BRADSHAW — For the second straight week, the Man High School football team lost to a Class AA team as the Hillbillies fell 22-13 at River View on Friday night at the new River View High School football field in Bradshaw.
Class A Man dropped to 1-3 on the season. River View, ranked No. 16 in the state, is now 3-1.
“We hung right with them,” Man coach Harvey Arms said. “Our offense and defense played well. We just couldn’t get that big break. We now have to get ready for Mingo Central next week.”
Braden Griffin led the Billies with 127 yards rushing on 20 carries and two touchdowns. David Belcher added 50 yards on 12 attempts. Neal Mullins was held to 19 yards rushing on eight carries. Man freshman quarterback John Thomas Keffer was 2-for-11 passing for 27 yards.
River View was led by Jordan Wilson, who rushed for 102 yards on 20 carries. Joseph McClanahan ran 19 times for 98 yards.
After a scoreless first quarter, the Billies took over on their own 36-yard line and drove the ball deep into Raiders’ territory at the beginning of the second period.
River View’s defense, though, held off the Billies at the 33-yard line to take over on downs.
The Raiders then pushed the ball to the Man 5. A critical personal foul on the Raiders put the pigskin back to the 20 and Man’s defense was able to hold, getting the ball back on downs.
Keffer, however, was intercepted by River View’s Jordan Wilson at the Raider 35-yard line. River View then marched 65 yards on just nine plays to take a 6-0 lead as quarterback Austin Walker scored on a 1-yard QB sneak with 1:29 to go until halftime. The extra point kick failed.
Man got good field position at its own 45 to start the second half but on a fourth-and-five play, the Billies were unsuccessful on a fake punt.
Once again, the Raiders were able to take advantage.
Eight plays later, the Raiders scored on a screen pass from Walker to Brandon Thomas from 16 yards out. Thomas then caught the conversion pass to give River View a 14-0 lead with 6:51 left in the third period.
Man didn’t quit and tried to battle back.
The Billies marched 66 yards on eight plays, capped off by a 35-yard touchdown run by Griffin. Justin Cantrell’s PAT was good and Man trailed just 14-7 with 2:45 to go in the third quarter.
Cantrell then came up big as he picked off a Walker pass on River View’s next drive, giving the Billies the ball back on their own 39-yard line as the third quarter came to an end.
Man would eventually score at the 7:47 mark as Griffin scored on a 4-yard TD run to cut the margin to 14-13. Cantrell’s extra point kick sailed wide right.
The Raiders then took over at their own 38-yard line but Man’s defense forced them to punt. The Billies took over on their own 35 but on a fourth-and-three with just under four minutes to play Man went for it. It didn’t work out as a pass to Cantrell fell incomplete.
River View then took the ball down for another score with a McClanahan touchdown with 1:25 left. Walker then connected with Wilson on the two-point conversion as the Raiders finished out the scoring at 22-13.
Man is scheduled to get back into action next Friday night at Mingo Central. Game time is scheduled for 7:30 p.m. at MC’s James H. “Buck” Harless Stadium. The following week, the Billies host Fayetteville in the annual Man homecoming game.