Gary Mullins is excited to see another one of his players get a chance to play at the collegiate level.
But at the same time, he’s sad to see Brynden “Worm” Street go.
Street, a senior Logan High School football player, signed recently to play at Division II Glenville State College of the Mountain East Conference.
Street, who also played high school basketball at Logan, was a versatile athlete in his four-year career with the Wildcats’ football squad.
The 6-foot-2, 190-pound Street was key to Logan’s success on both sides of the ball and on special teams.
Street was known more as a defensive player in Logan’s secondary but also played a huge role for the Wildcats on the offensive end.
Last year for 7-4 and Class AAA playoff-bound Logan, Street rushed for 1,444 yards on 167 carries and scored 14 touchdowns for an average of 8.6 yards per pop. He also caught six passes out of the backfield for 177 yards and two TDs. Logan’s season eventually came to an end with a 41-14 playoff loss at Point Pleasant.
On the defensive side of the ball, Street had 60 tackles, five pass break-ups, one fumble recovery and two interceptions — one of which went for a 41-yard TD in the Nitro game.
Street was known for his speed, athleticism, leaping ability and his fierce hits on opposing running backs, wide receivers and quarterbacks.
“He’s one of the best players that we have ever had here,” Coach Mullins said. “I’d say that he is the hardest hitter of anyone that we’ve had here since 1994 when I played. I can at least speak for that time. He’s a great kid and a great human being. You can’t replace a player like that. You just have to try and get kids to step up together into a role like his because he was so important to us.”
Most high school football players want to play on offense.
But when Street came to LHS as a freshman he welcomed a chance to gain a starting job in Logan’s defensive backfield.
“We’ve only had two guys since I’ve been here, him and Jason Spurlock, who wanted to play defense first that that was their main goal — to get out there on offense,” Mullins said. “That’s hard to find in today’s athlete that they like defense more than offense. He was on our special teams, was a great running back as he ran for 1,400 yards and scored 16 touchdowns. And he did all of this despite missing six or eight quarters. He could have easily been up to around 1,700 or 1,800 yards.”
Street said he’s looking forward to going to Glenville State.
“I’m excited,” Street said. “I’ve always wanted to play college football since I was as kid. It’s been a dream. They haven’t told me exactly what position that I will play but I will be going as an athlete, which I will play pretty much wherever I can get on the field at, special teams, defense or offense.”
Street said one of his most memorable moments in his Logan prep football career was back in 2011 in his sophomore season when the Wildcats rallied to win 22-21 at county rival Chapmanville. Street scored a last-minute touchdown and his older brother Joe Street, a Logan running back, scored the game-winning two-point conversion when Coach Mullins elected to go for the two points and the win instead of kicking the extra point and settling for overtime.
Joe Street ended up scoring on the conversion on a second effort after leaping at the goal line and initially getting stood up.
“My sophomore year when we won at Chapmanville on the last second touchdown and two-point conversion was pretty memorable,” Worm Street said. “I caught the touchdown and my brother Joe scored on the two-point conversion. It was also a good feeling to go to the playoffs more than any other class.”
Street said he enjoyed playing on the same team as his brother. A few years back, the Street family suffered a tragedy as their father passed away.
“It made things different having your brother on the same team,” Worm Street said. “It was special, the game at Chapmanville, because it was my dad’s birthday.”
Street’s prep career isn’t quite done yet.
In June, Street will play in the North-South All-Star Basketball Game at the South Charleston Community Center.
Then in early August, Street will take part in the Hatfield-McCoy Senior Bowl at Mingo Central’s Buck Harless Stadium. The annual all-star game pits the best graduated seniors from southern West Virginia against the top senior gridders from eastern Kentucky.
Two years ago, Joe Street scored a bowl-record four touchdowns on runs of 1, 2, 5 and 4 and led the West Virginia All-Stars to a 37-12 win over Kentucky. He ended up with 14 rushes for 66 yards.
Worm Street said he hopes he can follow in his brother’s footsteps.
