It’s a big day on Monday across Logan County as the Logan, Chapmanville Regional and Man high school football teams hit the gridiron for the first time as practices are set to get under way.
It’s an exciting season of football ahead as all three schools are getting Field Turf at their stadiums.
The turf has already been installed at Man High School’s George A. Queen Memorial Field and the Hillbillies reportedly are going to utilize their new surface on Monday by holding practice at the stadium.
Over the last few days, football equipment was being transported from the high school to the stadium.
Man is scheuduled to have its first game on the turf on Aug. 28 at home in the annual clash with county rival Logan in what is being billed as the “Turf Bowl.”
Field Turf construction is still in progress at Chapmanville Regional High School’s Tiger Stadium and Logan High School’s Logan Stadium.
Turf is ready to be installed at Chapmanville this week and then later on at Logan. Both teams will have to hold practices elsewhere until the projects are done.
Chapmanville is also scheduled to have its season opener at home on its new Field Turf on Aug. 28 as the Sissonville Indians come to Tiger Town for a Cardinal Conference clash.
Logan plays its first three games on the road before having its home opener on its New Field Turf in Week 4 on Sept. 18 against the Point Pleasant Big Blacks.
Man was the only county team last year to make it to the playoffs. The Hillbillies were 6-5, eventually falling 16-12 to Tug Valley in the opening round of the Class A playoffs at Mingo Central’s Buck Harless Stadium.
Class AAA Logan went just 2-8 last year and 2A Chapmanville was 4-6 but the Wildcats and Tigers are looking to bounce back this fall. Logan enters the 2015 season on a seven-game losing skid.
Logan has two away scrimmages set — Aug. 15 at Paintsville (Ky.) and Aug. 21 at Wayne.
Chapmanville is slated to play in the third-annual Cardinal Conference Gridorama on Aug. 15 at 8 p.m. against homestanding Scott High School at the Scott High School football field at Madison. The Tigers then host 3A Lincoln County on Aug. 21.
Man travels to Class AAA George Washington on Aug. 15 for its traditional preseason opener, then head to River View on Aug. 21.
The Hillbillies return senior quarterback and four-year starter John Thomas Keffer.
The Tigers also have experience under center as senior and three-year starter Alex Berry returns.
Logan is looking for a new QB as prolific passer and record-breaker Ryan Miller has graduated and has taken his game to the University of Charleston. Miller passed for a school-record 2,455 yards last season and 24 touchdowns.
(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).