In less than two weeks, Logan County’s three high school football teams will be hitting the practice field for the first time.
Excitement is brewing already for the 2015 prep football season in Logan County.
That’s because a new era will be ushered in as Logan, Man and Chapmanville will all be getting Field Turf at its football stadiums.
The Field Turf project is already done at Man High School’s George A. Queen Memorial Field and the construction jobs at Chapmanville and Logan are still ongoing.
All three teams have preseason scrimmage dates and opponents already set.
Logan has two away preseason scrimmages at Paintsville (Ky.) on Aug. 15 and at Wayne on Aug. 21.
The Wildcats scrimmaged Paintsville and also Tug Valley last year at home in the first preseason games.
Paintsville is led by senior linebacker Kash Daniel, a coveted Division I recruit and one of the top players in the Bluegrass State.
Daniel has already received a scholarship offer from the University of Kentucky and several other big-name schools such as Louisville, South Carolina, Ohio State and Florida are also reportedly showing interest.
Daniel is expected to make his decision on Aug. 13. He’s been rated by 247Sports as a four-star prospect and the No. 9-best inside linebacker in the nation for the class of 2016.
Paintsville, coached by Joe Chirico, was 11-3 last year and reached the Kentucky High School State Playoffs. The Tigers lost 32-21 at Raceland in the third round of the Class A state playoffs after wins over Allen Central and Pikeville.
Practices are slated to start for Logan, Chapmanville and Man on Monday, Aug. 3.
Man is set to scrimmage at Class AAA George Washington on Aug. 15. The Hillbillies and the Patriots have clashed in preseason games for many years.
Chapmanville Regional is scheduled to have a preseason game on Aug. 15 at 8 p.m. against Scott in the third-annual Cardinal Conference Gridorama at the Scott High School football field in Madison.
The Tigers played Poca in 2013 in the Cardinal Conference grid at Mingo Central and faced off with Wayne last year in the gridorama at Scott.
Chapmanville’s second preseason game is Aug. 21 at home against Lincoln County in a 7 p.m. contest.
The Wildcats are hoping to rebound from last year’s 2-8 season. Logan started off 2-1 but lost its last seven games.
Logan opens the season with three straight away games and isn’t scheduled to have its home opener on its new Field Turf until Week 4 of the season when the Wildcats host Point Pleasant in the annual Logan Hall of Fame Game on Sept. 18.
The Wildcats’ season opener is Aug. 28 at Man. Logan then plays at Shady Spring on Sept. 4 and at Lincoln County on Sept. 11.
The Hillbillies went 6-5 last season and lost 16-12 in the first round of the Class A playoffs to Tug Valley at Mingo Central’s Buck Harless Stadium.
In last year’s season opener, the Billies beat the Logan 32-26 in overtime last year on the road.
Man will also get its other county rival, Chapmanville Regional, at home this fall.
Like Logan, the Tigers are also hoping to improve from last year’s sub .500 season in which CRHS went 4-6 overall and just 1-6 in the Cardinal Conference for seventh-place in the eight-team field.
Chapmanville opens the 2015 season on Aug. 28 at home against Sissonville. It will be the first regular season game on the new Field Turf at Tiger Stadium.
(Paul Adkins is the Sports Editor of the Logan Banner. He can be reached at 304-752-6950 ext. 1730, by email at [email protected] or on Twitter @PAdkinsBanner).