half, the teams played eight-minute quarters as Coach Arms brought in his reserves.
The lone points of the half came on a safety, giving Man two more points as they would come away with a 54-0.
Man put up 337 yards of total offense with 200 rushing and 137 via the air, most coming in the first half of play.
Keffer was 9-for-12 passing for 134 yards and three TDs.
Man was led in rushing by Duba with six carries for 42 yards and a touchdown. Frye had 40 yards on three carries and two scores. Dustin McCoy had 37 yards on four attempts.
Osborne had 74 receiving yards on four catches with two TDs. Sanders had three catches for 36 yards and one TD.
River View was led by Hunter Stone with 30 yards on 13 carries.
Man travels to Fayetteville on Friday night.