David Early and the Logan Middle School football team will play for the Mid-Valley Conference championship next week.
Early ran for 257 yards on 19 carries and scored four touchdowns and also passed for another score on Thursday night as the Timberwolves won 44-38 at Hurricane to advance to the title game.
Logan (7-1) is scheduled to host Ripley this coming Thursday night at Logan Stadium in the Mid-Valley championship. Logan beat Ripley 34-26 earlier in the season.
Hurricane dropped to 6-2 on the season with Thursday’s loss.
Early was 3-for-7 passing and tossed a 28-yard touchdown pass to Daman Dehart. He also passed to Corey Townsend on a two-point conversion play and scored twice more on two-point conversion plays.
Troy Cowart ran 10 times for 127 yards and scored a touchdown and a two-point conversion. He also had a catch for three yards.
Hunter Mileto had two carries for 14 yards and Sidney Chapman also carried the ball twice for 16 yards for Logan.
On defense, Early and Cowart led LMS with 10 tackles each.
Early also picked off Hurricane’s only passing attempt.
Hunter Mileto, Dehart and Sidney Chapman all made four stops. Dylan Adkins had three tackles. Hunter Meade, Connor McGrew, Tanner Lambert and Justin Collins each made two tackles. Alex Hensley made one stop and Kaleb Williamson recovered a Hurricane fumble.
Logan led 30-22 at the half.
On the final play of the game, Chapman lateraled Early the football just before being tackled and Early broke free for a 50-yard touchdown as time expired to win it.
On the season, Early has 86 rushes for 1,098 yards and 20 touchdowns. He’s also scored 10 two-point conversions and is 23-of-51 passing for 847 yards and 12 TDs with six successful two-point conversions.
The Man Middle School footbal team suffered its first loss of the season after a 6-0 start with Thursday’s 26-6 loss to the Duval Yellowjackets at Man’s George A. Queen Memorial Field.
Duval improved to 7-0 on the season in the battle of the unbeatens.
Man took an early 6-0 lead in the first quarter on a 17-yard TD run to pay dirt by Cameron Frye with 2:14 on the first period clock. The conversion failed as the Pioneers took the early lead.
However, it only lasted 20 seconds as the Yellowjackets got on the board on their second play from scrimmage on a 5-yard run by Carson McComas. He then ran in the conversion to give Duval the lead for good at 8-6. That would be the halftime score.
After a scoreless third, Duval stung the Pioneers in the fourth quarter, scoring 18 unanswered points.
Carson McComas had a 20-yard run to make it 14-6 with 7:51 to play, then tacked on a 7-yard run by Caden Eastering to push the lead to 20-6 at the 1:57 mark and then scored with 58 ticks left in the game on McComas’ third TD run of the game on a 50-yard sprint, giving DMS the 28-6 victory.
The two teams are scheduled to meet again this week in a rematch in the Black Diamond Conference championship game at the Scott High School football field in Madison.
(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).