NAUGATUCK – The Tug Valley Panthers are coming off a bye week and will take the short drive to Logan County to take on the Man Hillbillies Friday night.
Tug Valley head coach Tony Clusky and his staff knows the Panthers will likely need to win their last two games to make it into the post season.
TVHS currently has a record of 6-2, but are ranked No. 15 this week. They will need to get all the bonus points they can to stay in the top 16 and make it to the playoffs in Class A.
Man is only 2-7 this season, but has seen some improvement. They lost a tough game last week 7-6 last week. The Billies play a tough schedule.
Tug Valley has a good mixture on offense with a variety of running backs and a solid passing game led by senior quarterback Mikey Newsome.
Junior David Runyon leads the Panthers with 400 yards on 76 carries for an average of 5.3 yards per carry and five TDs. Senior Aaron Muncy has 342 yards on 76 carries, (4.5 yards per carry) and three scores. Muncy missed one game and part of another with a concussion. Jesse Mays has picked up 321 yards with four TDs and Justin Baisden 212 yards and a trio of TDs.
Newsome’s primary targets have been tight end Corey Dillon, Muncy and Mays. Muncy has 13 receptions for 328 yards and four TDs and Dillon 18 receptions for 267 yards and six TDs.
Newsome has completed 52-for-109 of his passes for a 48 percent completion percentage, 963 yards, 13 TDs and only two interceptions in eight games.
Isaac Parsley lead the defense with 66 tackles, Thomas Baisden has 43, Ryan Preece 38, Tyler Conley 32 and Dillon with 30.
With only one game left to play in the 2012 high school football season the Man Hillbillies would like to end on a good note.
Man is led on offense by quarterback John Thomas Keefer. David Belcher and Braden Griffith are two names to look for when the Hillbillies have the football.
Game time is set for 7:30 p.m. at Man’s George A. Queen Memorial Stadium. It will also be Man’s Senior Night.