MAN - Friday night brings the toughest test for the Man High School football team all season.
That's when the Class AA No. 8-ranked and undefeated Hillbillies head on the road to play at Class AAA Greenbrier East.
Kickoff is set for 7:30 p.m. Man is 3-0, while the Spartans are 2-1.
It's the biggest test yet for the Hillbillies, which have outscored their opponents 150-15 with dominating wins over Logan (62-8), Mount View (48-7) and Westside (40-0) last week.
In the grand scheme of things, Friday's game is a big opportunity for Man. As a Double-A school, the Billies have a shot at knocking off a Triple-A team and grabbing Triple-A points in the WVSSAC's computer rankings.
"It's a big opportunity for us," Man coach Harvey Arms said. "It would be great for us to go over there and get some Triple-A points. They've had two wins but one was against a Double-A. We would still get 13 points if we can beat them."
Only three weeks in and with many winnable games left on the schedule, Man has already established itself as a strong 2A playoff contender.
"It's a real important game for us as we head toward the middle of the season if we can go up there and get this victory," Arms said. "It would put us a little into the hunt in the playoffs. That's what we are all playing for. We all want to make the playoffs. We have this one and we still have some more tough ones still to go. We're trying to get the kids to improve every week. So far they have. They've got better and better. We just have to keep pushing them."
The Spartans are coming off last week's 28-14 win at winless St. Albans. Greenbrier East led 20-0 and then held on.
After reaching the Class AAA playoffs last year, Greenbrier East is poised for another postseason run this fall. The Spartans also made it to the post-season in 2015, which broke a 17-year drought.
Most of East's squad returns from a year ago.
The Spartans are led by head coach Ray Lee. The team's leaders are senior quarterback Kyle King and senior running back/defensive lineman Marion Lawson.
"They have some good talent," Arms said of the Spartans. "They have a big fullback and their quarterback is more of a runner than a passer I think but he's a dangerous player. They have some talented people."
Man is also ranked 10th this week in the Class AA WV MetroNews poll.
It's only the fourth ever meeting between the two schools. The last meeting was in 1983, which resulted in a 27-7 win by the Spartans. Man leads 2-1 in the all-time series.
"I should be able to remember that game in 1983 but I don't," Arms said. "It's a game that we are looking forward to and hope that it's a fun trip to play some good competition and put it on the line."
Man is led by senior QB Caleb Milton, who has thrown for 365 yards this season. He's completed 13 of 25 passes and has four TDs and two interceptions.
Freshman Josh Moody leads the Man ground attack with 289 yards on just 13 carries - an average of 22.2 yards per rush - with six of those carries going for touchdowns.
Cameron Frye has 15 rushes for 144 yards and two scores on the season. Milton has 13 carries for 100 yards and two TDs.
Quentin Moody has reeled in five passes for 212 yards and three scores through three weeks of the season. Sam Milton has five catches for 115 yards and and a score.
Arms said no Man players are out due to injuries.
"We're good," he said. "We have a few that are banged up but it's nothing that will keep anybody out."
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Man vs. Greenbrier East Football Series
(Man leads 2-1):
1983: Greenbrier East 27, Man 7
1982: Man 34, Greenbrier East 0
1968: Man 13, Greenbrier East 7