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Monarchs use bye to get healthy, ready for opening round of playoffs

By Justin Driggers

Consulting Editor

Manning – The Manning High School football team came up just short in its Region 8-AAA title matchup against Hanahan – falling 19-14 to finish second.

“We lost a tough, hard-fought game,” head coach Keith West said. “It came down to the last play of the game. We had a chance to score but couldn’t get it done.”

Even so, MHS rebounded with a 54-12 victory over Bishop England to close out the regular season at 7-3 overall and 4-1 in region play.

That was enough to earn a home game against Swansea in this week’s opening round of the playoffs. The Monarchs are currently ranked 14th in the latest HSSR poll and have outscored opponents 299-105 this season.

West and his staff took last week’s bye as an opportunity to heal and work on some things in practice.

“We had three days of practice last week and we just worked to get ourselves better,” West said. “We worked on getting better on offense and in our running game.”

The Manning run game has been a bit behind all year, West said, but he’s seen improvement in the last few outings.

“It didn’t do quite as well against Hanahan, but it got better against Bishop England,” he said. “So we’re just trying to improve on that each and every week.”

MHS has settled on a core of three running backs in Darius Williams, Jaion House and Caleb Wright.

The Monarchs have also gotten big production from senior quarterback Jack Owens. He tossed three touchdowns against BE and had two more against Hanahan.

“He’s done a really good job throwing the ball and doing what we want him to do,” West said. “He’s been a little bit more of a runner this year, and our slot receivers get some carries as well.”

The defense has been solid all year as well and haven’t allow more than 27 points in any game and held all of their region foes to 19 points or less.

Keliah Dupree and Chris Livingston have been the top tacklers and key performers at linebacker, and Manning will get another defensive standout in lineman Trey Hill back for the playoffs.



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