By Paul Adkins
Logan County’s three high school football teams will have its final preseason tests on Saturday as Logan, Man and Chapmanville are set to play in their last scrimmage games.
Logan High School is set to head to Ravenswood on Saturday as the Wildcats are slated to scrimmage against the host Ravenswood Red Devils and the Herbert Hoover Huskies — a pair of Class AA teams.
Man High School is also in action on Saturday as the Hillbillies are set to play in the Midland Trail Gridorama.
Chapmanville Regional High School also is slated to close out preseason play with a contest on Saturday at Class AAA Lincoln County.
No starting times were announced.
All three teams opened preseason play last week.
Logan hosted Class A Tug Valley last Saturday night, while Chapmanville battled it out with the Poca Dots in the inaugural Cardinal Conference Gridorama at Mingo Central’s Buck Harless Stadium.
Man was also in action last Saturday as the Billies traveled to Charleston to square off with the 3A George Washington Patriots at the GW football field on the school’s South Hills campus.
All three squads saw some positive signs from the preseason clashes.
Logan had its way against the Panthers, striking for a 70-yard touchdown pass from quarterback Ryan Miller to Josh Rein on the first play from scrimmage. The Wildcats also scored early with a 7-yard TD keeper by Miller and a 65-yard touchdown run by freshman QB Noah Corbett.
Chapmanville reached the end zone against Poca in its scrimmage with junior tailback Devin Wiley’s 5-yard touchdown run. The Tigers’ defense was particularly good against the Dots, putting pressure on Poca’s quarterback and holding firm on the first three series of 10 downs.
Man held its own against the Triple-A George Washington Patriots but allowed several touchdowns.
The Billies are scheduled to open the 2013 regular season on Aug. 30 at home against rival Logan.
Man is hoping to bounce back this year after three straight losing seasons, including last year’s 2-8 mark.
Logan was 7-3 last season and enjoyed its third straight winning season but missed the Class AAA playoffs as the Cats were ranked No. 17 in the final WVSSAC Computer Ratings. The top 16 teams in each classification qualified for the post-season.
Logan has won the last three meetings with Man, including last year’s 33-0 victory at home. The Billies last beat the Wildcats in 2009 with a 34-7 blowout over LHS. That year, Man went 12-2 and advanced all the way to the Super Six at Wheeling Island Stadium.
Man often had the upper hand against Logan in the historical series between the two county rivals. Logan, though, leads Man 10-3 in the series since 2000. Logan coach Gary Mullins, entering his 10th season this fall, is 6-3 against Man.
Chapmanville is set to open the regular season on Aug. 30 as well as the Tigers are slated to host Sissonville in a Cardinal Conference contest.
CRHS was 4-6 last year and hope to turn things around this fall. Sissonville won 40-21 over the Tigers last season.