When the Logan High School football team plays Point Pleasant on Friday night in its home opener, they will line up against the Big Blacks’ big lineman, Seth Stewart, a 6-foot-8, 320-pound tackle.
Stewart, a junior, has local ties to Logan.
Stewart’s dad, Jimmy, who stands 6-9 himself, has family roots in Logan County.
Stewart has come a long way.
He was born seven weeks early in the NICU at an Ashland, Ky., hospital and has lived in Ohio, Oklahoma and Iowa as his dad was moved around due to his employment in the metal foundaries.
The Stewart family moved back to West Virginia to operate one of John Raese’s companies and Seth has accompanied his dad to Logan to meet cousins and family.
He was just 9 when he came to live on Chestnut Ridge in Mason County.
After living in The Quad Cities — which has a combined million people — he had a little culture shock.
Stewart started out playing in the band until they couldn’t find a uniform for him and the Point Pleasant coaches took notice of him when he was a sophomore because of his size.
He is a good student and his teachers all speak well of him, according to his family. He loves history and did an re-enactment of Confederate General John McCausland, a Mason County native, for his first Social Studies Fair.
Stewart’s grandmother, Hazel Fleming-Stewart, who is 90-years-old, is hoping to see her grandson play at Logan in Friday night’s game. His grandfather, Hubert Stewart, worked for the railroad and is now deceased.
Stewart, who wears a size 18 shoe and plans on attending Marshall University, helped Point Pleasant roll over Wayne, 64-8, in last week’s game at home, opening holes for Big Blacks’ QB Cody Mitchell to run through.
Game time is set for 7:30 p.m. at Logan Stadium.
The Wildcats come into the game at 2-1, while Point Pleasant is 3-0.
It will also be the Hall of Fame Game for LHS and first varsity football game on the new Field Turf at Logan.
(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).