Billies have hands full with Westside

By Paul Adkins -

MAN — A big triple-overtime win last week by the Man High School football team over Mount View was a huge shot in the arm for the Hillbillies, which were blitzed by county rival Logan in the season opener.

Man (1-1) hopes to carry that momentum into Week 3.

The Billies will have their hands full though on Friday night as Man is scheduled to host Class AA No. 10-ranked Westside (2-0) at Man’s George A. Queen Memorial Field.

The Hillbillies won a thriller last week, 45-44 over Class A Mount View.

Man sophomore kicker Zach Cook was the hero as he booted the game-winning extra point, helping the Billies avoid the dreaded tie. Had he missed, Man and Mount View would have ended in a 44-44 deadlock due to WVSSAC prep football rules which don’t allow for a fourth overtime.

“That was a big kick. We needed that in order to win the game,” Man coach Harvey Arms said. “It was a team effort. It was a big win because we played hard. Our kids really played hard all night long. It’s important to win games like that. Our kids just made play after play. Now we play Westside and in two games they have scored more than 100 points.”

Westside, a 2A playoff team from a year ago and a Renegade squad which destroyed county rival Wyoming East, 58-8, last week to capture the Coal Shovel, is very good, Arms said.

“They have a big offense and they haven’t given up a whole lot of points,” Arms said of the Renegades. “Their offense is geared around their quarterback. He can run and throw. They play offensively just like the team teams that we have played. They run a lot of the same plays. We’ll have to work this week to perfect our scheme. They are 2-0 and they have played really well. It will be another big game for us.”

Westside scored on its first two plays from scrimmage against East, racked up nearly 500 yards of total offense and thoroughly whipped the Warriors before a large homestanding crowd.

“These seniors wanted to come out and get the shovel, get the win,” Westside coach Darren Thomas told the Pineville Independent-Herald after the win. “You don’t have to talk to them about this game when you’re playing your county rival.”

Westside went up 8-0 as Jacob Ellis took the opening handoff and raced for a 71-yard TD run and Josh Morgan passed to Curtis Gunnoe on the two-point conversion.

Later, Morgan took Westside’s next snap and took it to the house for a 72-yard TD run.

Mogan’s 15-yard TD run still later made it 22-0 before the half. The Renegades then upped the margin to 28-0 with a 1-yard TD run by Morgan following an East turnover.

The lead swelled to 34-0 in the third quarter with Morgan’s 72-yard touchdown pass to Gunnoe. The rout was then in full swing.

Morgan ran for 173 yards, scored five touchdowns and was 7 of 14 passing for 145 yards and a score. Ellis rushed for 71 yards and a TD and caught three passes for 44 yards.

Gunnoe had a fumble recovery for the WHS defense, and Dwayne Bledsoe and Ben Price had interceptions.

Man is led on offense by senior quarterback and first-year starter Cameron Simpson, who tossed a 19-yard TD pass to Matt Sanders to tie last week’s game at 44 in the third OT.

Simpson had earlier knotted the game at 32 in the first overtime with a 5-yard TD run. That forced a second OT.

Man then went ahead 38-32 in the second overtime with Kyle Browning’s 5-yard TD run before Mount View was able to tie it up again.

Sanders also had a 37-yard punt return for a touchdown. Browning added a 2-yard TD run. Simpson had another touchdown on a 1-yard run.

Man won last year’s meeting with Westside, 27-24, and lead the all-time series 7-5.


Football Friday night

WHAT: No. 10 Westside (2-0) at Man (1-1)

WHEN: Friday night, 7:30 p.m.

WHERE: George A. Queen Memorial Field, Man, W.Va.

SURFACE: Field Turf

LAST WEEK: Man beat Mount View 45-44 in 3OT, Westside won 58-8 over Wyoming East.

LAST YEAR’S MEETING: Man beat Westside 27-24

SERIES SINCE 2000: Man leads 7-5


Man vs. Westside Series

Last 12 years (Man leads 7-5)

2015: Man 27, Westside 24

2014: Westside 28, Man 22

2013: Man 22, Westside 14

2012: Westside 44, Man 20

2011: Westside 33, Man 6

2010: Man 28, Westside 8

2009: Man 20, Westside 14

2008: Man 28, Westside 20

2007: Westside 10, Man 6

2006: Man 28, Westside 0

2005: Man 18, Westside 6

2004: Westside 22, Man 8

By Paul Adkins

(Paul Adkins is the Sports Editor of the Logan Banner. He can be reached by email at or on Twitter @PAdkinsBanner).

(Paul Adkins is the Sports Editor of the Logan Banner. He can be reached by email at or on Twitter @PAdkinsBanner).

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