Cats confident at QB with Miller, Corbett

Paul Adkins padkins@civitasmedia.com

September 20, 2013

Gary Mullins has been around football long enough to realize that you can’t have too many quarterbacks.

Injuries a a part of the game and others need to step forward.

Mullins, the Logan High School football coach and a former Wildcat QB himself, is building depth at the quarterback position this season.

Junior Ryan Miller began the season as Logan’s starting QB but injured his knee in the second quarter of the Cats’ 39-0 win at Shady Spring in Week 2.

Last week, Miller turned the keys over to freshman quarterback Noah Corbett, who finished off the Shady game and started last Friday night, leading Logan to a 51-13 victory at home over Lincoln County.

Mullins said Miller should be well enough to play in tonight’s home clash with Point Pleasant. But if he’s not, he has confidence in Corbett.

“We basically have two guys that have played six quarters apiece this season,” Mullins said. “That’s a good situation that we have two guys and it makes for good practices because they are still competing against each other. The determinating factor of who is out there on a Friday night could be who has the better week of practice.”

Miller is 10-for-15 passing for 248 yards with three touchdowns on the season. Corbett is 18-for-29 through the air for 209 yards with three TDs and one interception.

Miller and Corbett give Logan a good one-two punch.

Logan was put in a similar situation two years ago when starting quarterback Chris Marcum was lost with a knee injury. Khaleel Reynolds, more of a running type of QB, then took over under center. The two split time at quarterback last season for the 7-3 Wildcats, giving Logan different looks and more possibilities with the diverse pair.

Mullins said Miller and Corbett similarly give the Cats more options depending on the offensive scheme and playcalling.

“It definitely gives us a little more diversity,” Mullins said. “It allows us to switch gears a little bit and it makes it harder for the defense to prepare for us.”

Logan just doesn’t have two quarterbacks, however.

The strong-armed Daniel Hanks, a senior, and freshman signal-caller Daniel Browning also saw time at quarterback in the rout over the Panthers last week.

Senior wide receivers Josh Rein and Brett Musick can also play quarterback if need be. Musick saw a lot of reps at quarterback during the preseason summer camp. Both have the arms and athleticism to do the job if called upon.

“We are getting them all reps,” Mullins said. “You never know. You can’t seem to have enough quarterbacks. We also have Brett Musick and Josh Rein who can also play quarterback. We have made sure that we have a lot of quarterbacks because we’ve learned some lessons over the years. You have to have as many quarterbacks available as you can.”

Logan comes into the game at 3-0 and ranked No. 11 in the state in Class AAA. Point Pleasant is 2-0 and No. 9.

Kickoff is set for 7:30 p.m. at the Logan Football Stadium.

Game Notes

The Point Pleasant football team should be rested for their first road trip of the season on Friday night at Logan.

The Big Blacks began the year with back-to-back blowout home victories and after having a bye week last week, Point Pleasant has a tough opponent waiting in Logan.

The Wildcats are coming off back-to-back victories of over 35 points and their closest game of the year was a 40-20 Week 1 victory over Man.

The Wildcats have finished three straight years with a winning record, including a 7-3 mark last season.

This is the second game of two-game home stand for Logan, which began season with back-to-back road games.

Both teams have defeated Lincoln County with ease this season.

Chase Walton has found the end zone seven times in two games this season for Point Pleasant — four of which are rushing scores, the other three are receiving.

This marks the fourth straight year Logan has started the year 3-0.

Both Logan and Point Pleasant are former members of the Class AA only Cardinal Conference.

The Big Blacks left the league in 2011 when it was announced Point would be moving up to 3A ball the next fall. The Big Blacks lost to fellow Cardinal Conference team Wayne in the 2011 Class AA state championship game at Wheeling Island Stadium.

— Alex Hawley contributed to this report