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Countdown to Kickoff (Man): The Hillbillies moving on up to class AA

Man, WV - The Man Hillbillies looked good going into the playoffs in 2015. Man went 8-2 in the regular season. However, the Hillbillies lost 38-28 in the first round of the class A playoffs to Tug Valley. It was the 3rd year in a row in which Man was defeated in the opening round.

"We thought that we had a really good season. The regular season was great. We played a good game in the playoffs coming up a little bit short in the end. We felt like another play or two that if we made a good play we could have advanced another week but that's the way the game goes." Man head coach Harvey Arms said.

Man like many schools was a reclassified for the new school year. However, they are the only school in West Virginia that is moving up a class. Man will be competing in class AA this coming season.

"We just went about it the very same way that we have in the past. Even though we were a class A team a lot of our schedule was class AA and even Logan was class AAA that we played for years. So we didn't feel like that there would be much difference in our schedule with the exception of the 3 teams we picked up in Bluefield, Point Pleasant and Lincoln County." Arms said.

The Hillbillies had a lot key departures from the team last season including 4 year starting quarterback John Thomas Keffer. There's a new batch seniors for Man this year and they are ready to lead them back to the playoffs and beyond in 2016.

"My main goal is to make sure that this team has the best leadership they could have. And just make sure we're competitive in everything we do." Man senior offensive and defensive lineman Kayne Brown said.

"We're just going to have to prove a lot of people wrong since we lost a lot of key players lost a lot of seniors. We got a lot of people stepping up so we're going to have to make something out of it." Man senior running back and linebacker Dustin McCoy said.

"The most important thing for us will be for our seniors that we have to step up and play well because we have some seniors that played a lot of football last year even though not a lot of them were starters but they played a lot of ball. They need to step up early and go out and lead the younger players." Arms said.

It will be a Thursday night affair for Man for week 1 as they take on Logan on the road.

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