CHAPMANVILLE — It wasn’t the blowout some Logan High School football fans wanted but Wildcats’ coach Gary Mullins will take his team’s 27-14 victory at rival Chapmanville Regional on Friday night at Chapmanville’s Tiger Stadium.
With the win, the Class AAA Wildcats improved to 4-1 on the season heading into this week’s bye week and the Oct. 11 showdown at powerhouse University in Morgantown.
Logan jumped on top of the Tigers 27-0 at halftime and were seemingly in control.
Class AA No. 10-ranked Chapmanville then crept closer in the second half, scoring a pair of touchdowns and making a game of it.
The Wildcats were held scoreless in the final two quarters but were able to hold off the Tigers to notch a victory in the Chapmanville Hall of Fame Game.
By virtue of its 40-20 season-opening victory over Man, Logan claimed another county championship and beat Chapmanville for the third straight season. The Cats also upped their mark to 8-5 over the Tigers since the series began in 2001.
A win is a win, Coach Mullins said. Chapmanville, riding a three-game winning streak coming in, fell to 3-2 on the season.
“We didn’t execute very good in the second half,” Mullins said. “We dropped a couple of balls that had we have catched them, would have been two more touchdowns. But you have to give credit to them because they really came out hard. (Devin) Wiley really ran hard for them and (Brady) Cox blocked real well for them. We wanted to execute better than that because we’ve got a week off but we’ll take it. We’re glad to be 4-1. We’re happy. It wasn’t the prettiest thing in the world.”
Logan played most of the second half without senior star running back Brynden “Worm” Street, who apparently pulled a hamstring on an 86-yard run in the second half. Scrimmaging from the 1-yard line, Street most likely would have had a 99-yard touchdown but pulled up lame around the Chapmanville 25 and was tackled from behind at the 13.
Street didn’t play any on the offensive ball in the second half and it seemed to take some rhythm out of the Wildcat offense which was rolling. He did return late in the game on defense and was able to swat away a couple of Chapmanville passes to help thwart the Tiger comeback. He finished the game with 130 yards on just seven carries.
Matt Cox and Clayton Marcum filled in for Street at tailback and were able to help chew away much of the second half clock.
Cox scored two first-half touchdowns — one on a 16-yard run and the other on a 6-yard gadget play pass from wide receiver Josh Rein. Cox had a 64-yard touchdown called back in the first half due to a Logan penalty.
“He’s a sophomore and he’s a good player,” Mullins said of Cox. “He’s getting better every week. We saw coming into the game that they had a major flaw in their defensive front that we could attack. That’s what you seen early. We attacked the one spot that we thought that we could hit over and over and that’s what we tried to do. Our offensive line also did a good job.”
Mullins said his team beat a very good Chapmanville squad.
“They are a good football team,” Mullins said of Chapmanville. “They are a big time rival. I don’t care what classification they are. Any of those teams from the Kanawha Valley that want to strap it on with Chapmanville, they are going to get all that they can handle. They’re a good team.”
After Street was injured in the second quarter, Mullins said he hadn’t playen on playing him any in the second half. Street handed in his No. 21 jersey for the game and wore No. 31 instead — the former number of his older brother Joe Street, an ex-Wildcat running back.
However, when Chapmanville closed the gap to 27-14 in the fourth quarter, Mullins said Street was needed in the secondary.
“We thought Street pulled a muscle and we thought that it was a cramp but he said he felt a tweak,” Mullins said. “But Cox came in and did a great job. Tyler Vernatter also did a great job blocking as the fullback and deserves a lot of credit. We finally got that fullback that will bruise in there and block for us. We think that Worm just pulled a hamstring. We weren’t going to play him in the second half but when it came to a defensive set and we needed him in the secondary we said, ‘Hey, we need to seal the deal.’ He made two deflections.”
Freshman Noah Corbett played the whole game at quarterback for Logan. Junior Ryan Miller, who was expected to see some action, didn’t play.
“Noah is the front-runner right now,” Mullins said. “He played every snap tonight but Ryan Miller is a quality quarterback. When we go back to practice on Tuesday of next week he’ll be taking a lot of reps at quarterback just like he did this week. Ryan Miller is going to win football games for us but Noah is playing very well right now and has earned the starting job.”
