Maybe the Paintsville (Ky.) High School football team didn’t have a scouting report.
It was just a scrimmage, anyway, so it really didn’t matter.
The Logan High School football team likes to strike first, often on the first play of the game.
They did it again on Saturday night as the Wildcats hosted Paintsville, a Class A Kentucky school, and Single-A Tug Valley in a preseason triangular scrimmage at the Logan Football Stadium.
On the first first play of the scrimmage against the Paintsville Tigers, Logan senior quarterback Ryan Miller dropped back and fired a bomb — a 70-yard touchdown strike to wide receiver Zac Acord, a football newcomer.
In last year’s first preseason scrimmage, Miller connected with Josh Rein for a 70-yard TD pass on the first very play against Tug Valley.
Then in the 2013 regular season opener at county rival Man, Miller took the game’s opening snap and burned the Hillbillies’ secondary for a 59-yard touchdown strike to Rein to give Logan a 6-0 lead just 15 seconds into the game.
The Wildcats never looked back, leading 28-8 at the half and eventually coasting to a 40-20 victory.
It was the second time Logan had struck gold early on against Man in as many years. In 2012, Brant Williams returned the opening kickoff 77 yards for a touchdown against the Billies.
Logan, coached by 11th-year mentor Gary Mullins, has not been shy about throwing the football over the years.
Will they go deep again on the first play in the Aug. 29 regular season opener at home against Man?
Man vs. GW
The Man High School football team saw some positive signs on Saturday at Class AAA George Washington in its preseason opener despite giving up several touchdowns to the Patriots.
“We saw a lot of positive things in our scrimmage with GW especially the play of our defensive line and the play of some of the younger guys who stepped up today,” Man assistant coach Bill Lusk said. “Still we got some things that we have to fine tune before our first game with Logan, but I think we can make a run this year assuming everyone stays healthy.”
Man scored a touchdown on a 30-yard pass from third-string quarterback Buren Maynor to wide receiver Allen Files for the Billies’ only score of the contest.
The Billies were 9-2 last season, winning their last nine regular season games. Man lost 21-16 to Bishop Donahue in the Class A playoff opener at home.
A good crowd was on hand on Saturday in the second-ever Cardinal Conference Gridorama at the Scott High School football field in Madison.
All eight Cardinal teams saw action in two-hour, controlled scrimmages.
The weather was sunny and warm with temperatures in the high 70s and low 80s.
Poca played Sissonville in the first game. The Indians outscored the Dots four touchdowns to one in varsity action.
Tolsia played Herbert Hoover in Game 2.
Game 3 saw Chapmanville Regional High School lock horns with last year’s Class AA state runner-up Wayne, the 2014 Class AA preseason No. 1-ranked team in the state.
Host Scott scrimmaged Mingo Central in the last game.
Wayne, also the defending league champions, teached the end zone a total of six times against the Tigers. Chapmanville scored twice. Wayne had four touchdowns in varsity and held CRHS scoreless.
The Pioneers scored two touchdowns on their opening set of 10 plays. QB Grant Ferguson accounted for one of those scores with a 70-yard touchdown pass.
The Chapmanville-Wayne scrimmage was shorted 30 minutes and was delayed for nearly half an hour as a Wayne senior lineman, reportedly Dale Bryant, suffered a serious leg injury was was flown out to the hospital via helicopter.
The early prognosis was a broken leg and Bryant reportedly already underwent surgery over the weekend. He is expected to miss the season according to reports.
Chapmanville had problems moving the ball, especially when the two first-teams were on the field. The Tigers were led by junior QB Alex Berry.
Man was ranked No. 9 in the state in the Charleston Daily Mail’s Preseason Class A football poll.
Chapmanville Regional received one vote in the Class AA poll.
Mingo Central was ranked eighth and Wyoming East ninth in Class AA.
Preseason Week 2
All three Logan County high school football teams will have their final tune-ups for the season this weekend.
Logan is scheduled to have a preseason game this Friday night at Wayne. Kickoff is set for 7 p.m.
Man goes to Midland Trail for a Saturday scrimmage at 10 a.m.
Chapmanville hosts 3A Lincoln County on Friday night at Tiger Stadium in a 7 p.m. preseason contest.
The Tigers open Aug. 29 at Sissonville. Man opens the regular season at Logan the same night.