It doesn’t get any easier for the Logan High School football team.
The Wildcats (2-4), riding a three-game losing skid, host a solid John Marshall (4-2) team on Friday night for the annual LHS homecoming game.
Kickoff is scheduled for 7:30 p.m. at Logan Stadium.
The Wildcats are coming off last week’s 56-0 thumping at the hands of No. 19 Greenbrier East.
Logan is just 4-12 dating back to last season with two wins each over Lincoln County and Shady Spring, two of the weakest teams in the state in Class AAA.
John Marshall enters this week’s game ranked No. 15 in the state in Triple-A and the Monarchs are fighting for their playoff lives. The top 16 teams in each class qualify for the state playoffs which begin Nov. 13.
The Monarchs are coming off last week’s 37-20 loss at Parkersburg South. John Marshall began the season with a 22-11 win at University, then won at home over Mountain Ridge, Md., (36-21).
John Marshall then reeled off three straight wins over Bellaire, Ohio (27-10), Bellefonte, Pa., (28-17) and Buckeye Local, Ohio (63-6) before falling to the Patriots last week.
Costly turnovers and the rushing attack from Greenbrier East’s Zayvion Lawson sank the Cats last week. Lawson finished the game with 212 yards rushing on 17 attempts and scored two touchdowns on runs of 20 and 60.
Logan, which turned the ball over four times, was led by Matt Cox who had 13 carries for 38 yards. Devin Hensley had two carries for 20 yards. QB Alex Toler was 8-for-20 passing for 58 yards. Cox had two grabs for 19 yards.
“Greenbrier East was really good and we played our worst game of the year,” Logan coach Gary Mullins said. “It wasn’t a very good night. We’re looking forward to getting back out there and trying to show that we’re a lot better than that.”
John Marshall High School is located in Glen Dale, W.Va., in Marshall County in the northern panhandle. It’s the first time Logan and John Marshall have played each other in football. The two schools have met, however, in the state softball tournament.
Mullins said the Monarchs have a good rushing game and a top safety in senior Austin Skrzyneki.
“Right off hand, their free safety, number 17 (Skrzyneki) is as hard a hitter as I have seen on any field that we have watched,” Mullins said. “He’s always laying the big hit and comes at you really hard. Offensively, they want to run the ball. If they had their wishes they would be in the I-formation and they would run it the whole night. Number five (senior Chase Gump) is their tailback. He’s a good back, runs hard and breaks a lot of tackles.”
Mullins said the Monarchs have a good team.
“They look like a good football team but you don’t really know a whole lot about some of the teams that they are playing,” he said. “It’s just hard to know a whole lot about them just what you see on film because we don’t see them. Anytime that you are a football team from up north and you have a winning record you are going to be a pretty good football team. I know they lost to Parkersburg South last week and South played Point Pleasant really tough the week before. We’re going to have our hands full and we’re going to have to play much better than we did last week.”
Football Friday Night
WHAT: John Marshall (4-2) at Logan (2-4)
WHEN: Friday night, 7:30 p.m.
WHERE: Logan Stadium, Logan, W.Va.
SURFACE: Field Turf
LAST WEEK: Logan lost 56-0 to Greenbrier East … John Marshall lost 37-20 at Parkersburg South
RADIO: WVOW 101.9 FM, Logan, W.Va.
INTERNET STREAM: www.loganwildcats.tv
2015 Logan High School
Football Schedule (2-4):
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, L 0-56
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).