With the WVSSAC’s realignment coming us this fall Logan High School football coach Gary Mullins is lobbying hard for LHS to go back to Double-A.
Mullins, the 12th-year head coach of the Logan football team, said LHS fits better as a Class AA school, at least in football.
Logan competed in the Class AA level from 2003-08 but went back up to Triple-A during the SSAC’s last realignment.
With falling enrollment figures, Mullins said Logan is best suited as a Class AA school, instead of having to compete as one of West Virginia’s smallest Class AAA schools.
“It’s coming up here at the end of September,” Mullins said about the realignment. “But there’s no doubt that we definitely want to be Double-A. I’m hoping that we are Double-A because we are a Double-A school. I’ve been here for a long time playing and coaching. We’re not a Triple-A school that we have. We’re a Double-A school. We’re hoping that the numbers put us in the Double-A class.”
Mullins said football is a numbers game and many of the state’s Class AAA schools have huge student bodies to draw players from.
Logan doesn’t have that luxury.
“Some of the teams that we’ve had over the last five or six years I would have liked to have taken my chances in Double-A,” he said. “Double-A has just as good of players as Triple-A but the thing is, is that in Triple-A, they might have seven or eight of those guys.”
Logan has made it to the Class AAA playoffs three times under Mullins and two more times as a Double-A school.
The larger Class AAA schools have a distinct advantage over the smaller ones, especially in football, he said.
“When we played University last year, they ran a six-man rotation on their front line and since I’ve been here, we’ve never had six guys that big, that strong and that fast,” Mullins said. “And they had six of those guys. That’s over a decade, too, that I’ve been here. We haven’t had one guy who looked like any of those six guys. That’s a big difference when those big school have so many guys that they can throw at you.”
Logan last made it to the post-season in 2013, falling 41-14 at Point Pleasant.
The Wildcats also have losses to Parkersburg South and George Washington in the Mullins era. Back in Logan’s 2A days, the Cats fell to Weir and Berkeley Springs in the post-season.
“When you get into the playoffs and you get into that level of play you are usually playing the bigger schools in Triple-A,” he said. “Every school in the Triple-A playoffs is a great program. But we’ll compete wherever they put us. If we could have our wishes, however, we would rather be Double-A.”
The current realignment ends after the current 2015-16 school year.
The new realignment would begin during the 2016 football season.
(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).