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Hard Luck” manning On Road To Wade Hampton Looking For 8th Win Of Season

By Billy G. Baker

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ManningManning head coach Keith West had his Manning Monarchs rocking along at 6-0 in his second year at the helm and he felt good at that point with upcoming region games against Hanahan, Timberland, and Bishop England.

“What we found out is we are playing seven or eight players both ways and few teams flip four of their five offensive linemen over to defense like we do,” said Coach West. “We are getting two touchdown leads in some of our games and we can’t play a few four quarter because we are getting tired due to the situation we are in with depth.”

His teams lost all three games to Hanahan, Timberland, and Bishop England and the BE loss still bothers Coach West. “We are up 10 points at Bishop England with around three minutes to go in the game and we had been dominating the game since mid-way through the second quarter when our long snapper suffers a neck injury and the game is delayed for 30 minutes,” said Coach West. “It was an unfortunate situation and I even tried to get the ref’s to just call the game because our kids were upset over the situation and the fact it took so long for the ambulance to arrive.

“We had led in that game at one point 28-13 but up 10 points with three minutes left you don’t often get beat,” said Coach West. “We win that game and we finish 2-2 in the region and we have all the tie breakers in our favor. “After we kicked off to BE them scored two plays later and now they are down four.

“On our next possession we go for it on fourth and one with about a minute to go and we break it for a touchdown but the score is called back because we had subbed in a receiver late due to an injury to receiver David Fulton, who got hurt near the sideline on the previous play. The ref said that our receiver ran onto the field late and was not properly lined up on the mark.”

The situation is now a 4th and six yards to go around the 40 and the Bishops hold and take over on downs with 55 seconds left in the game and down by four. “They throw a Hail Mary into the end zone with 20 seconds left in the game to take the lead,” said Coach West. “Then after they kick off to us we fumble near the end zone and they get another cheap score to win the game to win 45 to 36.”

Coach West that in all his years coaching and playing football he had not been in a more unusual football game than the one Manning experienced with Bishop England.

This week things will not get any better as manning is on the road to Wade Hampton (H) where they started the season with a triple over-time win over a Jerry Brown coached team. “We know we have to stop their fullback but he is capable of taking over a game by himself,” said Coach West. “We have to find a way to play four solid quarters of football and find a way to keep some of our players fresh. We need to cut out the turnovers and penalties.

“We got into our new field house this week and the kids are really excited to have new dressing rooms and a new weight room.” He said. “We have had a great week of practice and I feel like we will play well Friday night.”

Manning is led on offense by quarterback Jack Owens who has thrown for around 1,000 yards with 16 touchdown passes. The team uses four or five running backs and they are all within the 300 to 500 rushing totals at this point in the season. The running backs include Dejuan Wilson and the versatile Darius Williams who has scored multiple touchdowns as a back and a receiver. Camron Cain has the most yards and he runs downhill very well.

The best athlete on the team is receiver/defensive back David Fulton on both sides of the ball. The offensive linemen who also play on defense include right tackle Jamir Stukes, right tackle Dequan Johnson, left guard Quay Briggs, right guard Peyton Nelson, and center Chris Livingston who never comes off the center and doubles up as a linebacker.

The top tackler on the team with 97 stops is defensive end D.J. Felder (6-4, 210) along with defensive back Keilah Dupree and Livingston.      

 

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