Members of the Man High School Hillbillies pose with the Lions Club Trophy following a 35-7 season opening win over county rival Logan (Photo courtesy of Dave Adkins/Dave's Sports Page).
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MAN After a punt on its first possession, the Man High School offense seemed to be clicking on all cylinders, scoring on five of its next six drives in its opener Friday night, August 25, against county rival Logan.
Devon Sanders tossed three first half touchdowns and Corey Morgan added a pair of short touchdown runs in the third quarter and the Hillbillies beat the Wildcats 35-7 in the Lions Club Bowl at George A. Queen Memorial Field.
Sanders completed 5 of 7 passes for 80 yards and touchdowns of 20, 20 and 21 yards. He also carried the ball five times for 36 yards.
The game turned on Logan’s fourth offensive play when Adam Baisden hooked up with Caden Justice for a 70-yard touchdown, however, a holding penalty negated the touchdown. Five plays later, Jayden Brumfield intercepted Baisden at then Hillbilly 23 and returned it 48 yards to the Wildcat 29.
Sanders drove the Hillbillies 29 yards in six plays, hitting Lukas Haney for a 20-yard touchdown with 2:32 remaining in the opening quarter for a 6-0 Man lead.
Logan turned the ball over on downs on its next possession as the Hillbillies took over at their own 44. The Hillbillies marched 56 yards in 10 plays as Sanders found Kaleb Mullins all alone in the endzone for a 20-yard scoring strike. Brumfield ran in the two-point conversion giving Man a 14-0 lead with 6:51 to play before halftime.
After a 3-and-out, Man scored one more touchdown before halftime, marching 50 yards in seven plays capped off by a Sanders to Trey Ward 21-yard touchdown. Brumfield added the two-point conversion to give Man a 22-0 lead.
The Hillbillies crossed the goal line twice in the third quarter to extend its lead to 35-0. Morgan scored from 3-yards out with 8:29 remaining for a 28-0 lead and his second third quarter touchdown, a 1-yard run followed by a Colton Justice extra point kick gave the Hillbillies a 35-point advantage after three quarters of play.
Logan missed a 20-yard field goal in the fourth quarter, but the Wildcats avoided the shutout when Drew Berry hooked up with Rylee Jones for a 38-yard touchdown pass with 4:02 remaining. Chase Hatfield added the point after kick to trim the deficit to 35-7.
Two Logan quarterbacks combined to go 16 for 29 for 152 yards. Berry completed 3 of 4 passes for 70 and caught four passes for 28 yards. Baisden completed 13 of his 25 passes for 82 yards. Jones caught six passes for 88 yards and Hatfield had two grabs for 25 yards.
Kieran Tolliver had 10 tackles on defense for Logan with Jones registering nine stops, Gavin Maynard had eight tackles, and Jaxon McClung and Braxton Wolford six each for the Wildcats.
Six different Hillbillies ran for at least 25 yards with Brumfield leading the way with 70 yards on 12 carries. Mullins had 60 yards on 11 carries, Morgan rushed 11 times for 30 yards while Baisden carried the ball seven times for 28 yards and Josh Spriggs had one carry for 28 yards.
On the receiving end, Haney had two catches for 35 yards, Ward one catch for 21 yards, Mullins caught one pass for 20 yards and Baisden had one reception for four yards.
Baisden led Man with five tackles and Aaron Vanover had four stops for the Hillbillies. Brumfield recorded three tackles, intercepted a pass, and forced a fumble.
Logan returns to action Friday night hosting Sissonville at 7 p.m. at Willis Nisbet Stadium. The Indians dropped their opening contest, falling to Chapmanville 28-7.
Man hits the road Friday night traveling to Mount View. The Golden Knights were defeated by River View, 54-6, in its season opener.