Saturday, November 03, 2012
Mann scores 4 TDs to lead Giles over Radford
Both teams advance to the playoffs next week, but the Spartans will get to play at home.
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PEARISBURG - The Giles single wing offense looks to be flying high into another playoff run.
Led by senior Ian Mann and an offense that churned out 477 rushing yards, the Spartans wrapped up the regular season Three Rivers District title with a 41-14 victory over Radford on Friday night.
Giles (9-1, 5-0) will host a first round playoff game next week, while the Bobcats (3-7,2-3) will be on the road for the first week of the postseason.
After a tight first half that saw the Spartans clinging to a 20-14 lead at the break, Giles scored touchdowns on three second half possessions while their defense forced three turnovers and shut out the Bobcats.
"We might have worn them down a bit," Giles head coach Jeff Williams said. "Anytime you shut out (in the second half) a team like Radford, that is huge."
Mann was also huge for the Spartans. He came into the game with 1,601 rushing yards and added 286 more to that total with four touchdowns.
"Everybody knows he's a special player. He's got great speed," Williams said of Mann.
Brett Whitlow also rushed for 111 yards and a touchdown for the Spartans.
"Tonight we slacked off a little in the first half," Mann said. "Coach [Williams] got us in there at halftime and told us what we did wrong. We've been a second half team."
The Spartans took the second half kickoff at their own 35 after a Radford penalty. They proceeded to drive 65 yards in seven plays with Mann capping it off with a 13-yard touchdown run to put Giles up 28-14.
The Spartans' defense stopped Radford on its next possession when they sacked Bobcat quarterback Hunter Marshall on a fourth down play near midfield.
"They made a few adjustments as they usually do," Radford head coach Matthew Saunders said of Giles' second half performance. "I think Giles knew they were in a game."
The loss capped a roller coaster regular season for the Bobcats. After losing their first four games the Bobcats rallied to win three straight before losing their last three.
"I know we're 3-7, but if we get a good matchup we can make a good run," Saunders said of the playoffs.
Radford 0 14 0 0-14
Giles 6 14 8 13-41
G - Mann 1 run (run failed)
G - Lee 29 run (kick failed)
R - Jordan 14 run (Findley kick)
G - Mann 48 run (Lee pass from Mann)
R - Jordan 28 pass from Marshall (Findley kick)
G - Mann 13 run (Rhodes pass from Mann)
G - Mann 18 run (Lee kick)
G - Whitlow 5 run (kick failed)
First downs 16 20
Yards rushing 174 477
Passes C-A-I 6-15-1 2-3-0
Yards passing 110 4
Penalties-yards 5-55 6-55
Fumbles-lost 3-2 1-1
Punts-average 3-43 1-64
RUSHING - Radford: Finley 1-(-3), Marshall 11-35, Cook 6-53, Jordan 6-38, Wright 1-(-1), Carter 11-52
Giles: Mann 20-286, Whitlow 17-111, Lee 4-34, Mathias 1-9, Teats 2-9, Perdue 1-5, Lucas 2-10, Smith 3-13
PASSING - Radford: Marshall 6-15-0-110, Jordan 0-1-1-0
Giles: Mann 2-3-0-4
RECEIVING - Radford: Finley 1-3, Jordan 3-60, Cook 1-33, Hobbs 1-14
Giles: Lee 1-2, Rhodes 1-2.