The Logan High School football team couldn’t stop Point Pleasant and its potent offense last week as the Wildcats dropped a 57-7 decision to the Big Blacks in Logan’s home opener.
Logan’s defense will be put to the test again this Friday night at Chapmanville as Logan (2-2) plays the county rival and undefeated Tigers (4-0).
Kickoff is set for 7:30 p.m. at Chapmanville’s Tiger Stadium.
The Tigers, ranked No. 7 in the state in this week’s SSAC ratings, won easily last week at winless Poca, 55-14. CRHS is ranked No. 6 in the state in Class AA this week in the media poll.
Chapmanville has several offensive weapons and they were on full display against the Dots.
Quarterback Alex Berry was 10-for-13 passing for 198 yards with four touchdowns and one interception.
Dylan Smith had four carries for 131 yards and caught two passes for 57 yards with two TDs.
Senior running back Tanner Dillon had 12 carries for 109 yards with one touchdown. He was a perfect 7-for-7 in extra point kicks.
Wide receiver Jacob Dingess had four catches for 65 yards.
Logan coach Gary Mullins said his team’s defense will be tested and it will be a big game for both teams.
“This is definitely a big game for us,” Mullins said. “We have a bye week after this. If we can get to 3-2 this would put us in a great situation going into the second half of the season. It seems like it is always a pitival game. We need this one to bounce back and to keep us going. This is a big game for us going forward.”
Berry is 52-for-74 passing (70.3 percent) for 928 yards with 14 touchdowns and two interceptions. Dillon has 71 rushes for 410 yards and five scores on the season. Dingess has reeled in 24 passes for 460 yards and eight touchdowns. Smith has another 208 yards receiving and Noah Dingess 157.
“We have to tackle well in the open field,” Mullins said. “They like to throw the ball and get it to their receivers in space. We have to tackle them well.”
Logan is led on offense by running back/receiver Matthew Cox, who has 66 rushes for 552 yards and 7 TDs on the season. He has another 11 catches for 196 yards and an additional score.
Ten different Wildcats have caught passes this year.
First-year starting QB Alex Toler is 36-for-79 passing for 495 yards with three touchdowns and three interceptions on the season.
“Offensively, we have to run the ball better,” Mullins said. “We have to be able to keep them off the field a little bit. If we can do those things we feel like we will be alright.”
In last week’s loss to Point Pleasant, quarterback Toler was 19-for-36 passing for 181 yards with one touchdown and one interception.
Cox led the rushing attack with 13 carries for 71 yards. Devonte Tolliver was held to 29 yards rushing on 10 attempts. Daniel Browning had two rushes for 45 yards. Devin Hensley had three totes for 11 yards, while Toler ran for 24 yards on three carries. Michael Hall had one carry for three yards.
Tyler Browning had four catches for 52 yards. Jamal Minter reeled in four passes for 39 yards. Cox snared five passes for 38 yards, while Skyler Miller had two catches for 12 yards. Terrance Chapman had two grabs for 10 yards. Daniel Browing scored the only touchdown on a 20-yard catch. Tolliver also had one catch for 10 yards.
Tyler Browning and Chance Conn had six tackles each to lead the defense. Jordan Oney had five tackles, while Hunter Vance had four and Minter and Shawntez Matthews had three each. Cox, Musco Adams, Augustine Chukwu-Noe, Tolliver, Hall and Daniel Browning had two each. Hensley and Elijah Coleman had one each.
Conn also had a special teams tackle.
Oney caused a fumble and Cox had one fumble recovery.
Logan leads the all time series with Chapmanville 8-6 but lost 48-42 in overtime to the Tigers last season at home.
LHS won three games in a row over CRHS from 2011-13.
The series began in 2001. Logan won five out of the first six meetings.
Mullins said no one sustained any serious injuries last week vs. Point.
“We should be fine. Everyone who played last week should be able to go this week,” he said. “The injuries that we have are going to be injuries for the whole season. We look pretty healthy going into this week.”
— Chapmanville coach George Barker will comment on this week’s Logan-Chapmanville game in Thursday’s sports.
Football Friday Night
WHAT: Logan (2-2) at No. 7 Chapmanville (4-0)
WHEN: Friday night, 7:30 p.m.
WHERE: Tiger Stadium, Chapmanville, W.Va.
SURFACE: Field Turf
LAST WEEK: Logan lost 57-7 to Point Pleasant … Chapmanville won 55-14 at Poca.
RADIO: WVOW 101.9 FM, Logan, W.Va.
INTERNET STREAM: www.loganwildcats.tv and www.chapmanvilletigers.tv
Chapmanville vs. Logan
All-Time Football Series
(Logan leads 8-6)
2014: Chapmanville 48, Logan 42 (OT)
2013: Logan 27, Chapmanville 14
2012: Logan 20, Chapmanville 0
2011: Logan 22, Chapmanville 21
2010: Chapmanville 35, Logan 20
2009: Chapmanville 21, Logan 14
2008: Chapmanville 21, Logan 6
2007: Chapmanville 13, Logan 12
2006: Logan 14, Chapmanville 7
2005: Logan 42, Chapmanville 6
2004: Logan 29, Chapmanville 6
2003: Chapmanville 20, Logan 14
2002: Logan 27, Chapmanville 8
2001: Logan 21, Chapmanville 0
2015 Logan High School
Football Schedule (2-2):
Aug. 28: at Man, L 13-18
Sept. 4: at Shady Spring, W 49-14
Sept. 11: at Lincoln County, W 44-12
Sept. 18: Point Pleasant (Hall of Fame Game), L 7-57
Sept. 25: at Chapmanville, 7:30 p.m.
Oct. 2: Open date
Oct. 9: Greenbrier East, 7:30 p.m.
Oct. 16: John Marshall (Homecoming), 7:30 p.m.
Oct. 23: at Sissonville, 7:30 p.m.
Oct. 30: Oak Hill, 7:30 p.m.
Nov. 6: Scott, 7:30 p.m.
(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).