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Manning Enjoying Bye Week After 6-1 Start, Will Host Region Rival Timberland Oct, 13th

By Billy G. Baker


Manning—After a 26-21 loss at Hanahan last week the Manning Monarchs (6-1) welcome a bye this week as they prepare to play region rival Timberland at home on October, 13th hoping to avenge a 28-27 loss to the Wolverines last year.

“We have a few players banged up right now so the bye week comes at good time,” said Manning head coach Keith West. “We practiced Monday, took off Tuesday and then we will go again on Wednesday and Thursday before taking off Friday.

“Although Timberland is a little down record wise from last year they have a lot of skilled athletes and Art Craig and his staff do a great job preparing their teams to play,” said Coach West. “We know we will have to cut down on our holding calls and some issues we had holding on to the football.” 

After his teams six point loss to Hanahan (34-28) last week Coach West said, “Two fumbles, four or five costly holding penalties were too much for us to overcome tonight. Hanahan played really well and their running back (Quincy Mitchell) for them is truly special. “Despite all our mistakes we were trailing only 26-21 late in the game and we went to a little more passing once we got behind. We had our chances and if we make a first down late in the fourth quarter we might have gone ahead. They were 2-4 coming into the game tonight and I told everyone they were a much better team then their record indicated. They have played some really good teams this season. We have had some wild games like this one, and we are use to some dog fight games and this game turned out to be another dog fight.” 

Trailing at one point in the game 19-0 Manning finally got on the board with 39.1 left in the half. Monarch quarterback Jack Owens passed 17 yards to Darius Williams and a 15 yard targeting penalty was tacked on the play moving the ball to the 48. Cam’Ron Cain then sprinted 48 yards for a score and Bryan Mare’s added PAT.

In the third quarter Keliah Dupree blocked a Hawk punt and recovered it in the end zone for a score with the PAT cutting the deficit to 19-14.

Manning came back on the second play from scrimmage after the kick-off as Dejuan Wilson went 68 yards for a touchdown with 7:16 left. Mare’s PAT cut the margin to 26-21. Manning’s final score  of the game came when Owens hitting Williams on a 72 yard scoring pass with 1:51 to go in the game. However, Hanahan was then able to run out the clock for the win.

On the season the manning defense is led by defensive lineman D.J. Felder (6-4, 210) with 75 total tackles including 4 sacks. Defensive back Kaleah Dupree is next on the hit index with 58.5 tackles and 2.5 sacks. Defensive back Kayshawn Garris has 36 tackles and linebacker Caleb White has 35.5 tackles followed by Chris Livingston with 35.

On offense Owens has completed 68 of 115 passes for 1,017 yards and 11 touchdowns. David Fulton, a two way player, leads the receivers with 42 catches for 562 yards. Cain is the top rusher with 539 net yards on 93 carries and two scores.

“One of our concerns is that four of our five starting offensive linemen flip to defense and we are asking them to do a lot,” said Coach West. “Keeping them fresh and healthily is a big challenge for us.”




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