MAN — This week’s bye week couldn’t have come at any better time for the top-ranked Man High School football team.
It’s at mid-season and a week before the Hillbillies (5-0) are to have their homecoming showdown with county rival Chapmanville Regional on Oct. 9 in the battle of the unbeatens.
Man, ranked No. 1 in the state in Class A for the third straight week in the WVSSAC Computer Ratings, is idle on Friday night, after disposing of Fayetteville, 26-6, last week on the road in its first meeting this season with a Single-A opponent.
The Billies will surely be keeping an eye out on the Tigers tonight as Chapmanville (5-0), ranked No. 4 in the state in Class AA, is scheduled to host Mount View (1-3) in its own homecoming game.
Chapmanville is heavily favored to beat the Golden Knights, thus setting up the titanic clash with the Hillbillies next week at George A. Queen Memorial Field.
Man was led last week by senior running back Jace Duba, who had a career night with 302 yards rushing on 33 carries with two touchdowns.
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.
Dustin McCoy added 90 yards rushing on 12 attempts for Man. Senior quarterback John Thomas Keffer was 11-for-14 passing for 136 yards. Ross Osborne caught nine passes for 127 yards.
On the season, Keffer has connected on 53-of-79 of his passes for 787 yards with nine touchdowns and no interceptions.
With last week’s effort, Duba is now Man’s No. 1 rusher with 90 carries for 505 yards and four touchdowns. McCoy has 339 yards on 46 attempts nad one TD.
Osborne has snared 31 passes for 487 yards and five scores.
Tyler Blair is Man’s leading tackler on the season with 29 stops and a sack. Tanner Bailey has 27 tackles, one interception and one fumble recovery. Richie Nelson has 22 tackles and three picks. Duba and Christian McCoy each have 21 tackles and two sacks. Osborne and Trey Whitt have each also picked off two passes this fall.
Keffer, also Man’s place-kicker, is 9-for-17 in his point after boots.
After playing Chapmanville, Man has four more regular season games ahead — Oct. 16 at Sherman, Oct. 23 vs. Pocahontas County, Oct. 30 at Tug Valley and Nov. 6 at Van.
Tug Valley (4-1) is 10th this week in Class A and host No. 8 Buffalo (4-0) on Friday night.
Chapmanville leads Man 8-7 in the football series against Man since 2000.
The Tigers won 26-20 at home in double overtime over the Billies last season. Chapmanville has gone 8-1 against Man since 2006. The only loss during the span was a 26-22 defeat to the Billies in 2013.
Man won six straight games over the Tigers from 2000-05.
2015 Man High School
Football Schedule (5-0):
Aug. 28: Logan, W 18-13
Sept. 4: at Mount View, W 48-6
Sept. 11: at Westside, W 27-24
Sept. 18: River View (Hall of Fame Game), W 54-0
Sept. 25: at Fayetteville, W 26-6
Oct. 2: Bye week
Oct. 9: Chapmanville (Homecoming), 7:30 p.m.
Oct. 16: at Sherman, 7:30 p.m.
Oct. 23: Pocahontas County, 7:30 p.m.
Oct. 30: at Tug Valley, 7:30 p.m.
Nov. 6: Van, 7:30 p.m.
(Paul Adkins is the Sports Editor of the Logan Banner. He can be reached at 304-752-6950 ext. 1730, by email at [email protected] or on Twitter @PAdkinsBanner).