Logan wasted little time in getting on the scoreboard, marching 48 yards in 11 plays, culminating with Corbett’s 12-yard touchdown pass to Rein on a fourth-and-goal play. Daniel Hanks booted the extra point kick as the Wildcats led 7-0 with 7:23 to go in the opening period.
Chapmanville went three-and-out on its first drive and Logan struck again six plays later as Cox raced in for a 16-yard TD run at the 1:47 mark of the first quarter. The PAT by Hanks was good and Logan led 14-0.
The Tigers went one, two, three kick again on their next drive.
Logan got the ball back at its own 34 and it looked like the Cats were in the end zone again with a 64-yard TD run by Cox. The score, however, was nullified due to an illegal block.
The next play, the Logan drive was stopped as Chapmanville’s Brady Cox intercepted Corbett at the Logan 30.
The Tigers then began to build some momentum, driving the pigskin all the way down to the Logan 4-yard line, helped along by a 34-yard run by Devin Wiley.
Chapmanville had a first-and-goal at the 9, but faced a fourth down after a 2-yard run by Paul Workman, a 2-yard loss by Wiley and an incomplete pass by QB Alex Berry.
Berry was then hit hard on a fourth-and-goal play at the 9 and was shaken up. He left the game with a possible concussion and did not return.
Chapmanville was given a second chance due to a defensive holding call on Logan.
Then on the fourth-and-goal at the 4, new Tigers’ QB Jordan Toler handed off to Workman, who was stopped at the 1 as Logan got the ball back over on downs.
The Wildcats would capitalize, thanks to the 86-yard run by Street on first down, as he took the ball to the Tiger 13.
Four plays later on a fourth-and-three at the Chapmanville 6, Rein took a jet sweep to his right, rolled out and fired a 6-yard touchdown pass under pressure to Cox in the end zone. Hanks was again good on the PAT as Logan led 21-0 with 5:00 left in the second quarter.
Logan hit paydirt again on its next possession when Corbett fired a 16-yard TD pass to Jeremiah Spears with 53.5 ticks to go until halftime Hanks was wide right on the kick but the Cats led 27-0 and were in firm control.
Chapmanville made a game of it in the second half.
After a Corbett fumble and Chapmanville recovery by Tanner Dillon at the Tiger 40-yard line, CRHS drove down the field and eventually scored with Workman’s 7-yard TD run with 1:39 left in the third quarter. The two-point conversion pass by Toler fell incomplete, leaving the score at 27-6 in favor of Logan. The touchdown was guided by a 15-yard run by Wiley and a 12-yard tote by Toler.
After a Logan three-and-out, Chapmanville drove the ball again the next time the Tigers had the ball.
The Tigers embarked on an 11-play, 62-yard drive, capped off by Toler’s 25-yard touchdown pass to a wide open Zac Casto with 8:26 remaining in the ballgame. Workman ran in the conversion as Chapmanville cut it to 27-14.
CRHS tried to get it back but Logan’s Brett Musick was able to fall on the on-side kick at the Logan 42.
The Wildcats then ate up much of the fourth quarter clock, driving the ball to the Chapmanville 26 but a fourth-and-nine pass play only went for six yards to Rein at the 20.
Chapmanville needed a quick score to make it a one possession game with only 3:29 left.
A 22-yard pass to Jacob Dingess put the Tigers in business.
But three plays later Wiley was intercepted on a tipped gadget pass by Musick near midfield. Logan then ran out the clock and preserved the win.
Mullins said his team’s offensive execution was not all that good in the second half.
“We thought we played pretty good in the first half but we lightened up some in the second half,” Mullins said. “But when you do that and they keep the ball seven or eight minutes. That’s what happens.”
Logan outgained Chapmanville 377-253 in total offense.
The Wildcats had 39 rushes for 287 yards, while the Tigers ran with the ball 37 times for 172 yards. Logan edged CRHS 90-81 in the passing game.
Corbett was 7-for-12 passing for 84 yards with two touchdowns and one pick. Matt Cox had 12 carries for 77 yards and a score. Vernatter had 58 yards on 12 carries. Corbett ran with the ball five times for 18 yards. Marcum had two totes for four yards.
Rein had three catches for 34 yards. Musick had two grabs for 18 yards. Marcum and Spears had one catch each for 16 yards. Cox had one catch for six yards.
Hanks was 3-for-4 in his PATs.
Wiley led Chapmanville with 23 rushes for 126 yards. He also had a catch for 11 yards.
