MAN — The Man High School football team will have a stern challenge on Friday night with the River View Raiders.
The Hillbillies (1-2) are scheduled to play on the road against River View (2-1), a team which lost 34-12 at Mingo Central last week.
Game time is scheduled for 7:30 p.m. at the new River View High School football field in Bradshaw.
Man is coming off last week’s 44-21 loss at home to Class AA Westside.
The Billies are 0-2 all-time against the Raiders as Man lost 28-26 last year and fell 33-21 to River View two years ago.
River View was formed in 2010 with the consolidation of McDowell County high schools Iaeger and Big Creek.
The Raiders blanked Mount View 26-0 in the opener, then won 50-20 over Pikeview in Week 2 before losing to the Miners last week in Newtown.
Man coach Harvey Arms said his team will be put to the test against the Class AA Raiders, one of many 2A or higher teams the Class A Billies play this season. Man’s already difficult schedule isn’t getting any easier any time soon.
“All the games are critical and they are another tough opponent,” Arms said of River View. “They have really played well for the last few seasons since they started up the new school. They have a new field and this will be our first time down there. They’re a good football team and they’ve got a lot of good players. They have played well in the first three weeks. They got beat last week but they won their first two by pretty good margins. It’s another tough game for us.”
River View trailed Mingo Central 26-12 at halftime last week, then were outscored 8-0 in the final two quarters.
The Raiders scored a first quarter touchdown as Joe McClanahan ran in from 17 yards out. The drive was set up on a 52-yard run by Jordan Wilson.
River View then cut Mingo Central’s lead to 14-12 with Wilson’s 41-yard TD run.
It was all Miners after that.
Wilson led the Raiders with 108 yards rushing for the game.
“They have a good system and it works for them,” Arms said of River View’s offense. “The Wilson kid is good and so is McClanahan.”
River View’s defense, however, allowed Mingo Central’s Joe May to have a monster game. May scored four touchdowns and rushed for 184 yards in leading the Miners to victory.
While River View’s defense was shaky last week, Man’s defense must shore up as well. Last week, Westside rolled up 330 yards rushing for the game, led by sophomore quarterback Justin Cogar, who had 168 yards and scored four touchdowns. Mike Mullins added another 118 yards on the ground. Cogar was also 3-for-8 passing for an additional 64 yards.
The Billies’ offense must also kick in gear.
Last week, the Renegades held Man’s top rusher Braden Griffin to just six yards on five carries. Fullback Neil Mullins had only seven yards on four attempts. David Belcher ended up leading Man with 74 yards on seven carries, including a 50-yard touchdown run. Man freshman quarterback John Thomas Keffer was 7-for-16 passing for 82 yards and a touchdown. The Billies were limited to 196 yards of total offense.
“We still turned the ball over too many times last week,” Arms said. “And so far, we haven’t really been able to make the big plays that would break the game for us. We had a couple of opportunities last week and neither of them went right. We still have got to find the situation where we can make the big play.”
Arms said there’s no real major injuries to his team yet and that’s good news as the prep football season hits Week 4 this Friday night.
“We’ve got the normal beats and bangs. We had a linebacker who didn’t play last week and I’m not sure that he’ll play this week,” he said.
Man vs. River View
2011: River View 28, Man 26
2010: River View 33, Man 21