The Logan High School football team is hoping to bounce back from its most disappointing loss of the year.
The Wildcats dropped to 2-6 on the season with last week’s humiliating 56-0 loss at Class AA Sissonville.
The Indians, a Cardinal Conference team, had only two wins heading into the game last week and are having a down year after a recent playoff run.
Many thought it was a winnable game for the Class AAA Wildcats but it wasn’t to be as Sissonville soundly thrashed Logan.
The loss assured Logan another losing season as the best the Cats can do now is 4-6 with remaining home games against Oak Hill and Scott left to be played on the schedule.
Logan will try to get back into the win column this Friday night as the Wildcats host downtrodden Oak Hill, a team which has also struggled all season long. The Red Devils are just 1-7 after getting annihilated, 70-0, at home to Class AA No. 4-ranked Bluefield last week.
Kickoff is set for 7:30 p.m. at Logan Stadium.
The Wildcats hope to bounce back after last week’s crushing defeat — a game Logan coach Gary Mullins called the most disappointing loss in his 12-year coaching career at LHS.
“That was probably the most disappointing loss of my career as a player or a coach,” Mullins said. “We didn’t play well at all in any aspect of the game. That’s a team that we felt like we were better than and they beat us 56-0. We’ve got a lot of things that we’ve got to get better at. We’re going to work hard this week. We’re not going to quit. We don’t believe in that. We’ll just keep fighting.”
Oak Hill comes into the game on a seven-game losing skid. Logan has dropped five straight after back-to-back wins over Shady Spring and Lincoln County.
The Red Devils won their opener, a 31-21 victory at home over Lewis County. Oak Hill has since lost to Musselman (44-6), Wayne (64-13), Beckley Woodrow Wilson (40-3), Shady Spring (30-21), Point Pleasant (55-8), Elkins (36-13) and the Beavers last week.
“Their quarterback is good and nobody really tackles him all by thereself,” Mullins said of the Red Devils. “He breaks a lot of tackles and he’s a good player. They play a good schedule and they have struggled some. They’ve played Lewis County, Elkins and Bluefield. At this point, it really doesn’t matter about our opponent. We have to fix things on our end and if we don’t it doesn’t matter who we play.”
Sissonville simply shellshocked the Wildcats last week, rushing for a whopping 543 yards and scoring eight touchdowns on the ground.
The Indians led 35-0 at the half and then coasted. Sissonville had 353 rushing yards in the first half alone, led by Jared Wilkinson’s 163 yards. He finished with 217 yards and two TDs on runs of 38 and 35.
Sissonville quarterback Chance Brown had 173 yards rushing and three TDs for the game on runs of 65, 57 and 11. Austin Cook had another 92 yards rushing on 14 tries.
Logan was held to only 74 yards on the ground on 26 attempts.
Logan quarterback Alex Toler finished 12-of-27 passing for 51 yards, unofficially.
With two games left, the Cats really have nothing to lose.
“Everybody’s jobs are on the line,” Mullins said of his players. “If you don’t play well, somebody else is going to get a shot to play. It’s to the point to where there will be constant movement where we’re trying to get the best 11 guys on the field.”
Football Friday Night
WHAT: Oak Hill (1-7) at Logan (2-6)
WHEN: Friday night, 7:30 p.m.
WHERE: Logan Stadium, Logan High School, Logan, W.Va.
SURFACE: Field Turf
LAST WEEK: Logan lost 56-0 at Sissonville … Oak Hill lost 70-0 at home to Class AA No. 4 Bluefield.
RADIO: WVOW 101.9 FM, Logan, W.Va.
INTERNET STREAM: www.loganwildcats.tv
Logan vs. Oak Hill
Football Series Since 2000
(Oak Hill leads 2-0)
2004: Oak Hill 26, Logan 20
2003: Oak Hill 28, Logan 13
(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).