The “Drive to Five” begins this week at Sissonville for the Logan High School football team.
The Wildcats, 2-5 and riding a four-game losing skid after last week’s 62-26 loss last week at home to John Marshall, hope to get off the schneid this Friday night at Sissonville (2-5).
Kickoff is set for 7:30 p.m. at Sissonville High School’s Joe Sawyer Field.
Logan hopes to run the table the rest of the way and finish with a break even 5-5 season.
The “Drive to Five” begins with a matchup against the Indians, a team Logan hasn’t faced in seven years. Sissonville was added to this year’s schedule, along with next week’s home opponent Oak Hill and John Marshall.
Logan then closes out Nov. 6 at home against Scott.
“We’re going to take it one game at a time,” Logan coach Gary Mullins said. “Sissonville is very aggressive. They’ve been in a lot of games and they have lost to some good teams that a lot of people have lost to. They have some good players and we’re going to have to play a good game in order to win on Friday night.”
It’s been a tough first year at the helm for Sissonville coach Marc Wilson.
The Indians have been a Class AA playoff team the last few years and were ranked No. 9 in the state in the media’s preseason poll.
It has been a disaster so far, however, for the Indians.
Last week got a bit better for Sissonville as the Indians rushed for 293 yards and held on to beat Clay County 21-13.
“It’s really nice to get a win for these guys,” Wilson told the Charleston Gazette-Mail. ‘I’ll tell you, our seniors and our whole team have not given up this whole season and I’m happy that they had the opportunity to get a ‘W’ here tonight.”
The Indians are led by senior running back Jared Wilkinson, one of the top tailbacks in the Cardinal Conference.
He led Sissonville past Clay County last week as he rushed for 134 yards on 27 carries. QB Chase Brown added another 59 yards on 12 attempts and Austin Cook had another 54 yards on the ground on 12 carries. Austin Burford contributed 44 yards on just five attempts.
“Both of those guys are really good,” Mullins said of Wilkinson and Brown. “Their running back runs extremely hard. Their season hasn’t went like they wanted it to either. But to me, they look like they’ve got a lot of good players and they play hard.”
Wilson said Wilkinson has been a bright spot to this year’s so far disappointing season.
“We have a lot of good players on this football team,” he said. “Jared is a guy that people are going to focus on because he’s talented, big and strong, and we someone we can use in and out. If he’s a focal point of our offense, which he should be, we can use that to our advantage to hit some of these other runners on big plays.”
Mullins said Logan’s defense must do better this week.
“We have to tackle better,” he said. “We had a hard time tackling their running back last week. Sissonville’s guy runs hard and is very similar to him. Offensively, we just have got to do more things and do them better consistently. That’s the big thing, being consistent. If we can do that I think that we’ll be OK.”
Friday night is Sissonville’s fourth straight home game.
Sissonville opened the season with a 30-6 loss at Chapmanville in a Cardinal Conference game, then fell 49-20 at Wayne before taking a 34-8 loss at Mingo Central.
The Indians then won their first game of the season on Sept. 18 — a 40-0 victory at Scott.
Sissonville then lost 26-0 at home to Tolsia and 37-20 at home to Herbert Hoover.
Logan was within 21-20 in last week’s game against No. 15 John Marshall with two minutes to go until halftime but the Monarchs were able to score 17 more points to take a 38-20 lead at the half.
The Wildcats had no answer for John Marshall running back Chase Gump who had six touchdowns, including a 92-yard jaunt.
Logan’s Jamal Minter had a pick-six interception return for a 26-yard score.
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 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.
Tolliver also led the LHS defense with 10 tackles. Tyler Browning had eight tackles, while Jordan Oney and Burnette had five each.
Logan is 5-0 vs. Sissonville in the last five meetings dating back to 2000.
Football Friday Night
WHAT: Logan (2-5) at Sissonville (2-5)
WHEN: Friday night, 7:30 p.m.
WHERE: Joe Sawyer Field, Sissonville, W.Va.
SURFACE: Natural grass
LAST WEEK: Logan lost 62-26 to John Marshall … Sissonville won 21-13 over Clay County.
RADIO: WVOW 101.9 FM, Logan, W.Va.
INTERNET STREAM: www.loganwildcats.tv
Logan vs. Sissonville
Football Series Since 2000
(Logan leads 5-0)
2008: Logan 24, Sissonville 21
2007: Logan 26, Sissonville 20
2006: Logan 14, Sissonville 10
2005: Logan 33, Sissonville 14
2000: Logan 67, Sissonville 23
(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).