MAN — Last week’s prep football opener went from bad to worse for the Man Hillbillies.
Man gave up a 75-yard touchdown pass on the very first play to get in a 7-0 hole against rival Logan in the season opener.
Then came special teams blunders and bad field possession.
Then came a turnover and another special teams miscue that turned into a safety.
Man trailed 42-0 at halftime and lost 48-13 to the Wildcats.
With last week behind them, the Billies hope to regroup this Friday night as Man is set to host Mount View in the home opener and MHS Hall of Fame Game.
Kickoff is set for 7:30 p.m. at Man High School’s George A. Queen Memorial Field.
It won’t be easy.
Nothing will be easy this season for the Billies, which are back in Class AA ball and are playing a beefed-up schedule with state powerhouses Bluefield and Point Pleasant down the road.
Mount View, which has been down for more than a decade, appear to be much improved. The Golden Knights (1-0) won 42-6 over River View last week.
Man has won the last eight meetings over Mount View, many by blowouts, including last year’s 48-6 win at Welch.
The Billies will try to slug out another win over the Golden Knights but they will have to do it without starting running back Zach Frye, who reportedly injured his collar bone in last week’s Logan game and will be out indefinitely.
Frye scored one of Man’s two TDs on a 5-yard run in the fourth quarter. He was limited to 10 rushes for 37 yards.
“We’ve lost Jake Frye for a while,” Man coach Harvey Arms said. “He’s got a collar bone injury. “
Arms said his team could not dig themselves out of a hole last week.
“After the first play there it kind of snowballed on us,” he said. “We quickly had another fumble close to the goal line and gave up a safety with the snap over the punter’s head. When you make those kinds of mistakes it makes it hard to win a football game. We also had bad field possession on top of everything. It was a tough opener but we know that we’ve got a lot of young players. We’ve got to grow and learn and learn every lesson that we can from that game and get better from week to week.”
Arms said Mount View is much better than in years past and will give the Billies a tough challenge this week.
“We saw the River View game and saw a little tape on them,” he said. “They are an improved team from past years. As always, they always have a few players that can run. They have some good players and some good skilled position players. They’re going to be a tough opponent for us.”
Cameron Simpson made his first start for the Billies at quarterback last week. He led Man on the ground with 44 yards rushing on seven carries and scored on a 2-yard keeper.
“He played really well and ran the ball several times,” Arms said. “I thought that he made some good decisions in the pass plays. He made some good passes. All of them weren’t caught but he made some good throws.”
Football Friday night
WHAT: Mount View (1-0) at Man (0-1), Man Hall of Fame Game
WHEN: Friday night, 7:30 p.m.
WHERE: George A. Queen Memorial Field, Man, W.Va.
SURFACE: Field Turf
LAST YEAR’S MEETING: Man won 48-16
SERIES SINCE 2000: Man leads 8-4
Man vs. Mount View Series
Last 12 years (Man leads 8-4)
2015: Man 48, Mount View 6
2014: Man 40, Mount View 6
2013: Man 44, Mount View 0
2012: Man 20, Mount View 12
2011: Man 41, Mount View 12
2010: Man 63, Mount View 0
2009: Man 56, Mount View 0
2008: Man 54, Mount View 6
2007: Mount View 22, Man 8
2006: Mount View 56, Man 21
2005: Mount View 29, Man 22
2004: Mount View 26, Man 12