The Logan High School football team took it on the chin on Friday night as Class AAA No. 15 John Marshall spoiled the Wildcats’ annual homecoming game with a 62-26 blowout victory over LHS at Logan Stadium.
Logan dropped to 2-5 on the season, while John Marshall improved to 5-2.
The Wildcats hope to win out and close with a break even 5-5 season. Logan has three perceived winnable games left beginning this Friday at 2A Sissonville. Logan then hosts Oak Hill on Oct. 30 and Scott on Nov. 6 in the finale.
Logan quarterback Alex Toler was 16-for-29 passing for 247 yards with three touchdowns and two interceptions against the Monarchs.
Matt Cox had five catches for 112 yards and two TDs on grabs of 48 and 8.
Tyler Browning had four catches for 41 yards, while Jamal Minter had five grabs for 65 yards. Chase Burnette caught a 24-yard TD catch and Devonte Tolliver also had a catch for 5 yards.
Tolliver had 11 rushes for 61 yards to lead the ground game. Cox was held to 10 carries for 20 yards with a two-point conversion.
Devin Hensley had six attempts for 21 yards. Skyler Miller had three totes for 15 yards. Mark Adams had one rush for two yards and Trice Boatwright one carry for one yard.
Burnette punted three times for an average of 39.6 yards per kick.
Tolliver led the LHS defense with 10 tackles. Tyler Browning had eight tackles, while Jordan Oney and Burnette had five each. Cox, Hunter Vance, Daniel Browning and Hensley all had three tackles. Minter, Chance Conn, David Cruz and Cezar Cruz had two stops each. Toler, Musco Adams and Jordan Brinegar had one each.
Minter had an interception for a 26-yard touchdown.
Tyler Browning caused a fumble and Oney and Coleman each recovered a fumble. Cox also had a pass breakup.
“We had so many players banged up there at the end of the game,” Logan coach Gary Mullins said after the game. “I know it was 62-26 but if we can be physical and fight like that we will be fine by the end of the season. Tolliver has been waiting to get back into the groove and he ran the ball hard. If we can get him and Cox going the same night we will be hard to stop. That’s something that we’re going to work on.”
Logan hopes it can win three straight games to close out the season.
“We’re trying to compete and turn this thing around,” Mullins said. “We used to be able to compete no matter who we play but we’ve had a couple of tough years. We’ve got an opportunity here. Hopefully we can work and keep getting better and work through our injuries. We’ve got a real shot to win some games. It starts this Friday. We look forward to getting back out this week.”
(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).