Lightning struck on Friday night at the Shady Spring High School football field.
But it wasn’t just Mother Nature that was putting on a show.
It was also the Logan High School football team’s offense.
The Logan offense awoke from its slumber and went to Shady on Friday night as the Wildcats thundered past the Tigers 49-14 in a game which featured a lightning delay of about an hour.
Logan improved to 1-1 on the season and snapped an eight-game losing skid dating back to last season.
The Wildcats were led by Matthew Cox, a senior running back, who scored three touchdowns on runs of 2 and 23 and a kickoff return covering 90 yards. Cox finished with 151 yards rushing on 16 carries.
Logan won for the fifth straight time over Shady Spring.
“This means a whole lot for the whole team,” Logan coach Gary Mullins said of the win after the game. “We’re tired of losing. We work too hard to lose. I’m just glad to see them get a win. For the first time in about 10 games we were vicious and we wanted to deliver a blow.”
Logan quarterback Alex Toler was 8-of-16 passing for 139 yards and one touchdown.
Shady Spring (0-2) was led by Chase DeMoss who opened the game with a 90-yard kickoff return for a touchdown to make it 7-0 after a successful extra point kick by Abigail Gwinn. Jarod Cline was 6-of-16 passing for 75 yards for Shady.
Logan then tied it 7-7 at the 9:05 mark of the first quarter with a 2-yard TD run by Cox and a PAT by Chris Watkins.
It was then 14-7 with 7:58 to go in the first with a 23-yard touchdown run by Cox. The extra point kick by Watkins was again good.
In the second quarter, the Tigers tied it 14-14 with 11:50 to go as Cline connected with Jonathan Sawyers on a 14-yard TD pass. Gwinn split the uprights with the point after kick.
Logan then scored 35 unanswered points beginning with Jamal Minter’s 44-yard touchdown run. After the Watkins kick it was 21-14 Logan with 9:22 to go until halftime.
Then with 20 seconds remaining, Devonte Tolliver scored on a 5-yard TD run. The PAT was blocked but Logan led 27-14 at the half.
Logan’s lightning offense kept going in the third quarter.
Cox went to the house on an 89-yard kickoff return to start the second half, giving the Wildcats a 34-14 lead. The PAT by Watkins was good.
In the fourth quarter, Logan struck again as Toler hit Skyler Miller on a 10-yard TD pass. Miller is making his return to the Logan football team this year after sitting out last season. He’s been battling leukemia over the last two years. After Miller’s touchdown, Watkins booted the PAT and Logan led 41-14 with 11:04 to go in the game.
Logan then added one more score with 9:16 left on Daniel Browning’s 10-yard touchdown run. Brian Farley ran in the two-point conversion to finish off the 49-14 win.
Minter had two rushes for 45 yards for the game. Browning had three carries for 28 yards.
Shady Spring only had 26 carries for 39 net yards rushing on the night. The Tigers’ Joseph Cantley was 2-for-4 passing for 17 yards. Cline and Cantley were a combined 8-for-20 passing for 92 yards for the game.
Tolliver added seven carries for 25 yards. Garret Glycadgis had one rush for 22 yards. Tyler Browning and Toler each had one carry for six yards. Trent Duncan had one tote for 11 yards. Cezar Cruz had two attempts for 18 yards. Devin Hensley carried the ball twice for 15 yards.
The Cats finished with 37 carries for 320 yards.
Cox had two catches for 41 yards. Tolliver had two grabs for 43 yards. Augustine Noe had one catch for 25 yards. Miller had two grabs for 12 yards. Chase Burnette finished with a catch for 18 yards.
Hunter Vance led the LHS defense with eight tackles. Daniel Browning and Chance Conn had six stops apiece.
Logan is scheduled to return to action at Lincoln County (0-2) this Friday night. The 3A Panthers lost 40-34 in overtime to Scott on Friday. It’s the second straight trip in as many years to Hamlin to take on LCHS.
“We’ve heard that they’ve gotten better but we really don’t know about them,” Mullins said. “I think they have a senior quarterback. It’s two years in a row to play them on the road. They needed some help with their schedule and we needed to play another Triple-A team. That made our schedule away heavy to start out the season. It’s just what we had to do to get six Triple-A games in.”