It was the final preseason scrimmage for the Billies, which open the regular season on Friday at home against county rival and Triple-A Logan.
Man scored on its first three possessions against short-handed Tug Valley, which had only 18 players available for the scrimmage.
Man quarterback Ryan Crum tossed three touchdown passes and ran for another score, while the Billies’ defense held Tug Valley in check all night long. The Panthers’ lone touchdown can late in the game against Man’s third-team defense.
Man took a 7-0 lead as Crum fired a 53-yard touchdown strike to Jeremy Hatfield and Derrick Earnest tacking on the PAT.
The Billies then built their lead to 14-0 on the next possession as Michael Lomax bulled in from 2 yards out and Earnest adding the extra point kick.
Man pushed the lead to 21-0 in the second quarter at the 8:30 mark with Crum’s 52-yard touchdown pass to Evan Riggins. Earnest’s kick was again good.
The Billies then cashed in on a costly Tug Valley fumble at the Panther 4-yard line. On the next play, reserve running back Jimmy Duba ran in from 4 yards out. Earnest’s PAT was good to make it 28-0 Man.
Man then made it 35-0 with just 47 seconds to go until halftime with Crum’s 5-yard TD run and Earnest’s ensuing extra point kick.
The Billies subbed freely in the second half as the rout continued.
Second-string quarterback Shane Browning later fired a 25-yard touchdown pass to Tommy Belcher to make it a 41-0 ballgame with 8:08 to go in the third quarter. The PAT by Josh Booth failed because of a botched snap.
The Panthers got on the scoreboard with 2:42 left in the third quarter on quarterback Cody Varney’s 50-yard touchdown pass to Nathaniel Sturgill. Varvey’s two-point conversion run make it 41-8.
Man scored once more with 7:16 to play in the fourth quarter as freshman Brandon Mason ran in from 6 yards out. Booth’s PAT was good to set the final score at 48-8.
Man coach Harvey Arms seemed pleased with his team’s play.
“This was a good tune-up,” he said. “We had good execution both on offense and defense. We played a lot of people. But next week is going to be different competition. We’ve got to get four good practices in and hopefully we can get the job done next Friday. We controlled the line of scrimmage but we’ve got to get better and better. We’re playing at home Friday but we’ve got to have good practices this week. We can take this and build on it.”
Man was 8-4 last season and advanced to the Class A state quarterfinal round of the playoffs.
Tolsia 19, Logan 13
WEST WILLIAMSON – The Logan High School football team lost 19-13 to Tolsia on Friday night during the Williamson Grid-O-Rama at Lefty Hamilton Park.
It was the final preseason scrimmage for the Wildcats which open the season this coming Friday at Man.
Tailback Dustin Botsch scored both of Logan’s touchdowns on runs of 31 and 22. He had 11 carries for 98 yards for the night.
Botsch put the Cats up 7-0 with a 31-yard TD run with 1:06 to go in the first quarter. Gary Miller’s PAT was good.
But the Rebels crossed the goal line twice to lead 13-7 at the half.
Fullback Joe Street had five rushes for 101 yards on the night.
Quarterback David Brown was 6-of-10 passing for 81 yards. He also carried the ball once for nine yards.
Jason Spurlock had four rushes for 12 yards.
Drew Vess caught two passes for 45 yards. Botsch had two grabs for 12 yards. Brandon Horne, a freshman, had one catch for 15 yards. David Toney had one catch for nine yards.
On defense, Keith Browning had an interception for Logan. Spurlock caused two fumbles and Jon Farmer had one fumble recovery.
“I thought that our guys played really hard and our offensive line controlled the line of scrimmage,” Logan coach Gary Mullins said. “Any time you can rush for 220 yards in three quarters against Tolsia your line had to play extremely well. I thought that our running backs ran the ball hard and fought for every inch, while the quarterback and receivers were very efficient.”
Mullins said Logan’s defense was also much improved.
“Our defense got a lot better from the Riverside scrimmage. We still have a lot of work to do, but we seem to get better every day. I also thought Jason Spurlock played like a ball hawk. He seemed to be everywhere,” he said.
Tolsia and Logan then played one quarter of JV ball with the Rebels scoring one touchdown.
Logan was 3-7 last season.
Chapmanville plays at Williamstown
WILLIAMSTOWN – The Chapmanville Regional High School football team held its own in an unscored scrimmage on Friday night at Williamstown, the defending Class A state champions.
Chapmanville scored two touchdowns – the first coming on quarterback Josh Easterling’s 60-yard bomb to Dylan Wiley on the third play of the game and the other on a 30-yard run by fullback Todd Terry.
“We scored a couple and they scored a couple,” Tigers’ coach George Barker said. “We’ve got to eliminate the gross errors like dropping passes. We had two turnovers but we also forced some turnovers. We played good at times but we are young team. I thought we played better as the game went on. As we get more experience we’re going to get better. When we settled down we got better.”
The Tigers are set to open the regular season this coming Friday night at home against Sissonville in a Cardinal Conference matchup.
Chapmanville went 8-3 last year and made it to the Class AA playoffs for the second straight year.
Barker said there will be a special “Meet the Tigers Night” on Thursday at 7:30 p.m. at Tiger Stadium.
Members of the Chapmanville Regional High School and Chapmanville Middle School football teams will be introduced along with members of the CRHS volleyball and golf teams, the CRHS band and the Chapmanville cheerleaders.