MAN — The Man Middle School football team claimed its third straight Logan County championship with a 32-0 shutout win over the arch rival Logan Timberwolves at home.
The Pioneers improved to 5-1 on the season with the victory. LMS dropped to 4-2 with two games left to play.
“It’s by far our best overall game,” Man Middle School coach Tootie Carter said. “Our defense played well and our offensive line controlled the line of scrimmage. Tyler Grimmett had three interceptions and Jake Frye ran the ball well and Kyle Browning had his usual game with three touchdowns.”
The Pioneers raced out to an early 6-0 advantage on their opening drive as Kyle Browning had a 53-yard return to set up the first score. Three plays later Man, struck pay dirt as fullback Fry bulled in from 7 yards out with 6:44 on the clock. The two-point conversion failed.
Man then pushed its lead to 14-0 on an electrifying 64-yard TD run by Kyle Browning. The score was set up by Grimmett’s first of three picks on the evening. Browning added the two-point conversion run as Man led by two scores at the 3:22 mark of the first period.
Man then built its lead to 20-0 with 6:57 to go in the second quarter on Frye’s 15-yard touchdown. The two-point conversion failed but the Pioneers led by three scores at halftime on Parent’s Night.
MMS added another score with 2:46 to go in the third quarter of play as they would capitalize on a Timberwolves’ mistake on Grimmett’s third interception of the night. Browning broke loose on a toss sweep and scampered 40 yards for his second touchdown of the night to make it 26-0. Man again failed on the two-point conversion.
The Timberwolves then threatened as they moved the ball to the Pioneers’ 3-yard line but the Green Slime defense held Logan on downs led by Daniel Buchannon and Browning as the Pioneers took over on downs.
Man then marched 97 yards to pay dirt, capped off by Browning’s third touchdown of the game on a 16-yard sprint to the end zone with 3:36 to play in the game. The PAT failed but Man went on to take the 32-0 victory, claiming the Vietnam Veterans Trophy for Henlawson Post 303.
Browning now has 23 touchdowns in six games for the Pioneers, which are scheduled to travel to Sherman next week and then on the road to Duval to close out the regular seson in the Black Diamond Coal Conference.
Man’s lone loss came to the hands of the Madison Redhawks on the road. The two teams could have a rematch to play for the championship later in the month.