LHS mourning deaths of former athletes Godfrey, Dowden

Paul Adkins Sports Editor

September 8, 2013

It was a rough week for Logan High School and the LHS athletics community with the deaths of former standout athletes Cornelius Godfrey and Markie Dowden in the span of just three days.

Godfrey, a 2006 Logan High School graduate, former football player and Class AAA state wrestling champion, was killed on Thursday in Columbus, Ohio, reportedly in a motorcycle accident. He was just 25 years old.

Dowden, a 2002 LHS graduate and former member of the Logan baseball team, passed away on Monday at the age of 31.

According to the Columbus Police Department, Godfrey was killed on the city’s northeast side as a result of a motorcycle accident.

According to the police report Godfrey’s wife, Brittany, became concerned when he didn’t return home or answer his phone. She pinged his phone and it led her to an intersection where she found only pieces of his motorcycle. She called for help and a police helicopter was used to find Godfrey and his motorcycle.

Godfrey reportedly hit a guardrail and flipped over an embankment. He was pronounced dead at the scene at 3:45 a.m., according to reports.

Godfrey was a standout member of the Coach Gary Mullins’ football team and was the team’s leader in the secondary. He helped lead Logan to the Class AAA playoffs in 2005. Godfrey went on to win the state wrestling championship in 2006 in his weight class.

He leaves behind his wife and a daughter.

Dowden was a freshman member of the Logan baseball team in 1999 and helped lead head coach Roger Gertz and the Wildcats to back-to-back Class AAA state championships in 2000 and 2001. Logan made it to the Class AAA state finals his senior season in 2002 but the Cats were ousted 5-2 by Hurricane in the state championship game at Charleston’s Watt Powell Park.

Dowden was considered one of the best baseball players at Logan in recent memory. An outstanding left-handed pitcher, he was known for his pickoff move to first base. Once, he picked off two runners at first base in the same inning. Dowden also played outfield and was a feared batter at the plate as he hit for both power and average.

Dowden, an all-state performer, went on to play one season of collegiate baseball at Division II West Virginia State. He also played high school football for the Logan Wildcats.