Manning looking for 3-0 start in region play

Pulling together

BY DANNY KELLY
danny@theitem.com
Posted 10/11/18

The Manning High School football team looks to make it five wins in a row - but more importantly three wins in a row in Region VIII-3A - when it travels to Pawleys Island on Friday to take on Waccamaw beginning at 7:30 p.m.

The Monarchs are 2-0 …

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Manning looking for 3-0 start in region play

Pulling together

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The Manning High School football team looks to make it five wins in a row - but more importantly three wins in a row in Region VIII-3A - when it travels to Pawleys Island on Friday to take on Waccamaw beginning at 7:30 p.m.

The Monarchs are 2-0 in region play and 5-2 overall. They are coming off an impressive 37-7 win over Georgetown.

"Our defense played great and we got our running game going," Manning head coach Keith West said. "We also had a fake punt on fourth (down) and 12 (yards to go) that led to a touchdown, a blocked punt touchdown and a big (kick) return also."

Anthony Gibbs led the defensive charge with eight tackles and a fumble recovery, and he also blocked the punt that was scooped up and returned for a touchdown. Punter Chris Livingston completed a 25-yard pass on the faked punt to keep a scoring drive alive.

The Monarchs look to be a heavy favorite against winless Waccamaw. The Warriors are 0-5 overall after losing to Bishop England 23-13 in their region opener last week.

"They haven't won a game, but they score a lot of points and have been in pretty much every game," West said. "They throw the ball well and have a good quarterback and receivers, so it'll be a challenge for us. We'll watch the two films we have on them."

However, incoming Hurricane Michael could serve as a problem for the Monarchs.

"We're concerned with the weather," West said. "We have no practice today (Wednesday) or Thursday."

After Waccamaw, Manning will be on the road again at Hanahan next week. That game could very likely be for the region championship. Hanahan is 2-0 in region play and 4-3 overall. The Hawks have region victories over Bishop England (37-7) and Academic Magnet (62-7).

West said he's not concerned with having two games in a row on the road.

"It's no different than any other game," he said of road games. "We'll condition well."