No. 4 Billies sail past Sherman Tide


By Jerry Fekete - Banner Correspondent



Man High School’s Jace Duba takes a handoff from QB John Thomas Keffer and scores a touchdown in Friday night’s win at Sherman.


Man’s Jake Frye runs with the ball in Friday night’s win over the Tide.


Man’s Jordan Wright forces a Tide fumble.


The Billies’ Ross Osborne reels in a touchdown catch.


SETH — The Class A No. 4-ranked Man High School football team bounced back from last week’s heartbreaking loss to Chapmanville and got back on the winning track Friday night with a convincing 48-6 ripping of the Sherman Tide on the road.

Man senior All-State candidate and quarterback John Thomas Keffer went over 4,000 yards passing in his career at Man High School Friday night by passing for 154 yards and three touchdowns to lead the Billies to victory.

The Man rushing attack was no too shabby either as they racked up 250 yards on the ground as well led by Jake Frye with 90 yards on just nine carries and one touchdown. Jace Duba rushed for 86 yards on 18 attemps and two touchdowns, while Dustin McCoy added 57 yard on eight carries and one score for the Billies, which went to 6-1 on the season.

Man got its first points of the game at the 2:06 mark of the first period of play on a 5-yard TD run by Duba to give the Billies the early 6-0 advantage.

That would be the only score in the first quarter.

Man got cranked up in the second staza, scoring 28 unanswered points on the scoreboard to take a 34-0 lead going into the locker room and never looked back.

Paving the way for the Billies up front were Grant Gambill, Richie Nelson, Austin Compton, Kayne Brown and Christain McCoy.

Duba then bulled in from 6 yard out to pay dirt as Man took a 12-0 lead with 10:12 to play in the second quarter.

The Billies pushed their lead to 18-0 as Keffer hooked up with his favorite target Ross Osborne for a 52-yard TD at the 5:51 mark. Keffer then found Osborne for an 11-yard touchdown pass. Osborne then passed to Keffer for the conversion to give MHS a 26-0 lead.

The Billies would score their fourth touchdown of the quarter just before the half with only 11 ticks on the clock as Keffer tossed his third TD pass of the period — this one going to Matt Sanders from 41 yards out. Dustin McCoy ran in the two-point conversion to give the Billies a 34-0 lead at the half.

McCoy had the only points on the scoreboard in the third stanza on a 5-yard jaunt and Frye added the conversion to give Man a 42-0 lead with 8:15 to go.

Sherman (1-7) tallied their only touchdown of the game in the fourth quarter as Adam Miller caught a Kirk Bailey pass for a 71-yard touchdown.

Man added another score with Frye’s 37-yard TD run with 6:53 left in the game.

Keffer was 8-for-13 passing for 154 yards and three touchdowns.

Osborne had five receptions for 102 yards and two scores while Sanders had three catches for 52 yard and one TD.

Frye had 90 yards rushing on nine carries and one TD. Duba had 86 yards on 18 attempts and two scores and McCoy had 57 yards on eight carries and one touchdown.

On defense, Man was led by Duba with seven tackles, one interception and one sack. Tyler Blair had five tackles, while Tanner Bailey, Dennis Browning, Nick Collins, Christain McCoy and Sanders had four tackles each.

Seth Osborne had three tackles, while Nelson had two tackles and a QB sack. Jordan Wright had a sack and a forced fumble.

The Billies host Pocahontas County this coming Friday night.

Man High School’s Jace Duba takes a handoff from QB John Thomas Keffer and scores a touchdown in Friday night’s win at Sherman.
http://loganbanner.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/10/web1_BilliesSherman-Jace-Duba-TD-CMYK.jpgMan High School’s Jace Duba takes a handoff from QB John Thomas Keffer and scores a touchdown in Friday night’s win at Sherman.

Man’s Jake Frye runs with the ball in Friday night’s win over the Tide.
http://loganbanner.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/10/web1_BilliesSherman-Jake-Frye-runs-CMYK.jpgMan’s Jake Frye runs with the ball in Friday night’s win over the Tide.

Man’s Jordan Wright forces a Tide fumble.
http://loganbanner.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/10/web1_BilliesSherman-Jordan-Wright-strips-fumble-CMYK.jpgMan’s Jordan Wright forces a Tide fumble.

The Billies’ Ross Osborne reels in a touchdown catch.
http://loganbanner.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/10/web1_BilliesSherman-Ross-Osborne-TD-CMYK.jpgThe Billies’ Ross Osborne reels in a touchdown catch.

By Jerry Fekete

Banner Correspondent

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