Just like last year, the Logan High School football team is 2-1 after three weeks.
And just like last year, the Wildcats are coming off another road victory at Lincoln County.
Logan handled the winless Panthers 42-12 on Friday night at Hamlin.
Several Wildcats had huge games.
Senior running back Matthew Cox rushed for 206 yards on 19 carries and scored three touchdowns on runs of 1, 1 and 10.
Cox scored four touchdowns on the evening, also reeling in a 70-yard touchdown pass. He had two catches for 103 yards and an 8-yard kickoff return, giving him 317 all-purpose yards for the game.
“Matt Cox played a great game for three weeks in a row,” Logan coach Gary Mullins said. “That’s back-to-back 300-plus all-purpose yards.”
Logan quarterback Alex Toler was 5-for-13 passing for 147 yards and one touchdown. Brian Farley was 1-for-1 in the air for 37 yards.
Tyler Browning had seven carries for 39 yards. Devin Hensley had six attempts for 22 yards, including a 2-yard TD run. Trent Duncan added a 28-yard touchdown run for the Wildcats.
Daniel Browning had three rushes for eight yards. Augustine Chukwu-Noe had two totes for 11 yards. Farley had two attempts for six yards. Minter had a 7-yard run and Toler a 3-yard carry. Garrett Glycadgis scored on a 3-yard two-point conversion run.
Logan played the game without starting tailback Devonte Tolliver, who sat out due to injury.
Minter had one catch for 32 yards. Tyler Browning snared two passes for 12 yards. Glycadgis had a 37-yard grab.
Chukwu-Noe, a native of Nigeria and also a Logan basketball player, also saw his first action as Logan’s kicker and was able to boot a 28-yard field goal. He was 3-for-5 in point after touchdown attempts.
Daniel Browning and Shawntez Matthews each had eight tackles to lead the Logan defense. Chance Conn had six tackles, while Nate Smith had four stops.
Chase Burnette, Hunter Vance, Hensley, Michael Hall and Chukwu-Noe all had three tackles. Jordan Oney, Tyler Browning, Cox, David Cruz, Elijah Coleman and Nick Alves all had two stops each.
Minter, Glycadgis, Jacob Brown, Justin Wiley, Isiah Honeycutt, Zach Conley, David Maynard and Cezar Cruz all had one tackle.
Cox and Minter each had an interception. Chukwu-Noe, Daniel Browning and Burnette each had a quarterback sack.
Cox, Chukwu-Noe, Smith and Hall each had a pass breakup. Daniel Browning was also credited with a QB pressure.
Burnette, Matthews, Daniel Browning, Hall, Conn, Chukwu-Noe and Wiley each had one special teams tackle.
Coach Mullins had praise for his offensive line and defense.
“Our offensive line played their best game of the year. They are getting better every week,” he said. “Our defense has been great. They keep getting better and better. Daniel and Shawntez were everywhere and Chance Conn really stepped up when we needed him the most. Our defense was great. They did everything that we asked them to do. If we can play that way we’ll be in every game.”
Logan has its hands full with Point Pleasant this coming Friday night in the Wildcats’ home opener and first ever varsity football game on the new Logan Stadium Field Turf.
It will also be the annual Logan Hall of Fame Game.
Point Pleasant (3-0), ranked No. 5 in the state this week, destroyed Class AA No. 8 Wayne 64-8 on Friday night.
The Big Blacks hammered Logan 63-8 in last year’s game at Point. The final score was the tally at halftime and the second half was shortened to two eight-minute running clock periods.
“They are the best team on our schedule,” Mullins said of Point Pleasant. “Cody Mitchell is the best player on our schedule. We embarrassed everyone whoever played Logan High School football last year against them. We’re looking forward to Friday night because we want to show that we are a better team that what we showed last year. We want to give our best effort. Last year, it was embarrassing and we gave it all away in the one game by just laying down. We have to give them our best shot and don’t ever give up and get to the fourth quarter and see what happens.”
(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).