Workman had nine carries for 28 yards. Toler had three attempts for 15 yards and was 6-for-9 passing for 78 yards and a TD.
Dingess had three catches for 31 yards. Casto had the one catch for 25 yards. Brady Cox had one catch for one yard.
Nate Ramey had one carry for two yards. Dillon had one rush for one yard. Berry was 1-for-3 passing for three yards.
On the defensive side of the ball, Jacob Browning led Logan with seven tackles. Marcum had six tackles, while Vernatter, Tyler Workman and Preston Hepler had five stops each.
A.J. Grimmett and Ty Yeager finished with four tackles each, while Tyler Vance and Stephen Dilly had three apiece. Matt Cox, Street, Kyle Runyon and Jon Workman had two tackles each. Corbett, Spears and Jody Butcher had one tackle each.
Street and Musick each had two pass breakups. Workman and Marcum had one each.
Matt Dingess paced the Chapmanville defense with nine solo tackles, two assists, two sacks and one caused fumble.
Nick Brumfield had seven solos and two assists, while Brady Cox had six solos, one assist and one interception. Casto had six tackles and three assisted stops. Matt Chapman and Michael Hall each had six solos tackles and two assists.
Justin Hensley had four solos and two assists. Ramey had three solos and one assist.
Dillon finished with two solos, two assists and one fumble recovery. Chris Brewster had two solos and two assists.
Morgan Jackson and Wiley each had a tackle and an assists. Wiley punted four times for an average of 34.5 yards per kick.
Chapmanville was penalized 10 times for 110 yards. Logan had seven flags for 50 yards.
Logan is off this week before playing at University, a team that is 4-1 and ranked No. 9 in the state with Friday’s 56-14 victory over Parkersburg South.
At the midpoint of the season, the open week comes at a good time for the Wildcats.
“We’re just so excited where we are,” Mullins said. “We were so close back in 2007 when we had Wayne beat. We have a chance to go up there and we have a chance to change our program forever. We’re not going up there on October 11 just to make it close or to earn respect by playing hard. We’re going up there to try to win the football game. That’s the only reason we are going. Our guys are real excited to be going up there. We’re really excited to see what happens.”
Logan is looking for its fifth Class AAA playoff berth in the Mullins era. The Cats were 7-3 last year and missed making it to the 16-team 3A post-season as Logan finished 17th.
Chapmanville returns to action next week at home against James Monroe. It will be the homecoming game for Coach George Barker’s Tigers.
2013 Logan High School
Football Schedule (4-1):
Aug. 30: at Man, W 40-20
Sept. 6: at Shady Spring, W 39-0
Sept. 13: Lincoln County (Hall of Fame Game), W 51-13
Sept. 20: Point Pleasant, L 21-37
Sept. 27: at Chapmanville, W 27-14
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.
2013 Chapmanville Regional High School
Football Schedule (3-2):
Aug. 30: *Sissonville, L 22-40
Sept. 6: *at Herbert Hoover, W 24-18
Sept. 13: *Scott, W 20-13
Sept. 20: *at Poca, W 34-31
Sept. 27: Logan (Hall of Fame Game), L 14-27
Oct. 4: James Monroe (Homecoming), 7:30 p.m.
Oct. 11: at Man, 7:30 p.m.
Oct. 18: *Mingo Central, 7:30 p.m.
Oct. 25: *at Tolsia, 7:30 p.m.
Nov. 1: *at Wayne, 7:30 p.m.
Nov. 8: OPEN DATE
*Cardinal Conference game
Cardinal Conference Standings
TEAM CONF ALL
Wayne 2-0 4-0
Sissonville 3-1 4-1
Mingo Central 1-0 3-1
Chapmanville 3-1 3-2
Herbert Hoover 1-2 1-3
Scott 1-3 2-3
Tolsia 1-3 2-3
Poca 0-2 1-4
Friday night’s scores:
Logan 27, Chapmanville 14
Wayne 58, Sissonville 19
Tolsia 34, Tug Valley 14
Scott 59, Poca 14
Herbert Hoover — BYE WEEK
Mingo Central – BYE WEEK
Friday, Oct. 4 games:
James Monroe at Chapmanville (Homecoming), 7:30 p.m.
Wayne at Mingo Central, 7:30 p.m.
Westside at Scott, 7:30 p.m.
Herbert Hoover at Poca, 7:30 p.m.
Tolsia — BYE WEEK
Sissonville — BYE WEEK