It was not what the Logan High School football team had hoped for.
The Wildcats had hoped to beat county rival Chapmanville Regional last week, get above .500, and get more wins to put themselves into position for making it to the playoffs.
Logan, though, dropped to 2-3 with last week’s 43-26 loss at Chapmanville and saw its post-season hopes dimmed.
For the second straight year, Logan was swept by its county rivals Man and Chapmanville. The Cats lost 18-13 at Man in the season opener and were defeated in overtime by both the Billies and Tigers last season.
The Wildcats are off this Friday night before hosting Greenbrier East on Friday, Oct. 9 at Logan Stadium.
Greenbrier East is 2-3 on the season after last week’s 73-56 shootout loss at home to Class AA No. 2 Bluefield. The Spartans host struggling University this Friday night before coming to Logan next week.
After taking on Greenbrier East, Logan is set to close out the regular season with four games — three of which are at home.
On Oct. 16, Logan is set to host Class AAA John Marshall (3-1) in its annual homecoming game. Logan then travels to play at 2A Sissonville on Oct. 23 in its final road game. The Indians, a Cardinal Conference member, are 1-3 and were off last week.
Logan then hosts Oak Hill (1-3) on Oct. 30 and Scott (2-3), another Cardinal team, in the Nov. 6 finale.
In last week’s game at Chapmanville, Logan trailed just 14-12 at the half and went down 28-12 after a TD pass from Alex Berry to Jacob Dingess.
Logan fought back, though, as Jamal Minter scored on a fumble recovery and run and Matt Cox tacked on the two-point conversion to make it 28-20.
The Tigers made it 36-20 with a Berry TD and Logan came right back again with QB Alex Toler’s 22-yard touchdown pass to Tyler Browning. Logan hoped to cut the deficit to eight with a successful two-point conversion but Toler’s pass fell incomplete leaving it a 36-26 ballgame.
Chapmanville then put it away with a late score.
“Defensively, we didn’t pretty good, making them go to their second and third options,” Logan coach Gary Mullins said. “Our defense is built on making one-on-one opportunities and making them work. If they don’t work that’s what happened to us in the second half. We just have to get better. Our offense killed our defense, too. We fumbled the ball and gave it to them. Then converted six or seven third downs and three or four fourth downs. You’re not going to win many games when that kind of stuff happens.”
Toler was 15-for-27 passing for 197 yards with three TDs and one interception.
Cox had 11 rushes for 64 yards and a two-point conversion. Devonte Tolliver had eight carries for 33 yards. Toler had three totes for 23 yards. Devin Hensley had two rushes for four yards. Daniel Browning had one carry for eight yards. Minter had one try for three yards.
Cox had six catches for 89 yards and two TDs. Minter finished with three grabs for 32 yards. Skyler Miller reeled in three passes for 26 yards. Tyler Browning had two catches for 36 yards and a TD. Tolliver had a catch for 14 yards.
Musco Adams led the LHS defense with nine tackles. Tolliver had eight and Minter seven. Cox, Nate Smith, Jordan Oney and Chance Conn had five stops each. Hunter Vance had four tackles, while Hensley, Tyler Browning, Daniel Browning, Shawntez Matthews and Minter had two each.
Minter also had two specials teams tackles and Mark Adams one.
Cox also had an interception. Smith caused a fumble.
2015 Logan High School
Football Schedule (2-3):
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, L 26-43
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).