MAN, W.Va. — The Man High School football team handed the Class AA No. 10-ranked Westside Renegades their first loss of the season, 27-14, before a packed house Friday night at Man’s George A. Queen Memorial Field.
The Billies (2-1) controlled both sides of the football, which paved the way to victory.
Westside dropped to 2-1 with the loss.
Man racked up 282 yards of total offense while holding the Renegades to just 121 yards.
The Billies’ offensive line blew Westside off the ball all night long, opening holes for Man freshmen running backs Dylan Morris and Zack Frye.
Morris, in his prep debut, rushed for 82 yards on 17 carries and a touchdown, while Frye carried the ball 13 times for 57 yards and a touchdown.
Man’s offensive line was dominating all night long led by Austin Bragg, Kayne Brown, Jacob Asbury, D.J. Browning, Steve Ramey and tight end Nick Collins.
“First of all the referee told me after the game that they like your sportsmanship. You all played great on both sides of the ball and this is a big win for us,” Man head coach Harvey Arms said to his players after the game. “It was a total team effort and we must now get ready for River View.”
Westside took the opening kickoff and the Billies’ defense forced them to punt the football away.
The Billies started on their first possession of the game on their own 21-yard line and marched 79 yards on 14 plays, capped off by a 1-yard TD run by senior quarterback Cameron Simpson as Man chewed up most of the first quarter with just 1:48 left in the period. Sophomore Zack Cook booted the point after to give MHS a 7-0 advantage and that’s how the first stanza ended.
The Billies then mishandled a punt mid-way in the second quarter at their own 35-yard line.
The Renegades then cashed in on the Man turnover just seven play later on a 19-yard run by QB Josh Morgan. The conversion run failed as Man held a slim 7-6 lead with 4:49 left in the first half.
That would be the halftime score as both teams headed to the locker rooms.
The Billies got the football to start the second half but fumbled it away on their second play from scrimmage at there own 25-yard line and once again the Renegades capitalized on the Man turnover and took the lead at 14-7 on a Brock Smith touchdown catch from 9 yards out from Morgan. Morgan then tacked on the two-point conversion to give Westside the 14-7 lead with 9:59 to go in the third period.
The Billies would knot the game up at 14-14 with 1:57 to play in the third quarter on a 29-yard TD catch by Trey Whitt from Simpson. Cook’s PAT kick was good. The drive was set up by Whitt’s good punt return to mid-field.
Man’s defense then held the Renegades in check to start the final quarter led by Browning, Bragg, Seth Chapman, Frye, Brock Muncy, Tyler Blair, Brown and a host of other Hillbillies.
Man then got what proved to be the game winner, driving 58 yards to pay dirt capped off by a 3-yard Dylan Morris jaunt. The Billies then had a bad snap on the extra point attempt and Cook didn’t have a chance to put his foot to the ball. Man, though, took the lead for good at 20-14 with 7:45 to play in the game.
The Renegades then took over on their own 18-yard line as Cook’s kickoff pinned them back deep.
Then on fourth-and-four at the 36-yard stripe the Billies’ defense held them on downs and took over with about five minutes left in regulation.
Just four plays later, the Billies struck the end zone to put the game on ice as Frye scored from 4 yards out. Cook’s kick made it 27-14 as Man went on to victory and extend its winning streak to two games.
Man had 18 first downs to just six for Westside.
Simpson was 7 of 9 passing for 97 yards.
Man had 282 yards of total offense, including 185 on the ground. Westside was held to just 121 yards of total offense with 100 on the ground and only 21 in the air.
Morgan had 21 carries for 53 yards for WHS.
Seth Osborne had four rushes for 14 yards for Man. Chapman had four attempts for 13 yards. Whitt had two catches for 37 yards. Matt Sanders had four grabs for 52 yards.
Browning led the Man defense with eight tackles and a QB sack. Bragg had seven tackles and one sack. Chapman had six tackles and one sack, while freshmen Frye and Brock Muncy each had six tackles. Blair and Brown had five stops each.
Man is scheduled to have a three-game road swing, beginning this coming Friday night at River View. The Billies then play at Lincoln County and at county rival Chapmanville.
River View (0-2) was idle on Friday night. The Raiders lost 40-20 a couple of weeks ago to Grundy (Va.).
2016 Man High School
Football Schedule (2-1):
Aug. 25: at Logan (Coalfield Kickoff Classic), L 13-48
Sept. 2: Mount View (Hall of Fame Game), W 45-44 (3OT)
Sept. 9: Westside, W 27-14
Sept. 16: at River View, 7:30 p.m.
Sept. 23: Open Date
Sept. 30: at Lincoln County, 7:30 p.m.
Oct. 7: at Chapmanville, 7:30 p.m.
Oct. 14: Bluefield, 7:30 p.m.
Oct. 21: Point Pleasant, 7:30 p.m.
Oct. 28: Tug Valley, 7:30 p.m.
Nov. 4: at Van, 7:30 p.m.