Pocahontas wins defensive struggle over Billies
by Paul Adkins
The Man High School football team dropped to 2-7 on the season with Friday night’s heartbreaking 7-6 loss at Pocahontas County.
Pocahontas County (4-5) scored first at the 1:29 mark of the first quarter with an 86-yard touchdown run by Kyler Doss. The extra point kick by Devin Rose made it 7-0 Warriors.
Man then answered with 5:19 to go in the half as freshman quarterback John Thomas Keffer connected with David Belcher on a 9-yard scoring strike. The two-point conversion failed leaving the score at 7-6.
That ended up being all of the scoring as both teams played scoreless third and fourth quarters.
The Hillbillies were held to 25 rushes for 58 yards. Braden Griffen had 14 carries for 35 yards. Keffer ran four times for 10 yards.
Pocahontas County had 42 carries for 120 yards. Doss led the way as he had 105 yards on 20 attempts. Spencer McCoy had nine rushes for 26 yards.
Keffer was 7-for-22 passing for 57 yards and one score. Wesley Felton of Pocahontas County was 6-for-11 for 131 yards.
Belcher had five catches for 43 yards. Griffin had one grab for 14 yards. Justin Cantrell had one catch for no yards.
The Warriors outgained Man 221-115 in yards of total offense.
Tracy Jones led the Billies’ defense with 11 total tackles. Robert Caudill had 10 and Dakota Toth eight, while Neal Mullins and Keffer had seven apiece. Griffin, Noah Maynard, Gage Harvey and Cody Gibson had five each.
Belcher finished with three stops. Tyler Osborne had two and Cantrell and Tyler Mounts had one each.
Toth and Griffin had two sacks each. Mullins and Caudill had one apiece.
Belcher added an interception. Toth had a fumble recovery.
Man is scheduled to close out the season on Friday night at home against Tug Valley. The Panthers, which moved down to Class A this season, were idle on Friday night. The Panthers are 6-2 and ranked No. 13 in the state.
The Billies do not play on Nov. 2 in Week 11 of the season.
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