“I will be playing in the Hatfield-McCoy Senior Bowl football game on August 2,” Street said. “I’ll also be playing in the North-South all-star basketball game on June 20. It was kind of surprising to get invited to the basketball game as opposed to the football game. I am used to getting more recognition for football but it will definitely be an honor to play in both games. I’m excited to get a chance to play one more basketball game and one more football game with some of the best players from around the state.”
Street will play for Coach Mullins one more time. Mullins was named recently as head coach of the West Virginia All-Stars in this summer’s Hatfield-McCoy Bowl.
“The Senior Bowl is that much more important to me because I get to play on the team with a lot of the seniors that I have played with my entire life,” Street said. “It definitely is exciting to play for my coach one more time. It will also be different at first to play against some of the players that have been on the other side of the football. But I think that it will be good. Gabe Maynard from Chapmanville is also going to play at Glenville State as well for football.”
Mullins said what made the all-state Street such a good player was his knack for getting to the ball and his hard hitting.
“He’s tremendous at going and getting the ball,” Mullins said. “But what set him apart is that he is a hard-hitting guy. He caused a lot of pass breakups just by hitting when the ball gets there. He did a lot of that and caused a lot of fumbles along the way also. Him and the other two seniors on our secondary will be hard to replace. They have given us a great secondary over the last three or four years. He was a big reason why we were so good.”
Mullins said he was disappointed that Street was passed over for the North-South All-Star Football Game. Joe Street played in the North-South, as well as the Senior Bowl, two years ago before going to the University of Charleston.
“It’s a 100 percent joke that he was not invited to play in the North-South football game,” Mullins said. “Him and Josh Rein both were deserving. Those two guys had great careers and it’s unbelievable that those two guys were not invited to play in that football game.”
With Street’s graduation this spring it’s the last of the Street boys in Logan as far as football eligibility goes.
“We knew that he had tremendous athletic ability when he came in as a freshman,” Mullins said. “It’s a sad day that we don’t have any more Streets coming. Both have been great assets to Logan High School football for sure.”
Street said he plans on studying sports managemenet at Glenville.
The Pioneers were 6-5 last year and are scheduled to open the season on Sept. 6 in an MEC road game at Concord. The two teams did not play in 2013.
This year’s 11-game schedule features five home games and six road contests.
Glenville is coached by David Hutchison.
“The 2014 schedule is a very challenging but exciting schedule. However, I believe that my coaching staff along with our players are excited and ready for the challenge,” Hutchison said.
In Week 2 GSC will return home as they host West Liberty on Sept. 13. Last season, the Pioneers were defeated by the Hilltoppers 16-13.
Week 3 takes the Pioneers back on the road as they travel to Fairmont State in the annual Battle of the Bit on Sept. 20. The Pioneers won last season 31-14.
In Week 4, Glenville returns home to host Urbana (Ohio) on Sept. 27. GSC fell to Urbana last season on the road 12-9.
The Pioneers then travel to West Virginia Wesleyan on Oct. 4 in week five of the season. The Pioneers defeated the Bobcats last year by a final of 35-32.
Saturday, Oct. 11 has Glenville State hosting the University of Charleston in the annual homecoming game. The Pioneers fell to the Golden Eagles last season 17-10.
Then on Oct. 18, Glenville travels to the University of Virginia-Wise. The Pioneers beat UVa-Wise 49-7 in 2013.
The following week on Oct. 25, the Pioneers host Notre Dame (Ohio) College. GSC defeated Notre Dame 20-16 last season.
On Nov. 1, Glenville State is set to hit the road at Shepherd. Last season, the Rams won 45-19 over the Pioneers. Shepherd is also the defending MEC champions.
The Pioneers follow up that game with a Nov. 8 game at Walsh University in a non-conference game. The Cavaliers fell to the Pioneers last season 33-21.
In the last game of the regular season, the Pioneers host the West Virginia State Yellow Jackets on Saturday, November 15. Last season, the Pioneers defeated the Yellow Jackets on the road, 17-12.