No. 1 Billies sink Pirates, 26-6

By Jerry Fekete - Banner Correspondent

FAYETTEVILLE — The Class A No. 1-ranked Man High School football team improved to 5-0 at the midway point of the season with Friday night’s 26-6 road victory at Fayetteville.

Man senior Jace Duba had a huge game, rushing for 302 yards on 33 carries and scoring two touchdowns to lead the Hillbillies to victory.

Man racked up 377 yards on the ground while the Billies’ defense held the Pirates to just 40 yards rushing on the night.

The Billies dominated the line of scrimmage on both sides of the ball with 513 yards of total offense to the Pirates’ 109. The Billies had 24 first downs to the Pirates’ four.

Fayetteville dropped to 3-2 with the loss.

Man got on the scoreboard first at the 9:15 mark of the opening quarter on a 54-yard TD run by Duba as the Billies led 6-0. The kick by John Thomas Keffer failed. Man marched 53 yards in just four plays on the drive.

The Billies then forced the Pirates to turn the ball over as Richie Nelson intercepted a Jordan Dempsey pass at the Fayetteville 15-yard stripe to set up a Man score. Just two plays later, Duba bulled in from 12 yards out. Dustin McCoy added the two-point conversion run as Man led 14-0 with 3:43 to play in the opening period.

The Pirates got their only points of the game with 1:22 in the first stanza on 7-yard TD run by Dempsey but Man still led 14-6. The two-point conversion failed.

Man then pushed the lead to 20-6 midway in the second quarter on a 95-yard drive, chewing up nearly seven minutes off the clock and capped off by a 1-yard plunge by Keffer as the lead swelled to 20-6 with 6:14 to play in the first half. Keffer’s kick was no good.

The third quarter was scoreless as Man had some key penalties to halt several drives.

Fayetteville took over on its own 20-yard line to open the final period of play but the Man defense stepped up and forced the Pirates to punt.

Man got the football at its own 35-yard line midway in the quarter but a penalty halted the drive.

The Billies’ defense then once again was able to keep the Pirates offense in check, forcing yet another punt.

Man took over at its own 40-yard line and marched down the field at will milking the clock. Man ground out the rest of the clock and scored on a 2-yard TD run by Jake Frye as time expired as the Billies won the game 26-6.

McCoy added 90 yards rushing on 12 attempts for Man while Frye had 16 yards rushing on five carries and one score.

Keffer was 11-for-14 passing for 136 yards. Ross Osborne caught nine passes for 127 yards.

On defense, Man was led in tackles by Nick Collins and Tyler Blair with four each. Christain McCoy had three tackles and one sack, while Matt Sanders added three tackles. Nelson had two tackles and a pick while Osborne had a forced fumble and one recovery.

The Billies observe a bye week this Friday night ahead of the Oct. 9 showdown at home against county rival and unbeaten Chapmanville (5-0) in the annual MHS homecoming game.

By Jerry Fekete

Banner Correspondent

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