The Logan High School football team has to feel good about its season-opening result – a 40-20 victory on the road at Class A county rival Man.
The Wildcats also have to feel pretty good about their chances against Week 2 opponent Shady Spring, which was routed 69-0 at Princeton in its season opener last week.
Logan will look to go to 2-0 on the season as the Wildcats head to fellow Class AAA school Shady Spring (0-1) on Friday night to take on the Tigers. Kickoff is set for 7:30 p.m.
The Wildcats beat Shady Spring 33-7 last season at home.
The Tigers, coached by Vince Culicerto, were 5-5 last season with wins over Independence (42-6), Pikeview (56-30), James Monroe (40-6), Wyoming East (36-7) and Liberty Raleigh (50-30). The Tigers’ other losses were to Greenbrier East (56-35), Oak Hill (20-0), Point Pleasant (48-7) and Musselman (65-34).
Shady Spring has had some success in recent years as the Tigers were 12-1 in 2011 and 7-4 in 2010.
Logan coach Gary Mullins said his team definitely will not look past the Tigers, despite Shady’s rather shady results in Week 1.
“You always want to start with a win. You still have to work out some things but you hope that you can work it out with a win,” Mullins said. “As far as Shady losing 69-0, Princeton has a really tough offense. They basically run Georgia Tech’s offense and they have three really fast players. I’m sure Shady will say that they didn’t play their best game but a lot of people will have problems tackling those players from Princeton. Shady was able to move the ball up and down the field and they had some good things happen but they were just not able to punch it in.”
Mullins said he is cautioning his team about overconfidence.
“They have tough kids,” he said. “They hit you hard and they have good skilled players. Their linemen are all fit-looking kids. They have a tall quarterback. We have a two and a half hour trip to get there and we have to make sure that we’re ready to play.”
Princeton racked up 374 yards of total offense in the easy win over Shady Spring last week at Anne S. Hunnicutt Stadium.
On the third play from scrimmage, Princeton reached the end zone on a 12-yard touchdown burst by Jordan Jones. Ten seconds later, the football popped from the hands of Shady Spring’s Tyler Hanson and Princeton senior Nick Wood snatched it out of the air and ran 10 yards for another score to make it 14-0.
The rout was on.
Shady Spring was led last week by quarterback Tim Culicerto, who connected on 12-of-21 passes for 134 yards. Johnathan Hardy paced the ground attack with 76 yards on 22 carries. Steven Chhaba had three catches for 49 yards. Tyler Hanson, Jordan Meadows and Andrew Green had two grabs each.
Princeton led 21-0 after the first quarter and outscored Shady 28-0 in the second period to grab a commanding 49-0 lead at halftime. Princeton added two more touchdowns in the third and one more in the fourth.
Logan had many offensive stars in last week’s victory over the Hillbillies.
Junior quarterback Ryan Miller, making his first ever varsity start, was 8-for-13 passing for 219 yards and two touchdowns. Miller hit Josh Rein on a 59-yard scoring strike on the first play from scrimmage. The Wildcats then went razzle-dazzle at the 7:37 mark of the first quarter as Rein caught a pass and pitched to Clayton Marcum for a 35-yard score on the hook-and-ladder to make it 14-0.
Logan led 28-8 at halftime and coasted.
“He was very comfortable,” Mullins said of Miller in his first start. “He had a good week of practice and that’s where it starts. Our offensive line did a good job of giving him a lot of time to throw the football. We’ve got great wide receivers and as long as our O-line and our quarterback play at that level we feel like we’ll be hard to beat. It was definitely a good work in progress to see him go out there and look that good.”
Senior running back Worm Street led the Wildcats’ ground attack with 12 rushes for 141 yards, including a 75-yard burst for a touchdown. He also scored on two two-point conversions.
Rein finished with five catches for 145 yards. Tyler Workman had one grab for 21 yards. Senior Brett Musick snared one pass for 18 yards.
Tyler Vernatter ran six times for 56 yards and two scores for Logan last week. Matt Cox rushed for 27 yards and also scored a touchdown.
Logan had 22 rushes for 231 yards. With Miller’s 219 yards passing, the Cats had 450 yards of total offense for the game.
On defense, Marcum and Stephen Dilly had nine tackles each to lead Logan. Vernatter had eight tackles, while Jacob Browning had seven and Workman six.
Mullins said his team is in good shape health-wise heading into Friday night’s game.
“We’re good right now. We’re just banged up a bit like you would be after any game,” he said.
Logan doesn’t have its home opener until Sept. 13 as the Lincoln County Panthers come to town for the LHS Hall of Fame Game.
The Logan JV team lost 13-7 at Man last week. The two teams are scheduled to play again next Monday at Logan at 6 p.m.
Logan-Shady Spring Series
Since 2000 (Logan leads 1-0):
2012: Logan 33, Shady Spring 7
2013 Logan High School
Football Schedule (1-0):
Aug. 30: at Man, W 40-20
Sept. 6: at Shady Spring, 7:30 p.m.
Sept. 13: Lincoln County (Hall of Fame Game), 7:30 p.m.
Sept. 20: Point Pleasant, 7:30 p.m.
Sept. 27: at Chapmanville, 7:30 p.m.
Oct. 4: OPEN DATE
Oct. 11: at University, 7:30 p.m.
Oct. 18: Greenbrier East (Homecoming), 7:30 p.m.
Oct. 25: at Mingo Central, 7:30 p.m.
Nov. 1: Nitro, 7:30 p.m.
Nov. 8: Scott (Senior Night), 7:30 p.m.